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Beyoncé Dropped Lemonade & Everyone Freaked Out (again)

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On April 23, Beyoncé FINALLY debuted her brand new visual masterpiece: Lemonade. Just like her previous album, this album takes its music and lyrics and presents them visually, leading not just to a visual album, but an entire short film.

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The project Lemonade, undertaken by Beyoncé, is stunning, and the short film accompanying the album is heartfelt and deals with many important issues, such as racism, equal treatment for women, and relationship issues. Now, the reviews for Lemonade are in, and everyone can agree… it’s ASTOUNDING.

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A whole slew of huge names, along with some lesser known ones, worked with Beyoncé on this album, though Beyoncé was the sole executive producer on the project. The film features stars such as Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhané Wallis and Serena Williams. Beyoncé has had encounters with many of these talented women before, so it’s great to see them working together again. #girlpower

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The short film also pays tribute to the lives of those lost due to police brutality, particularly those of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. The mothers of both of these young men appeared in the film, holding up photos of their deceased children in an especially relevant and emotionally poignant moment. Beyoncé has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, so it comes as no big surprise that Lemonade would also pay homage to this movement.

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HBO

As you can see, a lot was covered in the short film – no territory was left uncovered. Then, suddenly, before everyone could finish cleaning the mascara off of their cheeks, Beyoncé dropped her new album of the same name on Tidal (a slightly ironic move, given the theme of infidelity covered in the album).

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The 12-track album has been all the buzz, and has really stirred up Beyhive. Beyoncé, who had a major role as a writer on the album, did not shy away from making it personal… at all.

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The lyrics on the album are mostly about the struggles of being in a relationship, making many people question the current status of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The album specifically deals with the theme of infidelity, so people naturally placed the blame on two people: Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, and Jay-Z, Beyoncé’s husband.

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Parkwood Entertainment

The lyrics are brutally honest, with words such as, “Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home. Today I regret the night I put that ring on.” Beyoncé then goes on to sing, “He only want me when I’m not there. He better call Becky with the good hair.” Naturally, this caused everyone to question… Who’s Becky???

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Well, the internet sort of seems to have an answer… and that’s designer Rachel Roy. This guess at Becky’s true identity is all due to an Instagram post by Roy herself, in which she captioned a photo, “Good hair, don’t care.”

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Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, many fans took to social media to condemn Rachel Roy for her supposed involvement in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s marriage, leading the fashionista to make her Instagram account private. While this form of online victimization can often be harsh enough as is, there were some misfires in this particular case. Many fans confusedly victimized Rachel Ray, the television personality and chef, rather than the designer.

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The name of the album comes from a speech that Hattie White, Jay-Z’s grandmother, made during her 90th birthday party, where she said, “I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”

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Tidal

It looks like Beyoncé made lemonade, too.

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