Let’s Talk: “Beyonce – Lemonade” + 5 Things We Learn From The Video

So I reported earlier  this week, that Beyonce will release a music movie named “Lemonade.” Ok, all my friends know that I am not a die hard Beyonce fan. I like her music, but I am not part of the BeyHive. Last night I cuddled under my blankets and deided to watch Beyonce Lemonade on HBO. At first site, I didn’t like it to much until I started really listening to the lyrics. Then that song “Sorry” came up. OMFG, Beyonce you were talking to me when you made that song. Watching the rest of the video had me thinking; could the tabloids be right? Has Jay-Z been cheating on Beyonce? Is there trouble in paradise? Only time can tell! But I am loving “Lemonade.” Stream Lemonade via TIDAL here.

Let’s see what other sites are saying about Beyonce Lemonade:

[USA Today]

5 things we learned from Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ special

1.) It’s the portrait of a marriage’s ups and downs

Well, somebody messed up. A vengeful string of songs opened the documentary as Bey traces the downfall of a relationship, leaving viewers wondering who was the subject of Bey’s ire — Jay Z? Her father? All men?

As the special moved through visual movements with titles like “denial,” “anger,” “accountability” and “loss,” with tales of infidelity, betrayal and women rising above adversity, it became clear this wasn’t a 4-esque album about the Carter-Knowles’ marital bliss, even with Lemonade‘s eventual happy ending. It’s not a break-up album, but it’s her darkest and most grown-up work yet.

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2.) It’s a visual masterpiece

Where do we start with Lemonade‘s iconic visuals? Her drowning in an ornate ballroom, as bubbles escape from her nose. Her striding through city streets in a lemon-yellow couture gown, swinging a baseball bat into car windows. A circle of fire surrounding her, as she stands in a flowing red gown. The mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, sitting with portraits of their sons.

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The special was also, at its core, a celebration of black women’s beauty and strength, featuring sequence after sequence of Bey surrounded by cadres of stunning women — on a porch with Zendaya and Amandla Sternberg, leading a line of white-clad sirens through the ocean, on a streetcar throne accompanied by facepainted dancers.

One of the most striking movements was its the poignant last video, a beautiful collage of the people Beyoncé loves most — from her mother Tina’s wedding edited together with her own to clips of Jay and Blue playing with a football on the Superdome’s turf.

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3.) It’s a love letter to New Orleans

Remember all the ghostly live oaks and ornate mansions with wraparound porches we saw in Bey’s Formation video? That was just a taste of Lemonade, full of sumptuous landscapes that channeled Bey’s NO love from start to finish.

4.) It featured plenty of special guests

Bey wouldn’t throw a earth-stopping coming-out party for her new album and not invite some friends along with her. We spotted Serena Williams, Zendaya, Amandla Sternberg and Quvenzhané Wallis, in addition to Jay Z’s emotional cameo.

And that’s in addition to all the special guests on the album — The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake all show up, in addition to songs that reference Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Soulja Boy’s Turn My Swag On.

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5.) That country song!

Anyone else’e ears perk up when Bey went full classic country for Daddy Lessons? Bey’s tale of a woman armed and dangerous, ready to fire on her romantic adversary when “my daddy says shoot,” is one of the more adventurous left turns we’ve heard from her sonically. And with some added New Orleans brass-band horns, it works.

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