“I had my ups and downs but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up I was served lemons, but I made lemonade…” – Hattie White (JayZ’s grandmother)
Today is officially ‘Lemonade’ Day. So if we could all just pause for a moment and reflect on the slayage that Beyoncé just did in her latest album ‘Lemonade’ visually and lyrically.
So I finally watched the visual album (like five times already) and I can’t pick which is my favourite scene, because the whole short film is an absolute masterpiece. For years, I haven’t really considered Beyoncé an artist more of a performer but after listening and watching ‘Lemonade’ she has proved me wrong. The visual album made me feel so proud to be an AFRICAN WOMAN I absolutely loved the Afro-goth aesthetics that were used in the short film.
Here are the five fundamental lessons I learned from sipping on ‘Lemonade.’
1. Love is a never-ending battlefield.
Beyoncé might imply that her soulmate and “the love of her life” Jay-Z committed adultery while being married to her. Which is shocking, because IT’S Beyoncé! How do you cheat on a girl like her. If it turns out to be true, shame on you Jay! However the it-couple remind us that relationships are not all about happiness and being on cloud nine, but it is also about breaking dishes and screaming at each other’s throats. Just always remember that you don’t need to stick around and keep trying to prove to someone that you’re amazing. When you’ve had enough walk away, there’s nothing wrong to surrendering to a battle that you’re tired of fighting.
2. Women need to support each other.
From watching this visual film it was amazing to see how Beyoncé alongside other women created such an uplifting and inspiring short film. Cameo appearances by Zendaya, Serena Williams and Amandla Stenberg showed that when women come together they are usually more influential, creating an unbreakable, inspiring and desirable bonds.
3. While black women need to be unapologetic.
“The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” – Malcolm X not just in America, but throughout the world. The black woman is undermined and she always ends up having to prove to others and herself that she is capable of anything as a person. Beyoncé calls out to all black women that it is time to take back our power and quit trying to prove ourselves to others instead let’s work to please ourselves. Don’t express any emotions of regret for being a black woman, just keep running because “a winner don’t quit on themselves.”
4. We need more black artists and creatives in the media industry
The Afro-futurism aesthetics that were used in this visual film was amazing from the fashion, to the body painting and even the outspoken individuals. The body painting artwork done by Laolu Senbanjo was absolutely exquisite! Beyoncé even cites the works of Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, reminding us how sincere and raw her poetry is. Let’s also not forget the beautiful, minimalist and vivid homage tribute that Beyoncé pays to the Egyptian Queen, Nefertiti.
5. Beyoncé is QUEEN!
I don’t know what Beyoncé’s secret is or how she does it but girl keep doing it. You have not yet given us music that leaves us highly disappointed instead you keep raising the bar every time we think it cannot be raised. Side note to any other artist thinking of releasing an album this year, please refrain and try again next year because Beyoncé has officially just shut it down. She slays as always.
All images taken from: Tumblr.