If it is not apparent, I am a member of the BeyHive. Not an obsessive one, but a member none the less. Over the weekend Beyoncé did something magically when she premiered her HBO special titled Lemonade.
Twitter and every social media went crazy. “World stop…carry on”, the line Bey says in Feeling Myself with Nicki Minaj, is what I thought of. As the Visual Album for her new album Lemonade — which was released at 10:00pm on Tidal after the special — the lines of communication was quiet. It was stared at by the masses. With millions of people listening to her and watching her artistic abilities take centerstage along side the amazing directors; Kahlil Johnson, Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayi Rimmasch, Jonas Akerund and Mark Romanek. They all came together to create an art that speaks on the hurtful relationship between America and one of its most disrespected citizens — the African American women. This is not something new but it was reiterated for a generation who sees an African American man in the White House and thinks that it is all good. Though things have slightly changed there is still so much more to get. I myself tweeted my thoughts:
Beyoncé included quotes, audio and visuals of Nina Simone, Malcolm X, and even her husbands grandmother. She touched on all the things that are still leaving this free country in a strong state of turmoil — which can be seen if you just look at the way this election year is going.
I have said it many times before, I am not a fan because everyone else loves her. I am a fan because I have seen the evolution over the years of her career. How she has taken risks in controlling the aspects of her career and making sure those that use her name is not just used but she is a loud portion in the decisions that are made.
Lemonade is Beyoncé second surprise album (sixth in her solo career) that features a visual portion as well. She is my motivation because of her growth. She is the motivation because she has taken her career in her own hands and learned along the ride. She has established a separation between life and work. She no longer worries about the ideals, theories or opinions of those around her. It is her art and she is expressing herself as a true artist is — through the real life and emotion of the world around her. They thought it all was just to be about Formation and her Super Bowl 50 performance — that was just the foundation for what was to come. The main course includes the likes of Serena Williams, Zendaya, Kendrick Lamar, samples of Led Zeppelin with the background of the beautiful Louisiana.
Did you catch Lemonade on HBO?
Lemonade is now available on TIDAL.