Film, Music, & Culture


The #LemonadeSyllabus is a robust, yet not exhaustive, 36 page booklet that has taken the advice of black women from all walks of life. While organized and created by Candice Benbow, the last six pages of the booklet contain the names and Twitter handles of the women who contributed. Rooted in Beyonce’s album, Lemonade, it has the substance of a course that could be offered from the departments of women’s studies or African American studies. The syllabus features over 200 resources ranging from readings, both fiction and autobiographical, to womanist theology to theatre and film.

Woker Than Thou: An Experimental Syllabus

This is a ten-week course on critical activist culture for community leaders, political activists, artists and organizers. It provides a space for those engaging in political activism to reflect on practices, beliefs, and ongoing conversations in social justice culture. Created by Frances Lee, they investigate how activist identities are formed through self-education, performance, and direct/indirect communication styles.

The Luke Cage Syllabus: A Breakdown of All the Black Literature Featured in Netflix’s Luke Cage

Black Nerd Problems provides an exciting guide to the hip hop allusions, references to prominent Harlem Renaissance writers, and black literature present within the Netflix series, Luke Cage. Over 13 episodes, the first season of the series nods to James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Dapper Dan, Faith Evans, and B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments,” which are all translated into resources and reading materials within in this syllabus.

A History of Black Horror

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Ashlee Blackwell, and Tananarive Due present a digital, living document we hope will guide further inquiry into what was covered in Black Horror films and beyond. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is just the beginning of what will be developed as we create a fluid discourse on Black horror from here on.