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Lemonade (iTunes)

Lemonade is a beverage that’s nice and sweet after some bitter lemons are mixed with water and sugar. And that perfectly describes Beyoncé’s sixth album, Lemonade. Beyoncé’s Lemonade takes the bitterness and betrayal of her relationships with both her father and husband, raw emotions (water), and the sweet taste of forgiveness (sugar). From a Stan point of view, this album is perfect. Enough said. But from a critical perspective this is truly Beyoncé’s best work.

The audience gets to see the human side of her. They get to see what’s behind those Instagram pictures and magazine photo-shoots. Even if this isn’t actually Beyoncé’s narrative and she is just retelling someone else’s story (i.e. her mom), it was one that needed to be told. Lemonade is everyone who has ever been in a relationship that lasted longer than the honeymoon phase. You know when the real issues occur. Beyoncé shows you the betrayal and the hurt. The mad as hell and the stubborn stage. The ‘I can’t live without you but you ain’t right,’ phase. And finally the forgiveness stage. Lemonade is not only a great relationship narrative but it is the perfect ode to Black women. This album was made for Black women. I mean everyone can enjoy it but this one is for us. The Black woman. In the words of the late Malcolm X, “The most disrespected person 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.” Lemonade shows the world what we go through and how we still sit with our heads held high. I applaud Mrs. Carter for using her platform and saying she’s a Black woman and this one is for us. And if you still don’t respect her art, please exit stage left. Because at this point, you have a trash opinion which means you probably live a trash life. So to you I say drink up, preferably with a glass of lemonade. –Pooh Bailey