By Alyson Jurgovan
Beyonce shocked the world again by dropping her sixth studio album, a surprise visual medium titled “Lemonade.” The hour-long visual album premiered on HBO, with the full length album debuting on, you guessed it, Tidal.
Sonically, the album does have elements of classic Beyonce, but unlike its predecessors, “Lemonade,” is extremely dark and covers multiple genres, even including a country track. However, arguably the loudest message of the album is that this is not a story for men, this is not a story for her husband and this is not a story for white women. This story is for black women.
Every scene in “Lemonade” is centered around the agency of the black woman. While many media outlets are focusing on whether or not Jay Z actually cheated on Beyonce, the real heart of the album remains.
Whether Beyonce is vindictively swinging a bat at cars on the street (“Hold Up”) referencing “Becky with the good hair” while paying homage to Egyptian queen Nefertiti (“Sorry”) or standing in a formation of all black women in a gothic mansion while reciting Somali poet, Warsan Shire (“Intuition”) , it is clear that the storyline is much more than a cheating father or husband.
“Lemonade” is a love letter to black women. It sheds light on the isolation of unfaithfulness while being paralleled with the southern roots of slavery of the past. But ultimately, Beyonce completes this storyline with community; the community black women have in their togetherness.
“Lemonade” pays homage to black women in a society that does not always see them. This time around, it is about them. The rest of us can sit back and enjoy.