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Beyoncé and Lemonade: What's Going On



Really blown away by Beyoncé and the truly remarkable work she's created with the film and music of Lemonade. Such a feeling of power, of powerlessness overcome, such a beautifully introspective work, yet joyous and celebratory. I'm a white boy but it makes me feel more connected with a long line of strong black women and at least some understanding of the history of oppression and suffering they endured (still extant: the mothers with the photographs of their dead sons provide a chilling and respectful moment) than pretty much anything I've seen or heard. Beyoncé has grown so massively as an artist. This is such a strong use of her abundant talents, her power from celebrity, of what can be done with music and media. This may be her What's Going On, and I don't mean to diminish her work by comparing it to a man, simply that she captures something universal and true and urgent in the same way that Marvin Gaye did. Beyoncé is totally her own woman but just to put her in context, she's on a par with Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday...the GREATS


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