By: Tonya Jackson
As one of the newest online radio stations, Real Women Radio, RWR, is on the cutting edge and interested in offering their listeners and talent more than just music. As they are preparing for their official three-day launch party, beginning Friday, May 20th, they took time to have a viewing party with RWR hosts and friends of RWR.
The Lemonade Viewing Party was created after founder, Nicole Dixon, and RWR personality, Sara Smith-Redmond (Queen Sara), were discussing Beyoncé’s latest album, “Lemonade”, and all of the press it was receiving. Queen suggested the viewing party and Dixon took it from there.
“Lemonade” is Beyoncé’s sixth studio album and it was released last month to critical acclaim. The album also started a dialogue about infidelity in the singer’s marriage, her consciousness, and her growth as an artist.
Most of the attendees at the viewing party admitted they had not watched the visual album, but they were excited to watch it as a group and participate in the discussion afterwards.
With about a dozen ladies in attendance, there had to be lemonade and food. The viewing party menu included lemon pepper chicken wings, dip, fruit, veggies, lemon cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, and several kinds of lemonade.
After the viewing and eating, the discussion began. Please note, in an effort to not hinder the conversation the comments shared here are listed without identifying the speaker.
“I’m not a Beyoncé fan, but in her last cd she was very sexual. She had just had a baby and was reclaiming her femininity. It was a nice change. This album seemed to be like therapy for her. She’s owning being a woman.”
Another viewer states, “I don’t think everything was based on her own life, I think she used different things to just tell the story.”
The statement, “If Beyoncé could be cheated on, we all have no chance,” drew laughter from the attendees and further opened the discussion.
“Her riding over the cars while in the monster truck was like those emotions you feel when you find out you’ve been cheated on. She went from using the bat to using the truck, the violence and emotion is just escalating. That’s how the pain from something like that is. Whether you want to admit or not, you’re hurt and you want to lash out,” shared another attendee.
While the discussion examined the different songs, the basic consensus was that the emotional journey Beyoncé takes her viewers and listeners on is true to the complicated lives of women. “Lemonade” is currently available for viewing on HBO.