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The Afro-Caribbean Connection In Beyoncé’s Lemonade You Might Not Have Known About

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Since evolving from Destiny’s Child into a solo artist, Beyoncé has worked with a wide range of female musicians and artists, particularly black women from around the world. There’s the Sugar Mamas , for instance, her 10-piece touring band; her inclusion of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s inspiring TEDx Talk about feminism in “Flawless;” and her weaving of Somali-British poet Warsan Shire’s haunting poem about betrayal on Lemonade.

Among that illustrious group? Franco-Cuban sisters Ibeyi.

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The sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi, not only appear in Lemonade alongside the likes of Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg, but also had their song, “River,” featured in an Instagram post Beyoncé made to promote her September 2015 Vogue cover. You can watch the video for “River” below, because it’s fantastic and because we love you:

 

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And ~that’s not all.~

There’s a theory snaking its way around the internet that some of the striking imagery Beyoncé employed in Lemonade takes its cues from Santería and other Yoruba-influenced faiths popular across the Caribbean and Brazil, including and very notably in Cuba. In fact, one prominent orisha, Oshun, is mentioned by name in “River.”

“Wemile Oshun, Oshun dede, Alawede Wemile Oshun, moolowo beleru yalode moyewede.”

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Here’s how Oshun is commonly depicted:

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She’s beautiful, right? Now, notice her gold-colored gown and her proximity to water.

Look familiar?

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Lots of people, specifically on Instagram, are making the visual connection between elements in Lemonade — Beyoncé’s yellow Roberto Cavalli gown, a shot of her standing amid streaming water — and the color and element so often associated with Oshun.

Check it out:

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Beyonce's #Lemonade is rich with historical and cultural references, but as a seduction devotee, this may be my favorite. In one of the initial scenes, #Beyonce wears a magnificent golden yellow dress, and exits a building engulfed in flowing water. This is a mythological reference to the orisha Oshun. Considered to be the most beautiful of the female orisha's, she exhibits qualities associated with flowing water; she is vivacious, sparkling, and moves with seductive fluidity. As a diety, she reins over eroticism, sensuality, creativity, fertility, and the rivers. Oshun is regarded as a healer of the sick, the bringer of song, music and dance, as well as prosperity and fertility. She is very powerful…In many instances where other Orishas fail, Oshun triumphs, often using her feminine wiles and 'sweetness' to conquer enemies. She is associated with the colors yellow and gold, fans and mirrors, honey, and rivers. Oshun, like Venus, Aphrodite, and Astarte, represents the sacral energy in women. This is the sensual procreative force in every woman that connects her to her sacred ability to arouse, emotionally connect, manifest reality, and ultimately create life. When this energy is active– when we've activated Oshun– we are too like water, fluid, sensual, powerful, life-giving, renewing, creative spontaneous, and completely at ease in the realm of emotion. When we tap into our inner love goddess we attract the kind of love that fills us up, and we begin to manifest the realities we seek. #theseductivewoman #beyhive #feminineenergy #oshun #ochun #santeria #yoruba #ankh #shakti #sacralchakra #feminine #loveadvice #Femininity #sacredfeminine #love #rachelroy #tinalawson #bae #formation

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To paraphrase the poster above: even when others might alter or fail…

“Oshun triumphs.”

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Maybe Beyoncé was influenced by her 2013 trip to Cuba? Something to ponder.

Now go check out more of Ibeyi’s music.

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READ: Beyonce Chooses Unlikely Latina Model For Her New Clothing Campaign

What’d you think of Lemonade? And how many times are you going to listen to Ibeyi today? 187,321 times at least, right?

This Woman Found Brujería In Her Wall During A Home Renovation And How Is She Still Standing There?!

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This Woman Found Brujería In Her Wall During A Home Renovation And How Is She Still Standing There?!

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Cuidado: this post contains actual brujería which may cause goosebumps and a high need for access to holy water.

Being Latino means growing up believing that an entire other plane of existence is all around you. Let a curandero read you and you know you’re constantly surrounded by spirits; that your spirit guide is a giant bald tattooed man (true story); that you were a bruja in a past life, living by a lake and using it as your own magical cauldron. We all have our own stories of making contact with the dead and the spirits around us. Usually, we share our stories with the people who believe, needing no proof but our word. Unless you’re Sandra.

On June 23, 2019, Sandra was minding her own business renovating her own pinche home when brujería found her. In fact, brujería had been living with her family all along and she only just discovered it.

Sandra’s family decided to knock down a wall in their home and found an assortment of obvious brujería inside the wall.

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“We been living in this house for like six years now lol,” Sandra followed up. You know that “lol” is all kinds of nervous laughter. 😅At least she had the good sense to wear a glove to prevent skin contact with the trapped spirit inside that feather.

Like, what is this? Can anyone explain what this is and what it can be used for?

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All we know is that Sandra’s family home is in Denver, Colorado and that the brujería must have dated before 2013 when the family moved in. Her padre was off work for a week and “he needed something to do,” which prompted the renovation. Latino dads are restless and it is clear that they were not expecting to find any of these artifacts hiding behind the wall.

There were also velas, matches and “OLD gum and weird red rocks” in the wall. *shivers*

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Someone had the courage to ask Sandra for an explanation of the photo she shared. “It was mad feathers, candles, matches, OLD gum and weird red rocks,” she replied. The very fact that these brujas were not allowing any lighters to be involved is just further proof that this was a bruja ceremony.

Sandra’s comadres were quick to come in with some protective measures.

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“Pour rubbing alcohol and sugar, then burn it sis. That sh** is wild,” tweets one friend. Look. We all have our experiences and beliefs around brujería. First and foremost, Latinos are believers, no question. Most of us just don’t mess with it because we fully understand its power and consequences by allowing that kind of energy into your life. Another friend told her straight up, “Ask a santero.”

Time to meet brujería with brujería lite.

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“Get your house blessed! hang up some crosses,” replies another friend. Ever wondered why Santería was born so naturally? Tell a bunch of Taínos and brujas that, also, this holy water will repel evil spirits and we just add it to our collection of tools. Slap a Saint on that vela and now you have the power of that spirit behind you. We’re not saying it doesn’t work. We’re not questioning the powers of anyone. *makes the sign of the cross*

Others think that Sandra’s family is already cursed.

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We love a friend whose going to be so brutally honest and unhelpful. It’s all over, comadre. Bendiciones to you and your family. Honestly, if we were to add all the superstitions of every Latinx family and take it as truth, we wouldn’t be able to do anything without it being bad luck.

So much for renovating the home–now you have to move.

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HGTV, we’re waiting for this quality-level plot twist. Bait us, por favor. We need follow-ups! Meanwhile, Justin a.k.a. @cozyyJ came in with something to consider, “Nah y’all buggin. Everyone here saying brujería but what if this shit was blessing ya house and now you took it away.”

Over a month post-brujería and Sandra says “so far so good lol.”

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Is it just me or am I reading into that “lol” as nervously-kidnapped-by-spirits laughter? No? Just me? We’re avoiding eye contact with all the walls and lighting mad velas for you girl.

READ: Aja’s ‘Brujería’ Is The Anthem For All Of The Brujas Who Are Just Living Their Best Life

Beyoncé Giving The Look To A Woman Leaning Over Her To Talk To Jay-Z Is Every WOC Shutting The Becky Down

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Beyoncé Giving The Look To A Woman Leaning Over Her To Talk To Jay-Z Is Every WOC Shutting The Becky Down

This week, the world watched Donald Trump, unfortunate president of the United States, make a visit to the Royal family in England. It’s been a bit of clunky road, but he and Ivanka have taken up some pretty important lessons on how to treat the queen. Do not touch the queen, do not turn your back on the queen and for the love of god caller her Queen or your Highness only.

Now, in case you didn’t know, these practices apply to our very own sovereign in the U.S., Queen Beyoncé, as well. And when it comes to our queen, Beckys — particularly ones who have good hair and eyes for Hov — a set of very specific procedures apply.

#1 No LEANING across the queen to talk to her mans. Not ever.

Not EVER.

But Nicole Curran, wife of the Golden State Warriors’ owner had clearly failed to be informed of these facts. Today she knows.

Recently Curran caught eyes when she appeared courtside beside Beyoncé and Jay-Z for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The video which was posted to Twitter by ESPN, shows Beyoncé watching as Curran leans over her to talk to Jay-Z. The thing is…

ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY LEAN ACROSS A QUEEN, JAN.

Clearly, agitated, Beyoncé’s face goes blank before she gives Curran The Look that so many women of color know well.

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It’s the one we’ve been getting from our moms at parties since day 1 and have put into practice ourselves. It’s the one we got when we were younger and caught cutting up / disgracing the family name at a party. The one we got when we had to ask if we could sleepover… at age 24. And the same one we deliver when a Becky comes too close to our man.

Somehow, it can spark a fire and simultaneously put one out while also making you pee yourself.

Latinas of Twitter were also unimpressed by Curran’s behavior and were quick to acknowledge their experience of having to use The Look in similar situations

Beyoncé’s face is literally all of us who have ever had to step up to a woman at a club, bar, BBQ, family party and let a girl know that the ring on their man’s finger MEANS he’s taken.

It’s also the face, those of us who aren’t married, have given when we know that just our PRESENCE next to our man ought to be enough for a girl to know she needs to not.

Not. Thot.

Of course, Curran has said that her intention was much more innocent than we’ve all assumed.

Curran, who has since deleted her Instagram account because of online bullying, told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN that in the moment gone viral, she was simply asking Jay-Z and Beyoncé if they wanted drinks.

BTW: Jay-Z ordered vodka soda while Bey asked for water. That classy queen.

When it comes to The Look, Michelle Obama also knows what’s up.

Pretty sure we all remember this moment in history when the former First Lady was forced to literally put herself between her husband and former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Lesson of the day?

Don’t be leaning across queens, girl.

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