So a few weeks back I, like pretty much half of the black female population on the planet became obsessed with 1 hour 5 minutes and 22 seconds of visual slayage that was Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’. At the time I couldn’t put into words the monumental feeling of just ‘yes’ the video package stirred inside me. Since it’s release there has been comment after comment, an unpacking and repacking of it’s supposed meanings and layers. At the end of the day, you can love it, hate it, or not give a ****, let’s face it there’s a lot more pressing things going on, but for me ‘Lemonade’ is EVERYTHING! It’s everything I’ve been thinking and feeling and unearthed hurt I didn’t even know I’d suppressed. That’s why Beyoncé’s piece is so powerful for me, I interpret it as a defiant stance to say…
- it’s ok to shout about all the hurt and pain we’ve endured tirelessly, endlessly and quietly
- we don’t have to compromise ourselves to fit some predetermined mould that was never meant to include us
- stop hiding your truth or being afraid to speak the truth so that ‘others’ don’t feel uncomfortable
- it’s ok to be ME
Aside from the spiritual rousing and unbelievable #squadgoals envy (Serena, Amandla, Ibeyi, Zendaya, Quvenzhané, Chloe x Halle….shoot had Lupita, Danai and Misty turned up I’d be done right about now!) as a piece of art, the visual moves me beyond measure. The vibrancy and darkness of the piece is intoxicating, it certainly inspires me in ways I couldn’t have imagined and will be my studio soundtrack for a good long while.
Then just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Beyoncé incites another beautiful piece of art in Candice Benbow. If you haven’t heard of the Lemonade Syllabus yet, then get ready to pour over list upon list of essential reading for black women and men alike. I literally just downloaded it and for someone who thought she was relatively well read, I realise I’m really not. Thanks for the homework Candice! 😉.
Lucky for you, cos I’m hooking you up with the direct link to view and download said syllabus…..