As soon as the hour-long Beyoncé masterpiece concludes, my husband pulls a song up on his phone and positions the speakers next to his ear, exaggeratedly bobbing his head and nodding to the beat. It is Jay Z's "99 Problems."
A Black woman released an hour of Black Excellence and because it had language, challenging truth, and storytelling around the Black experience, it no longer "counted" as a place to engage the gospel narrative. When the narrative of scripture affirms and validates the Black narrative, it is called a skewed gospel.
By now you've likely heard a lot about Beyoncé's latest triumph "Lemonade," a visual album that artfully captures a raw emotional evolution. The albu...
Beyonce uses her culture as the backdrop and her real life as the inspiration behind the characters. Let's just enjoy "Lemonade" for the honest, raw, unapologetic, magical masterpiece that it is. Stop being so sour.
During the premiere of her new visual album Lemonade this past weekend, Beyoncé shared very personal moments between her and her husband, Jay Z. The ...
While most of the world rejoiced at Lemonade's authenticity and rawness, some found it to be a little, well, sour. They weren't ready. Weren't ready for Bey the black feminist. Bey who wants more from a man than to get her bodied. If you weren't in formation, Lemonade was a lot.
After I wrote Sipping Beyonce's Lemonade, I came across a YouTube video review of Lemonade. I immediately reached out to Ceedotcee and asked for an interview.
So I ask you: what lessons are showing up for you lately? This week? This year thus far
As part of a global community of journalists and editors who, at least in theory, strive to educate and inform, I was disgusted Thursday to come across a Glamour UK article that in one little gif-filled, navel-gazing story undermined Beyonce's "Lemonade" message.
As part of a global community of journalists and editors who, at least in theory, strive to educate and inform, I was disgusted Thursday to come acros...
Every lady wants to stand out of a pack for whatever reason she chooses. It could be she wants to be known for how intellectual she is, or how smart, ...
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As a child, I internalized the guilt and made myself the reason he couldn't find time to spend with me. As I grew older, I found myself in love with men who were emotionally distant while physically present. I thought presence was all I needed because it was the one thing I could never get from my father.
Even with Lemonade's cameos of of Afro-Cubana sisters Ibeyi -- which I took to symbolize the interconnectedness of Afro-Latinidad within the diaspora -- it still wasn't about us. It's okay that it isn't about us.
Let those to whom the art is centering be the ones who speak on it. Black women are much more qualified to excavate the meaning behind Lemonade than any other group. They can provide historical and personal context that others likely will overlook and quite possibly cannot provide.
Beyoncé not only shows solidarity with black men, but also reinforces the history, or 'herstory,' of the black woman in the U.S. - which some black men with the same platform have yet to do.