After I experienced all of the hoopla that surrounded Beyoncé’s release of Lemonade, I decided to do some self-educating and researched a little bit more about what critics, feminists and women alike were saying about this monumental breakthrough for women in the entertainment industry. What I found was something much deeper than I had imagined — sure, much of Beyoncé’s album surrounds allegations about Jay-Z’s infidelity, but her music and her lyrics have touched upon what it means to be a black woman in Hollywood and what it means to be a black woman in the United States.
I found an article in The Guardian that talked specifically about these contemporary issues and much like Beyoncé’s Formation music video, the article also touches upon all of the social, political and historical issues that African-American women have experienced since times of slavery and segregation.
Here’s the article. I definitely recommend giving it a read.