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In Respect to Beyoncé

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Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

789 Yonge Street

#2nd floor

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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A panel discussion and in-depth examination of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Cultural critics and academics take a deep dive into her personal and professional personas as they unpack the evolution of her career -- from Destiny's Child to her force as a solo artist, from Lemonade and her marriage to Jay-Z to motherhood and her momentous Homecoming performance. A celebration and deconstruction of one of the most influential artists of our generation.

Hear Kevin Allred, Michael Arcenaux and Tanisha C. Ford discuss the influence and power of the pop culture icon, with host Kim Katrin Milan.

About the panelists:

Tanisha C. Ford is a pop culture expert and star academic. An associate professor of Africana Studies and History, she has written for the New York Times, ELLE.com, the Atlantic, the Root, and featured on NPR, among other places. Ford joins the conversation with her essay on Beyoncé and aesthetics in the Lemonade Reader and her most recent book on fashion Dressed in Dreams. She is also the author of Kwame Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful, and Liberated Threads, which won the 2016 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on civil rights history. She lives in Harlem.

Michael Arcenaux is an educator and cultural critic whose writing combines popular culture, politics and humour to make poignant declarations about society. He joins the conversation to discuss his New York Times bestselling book I Can’t Date Jesus, a collection of alternately hysterical and soul-searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish one’s humanity. He communicates candidly about love, sex, family, race and why he’s put his faith in Beyoncé.

Kevin Allred is a writer, speaker and educator with a passion for the politics of pop culture (and particular love of Beyoncé). He joins the conversation with his book Ain't I A Diva?, a pedagogical primer on integrating Black feminist thought, critical race studies and America's most beloved pop star. Combining analysis with classroom anecdotes, Allred attests that pop culture is so much more than a guilty pleasure, it's an access point—for education, entertainment, critical inquiry and politics.

Kim Katrin Milan is an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, writer, artist and consultant. A passionate speaker, she is dedicated to intersectionality and invested in arousing a sense of curiosity and empathy in her audience.

**Please note one of the authors originally scheduled to appear for this conversation had to cancel.**

Q&A and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.




Please don't print your tickets! We're trying to reduce paper waste for Appel Salon events, so please don't bother printing your ticket. We'll either scan your ticket on your smartphone or quickly find your name on our tablets and check you in.

Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer, wine, and liquor, as well as sandwiches and snacks.




This event is part of our signature literary series The Appel Salon, where we host local and international authors in conversation about their new books and big ideas. The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a literary and cultural programming space on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Check out the full lineup at tpl.ca/appelsalon


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