As always, when the Queen B speaks, the bees listen. Beyoncé had the Beyhive tuned into HBO Saturday night, offering a deeper glimpse into her creative world as she told a passionate story while serenading her audience into a state of melodrama. Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Resurrection, Hope and Redemption were the themes of Mrs. Carter’s HBO special. She seemed to be telling the story of a woman scorned yet still standing strong. She spoke in riddle and poetry throughout the hour-long program, leaving the audience guessing what she could be hinting at; and her visuals were as strong as they were subliminal. The locations, the costumes and actors all played a major part in bringing this story to life. From the sampling of Malcolm X, to the home videos with her family, Beyoncé let fans sip on her bitter, yet very sweet and personal recipe for summer’s classic drink, Lemonade.
The visual album had a gang of collaborators, with Beyoncé herself being Executive Producer. The fabulous Kim Kimble ran things in the hair department, while young celebrities like Zendaya and Quvenzhane Wallis appeared throughout the film. Serena Williams guest starred for the apathy theme, sharing with audiences some of her new moves. Jay-Z, the Queen’s King, made an endearing appearance during the reformation chapter, giving audiences a tender look at the couple’s teamwork.
For an artist who was once adamant about keeping her life private, Beyoncé shared some intimate moments with her fans this past weekend and took them into a deep place of contemplation.
Overall, this project was very different for Beyoncé. The feature furthermore included pillars in their own right, the mothers of Travyon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The film not only pressed on issues like love, marriage and family, but she didn’t forget to mention some of the hardships faced by African Americans. Take an hour to check out Beyoncé’s latest project that is also available on Tidal for your viewing pleasure.
Written By: Melody Lanei