Beyonce’s political growth continues with release of “Lemonade” – Tola Adenle

April 29, 2016

Arts & Culture, USA, Women



Beyonce makes a stoop look like a throne

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The political education of Beyonce continues with her latest release. What’s going on?

Just a couple of months ago at the Superbowl’s always-heralded Half Time Show, Beyonce’s “follow-up” act to Coldplay caused near seismic who-Beyonce-in-Black Panther-memorialization? Beyonce portraying the police negatively – a hark back to the Black Panthers “pigs” of the 1960s? Beyonce whom we had always thought preferred not being thought of as “black” …

Well, this superstar does not make “turning coat” – if critics are to be believed – a point to be taken seriously. She IS a politically-aware young woman who FEELS deeply about a part of her she’s finally releasing to the world, a part that does not seem an act.

With her latest release, Lemonade, Beyonce shows the cynics, including this blogger who – belonging to an older generation – did not take HER very seriously even though she likes her singing AND SPUNK. (I also liked Madonna’s spunk early but never really took the things she did seriously.)

Now, “Queen Bey” – as her fans and even critics call her – is telling the world: I am a black woman; I feel the pains of millions before me; the disrespect that African-American women have always gotten; the happiness that sisterhood with other “sisters” enrich our lives with …

Maturity and much-deserved success must have played a role in the confidence that aided Beyonce stepping forward to be counted among those who know where they’ve come from, the long very painful road that has been traveled by African-Americans, and the special burden of the Black Woman whose pains have never really gone away with slavery, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Act.

As one stage of the journey of African Americans have evolved into the next, tremendous pressures and heartaches have befallen the women : institutional pressure that sees men in jail while female-headed households grew to absurd levels, statistics that are shoved in the collective face of the Black community as if it’s the cause … and in recent years, the killing of young African American males by the hands that are supposed to  protect society, the police. In all, the African American women, have stood stoically in the face of society’s pigeonholing and racism.

Let’s skip the who-why-what and how of Beyonce’s arrival at the junction of her entertainment career that saw her make the right choice, and just Hail the Queen!

Check out Lemonade, a piece that is all over the web in:

Beyoncé’s Lemonade Isn’t Just About Cheating, It’s About Black Sisterhood

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016. 6:50 p.m. [GMT]




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5 Comments on “Beyonce’s political growth continues with release of “Lemonade” – Tola Adenle”

  1. weircentreforafrica Says:

    I feel that those who realize that they need to speak up on issues that are dear to their hearts, like Beyonce, have merely realized that if they keep mum, whatever their wealth or achievement, their “still small voices” will be buried with them and nobody will ever know about it.
    Beyonce has reached a cross road in life that has pointed her in the direction of courageously accepting to be in the minority of possibly American opinion regarding woman and black issues just as Ghandi said that ‘“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.”



    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks for your contribution.

      I believe we must let Beyonce be; she’s made her choice, and the right one, too, as far as I am concerned.




  2. Kasumu Odugbemi Salawu Says:

    This is a bold and “spunky” reaction to Beyonce’s newest creative work.

    Though I do not have a daughter of my own, I grew up with more than ten sisters so I have always supported women’s rights. My sisters include PhD’s, physicians, lawyers and other professionals. Their daughters include physicians and published writers — they all liberated themselves from sexism. Still, we should welcome and applaud emotan’s confirmation and celebration of women’s equality, continuing in the path of the American emancipator who is shortly going to grace one of our x-dollar bills, Angela Davis (in my 60’s generation) and many more outstanding black women! (Go Williams sisters!)

    Please publish this recognition in (women’s) journals, particularly in Africa!

    Ire, o!



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Doctor,

      Thanks very much for checking this story out and for your contribution.

      Beyonce’s rise, not only in her career but in taking the correct fork in the road even though she really could have chosen otherwise, is very commendable.

      All of the African Americans who have made it to the top in their chosen careers
      have piggybacked their way to the top, directly or indirectly through the labors and sufferings of sisters and brothers long gone, many paying for their “uppity-ness” in striving for the top with their lives in times when African Americans had their lives cut out for them in specific endeavors: teaching, train drivers and hands, hairdressers …

      Beyonce did not say, “I’m already very comfortable; why should I have to overturn the apple-cart …” when she got to that fork in the road, THAT defining moment of her life – as I see it – that would be remembered long after she’s gone. She chose to be on the side of history.

      There are many in her position – I won’t name names although I’ve done just that in saying why I was never enamored with some superstars in sports and whose teams I therefore NEVER supported. The only name I named that I’m willing to give is that of our compatriot, Hakeem Olajuwon, who at that time when I wrote weekly essays for [Nigeria’s] THE NATION ON SUNDAY and he was still playing, I contrasted with such stars of sports like Manute Bol and Dikembe Mutombo (Africa), Lakers’ Vlade Divac(Serbia). These guys, like many in American sports, ensured that their countries benefitted from their NBA fortune either by donating and/or collecting items to send back home: a hospital (Bol in Sudan), a place where other kids could pick up basketball skills and equipment to run the place (Vlade in Serbia) …

      No matter the money these stars make, they can never really rise beyond how their people – wherever they come from – are perceived, be it an American “hood” or an African country.

      Beyonce’s bold stepping out is not, we must be aware of the quirk ways of good old USA, is without possible dangers to her and her family but she must have thought of all that choosing to align herself with her own people’s struggle – VERY LOUDLY & PUBLICLY, could entail.

      You chose right, Beyonce!

      My sincere thans, Doctor, for giving me the chance to say a little bit more about this young lady’s “new persona”! I’ll do my best to get stories like this out as suggested.




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      Thank you for this, and please do not get me going on retired General Obasanjo because it’s at his doorstep that I believe most of Nigeria’s problems lie. The few essays from my weekly newspaper days carried over to this blog – mostly written during his presidency – said this same thing. While we are all aware of his forever running around all over the place where those before him do not go, I’ve given up writing on him.

      He had the chance to re-make Nigeria: lot of goodwill, a press that was very supportive but he went the way of the typical African despot, especially during his second term.

      Check out just these two essays:

      Now, as for the present, I’m in agreement that our people will open their eyes and see.

      Sincere regards,



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