Last night Beyoncé premiered Lemonade on HBO. The world was tuned in to see what the Queen had in store for us.
Lemonade was refreshing, meticulously thought out and surprised us all. Through artistic direction, spoken word and of course Beyonce’s sultry yet often times enraged melodies she kept us glued to the tv, computer iPad or however you chose to watch.
For the first 30 minutes of the premiere, Beyonce caused us all to think What did Jay do? Is this revenge…is she airing her divorce? Bey went through the stages of betrayal, hurt and anger. What made the album so poignant was she delivered a message. Her message was not just the aspect of love between a man and a woman but love for the black woman.
Through Lemonade, Beyonce seemed to tell a story; a story of the importance of black woman and how the love and strength passed from the fierce woman in her life allowed her to move pass her broken heart. Like the recipe of lemonade passed down from generation to generation, the internal beauty, strength and heart of the black woman in her life, allowed her to transition from a place of chagrin, to a stage where she could breathe again and turn her pain into lemonade.
The visual album featured a plethora of black woman such as Sybrina Fulton (Travon Martin’s mother), Leslie McSpadden (Michael Brown’s mother) Gwenn Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhané Wallis and Chantelle Brown.
Lemonade is available on Tidal, you can watch it HERE and stream the tracks below.