Beyoncé’s Lemonade – equal parts empowerment and vulnerability

When Beyoncé unexpectedly released her self-titled album in December of 2013, it exploded into a fireball of new-found and unapologetic ownership of her sexuality. Without any indication that it was coming nor any pre-emptive promotion, there it was: the rebirth of an ailing link between cinematography and music in the form of the Visual Album, told with the tale of sexual awakening destined to empower other women into instigating their own and spawning seemingly eternal pop culture catchphrases. This past … Read More

COLUMN: Beyoncé, Sex and Why We Need Her

This week the VMAs honoured Beyoncé with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at its annual celebration of popular music videos. The statue, handed to Beyoncé by Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy, equates to the VMA equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Even without considering her spectacular career before releasing her surprise self-titled fifth solo album last December, Beyoncé’s contribution to the music video art form based on this album alone is considerable. The record was the first ‘visual album’ … Read More