Calm Down, Beyhive: A Critical Take On Lemonade

Dear Beyhive,

I think it is time for someone to give you guys a rude awakening — Lemonade was not worth the wait. Yup! I said it; it wasn’t. It also wasn’t the best album Beyoncé ever dropped, so please calm down with the excitement before you say anything else you do not mean. The juicy information about her relationship was the highlight of the entire album because we all know how private Beyoncé likes to keep things. She’s never really talked about her love life, much less said anything negative about her relationship with Hip Hop mogul Jay-Z. So, getting tea from the horse’s mouth was what had us in awe.

To clear things up, let’s start by stating that I am not a hater of the Beyhive or depreciating Lemonade in any way, shape, or form. I applaud the album along with the stimulating visuals; but, I was also bothered by a few things. The depiction of the film and song did not compliment each other well. The need to be “pro-black” was heavily presented because “it is cool to be black again”. Yes, that is an unconscious state of thinking, that is becoming trendy today. As a black female, I encourage cultural awareness, but I do not encourage culture trending. Beyonce was never known in such manner, even though she is a black woman. Oppose to her low profile sister Solange Knowles, who’s carried an image of black empowerment throughout her career. If you disagree, then recall a time when Beyonce supported the black community so hard that it stirred up controversy? I’ll wait! Even white Amerikkka is baffled at her sudden “blackness” as conveyed by “Formation,” the Becky reference in “Sorry,” and her bold ethnic image.

Here’s a video of a skit from “Saturday Night Live” that impersonates the reactions of white Amerikkka losing it after the 2016 Super Bowl performance and the “Formation” video.

My opinion may not be valid, but what needs validation is the popular Becky reference that has everyone playing investigator! As you may know, Beyonce stated in one of the 12 tracks on the album, “He better call Becky, with the good hair.” It is alleged that Becky is Jay’s former business partner — and friend — Damon Dash’s ex-wife, Rachel Roy. The Beyhive and sources concluded this because right after the album dropped on HBO, she posted this Instagram post with a skeptical caption.

Calm Down, Beyhive: A Critical Take On Lemonade

Let’s not forget that Roy is no stranger to The Carter and Knowles family. The fashion designer was Jay’s stylist for quite some years. This also draws back to the elevator incident back in 2014 when Solange ambushed Jay before arguing with Roy backstage at the MET GALA after party.

While things may seem to all make sense, Roy released a statement during an interview, professing “I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest. My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted; it was misunderstood as something other than that.There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”

She may be right that there isn’t any truth to the rumors, but to the fans, she is still “Becky with the good hair.”

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