Jay Z Opens Up About Infamous Elevator Incident With Solange [VIDEO]

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Jay was on the podcast “Rap Radar” when he addressed the infamous elevator incident with Solange.

 “I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain’t nothing.”

He went on … “We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool. She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister.”

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SXSW Recap: Migos, Solange, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill & More Perform SXSW 2017

South by Southwest (SXSW) closed out another year of its music festival full of shows with an incredible list of performers.

Houston’s finest repped including Slim Thug, Paul Wall, DJ Michael 5000 Watts, and more all repped for H-Town!

A few of music’s hottest acts including Gucci Mane, Solange, Migos, and Lil Yachty also all hit stages around Austin, TX.

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Flip through all of our SXSW photos and videos HERE.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Made Their Way To NOLA During All-Star Weekend

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She might be pregnant with twins, but that’s not stopping Beyonce from enjoying the fun of New Orleans. The entertainer was spotted in the Big Easy with her husband, Jay Z; daughter, Blue Ivy; sister, Solange and nephew Julez during the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Solange and her family have lived in NOLA for the past couple of years, so it’s not surprise to see the Knowles family together. But the photos have us wondering if Queen Bey was there for a quick visit or All-Star Game festivities.



During the day they were seen at a restaurant and Saturday evening they were spotted coming out of another establishment. We have a feeling there may be another Knowles appearance at tonight’s main event game.

We’ll keep our eyes open.

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Solange Voices Opinion Over Beyoncé Grammy Loss

Days later and fans of Beyoncé are still discussing her losing Album of the Year at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, including her sister. Solange Knowles took to her Twitter account to voice her displeasure with her older sister losing AOTY and with the Grammys in general, despite winning her first Grammy during Sunday night’s show for her album A Seat at the Table.

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Many notable artists have been very vocal throughout the years about the racism, discrimination and out-of-touch ideals that seem to plague the Grammys, with the most vocal being the 21-time Grammy-winning Kanye West. West let his opinion be known numerous times, but this year other artists publicly echoed his sentiments, including Frank Ocean, who wrote a scathing post on Tumblr, and most recently Solange Knowles.

After Adele decided to use her AOTY acceptance speech as a chance praise Beyoncé, complete with breaking her award in half as a gesture to share it, many Beyoncé fans voiced their disappointment on social media, Solange included.

In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Solange took the time to not only acknowledge her sister’s loss, but also offer an awards alternative:

“There have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for Album of the Year. There have been over 200 black artists who have performed. Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold my g’s.”

You can check out a screen shot of Solange’s deleted tweets BELOW:

 

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Solange Goes Monochromatic In Red For Elle Magazine (And Of Course, It’s Fabulous)

Songstress Solange Knowles brings her unique fashions to the March cover for Elle magazine and has a lot to say. Solange powerfully poses in all red, wearing a bright red Norma Kamali Sleeping Bag Coat with red Pleats Please pants designed by Issey Miyake.

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With her current album, Seat at the Table making waves in the mainstream pool, Solange is proving she’s always been a force to reckon with. She shows no signs of slowing down with her recent reign on the cover of Elle magazine where she talked about everything from her growth as an artist, her big sister Bey, to raising her son Julez.

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When asked about her latest project, Seat at the Table, which features the hit song Cranes in the Sky, she expresses that the last thing she wanted to have was an album that sounded like a generic political statement. “I did want to create this juxtaposition, politically, of having these very hard, messy conversations but having them stylistically in a way that you can really hear me, and not the yelling, the rage,” she says. Solange’s album is definitely making a statement, by becoming her first number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

The songs are also a reflection of Solange’s songwriting capabilities. Growing up in a house with Beyoncé as her older sister definitely help build her own approach to songwriting. “My sister and Kelly [Rowland] were the same age, which is like a built-in best friend in the house; they were extremely close,” Solange remembers. “Writing felt like this insular thing that I could go back in my room and express all that I would observe, all the emotions that would arise. It felt like mine, my little thing.”

When it came to establishing herself as an artist, Solange experienced different challenges along the way that made it difficult for her to find her grove, especially during her time as a teen. She recalls the isolation and loneliness she experienced while raising her Julez in Moscow and Idaho, saying “…it was just Julez and me most of the time. It was hard to imagine being able to progress in my career in any way.”

The styling of this cover is bold and beautiful. I love the bold smokey eye, which has been so popular this season and also sported on the Winter Issue Jones Magazine cover.

There’s more of Solange and her fabulousness in red inside the magazine issue, so be sure to check it out and see what else she had to say!

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Beyoncé Interviewed Solange For Interview Magazine & It’s As Epic As You’d Imagine

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The Bey-hive and fans of the Knowles sisters got a surprise treat on their timeline on Tuesday.

Solange took to Instagram to debut her flawless cover of the February 2017 issue of Interview magazine and revealed an accompanying one-on-one with her sister Beyoncé. The ladies sat down and got in-depth about everything from “womanism” and growing up in Houston, to Solo’s super successful 2016 album A Seat At The Table.

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Big sis Bey kicked off the interview by taking a moment to express her love for Solange, saying, “I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you.” 

The Lemonade singer went on to ask Solo to elaborate on what initially attracted her to art when she was growing up. Solange answered, “I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age, whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate, I had a lot of things to say. And I appreciated y’all’s patience in the house during all of these different phases. They were not ever very introverted, quiet phases.”

The ladies reminisce about growing up in their Parkwood neighborhood in Houston, with Solange recalling, “We grew up in the same neighborhood that produced Scarface, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad. So, culturally, it was as rich as it gets. People were warm. People were friendly. But the biggest thing that I took from it is the storytelling. In the hair salon or in the line at the grocery store; there was never a dull moment. I feel so happy that I got to grow up in a place where you could be the pastor’s wife, you could be a lawyer, you could be a stripper on the side, you could be a schoolteacher: we saw every kind of woman connect on one common experience, which was that everyone wanted to be great and everyone wanted to do better.”

The Grammy-nominated singer touched on the topic of womanism, adding, “We really became womanist because of [how we grew up]. And that’s the thing that I carry with me the most, being able to go out into the world and connect with women of all kinds. I was just having a conversation with someone about The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and I was saying how I love that show and think it’s so brilliant because it’s the woman that was represented in my childhood in Houston. It makes me feel so at home.”

Check out the full interview here, and catch both Beyoncé and Solange at the 2017 Grammy Awards in February.

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The Panorama 2017 Lineup Includes Frank Ocean, Solange, And A Tribe Called Quest

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Panorama Festival 2017 is upon us, and the lineup is serious.

While this year’s Coachella boasts Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead as headliners, its East Coast cousin is pulling out some stops as well. Not only will Frank Ocean be headlining, but Solange and *gasp* A Tribe Called Quest will be performing as well.

As Vulture points out, A Tribe Called Quest opened for Kanye West in 2013, which was supposed to be one of their last shows — ever. Anyone who’s lucky enough to get their hands on tickets will surely be in for a treat. Note: It’s also their first show without Phife.

Also on the bill are Tyler the Creator, Isaiah Rashad, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails and more.

Peep the entire lineup below, then head here for ticket information.

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VOTE: Who Was The Best Dressed Celebrity Of 2016?

2016 was a year filled with classic black and white style, see-through fashion, athletic apparel, denim delights and stunning streetstyle. Take a look at our top 10 celebrities best style moments of 2016 and decide who should reign Queen of Fashion for 2016.

BEYONCÉ

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Queen Bey had quite a year, making a statement for Black Power through fashion at the Superbowl and feeding us Lemonade. She may be leading with nine Grammy’s, married to her superstar husband, and have one of the cutest kids ever, but is she a style supreme? Tell us if her style was #1 this year.

MARJORIE HARVEY

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Marjorie Harve slayed in style at Paris Fashion Week this year. With designer and couture to make anyone jealous, does high-end fashion equate quality style to place her on top?

RIHANNA

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Our favorite bad gal has partnered with some of the most revered high fashion houses and trendy brands to help them make some major money. While she may have won Shoe of the Year Award, are we ready to give her the boot and crown someone new?

LA LA ANTHONY

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La La Anthony has some serious style game. From slaying editorials in fur to all these spectacular fashion moments, did Carmelo Anthony’s wife slam dunk fashion in 2016? Don’t forget to vote at the end of the article.

GABRIELLE UNION

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Gabrielle Union got real about white beauty standards and scored and Essence cover during 2016. Does the The Being Mary Jane star have what it takes to win Best Dressed for this year?

CIARA

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Who could predict the future for Ciara with the year she has had: marrying Russell Wilson and pregnant with child. She keeps us on our toes with her epic dance moves, but is she the queen of stepping out in style? While we haven’t loved all of her fashion moments, don’t miss her best ones.

MICHELLE OBAMA

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Michelle Obama is everything regal and class. Her style is one to definitely go down in history. Beauties, as she’s stepping out of the White House, do we think she’s stepping into style icon status of 2016? Take our poll at the end!

YARA SHAHIDI

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Actress Yara Shahidi is without a doubt, young Hollywood on the rise. The Black-ish star scored a modeling contract, will she score best dressed for 2016, too? Your vote counts!

NAOMIE HARRIS

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Our favorite Bond girl has been looking haute at events, red carpets, and the streets. With rumors of an Oscar nomitation, do you nominate her for best dressed of 2016?

JANELLE MONAE

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Janelle Monae wears black and white for the working people. This year, she played on her classic style with metallics and superwoman fashion. Beauties, can her quintessencial style win her best dressed? Take our poll.

ZENDAYA

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Stylist Law Roach has definitely turned Zendaya into one to watch. Collaborating with the beauty on her shoe collection, self-named, Daya, she’s not only looks, but she has the business smarts, too. She also recently launched a trendy clothing line. Can her chameleon-like ability to transform her look win her the number one spot in style?

NICKI MINAJ

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No one can doubt Nicki Minaj’s rap game, but can you question her style? The Trinidadian beauty definitely knows how to give major babe appeal in Balmain, but is it enough for her to win best dressed? Don’t forget to vote!

SOLANGE

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Solange is undoubtedly a style inspiration, whether it’s with her effortless Instagram pics or stop in your tracks, fashion choices for events and performances. She gave us a seat at the table, will we give her the title of style star?

ASHLEY GRAHAM

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The curvy babe had quite a year from having a Barbie doll made in her image (hello, no thigh gap!) and scoring her first Vogue cover. Does this plus-size model model have what it takes to win Hello Beautiful’s, Best Dressed of 2016?

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

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Tracee Ellis Ross makes socks and sandals look cool and isn’t afraid of a print party, can the stylish Black-ish actress win the title of Best Dressed?

MARLO HAMPTON 

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Marlo Hampton is Atlanta’s style queen. You can definitely access some of her fashion she’s over, but do you think she deserves to be Best Dressed of 2016?

DANIELLE BROOKS

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Crowning herself the voice of the curves, she fills out her fashion with style. Confident and even starring in a Lane Bryant ad, she’s loving her body and keeping fit. Is she your Best Dressed for 2016?

KELLY ROWLAND

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Kelly Rowland has gained more style noteriety this year, giving us fun prints and monochromatic looks. Beauties, was her fashion fresh enough to vote her best dressed for 2016?

NAOMI CAMPBELL 

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There isn’t a cover that Naomi Campbell doesn’t slay. Whether she’s showing off her killer legs or starring in fashion films, there is no doubt to her style is one that leaves an impression. Vote below if she’s your Best Dressed for 2016.

KERRY WASHINGTON

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Kerry Washington’s best accessory this year has been her baby bump. Beauties, is she your Best Dressed of 2016? Don’t forget to vote.

KARRUECHE

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More than Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Karrueche stands out on her own in style. Does the beauty have what it takes to get to the top of style circle? Take our poll.

CHRISSY TEIGEN

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The food loving model turned mom almost let her vagina out to play in her American Music Awards’ dress this year. Nevertheless, whether she’s stomping the streets in style with beau John Legend or giving us some serious leg, she’s become a style favorite ever since beginning to work with Monica Rose (who also styles Bey, the Kardashians, and more). Is she your Best Dressed for 2016?

TAMAR BRAXTON

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Tamar might have left The Real, but there is nothing false about her fashion. Beauties, does she rank as your leading lady for Best Dressed of 2016?

Take our poll and decide who wins Best Dressed For 2016.


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Solange On How White Male Critics Inspired ‘A Seat At The Table’

“Now, I don’t want to bite the hand that’ll show me the other side,” Solange sings in the second verse of A Seat At The Table‘s Don’t You Wait. “But I didn’t want to build the land that has fed you your whole life, no. Don’t you find it funny?”

The lyrics call back to a New York Times podcast during which music writer Jon Caramanica criticizes the singer. The discussion came in the wake of Solo expressing her frustrations with music bloggers, but even more in particular: the grievances she felt toward the less-than-glowing reviews of Brandy‘s then-released Two Eleven, which were written by writers she felt didn’t necessarily understand the culture of R&B.

During the podcast, Caramanica stated:

“The only reason that Solange’s success this past year has even been a thing is only because of these same people that she’s lambasting. Like there would be no Solange record if the dude from Grizzly Bear didn’t put it out. There would be no Solange interests if all of a sudden people that have not historically been interested in R&B hadn’t decided to pay attention to Miguel and The Weeknd and Drake. So you know, first of all, let’s talk about biting the hand that feeds you. If I was Solange, I would be a little bit worried about that.”

Solange spoke with Helga Davis for Monday’s episode of Q2 Music and shared how that conversation inspired her critically acclaimed album:

“That was kind of the turning point in the transition for me writing the album that is now A Seat at the Table,” Solo said. “I began to think a lot about that conversation and replaying it, and it haunted me. And it haunted my mother to hear someone telling her daughter ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you.’ And also the racial subtleties — are not so subtle — of what that encompasses when you say that to a black woman. Then you connect it by saying ‘Do you know who’s buying your records?’”

She also touched upon owning her Blackness while expressing herself through art:

“Working out how to develop those tools through my art and through the conversation of my music to where now I actually feel much better, much more equipped to have those conversations. I actually had to go through the rage and the frustration and the mourning and the protest and the meditation through the album to get to the other side, to be able to have those conversations, no matter where I’m being targeted. I can stand firm in that and strong and with my shoulders and my head high.”

Listen to the interview below.

Solange Fans Are Mad This White Model Blatantly Copied The Singer’s Album Cover

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Solange‘s Seat at the Table is an incredible album and so is the artwork that goes along with it.

So it comes as no surprise that people all over the world want to copy the images, but one publication in particular is being accused of cultural appropriation after using a White woman to redo Solo’s hair concept.

London’s Evening Standard published the White version of this now-famous Solange photo:

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Funny enough, Solange speaks on cultural appropriation and Black ownership throughout her album and the irony was not lost on her fans, who had jokes for days:

According to Buzzfeed, the image is credited to high street fashion store Oasis. Click here for more fan reactions, then tweet us your thoughts on this clear creative thievery.

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Here’s How You Can Help Tina Knowles-Lawson ‘Love On Louisiana’ This Sunday

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#SundayFunday takes on an entirely new meaning when you get the big-hearted Knowles family involved!

With support from Beyonce and BeyGOOD, Tina Knowles-Lawson is teaming up with Essence, Solange and Kelly Rowland, to celebrate the resilience of the Baton Rouge community this weekend.

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Love on Louisiana: An Essence Hometown Heroes Tribute is a holiday dinner and awards ceremony that aims to raise at least $1 million to aid in the Louisiana flood relief. Standout students and committed teachers who’ve helped rebuild the community will also be honored for their efforts during the tribute event. What better way to spend your Sunday than giving back?

“We have continued to witness firsthand the strength of our long-term partners in Louisiana in the aftermath of natural disasters, and it is with great pride that we are partnering with Ms. Tina, Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and BeyGOOD to harness the resources of our collective networks and join the community in rebuilding,” Essence President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement. 

Ms. Tina also shared a few thoughts about her commitment to loving on Louisiana: “Louisiana is a special place in my family’s history and we are committed as a family to never forget the city and the people of Baton Rouge. It breaks my heart to see the unimaginable disaster and destruction caused by the flooding, and we will stand and support every effort in place to help the people most affected.”

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This summer’s unbelievable flooding produced seven trillion gallons of water, reportedly three times the rainfall total of Hurricane Katrina.

Please support the state of Louisiana by donating here to fund new homes for local families via Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.

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Solange Is Performing On SNL

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Just weeks after A Seat at the Table hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, NBC has announced that Solange will be making her first-ever appearance on Saturday Night Live.

“Mark your calendars!” they tweeted on Sunday. “@solangeknowles performing two songs from self written album ‘A Seat at the Table’ on @nbcsnl November 5th.”

From Billboard:

“Solange’s SNL musical guest slot caps a month of firsts for the singer and songwriter. The Houston-born artist earned her first No. 1 when ‘A Seat at the Table’ arrived at the summit of the Billboard 200 earlier in October, almost four years after her True album debuted and peaked at No. 157.

Because Solange and Beyonce have now both topped the albums chart, they become the first pair of solo sisters to have done so.”

The episode will be hosted by Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Solange Just Scored Her First No. 1 Album On The Billboard 200 Chart

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Congratulations are in order.

Billboard reports that Solange just earned her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with her phenomenal release, A Seat At The Table. The milestone adds Solo and Beyoncé to the ranks of famous siblings who have scored No. 1 albums as solo artists (previously: Michael Jackson and Janet JacksonMaster P and Silkk the Shocker).

Solange’s debut album, Solo Star, hit No. 49 during its first week in 2003. Her sophomore effort, Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams, reached No. 9 in 2008.

From Billboard:

“The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 22-dated chart (where A Seat at the Table bows at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

On Oct. 4, industry prognosticators suggested that A Seat at the Table would earn around 60,000 units in its first week — perhaps 5,000 behind 22, A Million. Solange’s set continued to build steam as the tracking week came to a close, surpassing its first-week forecast.”

Last week, Solange shared a short documentary chronicling the beginning stages of A Seat At The Table.

Check out the intimate video below.

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Solange Responds To Her New Album Being Compared To Beyoncé’s ‘LEMONADE’

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Solange‘s latest album A Seat At The Table breathed new life into the R&B world, the Black community, and the singer’s music career.

Even celebrities were raving about the empowering album, including Drake, Calvin Harris, and Solo’s sister Beyoncé. Speaking of Bey, a lot of fans have compared Solange’s latest work to her sister’s groundbreaking album Lemonade. Solange spoke to The Fader and opened up about the comparisons between the two socially conscious albums, saying:

“We have the same mother and the same father. We grew up in the same household, and so we had and heard the same conversations. One of the joys in your mom being an Instagram star is that people are, I think, starting to understand the environment that we grew up in. Through her voice and organizing, and her really being an advocate for black equality and obviously through the intro of “Don’t Touch My Hair” people are a little clearer in terms of the upbringing that we had and us having these very politically-charged, socially-charged conversations on a daily basis. It shouldn’t be surprising that two people who grew up in the same household with the same parents who are very, very aware — just like everyone else is — of all of the inequalities and the pain and suffering of our people right now, would create art that reflects that.”

She continued:

“I’m really proud of my sister and I’m really proud of her record and her work and I’ve always been. As far as I’m concerned, she’s always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she’s always been very, very black. My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents. My dad had a really, really, really hell of a tough time growing up. And I don’t think that there’s any way for your parents to go through of all that, and you not have a certain level of sensitivity and consciousness to what’s happening around you and wanting to use your voice to reflect that.”

Check out what else Solange had to say about her new album, the state of the Black community, and more in her full interview with Fader.

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Solange Drops New Stunning Visuals For “Cranes In The Sky” & “Don’t Touch My Hair” (NEW VIDEO)

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Solange Knowles is taking a few cues from her big sis in the visuals department.

Riding high on the rave reviews for A Seat at the Table, her first album since 2012, Solange released two new videos for “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair” –  Co-directed by herself and her husband, Alan Ferguson.

In the video for the percussive “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange weaves together stunning vignettes with pops of colorful backdrops and wardrobe. Select stills from the video had been teased on Solange’s Instagram weeks before the album dropped, and know we finally have the finished product. Each look within the video is meant to celebrate the aesthetic of Black women in every shade – a prominent theme within the album.

Next up is “Don’t Touch My Hair,” which melds together neutral looks and choreography to accompany the deeply personal lyrics. In an interview on her Saint Heron website, Solange speaks on her mother’s profession as a hair stylist and critiques she’s received about her natural hair inspired the song. “There was a fashion editor of a major magazine who was white and for Halloween she wore an afro wig and had black face and called herself Solange. There was another magazine that composed celebrity-look-alikes, and they used a dog for me. They talked about my hair being like one of a dog, literally. So, hair just became so complex for me.” Check out the salvage below:

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These Celebs Love Solange’s ‘A Seat At The Table’ As Much As We Do

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Solange Knowles released her much anticipated fourth studio album on Friday, and it’s getting rave reviews. Titled “A Seat at the Table” the 21-track work of art is melodic and rich in spirit with guest appearances and production from Lil Wayne, Sapha, Andre 3000 and Rafael Saadiq.

“I started writing the first song for the album four years ago, which was ‘Rise’,” she said in a Saint Heron interview.

“I wrote and recorded it with just me and the piano, and I actually did that for a couple of the songs on this album. Afterwards, I had a jam session with Questlove and Ray Angry, and we just jammed to the piano track and the melody. I realized at that time that that’s how I wanted to make the album. I just wanted to get musicians in the room and build off of the melodies and chords that I had already been building. I wanted the essence of the music to create naturally and set the tone for the songwriting.”

In addition to fans raving about the album, celebrities like Janelle Monae and Tracee Ellis Ross have also given a nod to the 30-year-old.



Of course her big sister had to show her some love. “Congrats to my sister on creating this beautiful work of art,” Beyonce said on her Instagram page. “I could not be more proud of you @saintrecords. A Seat At The Table is available today!”


“Well the album is out on I tunes!,” Solange’s mother Tina Knowles said on Instagram in support of her youngest. “It is a must hear record! Please get it and tell me your favorite songs. I wonder will it match my favorite songs. It’s hard to pick but soo far ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and ‘Mad’. Don’t miss out on your ‘Seat At the Table’ uh oh just added ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ cut’s soo beautiful!”

#BlackTwitter gave a resounding “Yes!” to the album as well, acknowledging how beautiful her vocals and the instrumentals are.

https://twitter.com/crissles/status/782061346376540164

https://twitter.com/fivefifths/status/782031030437965824

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