Posts in #PopCultureClass
Beyoncé Put on a Clinic for Content Creators Today: 3 Lessons from #BeyonceHomecoming and #Beychella

As many of us were minding our own business in the wee hours of Wednesday, April 17, Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was preparing to come for all of our necks, edges, and lives with the release both a 137-minute documentary and concert film, titled Homecoming, AND a live album featuring songs from the concert, aptly titled Homecoming: The Live Album. As I was watching all of this transpire, it made me think a lot about content creation and how masterfully Beyoncé was using and re-using hers. HIt the link for three lessons I see for content creators from Professor Knowles-Carter.

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What to do when someone is vindictive, racist, and out to get you - Lessons from Ona Judge

Ona Judge’s life and story is remarkable, and there’s a lot we can learn from her even today. Ona was targeted and hunted by America’s first president—who was vindictive, racist, and out to get her—because she wanted the fundamental, basic human right of freedom. This article shares her story in honor of Black History Month.

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#PopCultureClass: Beyonce's September 2018 Vogue Shoot Led to Artistic Inspiration - and Perhaps Copyright Infringement

One of the most popular magazine covers this year is the Vogue September 2018 edition featuring Beyoncé' on the cover. This edition is also history-making because a black photographer, Tyler Mitchell, shot the cover for the first time in Vogue's 126 year history. The inspiring shoot has led to some instances of copying, but is this kind of copying illegal? I think so, and I explain why here.

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#PopCultureClass: Insecure - Season 1 Episode 8 Finale (Broken as F**k) Recap

For any fans of the show, you know this season finale was sad, even though we all probably knew what was coming. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't gotten there yet though. The show starts with Issa and Molly going on a birthday road trip with two other friends, Kelli and Tiffany, for Kelli's birthday. While it all ends horribly, this episode, Broken as F**k, was amazing. So amazing that I really didn't tweet that much about it. I did glean a few lessons though.

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#PopCultureClass: Queen Sugar- Season 1, Episode 103 (Thy Will Be Done) Recap

Thy Will Be Done, Episode 103 of Queen Sugar, continues the saga of the Bordelon siblings as they try to decide whether to keep the family farm business or sell it. The family's recently-deceased patriarch, Pops, held a strong belief that ownership of land and the family farm provided a source of pride and freedom. His will suggests that he wants his children to keep the family farming business alive after he is gone. Now the kids have to decide whether to sell the business or take on the monumental task of an entrepreneurial endeavor they didn't ask for.

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#PopCultureClass: Insecure - Season 1 Episode 7 (Real as F**k) Recap

This episode is where all good things come to an end. Issa's fundraiser for the kids, which takes place in Baldwin Hills, is a success for her program, but her relationships are simultaneously imploding (or are they exploding? Either way...they are all messed up). There's always a blessing in the storm, and the same is true for the Real as F**k episode of Insecure. There were some good pieces of life and business advice to come out of this episode. 

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#PopCultureClass: Making Oprah, Episode 3 (You Get a Car!) Recap

Episode 3 of the Making Oprah podcast, You Get a Car!, is all about disruption. This woman changed the face of media by innovating and doing bigger and better things than anyone in the game at that time (or since). The episode where she gave away cars to the entire audience became iconic, and this third part of the podcast series walks through how the show's team came up with the many BIG ideas they pulled off masterfully.

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