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Lemonade Syllabus: A Collection of Works Celebrating Black Womanhood

“On April 23, 2016, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter released her sixth solo project, Lemonade, through a world premiere on HBO. Traversing through pain and heartache towards healing and joy, the visual album chronicled the experiences of many Black women in intimate and social relationships.

After Lemonade aired, sisters began to seek resources that would help them unpack the rich Black femi­nist and womanist themes that permeate the visual album. To accomplish this, the “Lemonade Syllabus” hashtag was created. What followed is the essence of Black Girl Magic. Black women, spanning genera­tions and class dynamics, used social media to suggest books, films, songs and poetry- primarily by Black women- that they believe best accompanied Lemonade and spoke to the essence of Black womanhood in its historical and contemporary manifestations. Compiled is over 200 resources that specifically speak to Black women from classics in fiction to Black feminist theory to inspirational and self-care guides. There are even resources for the young Black girls in our lives.”

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