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

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?

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2020 Has Been A Mess: Here Are The Best Rituals And Limpias According To Your Sign

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2020 Has Been A Mess: Here Are The Best Rituals And Limpias According To Your Sign

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Let’s face it: this year has been an emotional and physical rollercoaster. It’s left so many of us completely dazed and confused and wondering what our future could look like.

Now, more than ever, we need to create a space for personal reflection and get in touch with our powerful inner witch. Plus, spending time, energy, and intention on your goals through ritual work adds a little bit of an extra sparkle to them that may just inspire you to follow through.

Each culture has their own traditions to celebrate the start of the new year and growing up Latinx, we know that there’s nothing quite like a spiritual cleanse or ‘Limpia’ for those who want to revive their energy after being exposed to negative energy. So keep reading to find limpias and rituals curated for each Zodiac sign.

Aries

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The first sign of the zodiac is competitive, courageous, with a ‘winner’ mindset. As a fire sign, Aries can be very emotionally charged —and as 2020 continues to throw some curve balls, we need a ritual with an opposing element like water, to help balance and flush out those high temps.

Here’s a simple ritual:

Fill a glass with purified water and find a place of solitude with no distractions (cell phone off).

Create an intention of what you learned in 2019 that you want to continue growing and learning in 2020.

Visualize that intention being poured into the glass of water. Visualize the element of water cleansing and purifying the negative thoughts.

After taking a moment of gratitude to connect and visualize your intention, release the intention back into the earth by pouring the water on the ground.

Taurus

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Taurus are some of the most loyal elements of the zodiac. They are reliable, consistent and calm. You’ve probably had a less tumultuous year than most – either financially or work-wise. But keep those good, prosperous vibes going with this simple limpia:

Recite a personal prayer to connect you with your source (the higher power you believe most in)

Open windows or doors so that dense energies can flow out.

Light a dried lavender flower bundle like you would palo santo or sage and move the extinguished bundle around your space to cleanse away the negative energetic residue of 2020.

Gemini

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Geminis are full of curiosity, and inquisitive knowledge. But it‘s this mindfulness and curiosity what causes that tendency towards indecision. Being indecisive probably led you down some interesting lessons this past year.

Recite a personal prayer to connect you with your source (the higher power you believe most in)

Open windows or doors so that dense energies can flow out.

In a fire-proof bowl or cauldron, light a piece of charcoal like you would sage or palo santo. Place fennel seeds on the smoking charcoal and pour a small amount of cedar oil on the fennel to increase the burn.

Fan the smoke around you and your space to cleanse away the negative energetic residue of 2020.

Close the ritual with a prayer of affirmation and love.

Cancer

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With the moon as your ruling planet, you are one of the most intuitive signs. You are loved for being attentive and nurturing and this can be draining your energy. Self-care should be an important topic for you going at all times but especially now thanks to everything going on in our world. Here’s a ritual for a spiritual baño to help you cleanse from negative vibes and ease into more chill ones.

Run warm water and fill tub to your liking.

Add sea salt and chamomile allowing the properties to expel in the water.

Place healong crystals of your choosing around the tub, or inside if they don’t have a negative reaction to water.

Light some candles to help you relax, and soak in the warm bath.

Visualize the chamomile and salts working their magic, releasing dense energy from your aura.

Enjoy for as long as you need and close with a prayer of gratitude.

Leo

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You shine bright like the sun. Leo is one of the most charismatic signs of the Zodiac. You live passionately and are usually center stage or the life of the party. For so many, especially Leos, 2020 has been a powerful check against ego and self-identity. A year full of highs and lows helped both make you humble and proud of who you are. Here’s a spiritual bath to help soothe your inner fire.

Run warm water and fill tub to your liking.

Add a handful of dried lavender allowing the properties to expand in the water.

Add a tablespoon of Florida water to the bath —or as much as you feel guided to pour.

Soak in the warm water and envision yourself connecting with the lavender to help you soothe and cool down the overuse of fire within you. Ask for guidance toward a more balanced temperament.

Enjoy for as long as you need and close with a prayer of gratitude.

Virgo

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This sign is known for it’s meticulous attention to detail and impeccable work. Your grounded nature allows you to be practical and get things done —which is something many other signs lack. 2020 is likely throwing you off of your stable nature which has left you feeling frazzled at times. Enjoy the following cleanse to assist you in cleaning yourself of dense negative energy and freeing new space to allow new opportunities into your life.

Make bundles of fresh rosemary (one for each room with a bed and another for a small altar)

Spray or sprinkle Florida water onto bundles.

Pray over the rosemary bundles and connect with the higher power you believe in, and ask for assistance in welcoming in fresh energy before the year ends.

Place a bundle under every bed in your place and another in an altar.

Keep the bundles in place until they’ve dried out completely.

Once they’ve dried out (2 weeks approximately) throw them away in a dumpster at least 2 miles away from your home.

The rosemary will clear out dense energy and will allow a clear mind for your analytical brain.

Libra

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Balance is your safe haven. Structure and diplomacy are ideal for a Libra to thrive. Spending so much time with your head in the clouds requires some time for you to feel more grounded —and that’s exactly what this limpia will help you do.

Set a bowl full of water and salt in the middle of the room you wish to cleanse.

Light an ethically sourced bundle of sage and state a protection intention

Work the smoke from your sage, from the North corner of the room, to the east, south and western corners.

Direct the energy you’re clearing, into the bowl with salt. The saltwater will soak up all the energy you need to release –from anger, to confusion.

Once done with the sage, place it safely somewhere it can extinguish itself until the smoke goes out.

Center yourself in the middle of the room with a black crystal or tourmaline (make sure you sage the tourmaline too), and ask Mother Earth in gratitude, to help you feel more grounded as an air sign.

Scorpio

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This year you were focused and you dedicated a lot of time to areas where you feel that you are in a position of power: work, relationships, etc. If you worked hard, you experience positive karma paying you back in return. You might have had some harsh realizations that triggered you emotionally though. So cut yourself some slack with this limpia to help you revive the energy of your space.

Place purified water in a pot to boil

Once boiling, add fresh basil.

Squeeze 2 fresh lemons into the boiling water.

Allow the water to cool down and place it in a spray bottle. This will be your purification water.

Spray it in rooms, use it to clean desks or mop your floors.

You can use it all year round.

Sagittarius

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2020 has tested your ways of communication. The latest mercury retrograde might have affected some of your friendships or relationships. You learned how to express yourself but also how to not lash out. Here’s a fire limpia to help release any personal, professional or romantic blockages that have been created in 2020.

Pray over fennel seeds to seek for the release from any blockages created in the year.

Light a charcoal block until it sparks and place inside a cauldron or fire-proof pot.

Place copal carefully onto the charcoal and the fennel seeds on top while the charcoal is lit and heated. Pour some ‘road opener’ oil (find it at your local botanica or or spiritual shop) on it and let it smoke.

Perform a self limpia —use the smoke to wash over your head.

Scoop the smoke over your head and down every chakra point up to the soles of your feet.

Work the cauldron in circles over your arms and legs until the smoke goes out.

Remaining smoke can be used to cleanse your room.

Capricorn

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You’re naturally driven and ambitious, but this year’s unprecedented drama and some recent retrogrades might have felt like you were being pulled backward which made you feel anxious. This ritual will help get rid of that left-over anxiety and return you to your usual tenacious self.

Connect with your higher power of love and protection.

Cleanse a smokey quartz stone

Meditate your intention over a dark brown candle. Cut the wick before lighting and pour patchouli oil over the candle for added protection and spiritual grounding.

Write your intention and goals for the rest of the year and propose them to planet Saturn for added discipline and assistance.

Light the candle and place the crystal on top of your paper of intention. Connect and meditate with the crystal for 5 minutes.

Keep the candle lit for the next 8 days or as long as it burns.

Aquarius

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The innovative ones. Working through and shattering old patterns was a big behavior for Aquarius in 2019 – but then came 2020. Leave all the clutter of the mind and our world behind and make way for the greatness to come. This simple spiritual bath will help you come back to center and focus your mind.

Light a white candle

Pray over a bundle of eucalyptus and the candle, stating your purpose for the new year.

Place the white candle in the bathroom with you.

Run a warm bath with epsom salt (2 tb spoons) and place the eucalyptus around the showerhead so that the stream of wafter runs through the properties of the plant.

Drop some essential oil into the bath and soak for as long as you need. Pour the bath water over your head (chakra) and let it touch every part of your body.

Keep the bundle on your shower head until you no longer feel the properties of the plant in the water, then dispose of it 2 miles away from your home.

Pisces

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The most emotional and sensitive sign of the Zodiac. You spend a lot of time dealing between what is real and what isn’t —with your innate ability to tap into other realms. Here’s a simple water cleanse —your natural habitat!— to help connect you with your intention and wishes for the new year.

Fill a glass with purified water and find a place of solitude with no distractions (cell phone off).

Create an intention of what this year has taught you – about who you are, what you value, what you yearn for – for the rest of 2020 and beyond.

Visualize that intention being poured into the glass of water. Visualize the element of water cleansing and purifying the negative thoughts.

After taking a moment of gratitude to connect and visualize your intention, release the intention back into the earth by pouring the water on the ground.

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Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o Stars In Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Trailer

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Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o Stars In Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Trailer

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Beyoncé Knowles Carter is back to snatch your breath.

The “Homecoming” and “Lemonade” singer revealed she’s ready to drop her next visual experience. That’s right “Black Is King” is coming straight to you from Beyoncé on Disney+. Based on the music from The Lion King’s The Gift soundtrack, Beyoncé has promised a virtual album written, produced, and directed all by her.

The best part? It’s due to debut in just a few weeks on July 31, 2020.

According to a press release from Disney + the visual tells “a tale of a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity.”

“His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne,” Disney revealed.

“Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” the statement said. “The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”

“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” the statement proceeded. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”

“A journey is a gift,” Beyoncé says in a teaser trailer released on her website over the weekend.

According to a report by Variety, Black Is King will feature Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and others.

Beyoncé’s latest news is all of the confirmation that we needed to know that she’s the queen of relieving our collective COVID-19 anxiety.

The announcement of her latest album comes just on the heels of her surprise drop of the single “Black Parade” on Juneteenth which served to benefit BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund. 

No doubt Beyoncé has every intention of spreading a whole lot of Black Pride this summer.

Beyoncé recently teased the release of her forthcoming film, Black Is King with a new trailer starring Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Campbell.

According to Vanity Fair, Beyonce’s film Black Is King was shot in cities across the globe including South Africa, London, West Africa, New York, and Los Angeles. It also stars Black actors, activists, and musicians including Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, and Queen Bey’s husband Jay Z. All of them make quick appearances in the new trailer. Tina Knowles-Lawson, Pharrell Williams, and Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech also star.

Speaking about the film, in a post to her Instagram page, the artist explained that the film has taken on a new meaning in light of recent events.

 “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey,” she wrote in the post. “We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.”

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