It only seems fit to start this off by giving respect where respect is due. Beyoncé’s newly released visual album “Lemonade” has struck a few cords. Whether you love it or you hate it, everybody is talking about Lemonade.

Beautifully captured and honestly presented, Lemonade lets us into a world Beyoncé has kept primarily to herself.

In today’s world where feminism and race are both hot topics on The View and the subject of Presidential Debates, Lemonade represents what it is to be a black woman in America in the words of one black American woman.

The track “Don’t Hurt Yourself” includes an excerpt from Malcolm X where it is clear, disrespect is the theme, and black women are the subject:

The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black women. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.

A cheating partner, regardless of race or gender, says far more about our society than it does a relationship. The commonness of cheating, made apparent by the number of listeners relating to Beyoncé’s album says even more. ‘Stars, they’re just like us’ takes on a whole new meaning.

The decisions we make based on what comes at us are ours to make and nobody’s to judge. Lemonade isn’t trying to open up a discussion about Beyoncé’s marriage. Instead, Lemonade gives us the opportunity to feel our own anger, our own sadness, and our own forgiveness with Beyoncé by our side.