Beyonce is known as a pop singer. But her album Lemonade also features the song "Freedom", which addresses racial inequality. This song is a call to action for black women and all black people.
Beyonce's "Freedom" is an anthem for racial justice. In the song, she speaks about a history of slavery in the United States, the injustices black people have endured, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kendrick Lamar joined Beyonce on the track. Together they performed the song at the 2016 BET Awards. It was the first time they worked together. And "Freedom" was included in the setlist for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 charity concert.
"Freedom" is a song about the mistreatment of African Americans by police. The video includes the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. As the mothers are portrayed, they speak about their experience of losing their loved ones in a violent death.
Despite the harsh topics in the song, Beyonce makes it clear that she is not going to stop fighting for her beliefs. She has supported the Black Lives Matter movement since February. She has participated in many protests. She has volunteered for numerous charities.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, Beyonce released her visual album, Lemonade. The record was accompanied by the song "Freedom" which was also featured in the film.
While Lemonade blurs genres, it is an ambitious and boundary-pushing project. The artists involved are masters in their fields and will be revisited by music lovers for years to come.