I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. Not even a week has passed since we lose one music legend that another music icon drops the most inspiring, creative and beautiful album of the year. Of course, I’m talking about Beyonce’s “Lemonade”! The singer took over HBO at exactly 9 p.m. and millions tuned in. I personally felt like I went on a roller coaster of emotions after watching Lemonade. Her songs included issues she had with her father in how he ended his marriage with her mother. This made me think about how family issues can really stifle you from finding love if you let it. If you don’t take care of those issues and how you react to them, you’ll never be happy for yourself or anyone else! You will always damage relationships, friendships and your own spirit.
Beyonce not only gave us a look into her parent’s failed attempts at love, she also gave us a look at how truly beautiful love can be. When you find someone who loves you for exactly who you are, you’ll never go wrong. That person will give you unconditional support and make you feel completely at ease in chaotic situations. I loved how Bey shut us up real quick and let us know in “Love Drought” that she is still just as in love as she’s always been with hubby Jay-Z.
In addition to discussing love and daddy issues, Beyonce had to give us a feast of Black Girl Magic. In case some of you haven’t realized, Beyonce is here for uplifting black women and all we bring to the world. At one point of the visual album, she used a sound bite from Malcolm X that said, “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.” Truer words had never been spoken then, and unfortunately, they still apply today. Every time we as black women have tried to empower ourselves in media, from “Black Girls Rock” to “Black Girl Magic” causing controversy among our non-black counterparts to almost every part of our culture being blatantly appropriated, we are constantly disrespected for simply being great. Beyonce shut that down in a way that only she could by featuring black women from all types of backgrounds, including prominent young influencers like Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya and Chloe and Hallie.
Lemonade came at a time where I was feeling down about myself and forgot exactly who I am. Since graduating, I’ve been struggling to find a job in my field and am working at a job that I hate while living back home. These last few months have never made me feel less of a magical black girl. Lemonade somehow gave me the answers that I’ve already been saying in my head. That is everyone has their own path and no one can take your shine from you but you! I’m officially done complaining, living someone else’s dream, or caring about anyone’s opinion of what I should be doing because as long as I believe in myself, my dreams will come true in the way they are intended to come.