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Jay-Z gave her lemons and Beyonce made #LEMONADE

  • April 28, 2016
  • 2 min read


To say Beyonce slays on her latest album is an understatement–she brings life back into the waning world of pop. Lemonade is a story from beginning to end about the life of a woman that has grown up, loved, hurt, been independent, and survived. But Beyonce isn’t just singing about and for herself–she’s singing for every woman.

“You can taste the dishonesty its all over your breathe…” passionately roll off Beyonce’s tongue with disdain on “Pray You Catch Me” and then eloquently slide into a prayer and plead for rescue. Then we hit the calm before the storm with “Hold Up”, a calypso and fancy free track that has Beyonce questioning her own sanity and marriage to Jay-Z in a blunt but classy way. If “Hold Up” is the calm, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is the storm! Beyonce is supported by Jack White on this fiery, raucous, and enraged song. White, who’s handled infidelity in his own marriage, paints the perfect musical landscape here as Beyonce rages through it lyrically and vocally. “Sorry” is Beyonce’s ‘done and over’/moved on song. Beyonce passionately vocalizes her frustrations with her marriage to Jay-Z and the infamous mention of ‘Becky with the good hair.’ “Formation”  is the singer’s proclamation for a new chapter as she sings “let’s get in formation” with no mention of her past relationship–time for something new (or someone).

To say this album is solely about Beyonce’s relationship with Jay-Z would be a travesty. Lemonade is a statement for all women, African Americans, daughters, sisters, lovers and beyond. Beyonce created a visual masterpiece that will meld its way into the minds of millions.

Check out “Formation” below:

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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