2016. USA. Dir: Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles Carter et al. 66 min.
A year and a half after its surprise drop on HBO, Beyoncé’s “visual album” stands a bravura work of visual storytelling, lyrical prowess, and poetic reclamation. The film synthesizes dozens of directors’, writers’, and cinematographers’ visions into one comprehensive package: an exquisite portrait of both the singer’s individual life story and the universal experiences of Black women in America.
“Don’t take pictures of them. They won’t show up in the photo.”
What’s the easiest way to get Wes students to buy lemonade for a charitable cause? Recruit the Skull & Serpent, of course. Members of the semi-secret society teamed up with members of the Wesleyan Refugee Project this afternoon, selling lemonade outside of the ominous Tomb.
Fellow editor wilk received an invite to the lemonade stand in his inbox, and mistakingly thought at first that it was an invitation to join Skull & Serpent. (Better luck next time, buddy.) The message said there’d be a lemonade stand outside of the Tomb starting at 1:03pm (yes, really), and proceeds would be benefiting Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS).
I had class at 1:20, but on my way over I swung by this mysterious operation. Skull & Serpent members are never seen in their full costumes outside of the Tomb (apart from this shenanigans), let alone in broad daylight. If they were dying from heat exhaustion underneath those black robes and masks, they weren’t showing it. They also weren’t especially stoic, either; they chattered away at anyone who approached the stand, all of them masking their voices with what can only be described as a cross between a Blues Clues and a Mickey Mouse impression.
Apart from the lemonade stand that appeared outside Michael Roth’s office a few weeks ago (in protest of low-income students not receiving enough financial aid), this was the coolest one I’ve seen on campus. Honestly, the more lemonade stands at Wes in springtime, the better. Just…maybe don’t make all of them this demonic.