Positioning Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, as a genre-defying text alongside her husband Jay-Z’s response record, 4:44, this essay argues that Lemonade is an exercise in autoethnographic kinship formation, one that utilizes representations of Beyoncé and her family—defined biologically in the conventional sense of the nuclear family and constructed more broadly to include a sisterhood of fictive kin—to reimagine how black marriage, sexuality, and kinship are popularly understood. The reliance on queer voices in both Lemonade and 4:44 is parsed in light of the erasure of gendernonconforming bodies in Beyoncé’s visual album to interrogate how both artists reconceptualize family. The essay employs the couple’s union to expose the persistence of entrenched race/gender ideologies that pathologize the black family.

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