Why I Loved Watching BeyoncÉ's Lemonade on Hbo
I just watched the HBO special "Lemonade" and I couldn't help but write about it.
- •Hello! Beyoncé is in it!
- •There are so many cool celebrity cameos.Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Zendaya, Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz of Ibeyi, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, to name a few.
- •You realize that Beyoncé is a bad-ass b$@ch and not just "pretty."The lyrics, if you listen carefully, says it all.
- •The imagery is absolutely stunning.
- •The tones and themes of marital strife, self identity, African American culture, and feminism resonate strongly throughout the filmThe album "probes anger and jealousy before willing itself toward reconciliation at the end" - Pareles; Review: Beyoncé Makes 'Lemonade' Out of Marital Strife; New York Times
- •It's not just about her, but testifies to situations and emotions countless women endureImages include jealousy and suspicion of foul play between them and their partner, domestic abuse, social injustice, and black womenhood/legacy in America.
- •Beyoncé gives a voice to those who have lost someone they loved.In one part of the film, images of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner are held in the hands of their mothers as they stare into the camera provoking an emotional response (I cried like a baby).
- •There is a sentimentality to the film as wellEven though the beginning is filled with rage and anger, the film smoothly transitions to moments of happiness and love.
- •Overall, this is definitely going to be one of Beyoncé's best albums.We're not worthy! We're not worthy! We're not worthy!