Beyoncé just provided us with her own flowchart for the stages of life and love, and gave us a video anthology to go with it. It’s her world, and we’re all just sippin’ in it. We’ve rounded up the quotes and moments that made us gasp, shed a tear, or scream ‘Yassss B!’ inside…
She took us through hurt, pain, anger, forgiveness, redemption, nurturing, and happiness all in a matter of an hour. About 10 minutes in, one would think this Lemonade business was about to be a long and drawn out divorce announcement. But it’s instead about her parents and her parents’ parents. And the cheating and addictions from those relationships affecting her own future relationships.
Beyonce gave us a history lesson, love lesson, and lesson in familial emotional inheritance all in one hour.
The “Formation” singer is earning her stripes as a director (she’s one of seven Directors on the visual album) and Executive producer as she tells the tales of breaking the cycle of emotional and mental pain of women, namely black women, at the hands of abusers. Abusers in the form of slave owners, lying fathers and cheating husbands. She shows what happens when what’s passed down to our daughters isn’t the acceptance of said abuse, but the knowledge gained from it. A woman can find redemption and allow herself to love someone else, even if she’s never seen that love before.
Beyonce’s stages of dealing with relationships: Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Forgiveness, Hope, Redemption.
Here’s our favorite quotes and moments from Lemonade:
1. The reason we initially were ready to fight Mr. Cater on Beyoncé’s behalf.
“You remind me of my father, A magician. Able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3am and lie to me. What are you hiding…
The past and the future merge to meet us here. What luck. What a f*cking curse.”
2. When we realized it was actually Beyonce speaking for any woman.
“I don’t know when love became elusive. All I know is no one I know has seen it….My father’s arm around my mother’s neck. Fruit too ripe to eat. Plugged my menses with pages from the Holy Book but still coiled inside me was the need to know: Are you cheating on me?
2. “So what are you going to say at my funeral now that you’ve killed me? Here lies the body of the love of my life whose heart I broke without a gun to my head. Here lies the mother of my children both loving and dead. Rest in peace my true love who I took for granted. Most bomb p*ssy.”
What every scorned woman wants to say to the man who foolishly cheated.
3. “I tried to change. Closed my mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less awake. Plugged my menses with pages from the Holy Book but still coiled inside me was the need to know: Are you cheating on me?”
Something many women know all too well.
4. When she included the ‘black women in America” snippet from Malcolm X’s 1962 speech he gave in Los Angeles.
Malcolm spoke the utmost truth about black women in America in this speech: “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.”
5. “Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks.”
Let ’em know Bey!
6. “I f*ks with you, till I realize, I’m just too much for you. Who the F*CK do you think I am….Give my fat ass a big kiss boy. you think I am? Tonight I’m fucking up all your shit boy.”
The moment Bey screamed on a track to let that cheating man, any cheating man, know he played himself. F**k him up Bey!
7. That entire Serena Williams cameo.
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They ain’t sorry. And they’re putting their middle fingers up in that boy’s face saying “Boy bye.” All while Serena twerks and body rolls for her life. And Beyonce´was simply perched in that chair looking like a boss. They were showing the world what happens when a woman is fed up, and when she’s in the process of getting her life in formation without that man.
8. “You betta call Becky with the blonde hair.”
The epitome of not giving a f**k about that dude who cheated on you.
9. She don’t gotta give it up cuz she professional.
A new generation of women who doesn’t have to roll over and give up her soul to a man who doesn’t handle it with care.
10. Louisiana native Q Wallis starring in the mother-daughter scene filmed in New Orleans.
11. The vintage home video footage between her and her father Mathew Knowles from when she was alittle girl placed back-to-back with new footage of Mathew with Blue Ivy.
Arguably one of the most powerful statements in the anthology. It’s the moment, right before she goes into her native Texas-inspired track, which makes it clear she is showing how the cycle has been broken. Despite everything her father did, she wants her daughter to know he is loved by her grandfather.
12. That mother and daughter talk.
“Mother dearest, let me inherit the earth. Teach me how to make him beg. Let me make up for the years he made you wait. Did he bend your reflection? Did he make you forget your own name? Did he convince you he was a god? Did you get on your knees daily? Did his eyes close like doors? Are you a slave to the back of his head? …read more