Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few days, you'll know that our cover star Beyoncé dropped her visual album 'Lemonade' on Saturday night.
Besides the enviable style moments and Queen B's knockout vocals, we love that the album also pays tribute to some very inspirational black women.
Lemonade is a celebration of these power women, and for that, we salute you, Bey.
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Amandla Stenberg, best known for her portrayal of Rue in The Hunger Games, is an American actress who has been applauded for her comments on the struggles faced by black, bisexual women. In a series of snapchats for Teen Vogue, in which the 17 year old came out as bisexual herself, Stenberg brought to light the awkwardness women can feel, when openly embracing their identity. “It’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to hold yourselves into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in. As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I've been through it and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable.” In 2015, she was named “Feminist of the Year” by the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Warsan Shire is a Somali-British poet, who was named as the first Young Poet Laureate of London in 2014, at the age of 25. Born in Kenya and raised in the UK, Shire’s poetry deals with issues of belonging and identity, as well as what it means to be a woman. Though not in the album personally, Lemonade features quotes from Shire’s book, “Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth,” as well as her poem “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love.” With such empowering phrases as “You are terrifying/And strange and beautiful/Something not everyone knows how to love” it’s not hard to see why.