I have always been a fan, and I know she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I feel like there is more to offer in this visual album.
The film, crafted through the album’s songs and verse from the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire against a Southern Gothic backdrop, follows Beyonce’s emotional journey as she tackles infidelity but also the larger experience of African American women. The word “intuition” flashed on screen as she said, “I tried to make a home out of you, but doors led to trapdoors”. This is your final warning. The love of my…you’re the love of my life. “You try this s-t again, you gon’ lose your wife”. Hell, it might even be her album – BEYONCÉ’s running time was just over an hour.
Though fans are questioning some of the lyrics behind the album, which as far as I could tell focus on Bey’s relationship with Jay-Z, his cheating ways, and also a possible separation between the famous couple.
There’s also a moment when she quotes Malcolm X. Are we reading too much into it all? At one point, the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown are seen holding pictures of their dead sons.
For a chapter titled “Freedom“, she recruits unfiltered black stars, actress-singer Zendaya, actress Amandla Stenberg as well as supermodel Winnie Harlow, for one of the peak emotional moments that pays homage to generations of strong black women. We glimpse Bey and her man getting matching tattoos, as well as adorable footage of Jay with their daughter at the Super Bowl. Because this is Beyoncé we’re talking about, of course.