I really enjoyed this blog post and it’s discussion of Lemonade as something more than an album about Jay-Z being unfaithful. All I ever heard about Lemonade when it was released was “Oo Jay-Z better watch out” “Bey’s going in on Jay-Z” and a lot of other comments of that nature, besides people saying Lemonade was a masterpiece of visuals and music. Why did people discuss Jay-Z more than they spoke about Beyonce’s musical discussion about the way black female bodies are portrayed by mainstream media.
Unfortunately, I never saw Lemonade (the link to the stream on Blackboard didn’t work for me) but Beyoncé’s Lemonade : She Dreams in Both Worlds was basically a musical and visual analysis of Lemonade so I managed to get some gist about it. Although I do hope to watch it at some point, but I digress. It sounded like much more to me than about Jay-Z being unfaithful, and the way Bell Hooks analyzes it makes sense to me. Especially the way she sums up the blog post and the title of the song: “In that world, the making and drinking of lemonade will be a fresh and zestful delight, a real life mixture of the bitter and the sweet, and not a measure of our capacity to endure pain, but rather a celebration of our moving beyond pain.” Basically she’s summing up the fact that Bey wants equality, but knows it’ll take a while before it’s achieved. Yet, the fact that we (I believe it pertains to me as WOC but she is mostly referring to black women) can deal with and grow even with inequality, we are stronger for it. At least that is what I understood from Hooks.