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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.'

Response and Criticism to Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'

  • Moving Beyond Pain by bell hooks. Blog, bell hooks Institute, Berea College. May 9, 2016.

From "Moving Beyond Pain":

"Her vision of feminism does not call for an end to patriarchal domination. It’s all about insisting on equal rights for men and women. In the world of fantasy feminism, there are no class, sex, and race hierarchies that breakdown simplified categories of women and men, no call to challenge and change systems of domination, no emphasis on intersectionality." - bell hooks

 

 

 

Other Responses and Criticisms

From "Formation" Exploits New Orleans' Trauma:

"But all great artists imitate others. In some spaces, that’s called plagiarism. In others, appropriation. Can black people appropriate one another? I’ve never thought I’d come to this conclusion, but yes, we can—especially when you’re one of the most influential and powerful black women in the world." - Shantrelle Lewis

 

From On 'Jackson Five Nostrils,' Creole vs. 'Negro' and Beefing Over Beyoncé's 'Formation':

"In many ways, among those of us who are not Creole and whose skin is dark brown, the claiming of a Creole identity is read as rejection." - Yaba Blay

 

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