Diverse TV Shows: Beyoncé sips her “Lemonade”

Black Cool, Diversity in the Media

There is a huge absence of TV networks developing and producing television shows that include diversity. For part three of this ongoing series I will be focusing on Beyoncé’s visual film, LEMONADE. You can read part one, and part two.

The whole world tuned onto HBO Saturday night to watch Beyoncé’s film, “Lemonade,” which turned out to be a visual album.

The film was 60-minutes long and it featured music videos tied in with spoken word. This film has allowed Beyoncé to express issues from her personal life, especially her marriage to husband Jay-Z, in a way that she has never done before.

I’m connecting this as part three to my ongoing series is because she spoke and explored the issues of an ordinary black women in today’s society. She included a very famous and powerful line from one of his speeches in her song “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” Malcom X says: “The most disrespected woman in America is the black women. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.” As he says this, many beautiful scenes of black women in America are shown, you can see their struggles and deepest emotions on their face.

Another powerful song is “Freedom,” which talks about blackness in America, Bey sings:  “Freedom, freedom, where are you? ‘Cause I need freedom, too, I’ma keep running ’cause a winner don’t quit on themselves,” in the film an emotional scene was shown with black mothers who have lost black men in their lives due to police brutality including Gwen Carr, Sybrina Fulton and Lezley McSpadden, the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Although this film doesn’t really have much to do with the lack of diversity shown on television, it does spark a change by having one of the world’s biggest superstars use her platform by making a film that spoke about issues that individuals are experiencing in their everyday lives, black lives and black women.

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Beyoncé is #UnapologeticallyBlack

Black Cool

For my first post I’d like to celebrate Beyoncé’s Superbowl performance of her new song “Formation.” The song and music video both broke the internet with the words and visuals that it has and how much it speaks for the Black Lives Matter movement. After her performance people kept spreading “unapologetically black” through social media.

The music video used footage from the New Orleans music documentary (That B.E.A.T), general references of civil rights, the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Stop shooting us” slogans, riot police, and also Hurricane Katrina and the song has lyrics like “I like my baby hair and Afros. I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils,” in an interview she said this song makes her feel proud and she wants people to love themselves.

Many can agree that this performance was a great tribute to the Black Panthers where you can see the dancers wearing berets and having Afros. Although this spoke volumes and was a force towards creating a change, a lot of people felt as if her performance and song are “racist” and decided to have a protest outside of the NFL’s HQ. I celebrate Beyoncé for being able to use her platform to speak up for those who cannot.