While the current timeline and climate are incredibly fucked beyond repair, I'm so grateful to exist at the same time as Beyoncé. I'm also glad Lemonade is being revisited and lauded all over again by end-of-the-decade commentators, for that album taught me that my pain and struggles and generational trauma as a black woman aren't for naught. She has been a beacon of hope for me. With every cultural, racial, and gendered barrier that she breaks, my heart swells with pride. And that's another thing: Beyoncé doubling down on her blackness and her womanhood has helped me be even prouder that I too exist within that intersection. Whether or not she "charts" like she used to, her authentic ability to make black women feel valid in their pain, healing, sexuality, motherhood, and productivity is everything.