Was I excited about Beyonce’s Lemonade special? Not really. To be completely honest, I forgot all about it until I saw a few friends post about it.
As a growing photographer and an aspiring director, I was blown away by the visuals, but what I loved most about Lemonade (well, the half that I caught) was seeing all of those black women and girls that gave off the persona of being unapologetically them. Unapologetically black. I know it didn’t seem like much, but seeing all of those ladies with their hair out meant a lot.
Before I go any further, I’d like to say that it doesn’t matter if you decide to wear weave, wigs, etc. As long as you are wearing them because you want to and not because you feel that you can’t be yourself, do you!
Why does this special and a lot of what she has been doing lately mean so much to me? Representation. I can never speak on behalf of women because…well, I’m a guy (no Jake from State Farm); however, speaking as someone that has always had to deal with a lack of representation and as a guy who finds himself spending most days and nights thinking about how he’s going to raise children in a world that constantly tells young black girls and boys that they aren’t beautiful in their natural ways, I have grown to love Bey because she is one of the people helping us see that we are fine the way we are.
I’ll never be able to completely articulate my excitement for the increase in representation, but I definitely enjoy seeing us grow in self-love. With artists like Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole; directors like Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Cecile Emeke; leaders like Boyce Watkins, Jarren Small and his Legendary team; up-and-coming writers/directors Tezya Jackson, Jerry Nichols; and Melanie Young who does everything she possibly can, it’s only a matter of time before we all know that BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!