Beyoncé's New “Freedom” Video Features the Fiercest Girls from Around the World

Beyoncé released a new video for her Lemonade track, “Freedom,” yesterday, in honor of International Day of the Girl. In it, girls from around the world lip-sync and dance to the song in the fiercest and strongest way possible (à la Queen Bey).

As they perform, statistics on violence against girls and pleas for freedom pop up around them. “End all forms of violence against girls. Put all girls in school. End the AIDS epidemic. End child marriage,” one portion reads. “Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join them,” a message at the end of the video says.

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“Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day,” Bey captioned the video on Facebook. “Join me, Chime for Change and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomforGirls now.”

The clip was done in partnership with Chime for Change, a campaign raising funds and awareness for women and girls around the globe, and The Global Goals, which tackles issues including poverty, hunger and education. The video is the latest of Beyoncé’s charitable acts, following her remix of “Mi Gente,” whose proceeds will be donated to hurricane and earthquake victims in Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

Watch the video below and feel inspired.

      

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Cross Cultural Centers recent event, Relationship Talk: Lemonade Vs. 4:44, addresses the difficulties of relationships and what defines lasting bonds from short term lust.

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Students listened to music from Jay-Z's 4:44 album in correlation to the discussion of relationships

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Students listened to music from Jay-Z's 4:44 album in correlation to the discussion of relationships

Omolola Odeniyi, Contributor
October 20, 2017
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On Oct. 12, Chaz Cruz, Assistant Director of the Cross Cultural Centers (CCC), hosted “Relationship Talk: Lemonade Vs. 4:44” in the Pasadena room of the University Student Union (U-SU). The event addressed myths about relationships, particularly in African American culture, and used recent albums, Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44 as examples.

The event featured special guest, Thea Winkler, a Counselor at the Psychological Services Students Health Center at Cal State LA, who addressed specific relationship issues.

As the discussion began between the two albums, attendees acknowledged that the commentary of each album revolved around relationships and the fragile nature that they possess. For relationships to work, speakers addressed the variables that define their strength and longevity. Specifically, according to Winkler, “communication, compatibility and desire are of uttermost importance.”

Throughout the talk, clips from both albums were played that highlighted points such as: cheating, blame placement, the need for growth, father figures, personalities and differences between spouses.

According to the speakers, society tends to attribute certain behaviors to a gender or sex which do not accurately reflect the reality of situations, serving as nothing more than speculation and unsupported assumption.

Choice was also annotated during the discussion because it gives room for a better picture of a person, while also noting the surrounding issue in order to know when and how to clear the air.

Beyoncé's lyric in the song “Sandcastles” addresses this concept: “If we going to heal, let it be glorious.”

Moving forward, concerns of how a promising and providing partner in a relationship still has the substance to cheat was raised by the audience, prompting a focused discussion. From this, the majority of responses gathered were: insecurity, the unfair use of “I” when it's intended to be “we”, imbalance, family background, history, cultural perspectives and stereotypes.

“Cheating is a sort of coping mechanism for some unheard needs; it's important to drop the individual pride (seen and unseen) and talk things out, through and through,” said Winkler.

Regardless, addressing difficult emotions in a relationship is an important aspect of promoting healthy communication.

“Knowing the love language of your partner (and vice-versa) as well as being aware that it changes over different phases of life keeps the relationship in good shape,” said Winkler.

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