Last night the world stopped.
Beyonce’s highly anticipated and top secret visual album, “Lemonade,” made its world premiere on HBO. During the 60-minute Beyonce Experience, the beautiful artistic expression of a good relationship gone bad gone good again (?) left millions spellbound as the singer, portraying a victim of infidelity, took viewers through various stages of self-discovery: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and finally, redemption.
While Beyonce is bad all by herself and doesn’t require star power to shine, “Lemonade” also included a sprinkling of black girl magic throughout. Actresses Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhane Wallis, and Zendaya, model Winnie Harlow, singers Halley and Chole Bailey, as well as the musical duo Ibeyi, and the mother of the black lives matter movement, Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Lesley McSpadden (Mike Brown), and Gwenn Carr (Eric Garner), made special appearances.
But one queen in particular absolutely shut. it. down.
Serena Jameka Williams.
During the stage of “Apathy,” the tennis goddess descended from the stairway of heaven and twerked for the gawds to the song titled, “Sorry.” Wearing a black leotard and fuck me pumps, the Queen of the Court, popped, locked, and dropped it along a trap beat as the lyrics, “I ain’t sorry,” knocked in the background. Get your entire life and watch the full video here.
Now, I’ll allow the Beyhive to go hard with decoding the visuals and the messaging, but please excuse me while I bow down to Queen Serena. I honor the Queen for using “Sorry” as a proverbial middle finger to every single hater, critic, and competitor who has ever discriminated against, disparaged, devalued, lied or slept on her. If you expect an apology, holla at the boy Biebs because Serena ain’t apologizing for shit.
With every hip thrust, bounce, and drop to the floor, the captain of the twerk team schooled everyone on what it means to be unapologetically black. But if you’re still unclear, here’s a list of things I am certain, if asked, Serena would say:
I ain’t sorry my name, Serena Jameka Williams, is black as hell.
I ain’t sorry I am black.
I ain’t sorry I am a woman.
I ain’t sorry I am a black woman.
I ain’t sorry I rep Compton, USA.
I ain’t sorry I am the baddest chick in the game.
I ain’t sorry I stole Queen B’s spotlight.
I ain’t sorry I have dominated tennis for the past 15 years.
I ain’t sorry I am built like a brickhouse.
I ain’t sorry I do not meet your wack standards of beauty.
I ain’t sorry I am melanin rich.
I ain’t sorry I own my sexuality.
I ain’t sorry I am powerful.
I ain’t sorry I am successful.
I ain’t sorry I am liberated.
I ain’t sorry I am woke.
I ain’t sorry I am an unapologetically black queen.
Now twerk on that.
— Brianti Downing (@brianti) April 24, 2016