Betty Davis Syllabus

​​Betty Davis photographed in New York in 1969 by Anthony Barboza/GI
​​Betty Davis photographed in New York in 1969 by Anthony Barboza/GI

I compiled this Betty Davis Syllabus (#BettyDavisSyllabus) quickly to seize the moment to introduce Betty Davis to new fans and music lovers who want a deeper dive. I also compiled this for my aunt, an avid music lover who had never heard of Betty Davis upon her passing, despite being a teenager in the seventies. 

I wanted to create a list of media for anyone to get acclimated to Betty Davis’ music and the important scholarship surrounding her. I thought it essential to have my initial pass crowdsourced to ensure the best coverage of the breadth of academic scholarship about Betty Davis.

In curating the 2018 Betty Davis symposium, my goal was to spread the word about her. However, my Prince work consumed me, instead. I want to rectify that by spearheading this Betty Davis syllabus. 

Words could never communicate her impact on me & countless others! However, I hope this compilation of resources will begin to articulate Betty Davis’ impact on music, culture, and folks all around the world. 

Please take the time to first and foremost listen to Betty Davis and then watch and read about her. Trust me! It will be an incredible journey!

Curated Betty Davis They Say I’m Different Symposium at NYU

On Friday, May 25, 2018, De Angela had the honor and privilege of organizing and curating the Betty Davis – They Say I’m Different Symposium at NYU Tandon Pfizer Auditorium in Brooklyn will celebrate funk legend, Betty Davis. The symposium consisted of a panel moderated by Fredara Mareva Hadley (Oberlin) with talks by De Angela, Kwami Coleman (NYU Gallatin), Emily Lordi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), and Greg Tate, writer, musician, and cultural provocateur. The talks were followed by a screening of the new documentary, Betty – They Say I’m Different and a Q&A with the filmmaker, Phil Cox. 

To find out more detailed information, visit the symposium website: 

We raised over $500 in donations 4 Girls Rock! Pittsburgh at the event. Thanks 2 everyone who donated! However, it’s not too late to donate online. Betty Davis & the film team would be very happy if folks continued to donate to the empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, & backgrounds: Girls Rock! Pittsburgh: