Lemonade. Beyoncé. 2016.
Far from the love/sex drenched earlier ‘visual album’, this time the self proclaimed diva conflates the personal with the political with a (reportedly autobiographical) wronged woman infidelity story arc intertwined with a history of the black women experience. What the two have to do with each other, I am not certain? Is she the black woman incarnate? Is Jay-Z’s supposed infidelity equated with the racism of the black experience? Or did Jay-Z sleep with a white woman? Music video more than movie, Beyoncé directs herself in full costume mode, from 19th century slave girl, to African heritage proud home girl, to girl in frills wielding a baseball bat like she means it. Along the way musically she reclaims rock and country for black women- a real political move, her voice going from a whisper to a moan, from a rage to wail. 'Don’t Hurt Yourself’ 'Freedom’ 'All Night’.
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