Life gives us lemons, Bey gives us Lemonade

Ingredients – One pint of water, 8 Lemons, Half pound of sugar = SLAYAGE. Take one pint of water, add a half pound of sugar, the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half a lemon. Pour the water from one jug then into the other several times. Strain through a clean napkin – Bey’s Nana

With the release of the HBO Special “Lemonade”, Beyonce has given us much more than new hashtags and reasons to snatch a sidechick. This time Bey is back in a whole new way and she has a lot to say, bringing us the very raw and powerful Lemonade.

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Trust me when I say it’s powerful, no one even remembers about the new episode of Game of Thrones that aired last sunday.

We are no longer drinking watermelon that’s for sure. Lemonade takes us through the emotional roller coaster of her life behind the scenes, or so we assume. What is seen as taboo in black culture, our queen takes a brave step in talking about her feelings, personal struggles and disappointments. Taking us with her and her hot sauce, for the crazy ride. Car windows are smashed, middle fingers are pointed up and political statements are made. Bey is serving this Lemonade ice cold and it’s nothing but sour truths, no sugar(coat) added.

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The hour long film takes you through 11 chapters telling a story of betrayal, anger and ultimately…acceptance. The spoken word and images in combination with mesmerizing instrumentals form a daring and compelling story of all the fases Bey went through with her husband. He, who shall not be named because we want all the attention to go to our Queen, seems to have betrayed their love. Seeing as we can’t help but hang on to every word, I think we aren’t the only ones who want to believe this film is based on their true story.

Face it, you still can’t let go of the ‘Elevator accident’ and after 2 years we finally have some answers. While we are sucked into Bey’s thoughts and beautiful poetry, she also pays tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement and takes a stand for black women making the message of this film even more empowering. With the feature of a very impacting speech from Malcom X about the black woman being the most “disrespected, unprotected and neglected” person in America. Bey also pays respect to the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown who are shown holding pictures of their dead sons. Bey and her squad of inspiring young black women take us back to the dirty dirty South to show us pain, grief and unity and how together all can be healed.

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Lemonade is a piece of art that you need to see and experience for yourself.

Let us take you through the juiciest moments of every chapter

CH 1 Intuition
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 3 a.m. and lie to me. What are you hiding?

CH 2 Denial
But still inside me, coiled deep, was the need to know… are you cheating on me?

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CH 3 Anger
If it’s what you truly want… I can wear her skin over mine. Her hair over mine. Her hands as gloves. Her teeth as confetti. Her scalp, a cap. Her sternum, my bedazzled cane. We can pose for a photograph all three of us. Immortalized… you and your perfect girl.

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CH 4 Apathy
You better call Becky With the good hair

Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks.

CH 5 Emptiness
Sometimes when he’d have her nipple in his mouth, she’d whisper, “Oh, my God.” That, too, is a form of worship.

CH 6 Accountability
Did he make you forget your own name? Did he convince you he was a god? Did you get on your knees daily? Do his eyes close like doors? Are you a slave to the back of his head? Am I talking about your husband or your father?

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CH 7 Reformation
I ask him to look me in the eye when I come… home.

CH 8 Forgiveness

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After all he put her through this nigga is still living and breathing.

CH 9 Resurrection
No words, just these images.

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CH 10 Hope
The gorgeous costumes.

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CH 11 Redemption
Pull the sorrow from between my legs like silk. Knot after knot after knot.

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*Sips Lemonade*





1 Comment

  • What a magnificent piece!! Everything you described is how I experienced this piece of art. There a so many powerful elements in the video and you named them ALL!!

    Mincedmilk says it like it is 😉

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