Famed pop-culture icon and singer sheds light on her own experiences being black, while also touching on recent racial incidents.
The release of her newest artistic contribution, Beyonce has been met with both praise and criticism regarding her visual album titled, “Lemonade.” The piece, which runs about an hour long, details everything from her husband, rapper Jay-Z’s suspected infidelity, to her own upbringing and hopes for her daughter.
The piece holds powerful messages about being a black female in America, empowerment, justice, and feminism. Dr. Naeemah Clark wrote this article for The Conversation, dissecting the social and political implications of Beyonce’s lyrics and visual choices.
One prominent example found in the work is the lyric: The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman
“… it is a mature lyrical epic of the journey black women take – the attempt to triumph in a world that frequently tells us we are not enough,” said Clark.
The video compilation goes beyond just commenting on the singer’s own experiences as a black female and paints the broader picture of race in America by featuring the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner “to remind viewers that the black man, too, has been literally broken and beaten.”