Lemonade, Beyonce’s visual experience didn’t just give a chance to witness art in motion, it mirrored powerful themes that we must explore and build upon to sustain ourselves.
We’re all fighting to become better versions of ourselves.
“No greater battle in life than the battle between the parts of u that want to be healed and the parts of u content remaining broken.”
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 24, 2016
It doesn’t matter what level you’re at – you’re always striving to improve. Just when we thought she couldn’t get any greater, Beyonce pushed through her greatest competition – herself.
In the principle of supply and demand, demand = influence.
If you don't think I ain't about to up my work ethic and art because of Beyonce, you got another thing coming.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) April 24, 2016
You can’t create a demand without making an impact. And what does it take to be influential? Consistency in your actions.
Respecting our emotions increases our ability to discern.
Intuition is our greatest compass in life. When you respect your emotions and allow them to happen, we open the gate to following our true purpose.
Make moves according to your own timeline, not everyone else’s.
Her fans have been waiting for new music for years. She could have easily dropped her album right after the Superbowl. She could have budged when the endless album speculations began to circulate but she didn’t. She stood her ground, stuck to her plan and controlled her narrative when she felt the time was right.
There’s room for others at the table (literally).
A visual journey that included an incredible variation of Black woman from all walks of life, there was one powerful scene where you see the women come together at a long table to break bread and share their experiences with one other. This is what we’re creating with #blkcreatives.
There’s power in self awareness and reflection.
Exploring your journey, assessing where you are and how you can continue to move forward is something that we don’t make enough time for. What exactly does this practice lead to? Knowing yourself better and thus giving others permission to do the same:
Only Beyoncé can work so hard, release something and make me proud of MYSELF
— Tony. (@SoLyrical) April 24, 2016
Knowing our history can lead to healing.
This woman fed every single Civil Rights activist to pass by NOLA in the 60s. pic.twitter.com/W3dVwWKBOo
— David D. (@DavidDTSS) April 24, 2016
We’ll always come out on top when we build up each other.
— Melissa Kimble (@Melissa_Kimble) April 24, 2016
The process is what makes us a success, not the outcome.
We never give the process the space it needs to serve – we’re all just trying to “get through it.” But every aspect of this project – from the concept, to the art, to the message, is proof that all of our experiences make us who we are and in turn we can use that power to push forward.
What lessons did you learn from #Lemonade? Share below! P.S. Speaking of representation, hope you’ll join us tonight for a special chat with the Bentonville Film Festival.