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Beyoncé Lemonade

Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade


#BlackLivesMatter LibGuide created by librarian Cristy Moran

In the Resurrection chapter of Lemonade, Beyoncé features mothers of sons lost to gun violence and police brutality.
Trayvon Martin, killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL on February 26, 2012

Eric Garner, killed after being put in a chokehold by police officer Daniel Pantaleo on July 17, 2014 in Staten Isand, NY

Michael Brown, killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014

For newspaper articles on these men, see Special Reports in Newsbank

Click on "Ferguson Protests," "Stand Your Ground Laws and the Zimmerman Case" and "Garner Decision."


A Call and Response with Melissa Harris-Perry: The Pain and the Power of Lemonade by Melisa Harris-Perry. Elle. April 26, 2016.

Beyoncé's Lemonade is Black Woman Magic by Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley. Time. April 25, 2016.

How Beyoncé's Lemonade Exposes Inner Lives of Black Women by Zandria F. Robinson. Rolling Stone. April 28, 2016.

Beyoncé's Lemonade is Black Girl Magic at its Most Potent by Syreeta McFadden. The Guardian. April 24, 2016.


Malcolm X

Beyoncé references Malcolm X in the lyrics to "Don't Hurt Yourself" and "Formation" and in excerpts from a 1962 speech ("Who Taught You To Hate Yourself") featured in the Anger chapter of Lemonade. 


Symbolizing the past : reading Sankofa, Daughters of the Dust, & Eve's Bayou as histories

Pipilotti Rist

Daughters of the Dust

A film of spellbinding visual beauty and brilliant resonant performances, Julie Dash\'s DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST has become a landmark of independent film. With great lyricism, DAUGHTERS tells the story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North at the dawn of the 20th Century. Using this simple tale, the film brings to life the changing values, conflicts and struggles that confront every family as they leave their homeland for the promise of a new and better future. In addition to this emotionally charged epic drama, DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST explores the unique culture of the Gullah people, descendants of slaves who lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast. As the generations struggle with the decision to leave, their rich Gullah heritage and African roots rise to the surface.

Yoruba, Oshun & African Religion

What Beyoncé Teaches us About the African Diaspora in Lemonade by Kamaria Roberts. PBS Newshour. April 29, 2016.

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