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#BankBlackChallenge: Black-Owned Banks To Support

July 21st, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Singer and activist Solange Knowles made her recent decision to bank Black known to the public. Some Black-owned banks, like the Atlanta-based Citizens Trust Bank, for example, have seen a surge in new depositors in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. It’s not a new call to action, but both the singer’s decision along with rapper Killer Mike’s BET and MTV News town hall plea for one million African Americans to deposit at least $100 in Black-owned banks in order to harness our economic power, combat institutional inequality and systemic racism, are gaining attention.

According to the Federal Reserve, there are 23 Black-owned banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions throughout the U.S. If you are looking to open an account, here is a partial list of those Black-owned banking institutions. For more information and a full list of currently operating minority-owned banks, visit the Federal Reserve.

Solange Knows The Working Mom Struggle Well

December 22nd, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Solange and Julez


Solange Knowles’ “insides split in half” when she had to go away to work.

The 29-year-old singer is finding it “really, really hard” to be away from her “phenomenal” 11-year-old son Julez – who she has with ex-husband Daniel Smith – but knows it’s important she works hard to finish her new album.

She wrote on Instagram: “8 gigs, 8 studio sessions, 6 flights, in 2 weeks….but got to sleep in my bed for 2 nights

“While I was home Julez pulled out my chair for me at lunch, said he’d sell his Nintendo so I could get a dress I loved when we went stopped by a store, and said he sees Chinese symbols when he listens to Alice Coltrane. He’s phenomenal and I’m in love with he and it’s really really hard to be away.

“I cried this morning because this is the longest we’ve been apart and my insides kind of split in half when I headed to the airport, but I’m working really really hard to finish this damn album and so grateful to have his and my hubby’s support.(sic)”

The ‘Losing You’ hitmaker – who is married to Alan Ferguson – admitted the pressures of being a working parent can be tough but her little boy makes it all worthwhile.

She continued: “I like to use IG to create and share a little color and laughter in my life, and to see the beauty and fun in things in the midst of a lot of hard ass work and sacrifice that goes along with it.”

Read the full story here.

Solange Didn’t Take Too Kindly To Someone Who Called Her Son ‘Cute But Ugly’

October 31st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Ballerific Comment Creepin —–🌾👀🌾 #solange #commentcreepin

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After watching what went down in New York City’s Standard Hotel elevator between Solange and Jay-Z, it should be noted that the singer/DJ and mother of one doesn’t play when it comes to her family.

Just yesterday (Oct. 30), Solange proudly shared a picture of her 11-year-old son’s Halloween costume on Instagram that was captioned: “Young Cool J too cool for Ghost and Goblins.” Fresh dressed in an Adidas tracksuit, matching hi-top kicks, a fur Kangol and gold headphones, Juelz posed in a cool b-boy stance for the photo. However, one Instagram user felt the need to comment on the photo saying, “So cute but at the same time he ugly.”

Of course, that didn’t go over too well with Solange, who wrote back [to @alexandriaaaf] with a surprisingly mild comment, inquiring why someone would use their time to spread such ugliness. But she also kept it H-town trill offering at the end of her comment: “And @ro.rxd get ya friend because this could have truly gone south if I was in the wrong mood.”

Interestingly, the user who posted the comment has a public page, which has gotten a lot of traffic clearly due to Solange’s comment. The girl is clearly a teenager, who like many of us have said mean or hurtful things we shouldn’t have. Shout out to Mama Solo to the rescue and schooling the youth on spreading positivity, but do you think she should have responded?

You’ll Never Guess Who Solange Admitted To Dating Back In The Day…

October 8th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Solange and Omarion


Way before Solange Knowles married Alan Ferguson, and even years before she married Daniel Smith and gave birth to their son Julez, Solange was just a teen. A teen who, in her words, danced for Destiny’s Child, wore weird Japanese sneakers, and, oh yeah, dated Omarion.

Solange and Omarion? That’s right. Back in the day when they were young, and B2K was on the cover of every Right On! and Tiger Beat mag sold in Walgreens, Solange dated the cornrow-loving lead singer. She revealed this interesting tidbit of information while enjoying Throwback Thursday (#TBT)  on Instagram today.

Solange made a good decision to keep that puppy love on the low. I knew a few Omarion fans in junior high who would have slap boxed with you in the middle of the street to claim a man they were never going to meet. I, on the other hand, was dedicated to my beloved Lil Fizz. But that past obsession is another story for another day…

Anywho, how cute were these two?


4th of July Style: 15 Haute And Sexy Star Looks

July 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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This year ditch your basic comfy ensemble of tees and shorts for super sexy 4th of July style. These stars are baring arms, legs, tummies and fashion all day long. Bold colors, leather skirts and alluring footwear are all part of the package.

All images courtesy of WENN

4th of July Style: 15 Haute And Sexy Star Looks

Beyoncé And Bianca, Dr. Dre And Warren G: Celebrity Step-Siblings

June 1st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Hollywood is a lot smaller than people think. Everybody knows everybody and sometimes, stars can be related to some of your favorite celebrities. The following famous folks included on this list are related by marriage. While you probably won’t catch them passing the peas and cutting the turkey together during the holidays, they are (or were) indeed family. These are celebrity step-siblings.

Solange Debuts New Song For Baltimore And Ferguson

May 15th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but Solange Knowles is not afraid to speak her mind. And one of the best places to speak your mind, is in your art. And that’s what Solange did last night at a surprise performance for HBO’s “Bessie’s 81 Theatre Tour” in Los Angeles.

In addition to performing some songs fans know and love, Solange also debuted a new song called “Rise,” to honor Baltimore and Ferguson.

Before performing the new number, Knowles announced that it would likely appear on her upcoming album.

“We’re gonna attempt to play a song for the first time that may or may not be on the record, but it probably will be. I wrote this one for Ferguson, for Baltimore, and it’s called ‘Rise.'”

Check it out in the video below.

Black Celebs (And Moms) Come To Zendaya’s Defense

February 26th, 2015 - By Rich
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Though Giuliana Rancic’s apology  seemed sincere and heartfelt to some, there are still some who are refusing to accept it. But more importantly, Black women in the limelight are stepping forward to show their support and solidarity by coming to Zendaya’s defense.

First, there was fellow-loced sister Selma director Ava DuVernay, who wrote this under Zendaya’s initial open letter.


Then “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington commended Zendaya on her open letter to Giuliana.


Read the full story on our sister site, Madame Noire.

Solange Spends Her First New Year’s Eve As A Ferguson Camping With Her Husband And Friends At Joshua Tree National Park [Pics]

January 1st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If someone asked you if you wanted to go camping on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure you would probably give them the side-eye (unless you’re a camping enthusiast on the low, in that case, big ups to you). But Solange Knowles, as always, found a way to make camping look cool, and like the hot new thing to do for 2015 (just ask her Instagram followers: “we need to recreate this”).

The singer, along with her husband, Alan Ferguson, and friends, hit up Joshua Tree National Park in California to ring in the new year. They all bundled up and brought their tents (and a bottle of Jack Daniels) out to eat, drink dance, reflect and, according to the singer, turn up quite a bit to Carl Thomas jams. Check out a few shots from their New Year’s celebration below:


With Jack and Joshua…. #turnupteepee

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Happy New Years from the #turnupteepee crew!

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Desert Beauties….. @lizzyohpoe @thebronxbirthedme

Zdjęcie zamieszczone przez użytkownika S A I N T R E C O R D S (@saintrecords)

Solange: Tax Lien Misunderstanding Being Handled

December 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Solange finally breaks silence on elevator fight with brother-in-law, Jay Z.

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We told you over the weekend that Solange Knowles was hit with a tax lien just days after tying the knot in New Orleans with her love, video director, Alan Ferguson. According to TMZ, the State of California has a financial beef with the singer and claims that she owes more than $55,000 in past due taxes that weren’t provided from 2010-2012.

The interesting thing about all of this though, is that it seems Knowles wasn’t aware of the lien. As we told you yesterday, she tweeted “Well thanks for letting me know , lol. Shiiiiiiiiiit. (Pronounced *She-it),” and thanked a publication for keeping her in the loop: “Good looking out yo! Lol. (No for reallys though :)”

Luckily, Knowles is handling the matter and hopes that the lien will be lifted ASAP. A rep for the singer reached out and said that the lien was caused by “confusion” about where she was living from 2010-2012:

“The lien is in process of being removed as there was simply confusion on whether Solange was a California resident. We expect this to come to a swift close.”

In the meantime, Solange seems unbothered by the whole situation. She’s too busy being a happy newlywed. Oh yeah, and she’s too busy playing Dance Dance Revolution with friends to be worried: