Since it's premiere, I’ve come across more essays and articles and think pieces on Lemonade than I’ve been able to keep up with. It’s interesting to see each of the different takes on Beyoncé’s new project, and I wanted to add my own without the politics and speculations about Beyoncé’s personal life. I wanted to write this just as a black girl (yet again) in awe of Queen B's excellence.
Every time I watch Lemonade, I fall more and more in love with it and respect Beyoncé’s artistic genius. Not only does it have dope visuals from start to finish, it also evokes an entire spectrum of emotions conveyed through and supported with very calculated innuendos.
At it’s surface, Lemonade (obviously) is centered around infidelity in a relationship, but when looked at objectively, is easily applicable to any hardships one may face in life. Lemonade easily shows the vulnerability and transparency you must have to be able to get through difficult situations. Each of the parts within the visual album illustrate allowing yourself to unapologetically experience all of your emotions, even if that means smashing car windows with a baseball bat, going to club with your girls, being vulnerable to the fullest extent of the word, forgiving, and finally finding hope. I love how Lemonade says to all of us black girls, “it is completely okay to not be okay, to find and embrace the source of your emotions, to build yourself back up from your lowest moments, and to come out victorious.”
1) The References to African Culture.
2) It Shows How Dope Being a Black Girl Is.
The imagery of unity between black women showed specifically in “Sorry”, “Freedom”, and “Love Drought” are inspiring visuals in an of itself. Featuring some of the media’s favorite black girls at the moment, Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhané Wallis, Winnie Harlow, and Chloe x Halle. There are also appearances by Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McFadden, and Gwen Carr, the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner (respectively). And, since we’re here, I don’t see that as “exploitation” as Piers Morgan put it in his recent Daily Mail column. Beyoncé is a black artist in 2016, and the only way I know that artists effectively make their voice heard, or even amplify that of the movement itself, is through their art, which is exactly what she is doing.
3) The Album is Just Really Good.
"If we're gonna heal, let it be glorious."
If you’re crazy and still haven’t bought Lemonade:
My other sources and some Lemonade-related Links you should have:
What Beyoncé teaches us about the About the African diaspora in "Lemonade"
6 black women Beyoncé channels in Lemonade- from Warsan Shire to Zora Neale Hurston
Facebook User Maximilliano Goiz's take on Oshun in "Hold Up"
Transcript of Beyoncé's "Lemonade" Because The Words Are Just As Important As The Music