From the moment you begin to watch the visual masterpiece that is Lemonade, you are taken into a world that depicts the heart, soul and mind of a black woman, like never before. Over the course of one hour, you can expect to experience everything from rage and sadness, to forgiveness, restoration, and empathy. There's a level of relation that just can't be denied; a level of solidarity that we haven't seen in a long time.
Without a doubt, it's safe to say that this is not just the story of one woman, but the plight, reality, and emotions of many. Here are a few women who contributed behind the scenes to make this work of art so authentic, relatable, and beautiful:
Just a few months ago, Matsoukas got us into Formation, and from the looks of it, she's not planning on letting up. Aside from the queen herself, Melina is the only other female director (out of 5) credited in the film, and has a history of delivering beautiful art in form of music videos ("We Found Love, "Pretty Hurts"). Recently, Matsoukas directed the pilot for Issa Rae's new HBO Series, "Insecure".
If at any point in the film you were screaming "YES" at your TV or computer screen, it was likely after a poignant stanza from the Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire. With stanzas like,
"So, what are you gonna say at my funeral now that you've killed me?"
"Ashes to ashes. Dust to side bitches." (GOODNESS!)
, it is safe to say that Shire's poetry helped tell this story like no other, with words we will never forget.
Listen to more poetry from Warsan Shire here.
If you can't stop listening to "Don't Hurt Yourself", "Sorry", or "Daddy Lessons", you can thank singer/songwriter Wynter Gordon for that; she co-wrote all three songs and is a serious force to be reckoned with.
Gordon, a New York Native, and LA resident, has worked with everyone from Mary J Blige to Danity Kane, and has recently worked with rising star, Bryson Tiller.
As if she needs any introduction.
When it comes to all things hair, Celebrity Hairstylist, Kim Kimble, and her team did alla that (two snaps and a twirl). Kimble was also responsible for creating Beyonce's signature cornrow style which is featured on the "Lemonade" album cover.
Every woman was going crazy after Beyonce and Nicki Minaj dropped their "Feeling Myself" video. Sure the song was dope, but it was the jersey leotards that had everyone ready to pull out their credit cards. We can thank celebrity stylist, Marni Senofonte, for that. We can also thank her for her styling expertise for this amazing film, too. Killed it.
With nods of approval from First Lady Michelle Obama to Vogue.com, Amaka's Osakwe's "Maki Oh" fashion line is redefining how women in Africa see beauty, fashion, and feminism. In one of our favorite scenes, pictured below, you can see Beyonce, Zendaya, Ibeyi, Halle and Chloe, and Amandla Stenberg all serving black girl magic, draped in her beautiful designs.