What I respect most about Beyoncé as an artist is her ability to bring excitement to the music industry. All of you tuned in last night as she premiered her new album, Lemonade, on HBO, which was in the form of an hour-long film. There is only one word that comes to mind after watching this masterpiece—EPIC!
While experiencing a variety of music genres throughout this hour long film, we were all caught off guard with how personal this project came off. Beyoncé took us on a journey of every emotion a woman may feel after being cheated on by her husband/significant other.
She begins the film by singing the words, “You can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath.” As we get deeper into the project, viewers realize that she may actually be singing about her own relationship. She does it in such a way that in includes all women who have gone through similar circumstances. Less than 10 minutes into the film, the voice of Malcolm X will be heard saying, “The most disrespected person in America, is the black woman.”
Lemonade was extremely uplifting for women. Thinking about those powerful words spoken by Malcolm X, Beyoncé put black women on a pedestal while embracing the range of beauty of black women. One of my favorite moments in the film is when Serena Williams made an appearance performing alongside Queen Bey in “Sorry.” Watching Beyoncé and Serena perform together just felt so powerful!
Meanwhile, this leads us to Becky—with the good hair. At the end of “Sorry,” Beyoncé sings,
“He better call Becky with the good hair” (2x)
Beyoncé makes so many powerful testimonies while using her voice as a spokesperson for women of color. However, the story eventually shines lights on black men as she belts out “Freedom” while featuring the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Oscar Grant.
Getting back to the topic of love and relationships, by the end of the film we all felt inspired to give love another try as it appears that she has forgiven Jay-Z one last time. She shows images from her wedding, images of her mom and her new husband, gay couples…etc.
Overall, this album/film was a piece of ART, which was executed brilliantly. The best art comes from a raw and genuine place, which is the exact place Beyoncé appeared to pull from to create this magic.