Beyoncé surprises the world again


Beyoncé strutting down the road while she sings “Hold Up” and breaks things like a fire hydrant , multiple car windows, and a security camera with a baseball bat.

Briana Turcotte, Associate Editor

Beyoncé is back at it again with another surprise album. “Lemonade” was released on Saturday night after a very empowering HBO special that was an hour long, conceptual short film centered around the songs on the album.

Through this 12 track visual album she tells a story of “the baddest woman in the game” getting cheated on by her husband, and each song shows her going through the stages of grief. She takes the listener through an emotional journey from the first signs of unfaithfulness and anger to, in the end, forgiveness.

Through home videos of Jay-Z’s grandmother, Hattie White, Beyoncé reveals who inspired the name of the album.

“I had my ups and my downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up,” sai Hattie White, found on ABC News. “I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”

Her album probes betrayal, jealousy, revenge, and rage before dutifully willing itself toward reconciliation at the end. In the song “Sorry,” Beyoncé sings “Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on.” This song is farthest thing from an apology but turns the attention to her husband, Jay-Z.

The album features many other artists as well, including: the Weeknd, James Blake, Jack White, and Kendrick Lamar. The visual albums were shot mainly in New Orleans with cameos of Serena Williams, Jay-Z, local residents, and many spoken-word interludes from Beyoncé herself.

According to the New York Times, one section featured part of a speech from Malcolm X that said “The most disrespected woman 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,” while this was being said, footage of the mothers of black men killed by police, including Michael Brown and Eric Garner, appears on the screen holding photos of their loved ones.

The strength and perseverance of women was the dominant theme. The quick cuts offered small parts of everything from New Orleans jazz funerals and Mardi Gras Indians to young African American men riding in a car discussing death to Beyoncé lying distraught on the field of an empty football stadium.

Beyoncé expressed the strength, the vulnerability, the anger, and the joy that comes with being a modern day black woman perfectly. She teaches young African-American girls to not apologize for who they are and and teaches all girls to be strong and independent for themselves.