On April 23, 2016 at 9pm, everyone was glued to the television waiting for the latest release from Beyonce. HBO and Parkwood Entertainment teamed up and gave us “Lemonade” we all were shook! It was a true visual piece of art. Now one year later, it has become a phenomenon. Let’s run down the year of Lemonade.
First things first, my 2 part reaction I released via YouTube on the premier night.
Also, the film won a prestigious Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards are for storytelling in media/entertainment.
“Lemonade” draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released it’s annual Global Music Report on April 25, 2017 and Lemonade had the highest sales of 2016. The album sold 2.5 million copies, physically and digitally.
Beyonce also announced that she was pregnant with twins. Instead of a television surprise announcement, like she did on MTV when she was pregnant with Blue, she released on her personal Instagram account. The internet went crazy!
She also gave us some amazing live television performances. When she was not on her record breaking world tour, The Formation World Tour, she had to give us live performances. She performed on the CMA’s and The Grammy’s. Check both performances below.
Lastly, Mrs. Knowles-Carter created a college scholarship for young women. The name of this scholarship is Formation Scholars. She made the announcement after the 1 year Anniversary of Lemonade. She said this scholarship is “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”
This scholarship is geared to students studying Creative Arts, Music, Literature, or African American studies. There will be one recipient; incoming, current undergraduate or graduate student.
There will be four Institutions:
Berklee College of Music – Boston and Valencia, Spain
Howard University – Washington, D.C.
Parsons School of Design – New York City
Spellman College – Atlanta
Cheers to Lemonade and the entire Parkwood Family!!! Bravo!!!!