This past weekend Beyoncé served up a cold batch of #Lemonade and I along with the rest of the world am still trying to digest it all. The highly anticipated album aired as an hour long HBO special, free of charge much to fans delight. After dropping her fifth album in the middle of the night with zero publicity, I often wondered what the superstar would do next and I got my answer.
There’s no doubt about the impact that its had already. You can find traces of song lyrics plastered across social media, “Can’t you see that there’s no man above you, what a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you…” and did you catch that infamous #Lemonaide hashtag on Twitter? Nonetheless, this is probably the most open we’ve ever seen Beyoncé. With each album, she shares more and more of her private life with husband Jay-Z. She speaks of his infidelities “You can taste the dishonesty ,it’s all over your breath,” she sings. She becomes a woman scorned, taking a baseball bat to everything in sight. She finds forgiveness and is able to love once again.
In the midst of all the pain that is expressed, there is so much beauty displayed. We see cameos from amazingly talented black women, Serena Williams, Winnie Harlow, Zendaya Coleman, Amandla Stenberg. The mothers of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. Various shades of brown women sporting natural hairstyles. African face paint and tribal clothing. Clips of ordinary people expressing their love for one another. It’s so visually explosive that you may want to watch it a few times to take everything in. Whether you are a fan or not, loved or hated the video, you’ve got to give props where they are due. Beyoncé always puts out her best work, which is why the Queen has the title.
What were your favorite moments from #Lemonade?
“Life gave me lemons and I made lemonade..”
The College Grad
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