Lemonade Reflection

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On February 6th, 2016, Beyoncé dropped her album Lemonade, and with it, the song “Formation.” The incredibly influential music video has many subtle messages dispersed throughout. Beyoncé starts off the video by laying on a New Orleans police car that is sinking in the Hurricane Katrina flood. She understands the racial tension and inequality that is happening in America today. She wants the audience to understand that they can help our country by educating themselves culturally. In Hurricane Katrina, minorities were affected most (Logan 1). They were in neighborhoods that were given little warning about evacuating the city. She is emphasizing how the United States government was passive in their help with this tragedy. Beyoncé moves into the …show more content…
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.” Her husband, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé receive criticism on their looks from the media, but she embraces these stereotypes. Beyoncé is trying to bring everyone together through this influential piece of pop culture. She gives off the feeling that she would sacrifice herself in order for all of us to become a unity. She calls herself an “Albino Alligator” in the chorus of the song. The albino alligator is an alligator that will sacrifice themselves for the betterment and safety of the group (Huffington Post). Beyoncé understands the importance of the values, ideals, and mentalities of the people she represents. She is the icon of something much bigger than herself. Through the lyrics and music video, Beyoncé’s “Formation” analyzes rhetoric in unity between women, racial identity with African Americans, peace between all ethnic and social groups, and pride in who you are. Some groups that are emphasized and used to spread her message are African Americans, women, and Black Lives …show more content…
These differences should pull the groups together instead of apart. She is digging deeper into the subject of not conforming with what society wants you to do. Instead, she suggests that oppression comes from more than those outside the group (Lorde 855). She has the same message of be yourself. Beyoncé is one of the biggest icons for the empowerment of women in the twenty-first century. Beyoncé uses the word “Formation” as a central message of coming together to fight stereotypes, oppression, and for equality of women. She wants every woman to feel the way she does, empowered and

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