Lemonade – Beyonce

‘Rather more poignantly, it’s about the experience of black women, “the most disrespected person in America”, to quote Beyoncé quoting Malcolm X in the feature film’ (Hunt 2016). As a fan of Beyoncé I did not understand the depth of her lyrics until later research. When re-listening to the album it is clear the true meaning and exploration behind the lyrics. Beyoncé is sending a message to all her fans; similarly I need to send a message to my audience (about family heritage and the importance of family).

‘Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet whose words are featured in Beyoncé’s new globe-shaking Lemonade album, is a bard of these marginalised areas’ (Zakaria 2016). Listening to her lemonade album at no point would I have believed these were not her lyrics? It’s evident to see that Beyoncé relates to the text in her album. I need to show the authenticity in my voice through my work, similar to Beyoncé. The actor needs to reflect my style of voice and reflect my emotions through her performance. Despite the lyrics not coming directly from Beyoncé she styles them in a way that relates to her. I may consider using a contrast of fact and fiction between myself and the actor to create a part true part fictional narrative.

‘Truly, Shire was a brilliant choice for Beyoncé’s unapologetically black and female album: like the people and places from which they are woven’ (Zakaria 2016) Its interesting to see the connection between Beyoncé and Shire, it may be an interest of mine to explore different actors and find one whom I have connections with.

Zakaria, R (2016) ‘Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade’ available from: – https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/apr/27/warsan-shire-young-poet-laureate-beyonce-lemonade-london

E, Hunt (2016) ‘Beyoncé’s Lemonade album explained, from beginner to Beyhive’ available from:  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/apr/29/beyonce-lemonade-jay-z-explainer

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