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Lemons? Lemonade.

Lemons? Lemonade.

Ouvi e repeti mais de 3 vezes. Não são canções nem é, apenas, mais um disco pop. Queen Bey criou um álbum, daqueles à moda antiga. Se o ouvirmos no Tidal, do início ao fim, podemos assistir a um vídeo de uma hora, com ligações entre cada música, ao estilo conceptual que alguns (bons) artistas nos habituaram. Em tempos...

Não sou a maior fã de música pop mas gosto de ouvir alguma música pop. Para correr, para dançar. Ou porque sim. Beyoncé habituou-me a um certo ritmo que ignoro propositadamente, a favor de outros, menos ligeiros na intenção e pesados na definição. Mas há muito que venho prestando atenção à Queen Bey e à sua capacidade de intervenção que culmina, agora, com Lemonade. Fui ouvir porque pensei, de imediato, no aforismo: se a vida te dá limões, faz limonada. Quis perceber que tipo de limonada seria esta. 

Parece-me uma limonada gourmet, porque Lemonade é inspiracional, representando claramente as aspirações da Bey relativamente a uma cultura que tem subjugado a mulher, especialmente a mulher negra. Sim, a música continua sensual e até um certo ponto, sexual, mas Lemonade é mais que isso. É um manifesto e uma composição visual disponível, por enquanto, numa plataforma (quase) exclusiva que supõe uma inscrição com subscrição.  É poético, carregado de simbolismo e apontamentos subliminares que requerem a nossa atenção. As letras são reflexo de experiências e rituais femininos, contra o estereótipo da mulher negra. Consta que muito do que canta Beyoncé em Lemonade é sobre as supostas traições de Jay-Z. Na verdade, diria que se trata da Beyoncé contra o mundo, colocando o dedo na ferida e assumindo que usa e abusa dos clichés da cultura pop para conseguir passar uma mensagem mais séria do que parece.

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It's true and we hardly notice it. Many times life gives us lemons and we insist on orange juice. Then we find others who can do whatever they want to and yet, they make lemonade. Stunning Lemonade, by the way. I'm talking about Beyoncé and her impressive move called Lemonade.

What if one day one would wake up to Beyoncé? 

Sometimes it feels like it and that's why Lemonade isn't just a new record. It's a manifesto and a visual composition based on I'm not taking anymore s*** from the world, which might have already happened to you without you being able to create such an astonishing public cultural statement, promoted with bright ideas, sharp concepts and polished production.

I was scrolling on Twitter when I remembered someone's yesterday post referring to Lemonade. I searched for Beyoncé's Lemonade on Twitter and started listening to the album on Tidal. Something exclusive drives our curiosity and leaves us keen to try. So I did. Volume up, shower on and the ultimate female drama: robe and messy hair looking at the wardrobe. I was influenced by Beyoncé's voice and lyrics, inspirational and empowering. I picked a black jumpsuit and couldn't stop wondering about Beyoncé's yellow dress. 

The amazing Cavalli dress is much more than just fashion or an awesome choice. Theories are flooding the web around the idea that Beyoncé was inspired by a Yoruba Orisha, Oshun, victim of abuse and seeking revenge for those who hurted her. Being so, my understanding seems to be right since I always look at Beyoncé's public appearances and music productions as references of something bigger than Queen Bey herself. In Lemonade, wearing a yellow Oshun inspired couture dress, Beyoncé becomes a symbol of a black woman's journey.  She started as an entertainer, becoming a worldwide pop star and she steadily built trust around her impressive vocals and sophistication. She then defined herself as a feminist voice for women around the world, now using entertainment as a platform to talk about important things. I barely listen to Beyoncé songs but more than once I was inspired by her feminist positions and militant activism. In fact, what we see in Lemonade is the traditional female duality: we can be both sexy and emotional, but yet emotional and strong or sexy and violent, depending on the context that drive women's strengths.

Today, she inspired me again and I'll sure make some Lemonade. I have my black jumpsuit on, a metaphor for here I am against the world,  I'm listening to her on Tidal and thinking that this Lemonade is much more than a bunch of songs. It's visual, symbolic and poetic, a collection of experiences,  reflecting rituals and womanhood. Definitely against black, stereotyped feminist and perhaps, a breakup album. Not with Jay-Z but with the world. After all, are we facing a black woman celebration album? Maybe so, if understood as unapologetic of anger and culture against race and gender And even if I don't understand it fully - I'm not black nor a pop music fan, and I've been marginalised for my skin colour - I do understand gender issues and the need to express ourselves against a society that builds walls instead of bridges.

NOTE TO READERS: you must have a Tidal premium account to be able to listen to the full album.

Red lips. Cool chucks.

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