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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Album and Information Resources

This guide supports further research into Beyoncé's literary, film, and history references in her visual album 'Lemonade.'

Talking Points

Beyonce in the visual album Lemonade

Articles about talking points within Lemonade:

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' is both personal and political by Doctor RJ. Daily Kos, April 25, 2016. 

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

Beyonce: The new political goddess by Clay Cane. CNN, April 26, 2016.

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' and the powerful message women need by Rebecca Ruiz. Mashable, April 27, 2016.

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

From Melissa Harris-Perry's article:

The call-and-response tradition is so deeply embedded in black cultural practice, so to help understand the meaning of this moment I sent out a call of my own to writers and thinkers who center black women and girls in their work. They responded. I like to think of this as MHP's lemonade stand, getting in-formation about Bey's latest contribution.


Defining, and Proclaiming, a New Black Power by Wesley Morris. The New York Times, June 16, 2016.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

In the Forgiveness chapter of Lemonade, three mothers of victims of gun violence and police brutality make appearances. The women appear individually with photographs of their sons.

To learn more, view the Black Lives Matter Syllabus. You can also start by searching names, dates, keywords, and locations in the One Search box on the library's homepage. 

Trayvon Martin
Fatally shot by George Zimmerman, February 26, 2012 in Sanford Florida.
Wikipedia article about the shooting of Trayvon Martin*

Eric Garner
NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Garner in a chokehold that killed him during an arrest, July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, New York City.
Wikipedia article about the death of Eric Garner*

Michael Brown
Fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wikipedia article about the shooting of Michael Brown*

*Use Wikipedia as a starting point. Scroll down to the bottom for references and external links.

Octavia Butler

Article on Octavia Butler's influence: 

Prince, Cecil Taylor, and Beyoncé's Shape-Shifting Black Body by Hilton Als. The New Yorker, April 26, 2016.

From the article: 

Butler is the dominant artistic force in the movie version of “Lemonade.” Shot by various young filmmakers, ranging from Kahlil Joseph to Melina Matsoukas, the movie is accompanied by lyrics that chronicle the anxiety of infidelity and resolution—no love, let alone any coupling, is perfect—but it’s the black female body, Butler’s great subject, that struggles against and sometimes breaks free of Beyoncé’s pop perfection.


Criticism and Counter-Criticism

Moving Beyond Pain by bell hooks. bell hooks Institute, Berea College, May 9, 2016. 

Response to bell hooks' "Moving Beyond Pain":

bell hooks and the Sour 'Lemonade' Review by Jamilah Lemieux. Ebony, May 11, 2016.