Lemonade, a visual album released by pop icon Beyoncé Knowles Carter in 2016, crafts a mise-en-scene that redefines the way that black women are allowed to feel and exist in media culture. Contrary to the negative stereotypes and misrepresentations perpetuated in media, Lemonade is a radical attempt to provide audiences with an alternative representation of the experiences of black women. For this honors project, I address the controversy surrounding the visual album’s radical representations of black womanhood. To inform my understanding of the visual album I examine the various creative contributions such as the film Daughters of the Dust directed by Julie Dash, poetry by Warsan Shire, and various musical scores. Additionally, I apply the black feminist perspectives of Patricia Hill Collins, Bell Hooks, Norma Mantu and Audre Lorde to support my arguments.
Level of Honors
magna cum laude
Jenkins, Tatiyana, "A Recipe for Black Girl Magic: A Critical Study of the Mise-en-Scene in Beyoncé’s Visual Album Lemonade as a Radical Representation of Black Women" (2017). Lawrence University Honors Projects. 104.
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