The Beyoncé Mass explores how issues of race and gender impact the lives, voices and bodies of black women. (It's not, however, about worshipping Beyoncé.)

In April 2018, 900 people turned out for a midweek evening church service that typically draws 50 participants at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Days later, a YouTube video of the proceedings went viral, followed by invitations clamouring for the event to be reprised in cities from Los Angeles to Lisbon.

The impetus for this groundswell of interest? A phenomenon known as the Beyoncé Mass, a Christian worship service inspired by the life and music

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