In case you have been immersed in academia and somehow did not hear the news, Beyonce is pregnant with twins. Her announcement was sort of a big deal <sarcasm font>.
How this relates to our reading this week is the O’Donnell Cultural Studies chapter in the Handbook of Visual Communication. Those with the proper cultural capital recognize her announcement as a coded image that challenges racism and sexism. Kevin Allred, whose official title on his article is a “Politicizing Beyonce professor” (sidenote: how does one apply for such a job?), titled his article, “Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement was the coded political act we needed to kick off Black History Month.” MSN picked up an article that was originally on The Conversation, titled “How Beyoncé pregnancy pics challenge racist, religious and sexual stereotypes.”