Two UC Berkley students have take full advantage of the opportunity their university offers for students to develop and teach course. Preya Gill and Deborah Chang, who initially linked up as roommates and later discovered they were both Frank Ocean fans, have decided to take a deep dive into the artistic history of the alternative R&B singer. The course will be aptly called ‘Brain Like Berkley’, a line from Ocean’s wildly successful hit, ‘Novacane’. “When we found out that Berkeley accepts student-taught courses, we immediately saw the potential Frank Ocean’s artistry offers,” Gill said.
In an e-mail to the FADER, the students explained the course, saying it would be an “artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social concepts such as toxic-masculinity and gender politics.” They went on to say, “We want to encourage a deep literary exploration of his artistry both in lyrics and through his visuals and live performances. We hope to provide a safe environment where students can discuss his poetry and music with sensitivity, creative respect, and open-mindedness.”
The course will be available for Berkley students to enroll into this upcoming August and the girls are considering streaming ideas so the rest of the world can get a piece of the action.
good morning, Frank Ocean's mom thinks our course is amazing. HIS MOM Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!! 😭😭
— preya (@PreyaaGill) June 16, 2018
source – thefader