The 11 extremely emotional chapters of Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’

No one really knew what Beyonce’s Lemonade HBO special was before it debuted on Saturday night. And chances are, no one could have known we would get something as honest, angry and — occasionally — weird as this.

The visual album is both an ode to black women and a deeply personal love story, told in 11 equally earnest chapters.  Some chapters screamed “I came to slay, bitch.” Others were so specific and pointed in their anger that some wondered if Jay Z and Beyonce might be getting divorced.

Lemonade features Beyonce reciting poems from Warsan Shire including  “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love,” “The unbearable weight of staying,” and “Nail Technician As Palm Reader.”

Chapter 1: Intuition

The first time we see Beyonce, she’s crouched in front of a red curtain, singing the pointed opening lines of album opener “Pray You Catch Me”: “You can taste the dishonesty/ It’s all over your breath.”

The setting of Chapter 1 looks like it’s somewhere in the south, with a group of black women in Southern gothic clothing, looking at the camera. There are no men, which is very, very deliberate as she speaks from the perspective of a woman questioning not only the trustworthiness of her partner, but men in general.

I tried to make a home out of you. 

But doors lead to trap doors. A stairway leads to nothing. Unknown women wander the hallways at night.
Where do you go when you go quiet? You remind me of my father, a magician, able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood you come home at 3 a.m. and lie to me.
What are you hiding?
The past and the future merge to meet us here 

What luck, what a f*cking curse.

Later, she stands at the edge of a building, seemingly about to end her own life… and she jumps.

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