"I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”
― Ron White
Thank you Beyonce for a tall glass of Lemonade---Refreshing!
In case your internet has been down you might have missed Beyonce releasing a secret album last Sunday night with a video album to support her eighth studio album Lemonade exclusively on Tidal music. Almost instantly their was commontary about the album and Beyonce from alomst everyone with a phone or e-mail account from fans to non-fans alike, but one of the worse was from Piers Morgan who said "I guess Beyonce wants everyone to know she's black now." That one really got to me and I wondered why. And I finally realized last night why that one stuck in my head for so long because it was something that I have heard before about myself growing up in Middletown, CT one the whitest towns in CT and going to a private school. Well let me back up I was raised in Brooklyn, NY and my mom moved us to CT for a better job. Let's Just say culture shock. I went from one of many young black girls in my class to be the only black girl in my class and one of four black students in the entire school.
While that took some getting use to I think it was a good thing for me, I was learning about different cultures that I hadn't really been exposed to in Brooklyn. There wasn't a lot of white kids in my prodominatly Caribbean neighborhood and for a lot of my classmates I was kinda the first black person they had ever talked to let alone be in class with. My all girl Catholic high school was
another story. It was the 90s... Hip-Hop, Black culture, dress, slang and boyfriends were the new "cool" and everyone wanted to "be" black and one sure fire way was to challenge the acutal black person's blackness. Looking back on it now it makes laugh a little but when I read things from people like Piers Morgan and the like it brings me back to that point in time and it still gets under my skin.
Having people that aren't black defining for me what "black" is and how being black sounded always flet like a slap in the face to me. How dare you try to tell me I am or am not "black enough" I mean what does that even mean really? Is there somehow a measurement or scale like with making a cake or something? We are more than that. And that's what makes Lemonade so special, it is a gift to black women from another black woman where she talks about the many struggles black women have endured and continues to endure. It a giving not only voice but stirring images to reflect the pain, joy, defeats, wins and sisterhood among black women that has helped to support us as we seek healing and redemption. Lemonade isn't written for you Piers Morgan or any of the girls I went to school with it was written for ME.