5 Feminist Reasons We Love Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
Beyoncé broke the Internet this weekend with the surprise release of a new visual album on HBO titled "Lemonade."
Here are five feminist reasons we are in love with Bey's new masterpiece:
1. Bey is accompanied by beautiful, fierce black women throughout her visual album
"Lemonade" is a powerful, unfiltered vision of girl power and black girl magic with images featuring women donning tribal paint on a school bus, sporting elegant Southern dresses, as well as dramatic depictions of black motherhood and childhood.
2. Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, Chloe and Halle, and Zendaya are some strong black female celebrities who have their own cameos in "Lemonade"
The cameos make a powerful statement on the struggles of black women in America. "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."
3. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, and Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother are featured in the album, too
In a moving sequence the women hold photos of their dead sons. Their deaths sparked a national conversation on police brutality and the policing of African-American young men.
Mike and Trayvon's mothers made me feel complete. They looked so beautiful. #Lemonade— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) April 24, 2016
4. Somali-British poet Warsan Shire’s words serve as breaks between Beyonce’s "Lemonade"
"I tried to change. Tried to be softer, prettier," is just one line taken from the evocative poetry of 27-year-old Shire, London's first Young Poet Laureate. Words from Shire’s poems including "For Women Who Are Difficult to Love," "The Unbearable Weight of Staying (The End of the Relationship)," and "Nail Technician as Palm Reader" are included in "Lemonade."
5. Bey reveals raw, personal emotion
Beyoncé has been praised for addressing relationship struggles in her new visual album, particularly cheating and infidelity. "Where do you go when you go quiet… You remind me of my father, a magician, able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3am and lie to me. What are you hiding? The past, and the future, merge to meet us here. What luck. What a f*cking curse."
Just watched #LEMONADE and I am utterly speechless by the sheer beauty, pain, power and female vulnerability.— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) April 25, 2016
So what do you think about Beyoncé's new album? Share your thoughts about #LEMONADE using the hashtag, and don’t forget to mention @MAKERSwomen.
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