The Lemonade Project
The Lemonade Project is a 12-month series of conversations centered around Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade, and the themes of race, gender, and class it addresses.
Each month between October 2016 and September 2017, we'll hold a 1 1/2 - 2 hour conversation at which participants will be invited to share reactions to readings, films, and music, as well as to share personal experiences.
The Lemonade Project is free to attend because designing for social justice, both personal and communal, is for everyone, but participants must register in advance.
Design = Change
With “The Lemonade Project,” MODA is designing for social justice, both personal and communal.
Beyoncé's Lemonade has extended an ongoing national conversation at the intersection of race, gender, and class. Her visual album has contextualized personal experiences of blackness and black culture, usually only understood by people of color – particularly black women – for global consumption, interpretation, and discussion. MODA welcomes greater metro Atlanta communities that have worked tirelessly to openly and frankly discuss topics of race, gender, and class to continue this dialogue by participating in panel discussions, readings, and other events through "The Lemonade Project”. Participants will be invited to collaborate with others, share their lived experiences, participate in meaningful conversation, get to know their complete selves, speak their truths, and mobilize their histories.
What is Lemonade?
Lemonade, the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles Carter, was released in mid-2016 and accompanied by a one-hour film that premiered on HBO. Described by journalist Sydney Gore as Beyoncé’s “love letter to black women,” Lemonade is a visual album that is purposefully designed. Announced amidst the highly publicized Black Lives Matter movement, in which the names of black female victims fail to receive the notoriety of their male counterparts, Lemonade centers black women in its narrative. By conceptualizing the emotions and circumstances surrounding black womanhood in 11 chapters on film, Lemonade is a designed sensory experience that pulls from common themes of love, pain, sisterhood, and spirituality.
Inspired by the release of this album, writer and educator Candice Marie Benbow, along with other colleagues, launched the Lemonade Syllabus, a compilation of over 200 resources that specifically speak to black women and are meant to aid in unpacking the black feminist and womanist themes that are prevalent in Lemonade. The collection of works in the syllabus includes fiction and non-fiction works, films, documentaries, music, poetry, photography, and more. In activating the syllabus through “The Lemonade Project,” MODA is excited to facilitate conversations that center the black female voice in the narrative of metro Atlanta, while promoting social justice and activism within our own local communities.