The Black Aesthetic: Sexuality in Beyoncé’s Grammy Award Winning Lemonade


From a sea of beautiful black faces, honey-colored tresses tumble from a golden crown. A pregnant belly hides twins beneath Beyoncé’s sheer gold, beaded sequins gown. As usual, Beyoncé’s aesthetic appeal during her performance and her lyrical gifts subvert stereotypical notions of black femaleness as ugly or undesirable. On Grammy night, amongst her nine nominations, Beyoncé was nominated for songs such as “Hold Up,” reminding her lover that she’s still sexy, and for “Formation,” where she expresses her love for her black facial features. In Bey’s groundbreaking visual album, Lemonade, images of black femaleness manifest as not only sexually pleasing to imagine, but empowering to behold...Continue reading


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