The age old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade.” isn’t just a reminder to punch the adversities life throws on you, but also the inspiration behind Beyonce’s 2016 hit studio album- Lemonade. But do you know why Beyonce hates lemons? 

Hold your horses there, before you understand why Beyonce hates lemons you should know why the 24 times Grammy winner Queen Bey named her album Lemonade. In her 2017 Grammys acceptance speech Beyonce had a heartfelt message for the world- “We all experience pain and loss, and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families — as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys — and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race. And I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”

The album Lemonade relates the emotional journey of Beyoncé after her husband Jay-Z’s infidelity in a generational and racial context through its music, lyrics, visuals and poetry. It highlights the historical impact of slavery on blalck love. The artwork is an intense and inspirational piece narrating the horror of slavery on the black men and women and the entire commnunity. It is also about  Black feminism and African-American history and culture. 

Now, did you know at the end of the song “Freedom” an audio recording of Jay Z’s mom Hattie White speaking to a crowd at her ninetieth birthday party in December 2015 is played. During the speech, Hattie says: “I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade”. And yes that was the inspiration behind naming the album Lemonade. 

So now do you understand why Beyonce hates lemons? Lemons may be used here as a sly metaphor to describe the inhumane monstrosity but Queen Bey for sure has made a Lemonade outta that, *dammnn gurll*

Keeping the reference of the saying “ When life gives you lemons, make lemonades” aside, lemons are truly the most useful fruits. This citrus gift of the gods is a masterpiece creation without a doubt. Now, why wouldn’t one appreciate the versatility of this fruit when it can..

Yep, helps with nazar too

Helps in weight loss

The best detoxicant when mixed with lukewarm water first thing in the morning. Stop going on random fad diets, rather stick to a healthy Ayurveda approved routine. Belly fat what? You’ll ask in a few weeks.

Instant hangover cure

Urrgh, the hammering headache and irritation the next morning is the worst no wonder. Especially when you gotta make a presentation the next morning. Lemons to the rescue, my man. Just squeeze a few drops and you are good to go.

Cuisines and drinks

From a humble lemonade to fancy lemon farfalle, lemons can be utilised in every dish! A Pav Bhaji is incomplete without that tinge of lemon squeezed on the top and yumm yumm lemon tarts is easily the simplest dessert to make at home. (Jeeb lap lapayi?)

Fashion 

Kate Middleton created a hullabaloo in the fashion industry when she wore that beautiful lemon yellow dress to the wimbledon tournament and before you know it fashion designers around the world have made lemon yellow accessible and elegant. 

Creates super hit Bollywood music

Nimuda nimuda nimbuda….reminiscing the days of performing your heart out on this super beat bombastic music? Me too! Not gonna lie, this music can still make you groove instantly and it sticks in your brain like an earworm for the next 20 weeks.

Super quirky Boxer shorts

Well the best kinda use for lemons and What’s Down knows how to ace that. Lemon print boxer shorts to make you feel as fresh as a lemon in all seasons. Don’t miss this cause, when What’s Down gives you lemon boxers, you wear ‘em!

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