Lemonade, Beyonce’s new album has finally arrived. When word got out about Bey’s HBO special, no one expected an entire album — we all just thought it was another single, but the ALBUM CAME! In the middle of that HBO special, she tweeted her Tidal link — and once again, the internet lost its mind!
The album is great, from the co-writers to the actual features. The Weeknd, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and James Blake are all fantastic and perfectly utilized for this project. This album transcends genres. From its country feel to its rock vibe. Beyonce brought it all with this project. Every scene in the visual and every line on the album are meaningful.
When Formation came out, I was thinking, how is Beyonce going to top her self-titled album? With its secret release and amazing visuals. This time around she had an entire HBO special. The special was separated into emotions and songs from the album that are placed into sections. The film visualizes the struggle of being a black woman and their complicated relationships with fathers, lovers and sons.
“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” – Malcolm X
With this quote Beyonce transformed this project from a breakup album into a call to action. There are several scenes that explore this ideology and proves that Beyonce does indeed know what is happening within Black communities across the United States. She has the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and other family members of African Americans who have lost their lives to police brutality holding pictures of their lost ones. Powerful.
A lot of people listened to the lyrics and we’re in awe. “Did Jay-Z cheat on Beyonce?!” Everyone is a little shaken up about it. I’m not sure if he did or not, but she did a great job channeling that hurt and pain in the album, if he did — if he did not, she’s good at displaying the emotions of others in her music. She also has cameos, from the outspoken black women. Amandla Stenberg, to Tennis Goddess, Serena Williams and even, the amazing, Zendaya. This, to me, amplifies the theme of Black woman empowerment by having strong black females in it.
Black women stand together and speak your truths!