" I was served lemons, but I made lemonade" - Grandma Hattie

 

The wait is finally over for the anticipated album of Queen Bey. Lemonade made a surprise appearance at 9pm on Saturday. The album itself had everyone talking but the visual album had the BeyHive buzzing ever since and here are some reasons why:

 

1) The art in the visual artgiphy (1)Courtesy of giphy.com

 

Beyonce takes you through a series of powerful visuals, such as a  depicting image of her falling off of a building and into a sea of water; symbolizing that she is drowning in her own thoughts.

 

2) It's relatable in emotiongiphy (2)

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Bey describes the stages of heartbreak: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, loss, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and redemption. However, it isn't there only to describe heartbreak with her lover, but heartbreak with her father. The emotions give a sense of what women go through, too.

 

3) The guest appearances

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Beyonce made this girl power visual with a number of special individuals. Just to name a few favorites: Zendaya, Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie, 2004), and Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games, 2012).

 

4) The different genres of music

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This album is a mix of Reggae, Rock, Country, and R&B. Demonstrating the real artist Queen Bey is!

And last but definitely not least....

 

5) It's awake

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Beyonce brought our attention to the social awareness and made sure that we did not and will not forget the ones who lost their lives to police brutality. She put the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, and Mike Brown holding pictures of their deceased sons. Depicting an image of loss, anger, and hope for future generations that the police brutality will stop.

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Bey had some very powerful messages within the visual. One said: "God Is God And I Am Not". As to say that she isn't perfect and she isn't to be looked at as such, for only God can be perfect and only God can be the true leader we all need.

 

Another one was from the late Malcolm X: "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." As to say we need to protect and respect the black woman for she is the queen of Earth and the caretaker of mankind.

 

Lemonade is a play on words but it's also about how (black) women can take what they can get, and make so much more out of it ! (inserts bee and lemon emoji) 

 

Cover image courtesy of Beyonce's Instagram

 

Published by Troi Foster