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An Interdisciplinary Look at Beyoncé's Lemonade
Nicohole Perkins: What to read after watching Beyoncé’s 'Lemonade'
It’s easy to get caught up in the scalding hot tea that’s accompanied the release of Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.” But the project is rich with influences you won’t see mentioned on TMZ. We see more of the black Southern gothic from the video for “Formation,” complete with diasporic elements of Yoruba. We see references to films like Daughters of the Dust and Eve’s Bayou. It’s also obvious that Beyoncé and her collaborators have combed through some college syllabi and taken a few trips to the bookstore. "Lemonade" is basically a video version of Black Feminist Lit 101.
Dee Lockett: Everything You Need to Know About Beyoncé’s New Visual Album, Lemonade
Ring the alarm: Beyoncé has done it again. As many (namely her BeyHive) expected, Beyoncé’s Lemonade HBO special turned out to also be the premiere of her entire new visual album, which then dropped exclusively on Tidal — though it is now available on iTunes — during the broadcast. Twelve more polarizing songs, 12 more ambitious videos to feast your eyes and ears on. Like every Beyoncé event this decade, it’s a smorgasbord of surprise cameos (Serena Williams!), inspiration (Warsan Shire!), and quotables (sorry Beckys of the world). As such, there’s sure to be a lot of questions about the whole shebang. Below, we have a track-by-track breakdown of everything you need to know about Beyoncé’s latest world-stopping digital drop. Carry on.
Phaidon: Is the new Beyoncé video a tribute to Pipilotti Rist?
Look familiar? There are some the similarities between this sequence and an earlier video by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. Here’s how the feminist scholar Peggy Phelan describes the work, Ever Is Over All, which Rist created for the 47th Venice Biennale, in our monograph.
Stern: Is Beyoncé’s Windshield-Destroying Stroll in Lemonade Based on This ’90s Art Film?
Critics and Beyoncé fanatics spent much of this past weekend poring over the artist’s new visual album, Lemonade, to decipher its sometimes oblique references and messages. In one of the album’s most provocative scenes (which coincides with the song “Hold Up”), Beyoncé strolls down the sidewalk in a frilly dress, merrily smashing car windows with a borrowed baseball bat.
Adams: A Lot of People Are Comparing Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ to Terrence Malick
The unpreviewed release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” on Saturday night — you can’t really call it a surprise, given that it’s what most people were expecting — left critics scurrying to post their reactions. Less than 48 hours later, the accumulated weight of analysis already runs to tens of thousands of words, as befits an album that’s stunning in its breadth and irresistible in its gossipy particulars.
Donnella: The Mardi Gras Indian Of 'Lemonade'
Beyonce's new visual album Lemonade is chock full of images begging to be unpacked, from the Yoruba face paint to the baseball bat named Hot Sauce to the brief shot of a kintsuji bowl. "You could write a think piece on every single frame of Lemonade and it almost still wouldn't be enough," writes Lainey of Lainey Gossip. She's not exaggerating.
Black Camera: Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 2017
Black Camera is devoted to the study and documentation of the black cinematic experience and is the only scholarly film journal of its kind in the United States. It regularly features essays and interviews that engage film in social as well as political distribution, and production of film in local, regional, national, and transnational settings and environments.
Morris: Defining, and Proclaiming, a New Black Power
"In that same song, “Freedom,” Kendrick Lamar raps about himself as an object of persecution, by the news media and consequently by law enforcement. There’s blackness — the mere state of one’s racial self — and there’s being politically black, which amounts to the degree to which one wields or weaponizes or calls attention to one’s blackness. “Freedom” constitutes a wielding. This kind of blatant statement is new for Beyoncé, who before the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement was thoughtful about the politics of the beauty of black women’s bodies, and since its arrival has wed the complexities of feminism and the vicissitudes of marriage with political blackness. She’s learned. And people are listening. “Lemonade” is the No. 2 album in the country."
Harris-Perry: A Call And Response With Melissa Harris-Perry: The Pain And The Power Of 'Lemonade'
"The call-and-response tradition is so deeply embedded in black cultural practice, so to help understand the meaning of this moment I sent out a call of my own to writers and thinkers who center black women and girls in their work. They responded. I like to think of this as MHP's lemonade stand, getting in-formation about Bey's latest contribution."
Ruiz: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' is the powerful message women need
The visual album can inspire women everywhere to cultivate and nurture their own creative impulses.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Black Woman Magic
Beyoncé’s Lemonade is grown-ass black woman magic. And the lemons that Queen Bey is working with, powerful hoodoo ingredients for overpowering bad energy, are clearly the Louisiana kind. Lush, troubling visuals show that Beyoncé is the goddess, the goddess is furious, the goddess is victorious, and most important: The goddess is every black woman. Slay.
Benbow: Lemonade Syllabus 2016
Candice Benbow collected "Works Celebrating Black Womanhood" using the hashtag #LemonadeSyllabus, mostly on Twitter. She then published the results on issuu.
"When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity."