If you haven’t heard by now Beyonce has dropped her latest album titled LEMONADE. Both the visual and audio album is flawless at least in my eyes. I know there are many people who hold the same opinion as me, and I also there are people who don’t like it. And I’m high key side eyeing those people.
At this point, Beyonce has proven she has a worthy artist; that she is talented. That she can make songs in different genres and still slay. Yet, there are still people who don’t want to see it, and frankly, I have no energy or patience to discuss with people who clearly are highly against Beyonce.
However, I’m not here to put down any who doesn’t like Beyonce cause really we would just be going around in circles. Nobody has time for that. So I’m here to celebrate Beyonce, and how LEMONADE made me feel. If you follow me on my other social media, you know I love and praise this album. This album means a lot to me. And it really hit a personal spot for me.
The visual album is everything to me; it’s something that I wish I had when I was a little girl. But still as a woman the album made a deep impact on me. Seeing Beyonce, Serena Williams, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Sternberg, Zendaya, Quvenzhane Wallis, etc being shown as strong, beautiful, black girls and women was so empowering to watch. It made me proud to be a black woman.
I know that my upbringing isn’t the same for every single black girl or woman out there, but there is one thing that I believe most black girls and women can relate to: feeling unworthy because we are both black and female. Black girls and women are constantly reminded that we aren’t good enough. That the only way for us to be considered beautiful is to cave into European standards of beauty, but even then, we can get mocked and ridiculed for merely existing.
We have to speak so eloquently, always be well mannered; we must always be calm and happy at all times. We must distance ourselves from our blackness as much as possible to be considered worthy in so many non-black people’s eyes. But even then we do that, again, we are still often treated as we don’t matter.
Black women are even told how ugly, unworthy, and stupid we are by black boys and men. And those are the same black men and boys that always expect us to be there for them when the world is being unjust to them. Yet, often times, when black girls and women are being faced with unjustness, they aren’t there for us. As Malcom X said:
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman”
Which that quote does make it into the visual album for LEMONADE. It still speaks truth to this day.
Beyonce presented us with a visual album that celebrates blackness unapologetically. That celebrates black womanhood more than anything. Black girls and women need this because there are so many of us who have felt or might even still feel: unwanted, unworthy, ugly, and unloved.
Beyonce showed us that black girls are beautiful, strong, can feel deep sadness, anger, happiness, love, and still be worthy of existing. That we can wear our hair natural or not. We can be dark skinned black girls or light skinned black girls and still be queens.
It’s not easy unlearning internalized misogyny and racism when it has been shoved down our throats for years. But more and more black girls and women have been open about celebrating themselves/us that are more of us being enlightened and feeling empowered.
The new generation of black girls will know a world where they matter always. And that is beautiful.