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Solange Knowles On Going Through A Divorce In Her 20s: ‘I Feel Far Older Than 27′

March 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Harper's Bazaar

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

Solange Knowles has lived through experiences in her short life that make her feel much older than just 27 years old. Of those experiences include marrying and divorcing her high school sweetheart, Daniel Smith, and giving birth to her son, Julez.

“In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27,” she candidly told Harper’s Bazaar. “Just going through a marriage and a divorce—which I essentially did by 21—will give you an insane amount of perspective on life.”

“Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.”

Though their relationship didn’t work out, Solange and Daniel were able to maintain a decent relationship, which allows them to be great co-parents to Julez.

“We co-parent really well,” the single mom conceded. “I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?’ “

Despite going through a divorce at such an early age, her outlook on love has not been tainted. In fact, the “Losing You” singer has found love and has been in a steady relationship with video director Alan Ferguson for quite some time now.

“Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while.”

Ironically, steady relationships don’t always make for musical inspiration.

“It’s a f**ked-up thing—without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

Read Solange’s full interview here. Check the next page for photos from her colorful photo shoot.

White ELLE France Beauty Editor Causes A Stir For Trying To Dress Like Solange Knowles–Brown Skin And All

November 26th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Solange Jeanne Deroo

Another day, another opportunity for someone to pretend they didn’t realize that painting their skin brown to appear black was a no-no.

Jeanne Deroo, a beauty editor for ELLE France caused quite a stir this week when she posted a picture of herself with an afro wig and body paint on her Instagram. She dressed up as Solange Knowles of all people to attend an “icons” party, saying that Solo is someone she is a big fan of and sees as an “idol.” But of course, the coloring of her skin overshadowed the fact that she was trying to show her appreciation for the singer. The FashionBombDaily caught the image and shared it on their site last night, and in no time flat, folks had a lot to say not only on that site, but many others. Of course, there were those who saw nothing wrong with Deroo’s portrayal of Solange, saying “imitation is the highest form of flattery,” but there were quite a few others who said that if you still hadn’t received the memo, blackface is wrong, wrong, wrong:

“Whether or not one agrees that it’s an insult or not, why do they continue the trend? Why the thirsty need to spark controversy?”

“I would say yes it would be nice that they would want to be us, but then help in the plight to end the racism against black women too.”

“With all the bad press the sudden infatuation of caucasians longing to bring back the black face days, it was not only insensitive of her to do but a blatant ” F**k you, I do because I can ” Because something is constantly done doesn’t mean that it is ever okay; this ‘ ish just IS NOT OKAY.”

“Blackface is not ok. It is offensive because of its historical background. It is awfully reminiscent of minstrel shows that portray black people as overtly simple, exotic creatures of vice and folly. It isn’t funny. It never is funny.”

“Take a note. It is never a good idea to “imitate another races skin tone”. Ever.”

Since the picture received a negative response (she pulled it down from her Instagram soon after posting), Deroo posted an apology explaining why she painted her face the way she did and what she’s realized since.

I realise how much the fact of painting oneself brown is an offensive act. I didn’t realise the seriousness of my action when I went to a private party last Saturday evening, which the theme was “Icons”, and where I chose to embody Solange Knowles, of whom I am a fan. During this private party, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram without intention of hurting anyone. I deeply regret and would like to present all my apologies. I would also like to indicate that this picture published in a private context does not involve in any way the french ELLE magazine I work for, and I am sorry for the prejudice it has caused.

Deroo definitely seems apologetic, and her intentions weren’t ugly, but to show love to Solange. However, everyone, all around the world at that, should know by now that you can show your appreciation for someone, even in your attempts to dress like them, without painting your skin. Especially such a muddy brown that doesn’t even look natural.

But what do you think? 


“Ni**as Love Drama” Solange And Collaborator Dev Hynes Go At It On Twitter

November 25th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Solange And Collaborator Dev Hynes

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Ya’ll already know Solange don’t take no mess. And so when fellow musician and collaborator, Dev Hynes came for her on Twitter she was quick to shut him down. So, what happened between these two? Well Solange worked with Dev on her EP’s single, “Losing You.” Many credited him as being “the man” behind her sound. But Solange took to Twitter to straighten a few things out saying Dev didn’t play as big a role as people assumed.

And after Solange said that, Dev to to Twitter to air out his beef… not mentioning her name though. He keeps it classy. Catch the shade he threw in the posts below.

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Source: Twitter

Well, Solange didn’t agree with his claims and fired off a few of her own responses on Twitter.

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Source: twitter

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

I can’t do nothing but laugh at all of this. It wasn’t messy but Solange certainly wasn’t going to let him get away with slandering her name. Plus, you all know how it is when somebody hits you with that “straight to voicemail.”

Solange Nabs Gig As Art Director & Creative Consultant For Puma

November 21st, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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David Bodrick/DMBJ/

Lately, Solange Knowles has been strutting onto the scene with some fierceness! The funky “Lovers in the Parking Lot songstress has trampled the fashion scene with her glorious ‘fro — and her attention-grabbing style has landed her a role as Puma’s new art director and creative consultant, Billboard reports.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter debuted her new footwear design, the “Girls of Blaze” disc sneaker, on her Tumblr page. The kicks give off an “I am here and you’ll know it!” vibe with its bright, multicolored accents — a true mirror to Solange’s style. According to Solange, the concept for the sneaker was “inspired by the sights and sounds of Brazil.”

On Twitter, Solange expressed that being an art director and creative consultant for Puma is her fantasy gig: “SO excited to finally announce my new role & dream job as an Art Director & Creative Consultant for the iconic @PUMA,” she tweeted. She further gushed about her new role for the elite footwear brand on Tumblr:

“After years of art directing my own projects and visuals ( music videos, photo shoots, album artwork, web content ect)…..I am SO EXTREMELY EXCITED to finally announce that I am now able to apply my passion for all things design into my new position as an Art Director and Creative Consultant for the iconic @PUMA!!!,” she said.

via Instagram

via Instagram

Solange’s explained that her “Girl on Blaze” design was conceived over the summer with three other notable artists and designers: Gerlan Jeans, William Okpo, Hisham Barooch. “I couldn’t be more excited about the result. The sh** is wild,” she said.

“It is in my new role that I am able to express my love for not only design but the conception of creative ideas, and the execution of them by curating amazingly talented teams. Ive had so much fun producing special content, ad campaigns, events, and working alongside the awesome Puma team,” Solange added.

Expect to see Solange’s sneaker creation around February of next year. “Come February I hope you will be just as in love as I am. This has been a dream job, and the ride has just begun!”

Have any plans of picking up a pair?

Solange Talks To Us About The Debut Of Saint Heron, Dipping It Low, & Being Hot Sh!t

November 12th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Saint Heron

Bey’s little sister is doing her thing these days, but if you’ve even paid half an ounce of attention to pop culture in 2013 you already know that. Today Solange dropped her first album from her very own record label, Saint Records, and the album, titled “Saint Heron,” is an R&B compilation featuring some of our favorite voices like Jhene Aiko, Cassie, and of course, Solange, as well as lesser-known vocalists like BC Kingdom and India Shawn.

On Sunday, Solange hosted a series of trunk shows throughout Harlem, Soho, and Brooklyn to build the hype for her album debut and we were right on-site with her to chat about the record label launch, what Saint Heron means to her, and what we can expect from the album which we have to tell you we already love! We also chatted a bit with the style icon about her innate sense of fashion, wardrobe regrets, and how she has the balls to kill the red carpets like she does. Solange summed it up best when she told us, “When I look back at my life at 40 or 50, at least I can say I did it…and that night, I thought I was hot sh!t.”

Check out the video below and tell us what you think about Solange’s new venture. Have you checked out “Saint Heron” yet?

Werk Mama! Celebrities Who’ve Established Successful Careers While Raising Children

October 28th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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Many women face the challenge of choosing between a career and children, but there are plenty who choose both. Raising children is the hardest job to have and to balance that with a successful career is even harder. These 15 celebrity moms have been in movies, television shows, on runways and red carpets looking stunning, full of energy and have even brought their little ones along to celebrate with them. Hard work, drive and determination have served these women well in their public and personal lives.

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Nia Long

Nia Long has starred in some of our most classic films like “Boyz in the Hood,” “Love Jones” and “The Best Man.” She’s been on episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and many other projects and with the length of her career you may forget that she is a mother of two sons Massai, age 12 and Kez, age 1.

Solange Says She Quit Instagram Because Internet Trolls Were Disrespecting Her Son And Friends

October 8th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Source: WENN Images

Source: WENN Images

If you have more than a few friends on social media, I’m sure you’ve encountered quite a few Internet trolls in your time. They come around, hating on everything you do, but yet they come back around every day to hear what you have to say. We’ve dealt with a few of those, but no one deals with them more than celebrities. When they don’t have rabid fans drooling over their pages, they have haters nitpicking at every small thing right and wrong about what they say, wear and do. Solange Knowles had to deal with such negativity online, and she said in an interview with Concrete Loop that forced it her to log off. She logged off to Instagram to be specific, and says that while she can deal with people coming at her crazy, she can’t take it when haters try to take jabs at her friends, and of course, her son, Julez.

“Apart of me kind of turns an eye to it and then apart of me really feels like the humanization of artists has really been stripped down. I think one of the reasons I actually went off of instagram because I was on there for little awhile was because I would post pictures of my son or my friends and they would be criticizing. My whole thing is that I’m completely fully, capable of handling negativity for myself, but to put that kind of access to negativity behind people who didn’t ask for that was really troubling to me.”

However, she does know of the positive perks of social media, saying that when she was at a major label that didn’t want to promote her work, she took to social media like Twitter to get the word out:

“I put this album out that was completely and wholly a body of work that I was super proud of. But then, on the marketing side of things, the promotional side of things, I was having a daily fight on every decision… and so Twitter was really resourceful for me, because I was able to sort of supply that stuff directly, and I think that was a real turning point in my career, when people were able to get access to who I was and what my interests are and how I spoke.”

I really dig Solange. She’s very big on putting family first over being the center of attention, yet she still gets love for her style and carving out her own lane. What do you think of what she had to say about the ups and downs of social media?

‘I’m Not Very Old School:’ Solange Reveals She Pursued Her Current Boyfriend

September 26th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Solange Knowles talks pursuing her current boyfriend.

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Solange Knowles has never really been one to follow the rules set in place by society, instead, she creates her own. During a recent interview with Necole Bitchie, the “Lovers In The Parking Lot” singer revealed that she makes her own rules when it comes to the game of love too.

“I’ve been in a relationship now for five years. Certainly, in the beginning I was the one who approached him so I have always sort of historically been one of those girls that goes after something that I’m into,” the 27-year-old said.

“I’m not very old school in the like, I’m gonna wait on you to approach me type of situation. I have a lot of guy-like quintessential relationship qualities that I have had to work on.”

The Saint Records founder also discussed writing music for her big sister, Beyoncé.

“The part about songwriting that I love is that I wouldn’t necessarily sing [the songs]  myself. [It's a] really fun expression of myself in a another way.”

“I actually wrote “Why Don’t You Love Me” for my sister and it was one of those things where I had just been in a relationship situation where I was just not getting it and then it just came very naturally. I was just like, sonically this just doesn’t really work for me so there are those situations where I have an artist in mind, whether they sing it or not.”

She also expressed an interest in having Mariah Carey sing some of the songs she’s written.

“I have a ton of songs that I would just kill for Mariah Carey to sing. And I write them like, ‘What would Mariah do?’ She’s actually a brilliant songwriter and writes her own music but if she were ever open to it I would surely…I mean it’s really cool. I’ve written gospel songs. I’ve written country songs. It’s a really, really great space to be in where sonically those songs don’t fit really fit at all on my record but I still love the expression of writing them.”

Watch her interview on the next page.

‘It’s Really Scary:’ Solange Knowles Discusses Seeing Bey Yanked Off Stage

September 20th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Solange Knowles

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Singer, songwriter and music producer Solange Knowles recently chatted with Hot 97′s Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg about her musical beginnings, upcoming music and her sister Beyoncé’s aggressive fans. Check out some interview highlights below.

On holding a performance at a laundromat:

“It was actually how to make boring, brilliant. Shout out to ‘Fader’ for being über creative. Mine was definitely like the weirdest. It was also kinda awesome for people not to have the context.”

On getting suspended over her love for Nas:

“I actually got suspended from school over Nas. The story is that I went to a Christian school. I had the ‘Vibe’ cover of him with the ‘God Son’ tattoo on his stomach. I had like a whole homage to him in my locker. Obviously, the Christian dean thought that was blasphemous for him to have a tattoo saying ‘God’s son,’ but my argument was that there was a girl who had a Justin Timberlake poster in her locker with the cross on his chest. I didn’t really see what the difference was. So I refused to take it down and I actually spoke with my parents and they actually gave me the freedom and choice to stand by that. And so the dean told me if I didn’t take it down by Friday, I think it was a Wednesday, that I would get suspended. I took the suspension.”

On receiving backlash for being a DJ and how she got started:

“Lots of people [were mad at me for DJ'ing]. I got it. I got it. I have to say I actually called Q-TIP, who is my favorite DJ. I’ve always been a music lover. The iPod hog at all of the parties… super annoying. And so it was actually right after the earthquakes in Haiti and I wanted to help out and contribute in some way. I had an event and I was like someone has to DJ. I asked TIP to do it, he wasn’t available. I asked Amir. I asked Questlove, I asked all my favorite DJs. I was like, You know what, I’m just gonna like play some music.’ And actually, my sister and Jay, it was my birthday and they bought me turntables they were like, ‘We’re tired of you being an iPod DJ; actually learn how to DJ’. So I actually called TIP. He literally, for five hours, made me go back and forth until I could beat match. It’s like I wasn’t going to do it if I couldn’t actually beat match and do it.”

On meeting Jay Z before he and Bey started dating:

“Jay and I have our own sister brotherly relationship. We talk about music a lot, about art a lot and that’s my dude and that’s my brother. We’ve discussed it. I was actually like 13 or so when I met him and my first introduction to meeting him was that I sat next to him on the plane. This was pre my sister and him dating, That was during the time when you have the big leather booklet with the CD covers and you took a lot of pride in laying that out and I had a whole Nas section. His nickname for me was ‘private school thug,’”

On seeing Beyoncé snatched off stage:

“It’s really, really scary to me. I know. Well, she has the whole BeyHive stage so those are like select fans that have followed her. It’s really scary but you know what? At the same time. I have to give her the hugest props for putting herself and being that accessible but it is scary, especially as a family member seeing that. She let them go. She said It’s okay.”

Watch her interview on the next page.

Pass Or Play? Solange Plays Around With Your Heart In New “Lovers In The Park” Video

September 18th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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lovers in the park

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It’s been quite a while since we here at MadameNoire publicly professed our love for Solange’s True album. Personally, “Bad Girls” is everything to me and I must say that Solange’s voice reminds me of the late Selena in a lot of instances. (You know, when she would sing her ballads?) She has a very clean and pure tone that really works over this funky tracks.

Enter “Lovers In The Park.” In this song Solange sings about how she toyed with the object of her affection and ended up being the one who lost out. In the visuals, Solange dances around in metallic, sequined outfits in what appears to be several abandoned buildings. There are even a few fellow musician cameos.  There’s a little gif below.

lovers in the park

Do you know who that man is?

I’m really feeling this video. Solange is putting in major work but seems to be having fun at the same time. It actually makes me like the song a lot more. Dig it!

Watch the video, listen to the track and tell us, Pass or Play?

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