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Beyoncé Is THE Strong Female Lead I've Been Dying To See On The Big Screen

"Middle fingers up, put them hands high. Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye. Tell him, boy, bye."

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Beyoncé blew everyone away with her HBO special on Saturday, April 23. Once again, she shocked everyone when she released her visual album Lemonade. If your jaw-dropped when you saw her one-hour special you weren't alone.

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The Grammy winner continues to outdo herself. Her album is filled with raw emotions and eclectic melodies. Her album evokes pain, heartache, anger, love, liberation, power, confidence, and what it means to be a woman. She was the best damn *female lead* I've ever seen. I hope to see more female characters like her on the big screen.

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She proves that women are complex creatures. Her HBO special highlighted that women can still be powerful, even in their weakest moments. As women, sometimes we are afraid to show our emotions, fearing that it will make us inferior. However, Beyoncé embraces her sadness, pain, heartbreak, and despair. She accepts it and because of that, she grows from her experience. She isn't defined by her suffering, instead she rises and becomes more fearless than ever.

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What I love most about Lemonade is that Beyoncé shares her vulnerability with us. She shows a side of herself not many get to see. Not only can we feel her heartbreak, but we can also see that she wants to find a way to uplift herself. She doesn't want us to feel sorry for her, instead she wants us to learn to embrace the grief because it's part of life. Women aren't always happy. Women aren't perfect. Women don't have amazing relationships. Women can be in love, while still remaining independent. Women feel heartbreak, but will overcome the pain. Women want to be successful, but that doesn't mean we can't be vulnerable. We all have our problems, and it's how we handle the situations that truly shows what we're capable of.

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Beyoncé's visual album is the female character I've been dying to see on the big screen. Being a strong female doesn't mean you're always fearless or powerful. The strongest women I know experience pain and heartbreak. It's how they overcome these obstacles that really makes them strong. It's up to us women to uplift and inspire ourselves. Even in her weakest moments, not once does Beyoncé suggest that she's lost control. In fact, when she suggests that her husband cheated on her with "Becky with the good hair" she reminds us that she's IN control of the outcome. She's IN control of - what happens, how she feels, and what she wants. Does SHE want to work on her marriage, or does SHE want out? It's up to her.

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Like most women, she is evolving and learning from her experiences. Even her album is all about progress. From the first song to the last, you get a sense that she has flourished. Her first song indicates that she's trying to overcome her misery and she turns to prayer. Her last song is the start of a revolution. She wants women everywhere to get "in formation" and to be in charge of their destiny. Even in the music itself, you realize that Beyoncé has branched out. With folk tunes and rock melodies, the Grammy winner thrives on her growth as an artist and more importantly as a woman.

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Not only does Beyoncé show us that women are complex creatures, but she reminds us that as women, we need to enlighten each other. Her HBO speical displays sisterhood. It's great to be a strong, independent woman, but it's even better when you're part of a community that wants to be strong together. We need our sisterhood. We need to help each other.

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Keep slaying, Beyoncé. Hollywood executives, take note. Beyoncé is the epitome of "Strong Female Lead" and we need to see more female characters that are complex, flawed, and powerful. We need to see more women in movies that are in control of their success, bodies, relationships, and destiny.

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