Meet Kevin Allred: a writer, speaker, educator, and musician with a passion for the politics of pop culture. An unapologetic outlaw of academia, he believes knowledge should be accessible to everyone—not just gatekeepers of the Ivory Tower—and that education should also always be fun.
Kevin's mission is to facilitate conversations that highlight the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class through pop culture analysis and storytelling; conversations that expose, question, and disrupt America's racist and heterosexist status quo and confront various complicities in those systems. He aims especially to create conversations across difference while demanding white people, like himself, do better and work harder to create a better world.
In 2010, he created the popular "Politicizing Beyoncé" curriculum (the first of its kind), recognized by Beyoncé herself and the Parkwood team. He has taught the course as a full semester offering at universities and traveled the world for speaking engagements and workshops based on the curriculum. Venues include not only classrooms and colleges, but community spaces, theaters, arts festivals, government offices, even bars and clubs.
Kevin's writing has been featured at NBC News, INTO, Salon, Quartz, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Washington Post, and The Establishment. He has appeared on CNN, HuffPost Live, and was a regular featured contributor on MSNBC's "So POPular with Janet Mock." Born and raised in Logan, UT, Kevin currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his boyfriend and their senior chihuahua. His book, Ain't I A Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy, is on Beyoncé curriculum, pedagogy, and politics--forthcoming from the Feminist Press at CUNY, June 2019.