Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Praises Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: ‘It’s Just So Black’


Black Lives Matter co-founder Johnetta Elzie jumped on Twitter Saturday night to heap praise on the visual for Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, saying she connected with the music “on a personal, spiritual level.”

Beyoncé’s sixth studio album, Lemonade, was released Saturday in the form of a full-length visual presentation on HBO. The 12-song offering is a 45 minute medley of themes, which include a big helping of black nationalist feminism.

The film features the mothers of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, two black men whose deaths were used to launched the anti-police Black Lives Matter movement.

In response to the depiction of these two women, Black Lives Matter organizer Johnetta Elzie tweeted:

Elsewhere, as Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal trended on Twitter, other black journalist, professors, and commentators celebrated Lemonade. 

BET News host, CNN commentator, and Morehouse Professor Marc Lamont Hill tweeted incessantly about how much he loved Lemonade:

Jamilah Lemieux, an Editor at Ebony Magazine, loved Lemonade:

Blair L.M. Kelley, assistant dean and associate professor of history at North Carolina State University had this to say:

Saturday’s release of the visual adaptation of Lemonade coincided with its audio release on streaming music service Tidal, which recently announced that it will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other political pressure groups.

Beyoncé is also set to launch the Formation World Tour, which begins April 27 in Miami.

Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter: @jeromeehudson


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