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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' and Information Resources: Art and Culture References

Resources need for the Beyoncé’s Lemonade Analysis Project in 11th Grade IB Language and Literature class.

Pipilotti Rist

In a scene in Lemonade, Beyoncé is walking down what looks like a city street with a bat and smashes storefront windows and cars parked along the street. See articles below for comparisons of this particular scene in Lemonade and artist Pipilotti Rist's Ever Is Over All.

Video artist Pipilotti Rist's Ever Is Over All (1997)

Learn more: "Ever Is Over All" museum record, Museum of Modern Art.

Articles about directorial and artist references in Lemonade:

Is the new Beyoncé video a tribute to Pipilotti Rist? Phaidon.

Is Beyoncé's Windshield-Destroying Stroll in Lemonade Based on This '90s Art Film? by Mark Joseph Stern. Slate, April 25, 2016.

A Lot of People Are Comparing Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' to Terrence Malick by Sam Adams. Criticwire, April 24, 2016.

Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores The Film Influences Behind Beyonce's 'Lemonade' by Will Ashton. Indiewire, April 27, 2016.

Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash



Daughters of the Dust Trailer from Floyd Webb on Vimeo.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) was written, directed, and produced by Julie Dash. It is the first feature-length film directed by an African American woman theatrically distributed in the U.S. DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902 as they prepare to migrate north.

Note: Julie Dash spoke at Johns Hopkins Saturday, April 30th. See Trailblazing filmmaker Julie Dash to visit Johns Hopkins by Bret McCabe, April 27, 2016.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST is available for check out at Kitsap Regional Library.

Relevant articles:

Our Dated Model of Theatrical Release Is Hurting Independent Cinema by Richard Brody. The New Yorker, April 16, 2016.

From this article:

Part of the blame lies with critics—predominantly white critics—who paid no attention. But part of the blame lies with a system of tacit complicity between critics and the industry that poses obstacles to the recognition of independent films.

... After ReRun closed, its place was briefly taken by the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, which has hosted a few theatrical releases but hasn’t done any lately. (Last year, they released “Field Niggas,” which was one of the best documentaries and certainly the most original one to be released last year. It’s directed by Khalik Allah, now one of the cinematographers of “Lemonade.”)

‘Daughters of the Dust,’ a Seeming Inspiration for ‘Lemonade,’ Is Restored by Mekado Murphy. The New York Times, April 27, 2016.

From the article:

Now, the film, which is on DVD only in an out-of-print version, will get new life on the big screen.

The Cohen Film Collection, which maintains a library of classic films, announced on Wednesday that it has completed a digital restoration of “Daughters of the Dust” and plans to release that version theatrically this fall as part of the reopening of the New York art house venue the Quad Cinema. A national rollout and a new Blu-ray version of the film will follow.

Eve's Bayou by Kasi Lemmons

EVE'S BAYOU by Kasi Lemmons

Eve's Bayou trailer

EVE'S BAYOU (1997) was by Kasi Lemmons' directorial debut. The story is set in Louisiana in 1962 and is about a family and the father's infidelity. See the official trailer on here.

Art and Culture References

On the Yoruba People and Art (see also: Literary References):

Followers of the Yoruba Faith Reflect on the Impact of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' by Amanda Alcantara. Remezcla. April 28, 2018.


On the choreography of Lemonade:

The Lemonade Ballet by Elizabeth Kiem. Medium. April 28, 2016.

On Film Critique

Black Camera: An International Film Journal
Volume 9, Number 1
Fall 2017
Close-Up: Beyoncé: Media and Cultural Icon

This journal is available on JSTOR.

Other Videos

Available through inter-library loan.


Bury the HatchetBury the Hatchet
"Bury the Hatchet is a portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian "Big Chiefs." These New Orleans men are the descendants of runaway slaves who were taken in by the Native Americans of the Louisiana bayous."
88 minutes; 2012; Filmmaker: Aaron C. Walker; English

Osun-Osogobo filmSacred journeys with Bruce Feiler. Episode 6, Osun-Osogbo
"Host Bruce Feiler travels to Nigeria with a group of African American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba Goddess Osun as a way to reconnect with their cultural and spiritual roots."
55 minutes; 2014; Filmmaker: Leo Eaton; English

What is an Inter-Library Loan?

What is an Inter-Library Loan?

An Inter-Library loan (ILL) is a service where a patron (user) of one library can borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. 

How do Inter-Library Loans work?

The patron makes a request with their local library.  This local library identifies the institution that owns the desired item (probably using WorldCat!), places the request, receive the item, makes it available for the patron to pick up at their closest branch, and arranges for the return.

How long can I keep an Inter-Library Loan?

The lending library determines the loan and renewal period for the item.  If you need an ILL item longer, you should contact your local library at least three business days before the due date and ask them to request an extension from the lending library.

Can anything be borrowed with an Inter-Library Loan?

Some libraries have items in reserve or reference collections that cannot be borrowed.  If the item you want is owned by a library that you could visit on your own (for example, at the University of Washington) you should plan for a research visit to look at the resources you need, take notes, and make photocopies.

How long does it take to get my Inter-Library Loan item?

Plan ahead!  If the lending institution agrees to loan the item you want to your local library, it could take three weeks or more before the item actually arrives at your local branch, ready for you to pick up.

How much does an Inter-Library Loan cost?

Good news!  An ILL is a free service provided to library patrons.  The only cost will be if the lending library charges your local library a processing fee for microfilm or copy requests.


See below for links to Inter-Library​ Loan request forms for regional libraries.





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