Top 5 Lemonade Moments

Beyonce broke the internet AGAIN. This time with Lemonade, a body of wokeness and a celebration of black womanhood that has people thinking Jay-Z might actually have 100 problems (get it?). Alleged relationship drama aside, the music and images are excellent and I can’t stop listening/watching.

The visual album that debuted Saturday night on HBO is a lot to take in. So many images, the poetry by Warsan Shire, Serena Williams droppin it low, and appearances by the mothers of Trayvon Martin,  Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Lemonade is layers and layers of art and culture that I can't get enough of, so I decided to share my top 5 moments...

1. Don’t Hurt Yourself

This is one of my favorite songs on the album, I absolutely believe in the message when hurting others you hurt yourself. I believe doing wrong to people, especially your loved ones will leave you lacking prosperity. Besides this message, Beyonce looks so fly to me with those around the way corn rows (not boxer braids) and abs peaking through that two-piece gray ensemble under her fur coat. Beyonce portrays anger and passion that I know speaks to a lot of woman. We have all experienced that place of rage that comes after hurt, but before we start the healing process.

2. Brother Malcolm!

“Bad motherfucker, God complex. Motivate your ass, call me Malcom-X” And that is when the song is interrupted by Malcolm –X’ s “Who Taught You To Hate Yourself” speech.

"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."

On HBO, on Saturday night, with the world watching, Beyonce drops some Black History and continues to be UNapologetically black!

 

3. Sorry [I ain't sorry!]

“Her heaven will be a love without betrayal, ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks”. The powerful words beautifully spoken by Beyonce before the Sorry beat drops.

Sorry is one of the catchiest songs on the album. It is the perfect breakup anthem for when you get to that place of “doneness” or as Beyonce names it, apathy.  Not only do I completely understand being in this state of mind, but I loved the visual. First of all, Serena Williams is FLAWLESS. So many haters and naysayers have called her body “too masculine”, so it was great to see her strut in that body suit and drop it low next to Beyonce. If you still are BLIND to her sexy, then BOY BYE!

I also love the clothing, the face and body paint by Nigerian artist Laolu Senbanjo, and Beyonce’s dance moves! I actually have been practicing that little tic thing...haha!

4. Freedom

Before my new favorite song begins, we see the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown holding pictures of their sons. That’s right #saytheirnames! We still did not get justice for these brothers, and they are NOT forgotten. Once again, on HBO, Saturday night, with the world watching…

“Ima keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themself”

While Beyonce belts out these lyrics, ballerina Michaela Deprince danced to them. Lemonade’s casting…I mean WOW! Who better to represent making lemonade out of lemons then DePrince, who was once an orphan and now a principal dancer.

5. The #blackgirlmagic appearances

As if Serena Williams and Michaela DePrince wasn't enough Beyonce delivered superstar Zendaya, the never scared to speak her mind Amandla Stenberg, the youngest best actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis and model Winnie Harlow who is winning, vitiligo be damned. Then there's Ibeyi, Chloe and Halle Baily, and Jay-z's grandmother Hattie, telling us the true meaning of Lemonade:

"I have had my ups and downs but always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade".

Lemonade celebrates the past, present and future of black women. Black women continue to spin gold out of this hard life even while going through all the phases and emotions noted in lemonade: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope and redemption.

 

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