Beyoncè is a legend herself. Her visual album, Lemonade draws connections between pain of disloyalty and America’s history of racism. Twelve of her songs are linked together in this visual album telling one story to another from love, hate, engagement, forgiveness and revenge. It’s something that I’ve never seen before and it made me think and process a lot about what she’s trying to tell her audience.
I can see why Holly say’s that “Beyoncés voice is so close-miked we might feel we’re eavesdropping on her thoughts.” It really does feel like we are, as the audience can feel her pain mentally and almost empathize with her. In each clip there are themes representing where she once was, from kneeling on a red-curtained stage singing as if she’s praying, to expressing her anger with masculine power saying “suck my balls” with physical gestures addressing directly to the camera throughout “Anger”. The whole story line had my eyes glued to the screen waiting for what’s next.
Beyoncé also feature many African American women in her videos as well. They stand up for femininity, racism, for their rights as women and they gather together to show their empowerment. Many sides are shown from these women from anger to depression and poverty. Women too, have a voice.
Not only can African Americans relate to Lemonade but I believe that other minority cultures can relate as well. In one of Beyonces lyrics it say’s “When you hurt me, you hurt yourself. Don’t try to hurt yourself.” Carol says that she thinks of Trump. She says “with his schemes of excluding Latinos and Muslims, creating huge number of broken families.” Carol also relates a helicopter sound in Lemonades soundtrack and it reminds us how our world feels like a police state. “A fight for air, a call to breath, to gather to get “in formation.” We have to fight for justice.
This was a great video to watch. I think I can watch it multiple times and each time I watch it I feel like I can get different interpretations each time. I loved how everything connects and how Beyoncé can work with any genre of music and make it work.