Serving Lemonade (On-site and Online)


As an Afro-Southern folklorist, womanist, and Spirit-centered documentarian, Michelle Lanier is compelled to offer spaces to explore Beyoncé's second visual album, Lemonade. This four-week, distance-learning course will feature analysis through a multimedia documentary lens. Students will connect with their inner “hot sauce swag” through an exploration of this groundbreaking work. We will investigate what and who Lemonade documents, and how. We will dive into the depths of its aesthetic textures and its treasure trove of references. Who is this course for?: audio architects, photographers, performance artists, writers, musical ethnographers, and yes, filmmakers. And, yes, curious global and local community members from oral historians to hairstylists to drag queens. (12 hours/All levels)

Please note: This is a hybrid on-site/online class. Distance students will participate via teleconference.

Michelle Lanier is acting director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission and Curator of Multicultural Initiatives with North Carolina’s State Historic Sites. She has been an instructor at CDS since 2000. She uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around personal narratives and cultural expression. She has traveled to Panama and Ghana to document African Diaspora funerary traditions, and her ethnographic work in a South Carolina Gullah community led to her role as a liaison to the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Growing up in a family that includes veterans of five American wars has inspired her current work, training students to collect veterans’ narratives.

Additional information:
To participate from off-site, a late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully.


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