Lemonade is the album that lifts us up
, all of us. With Lemonade
, she talks about surviving heartbreak and betrayal. There’s just something so human about it and so brave. It’s also the album that represents community, where she included all these women that she admires, like Serena Williams. She showed how she survived that time of her life as a black woman, finding people in her circle to look to when she was struggling and looking for someone to say, Okay, that person is strong so I can be strong. When you hear the song “Sorry” for the first time, you’re blown away by Warsan Shire’s poetry. She’s putting people in the public eye you ordinarily wouldn’t know about or care about. But because Beyoncé is uttering this person’s words, this brown woman’s words, we all go out and look for her and find her. Beyoncé used Lemonade
to shine a light not just on herself but on a community of women of colour, to tell their stories and to share their journeys. And she may not have won a Grammy for best album for Lemonade
, but that won’t make people listen to it any less. If I hadn’t won an Emmy for the Thanksgiving episode of Master of None
, that wouldn’t make people feel any less connected to it. Black women have always been the back-bone of everything. Black women have never sat back.