Solange Says A Huge Part Of Her New Album Is A Tribute To Her Parents

October 2, 2016  |  

It wasn’t too long ago that Solange Knowles broke the internet with her beautiful wedding photos, and now the singer and entrepreneur has done it again. On Friday (Sept. 30) , she released her third full-length studio album, A Seat at the Table, and it’s certainly one of her most personal projects she’s ever released, touching on topics like race, identity politics, and her family.

The internet has been talking since it’s anticipated release, dubbing it “#blackgirlmagic” and “powerful.” In a recent interview with her mother Tina Knowles Lawson and writer Judnick Mayard, that was shared on her Saint Heron site, Knowles described the project as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing.”

And as much as the outside world influenced the project, she says her POV has always been a direct reflection of the foundation and support that her parents gave her:

“We grew up in a household with two parents who constantly celebrated Blackness and created forums and spaces to empower Black communities. This might feel new for other people, but it is surely not new for me…I also feel like I had a lot of encouragement when I was to stand up to inequalities. You and dad both nurtured my voice to stand up, which gave me the confidence to now continue that and to write this record. It is one thing to experience these situations, but then it’s another to go home and tell your family and have them not support you. Having that support definitely had a positive impact on me.”

Later, Knowles went on to praise for parents, telling her mother in particular that she created the project with the values they instilled:

“We are creating the opportunities and communities that we want to see…a huge part of the record is just honoring and giving a tribute to my parents.”

Have you heard A Seat at the Table yet? If so, what are your thoughts?

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