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When given lemons, make Lemonade

Kaitlyn Leherr, Opinion Editor

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Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade challenged me because within her album she expressed hardships, and she expressed her victories that is black womanhood. Beyonce’s visual album should be appreciated because she expressed a side of herself that usually is silenced.

She dissected her visual album into chapters with poems in between, from chapter 1-11 she tackled intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and redemption with her controversial videos and lyrics.

The visual album showed a journey of pain and triumph that is relatable. I was moved because I have that pain too, especially by being a black woman; the album helps me express that and grow. The way the album challenged me was relatability, I figured if Beyoncé can face her experiences head on in the public eye then I should be able to do the same.

The visual album gave me confidence to stay true to who I am, and not let my pain define me, but let it better me. The visual album challenged me to be outspoken and unapologetic.

The visual album puts meaning to my emotions, and challenged me to focus on what I have versus what I lack. At the end of the visual there is an older black woman who says, “I was given lemons and I made Lemonade.”

This quote is the overall theme of the struggles of a black woman, as well as overcoming those same struggles. Beyoncé showed us what love sounds like. This challenged me because she was raw and unapologetically black.

Beyoncé and her sixth album challenged me by giving me the strength to make my Lemonade.

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