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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' and Information Resources

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

Black Lives Matter

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean?

"When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.  We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity."

Read more about Black Lives Matter here.

Black Lives Matter within 'Lemonade'

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, start by searching for names, dates, keywords, and locations in the National Newspapers database, the A-Z Publications database, and the Decker Library Catalog. There are many other academic research databases offered through Decker.

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.

Resources on Black Lives Matter

Resources on Black Lives Matter Available Through the Library:

Streaming Videos

Streaming Videos Available Through Kanopy
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P.S. I Can't Breathe (Black Lives Matter) (also available on DVD at Decker Library)
21 minutes; 2015; Filmmaker: Rochelle White; English

When Justice isn't Just: Unarmed Police Incidents
43 minutes; 2015; Filmmaker: David Massey; English


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