Lemonade: Beyoncé's Visual Album
While the album might have sparked internet gossip sites to reignite rumors of Jay-Z’s infidelity, it spurred others online to discuss the album’s meditation on the experience and empowerment of black women. Leaving a lot of people hungry for information and more insight.
Thankfully, dozens of brilliant women on Instagram have taken up the call and have spent the last week developing the #LemonadeSyllabus. These suggestions range from music to film to literature, and are focused on materials produced by black women.
Available at Your Library
The full, curated version should be available soon from Candice Marie Benbow, the Rutgers professor who started this social media trend. Here is a list of some of the titles from #LemonadeSyllabus available to public library customers.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange
- The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Memoirs and Essays
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
- Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
- Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
- Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
- In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker