I just finished watching the HBO Special “Lemonade” which premiered Beyonce’s new visual album.
My favorite feature of the visual album was the range of emotions displayed before each scene including words like “denial,” “reformation,” and “forgiveness.” Black women stereotypically are limited to certain emotions, with the most recognizable being the “angry black woman,” but we too experience a range of emotions.
There is a line in the film that features an older black woman, assuming that it’s Beyonce’s Grandmother Hattie’s 90th birthday saying, “I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”
The artists that stand the test of time are those that stand alone. Those who create music that doesn’t sound like anyone else. Those who tap into the cypher of human emotion. Those who sing the words, dance the dances and walk the walks that we imagine. Those who are not so caught up in their own lives to listen to and translate the experiences of everyday people.
“What a time to be alive…” A time where my first lady shares the same complexion as me. A time where the first Black President of ABC is a woman (Channing Dungey). A time where a black woman can make a cable network free for a weekend and premiere a one-hour, commercial free Visual album!!!
Black women have a history of making the world stop. Ida B. Wells stopped the world when too many of her brothers were being hung from trees. Phillis Wheatley stopped the world when she published her first book of poetry. Madame CJ Walker stopped the world when she became the first self-made female millionaire in America. Bessie Coleman stopped the world when she became the first American to hold an international pilot license. To be a healthy, happy, successful, loving, courageous, wealthy black woman in America is to make lemonade. Beyonce represents that sweet tangy flavor with her new album & with her brand, and it is SO REFRESHING that we can all collectively take a sip!
The full Visual Album and the audio are available on Tidal!
Check out my other pieces on Beyonce (in no particular order):
15 Years of Beyonce…and counting: https://donnienicole.com/2013/12/13/15-years-of-beyonce-and-counting/
Beyonce’s Workout: https://donnienicole.com/2011/04/26/beyonces-workout/
Beyonce’s New Website: https://donnienicole.com/2012/04/06/beyonces-new-website/
Why Your Team Is More Important Than You: https://donnienicole.com/2016/02/06/why-your-team-is-more-important-than-you/
Hello Baby Blue Ivy: https://donnienicole.com/2012/02/12/hello-baby-blue-ivy/