If you’ve ever had to deal with a bully as a kid, you know how difficult it can be to get them off of your back. Luckily for a young Solange Knowles, she had a secret weapon, two in fact: Her sister Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Solange sat down with Angie Martinez to promote her compilation album Saint Heron, and in the process was asked had she she ever used the Knowles name after Beyoncé became famous for perks or to get out of trouble. She talked about the time she threatened a boy who kept messing with her by saying she would bring her sister to the school (Bey then gaining fame after the release of “No, No, No Part 2”) to deal with him. He didn’t believe it…until Beyoncé showed up with Rowland. Check out the details from that story, as well as what she says about disciplining her son Julez, and why she tries to keep him humble despite the money and clout their family has.
On Using The Knowles Name (Or Card) To Deal With An Out Of Order Bully As A Kid:
“When I was like in 7th or 8th grade, I used the card because there was this one kid who was so obnoxious. He was constantly kinda bullying and doing the most . Actually, my mom came and was a chaperone on a field trip and he called her the B-word. This kid was out of control. I wrote petitions to get this kid out of school. Really couldn’t stand this kid. His name was Brandon, I remember that little…So one day, “No No No Part 2” had just come out, the remix, part II, and I did say ‘my sister is gonna come here and you’re going to be really surprised who she is.’ I had been telling my sister and Kelly [Rowland], ‘You gotta come check this kid.’ Of course, he wasn’t paying any attention to what I had to say. But they pulled up and I will never forget the face Brandon made. I can’t even recreate it. They were coming to beat him up, he was sick. It was Destiny’s Child coming to beat him up. It was a really wide range of emotions. I loved it so much.
On Moving With Julez To New Orleans, Keeping Him Humbled, And Giving Him Whoopings
“I really, really limit what he can have access to. He just got an iPad for Christmas. That was a Grandma gift. Hell no, he doesn’t have a phone. Ten maybe is the age. I think maybe once I let him walk to school that would be an appropriate time. I feel like moving to New Orleans and putting him in school there was a good move in keeping in humble. He’s just around a lot of sweet, nice, normal kids. And also around a lot kids who get disciplined.
If he gets completely out of line and I’ve tried the three steps…the look, the talk is one. Two is taking away something that’s of value to him. And three, if one and two didn’t work, you need your butt popped. You don’t have to do it often, it’s like twice or three times a year. And he remembers it.”
We really dig us some Solange. She always keeps it 100 and has successfully carved out her lane of influence (and style). Kudos to you, boo! Check out the interview below, as well as our own one-on-one with her, which you can find here.