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Unless you were hiding under a rock, you’d know that Solange Knowles broke the internet yet again this past week. No, she didn’t slay a photo shoot, but this time aroundshe did serve #BlackGirlMagic on wax for her fourth album, A Seat at the Table.
As if we didn’t expect to see a great numerical turn up for her newly released LP, the numbers held up to all the buzz it made on the web, debuting at the top of this week’s Billboard 200 chart. This exciting news marks the singer-songwriters first No. 1 album on the chart, and according to Billboard, ASATT earned 72,000 equivalent album units, 46,000 of which were in traditional album sales.
This success also puts Solange and her sister Beyoncé in an exclusive group of siblings who have No. 1 solo albums under their belt, including Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, as well as Master P and his brother Silkk the Shocker.
A huge congratulations and round of applause goes to Solange for supplying arguably one of the best albums of the year that tackles the plight of blackness in America today.
This week, Solange has continued to bless us with more gifts following the release of her album A Seat At The Table (ASATT). After the album debuted last Friday, the 30-year-old musician released two music videos and is finally revealing how she created the number one album.
In a video titled, Beginning Stages: A Look Into Solange’s Songwriting Process & Jam Sessions That Shaped ASATT, we see Solange arranging a song in Long Island during the summer of 2013. The video showcases the singer performing background vocals and hooks on a few tracks with the help of musicians, engineers, and producers.
From Long Island, Solange is seen traveling between New Iberia and New Orleans, Louisiana juggling motherhood and the conception of the album. In some scenes Solange is sans makeup, donning an afro or twist out, performing riffs and playing the piano. In others, she confidently crafts lyrics together while wearing a must-have red lipstick or shoes that naturally define her bold and eclectic personality.
Although there’s barely any speaking in the video, Solange allows viewers to make meaning of her creative process for themselves. Sometimes it’s just her, silence and nature. Other times, she can be found unfolding and laying down verse after verse by jotting down hooks on a whiteboard or acting as though she’s performing the album live in front of millions. One thing is for certain: her dedication to her craft, personality and work is untouchable. Solange doesn’t work hard, she works smart. In a series of Instagram posts, she’s repeatedly stated that ASATT has been in the making for 4-plus years. And of those years documented, we can see why ASATT is highly revered for such a time as this.
Get into Solange’s alchemy, below.
Not too long ago our little sister Solo released her third full-length album, ranking number one album on the iTunes charts, A Seat At The Table. The album is a passionate and heartfelt ode to Black womanhood, encapsulating the current social climate, and a timelessness of artistic creation. Her mom, affectionately known as Mama Tina (Tina Lawson) took to social media to express her excitement and pride for her daughter’s achievement. With two instagram posts, Tina gushed over Solange’s long overdue recognition as an artist. Each post is dripping in joy, and love, and will have your eyeballs sweating.
Oh my goodness I just found out my Baby has the Number one album in the whole country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How friggin amazing is that !!!!!! I'm sooooooooooooookoooooooooooo poud of you Solo! I am so happy to see that the world can finally see what I've seen since you were three years old. That you were really special that you were ahead of your time and that you walked to the beat of your own drum and that you stuck to it no matter how much shit people talked.. I knew it ! When you walked thru Sharpstown mall with Angie and everybody was laughing because you had on those platform shoes and Japanese prints stockings and mixed prints braids down past your butt😀you didn't care!
With a bit of humor, Mama goes on with one of Kanye’s most notable quotes, “I’m a let you finish” and shares how she has waited for the day the world would acknowledge, and embrace Solo’s artistic gift, as well as her uniqueness.
I'm sorry Solange I'm a let you finish , but I have to say that I have to finish and Beyonce and myself and Kelly and Angie have often had conversations about you saying "we will cherish the day that the world knows how talented and creative and amazing an artist you are"! I do believe that the day has arrived thank you Almighty God!!! You are-awesome and thank you to all the fans who supported this record you are awesome also !!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
At the moment it doesn’t seem like there is anyone more proud of her children than Mama Tina. Taking every opportunity she can, Tina acknowledges, and revels in her daughter’s successes. Beyonce is even goals for her own mom! With a passion for tacos like the rest of us, Tina also shares via Instagram, that it was a picture of her daughter, sent by her trainer, that kept her fitness goals on track.
Mother Tina is the real Queen. Reigning effortlessly, she has reared, and ushered into greatness two of the world’s most notable musical contributors. She the living holy grail, responsible for a large part of the era we are experiencing. Shoutout to Mrs. Lawson, for coming through for the win!
Ever since last Friday, Solange Knowles has been serving all kinds of delicious (and Black AF) content to us. Of course, we’re sitting at her table, lapping it all up. Our favorite “meal” from her album A Seat at the Table is “Don’t Touch My Hair.” For many of us, the song is an anthem because having someone touch our hair without permission is, sadly, a common experience for Black women. It also deeply resonates because we live in a time where honest conversations about cultural appropriation, particularly when it comes to hair, are not taken seriously by the perpetrators.
In an interview with The Cut, Solange’s hairstylist, Nikki Nelms, talked about creating the innovative looks for Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair” video, what the song actually means, and how working with the singer has impacted her career and life.
Check out highlights from The Cut interview below.
How She Approaches Solange’s Hair
“We always take into consideration the whole look, the event, the mood, the time. Sometimes we can do more, but sometimes it’s crunch time and we do less. We have a very similar eye when it comes to styling and what we don’t like, so it works well. I love hair that’s not too neat and what I like to call “Easter Sunday,” and she feels the same way, too.”
What “Don’t Touch My Hair” Means To Nelms
“It means so many different things, but I’ll tell you one. Everyone has their own hair and their own style, and what they like. That’s something that you have to own as an individual. Sometimes people will try to imitate you, or sometimes they want you to imitate them, or put pressure on you if you don’t look a certain way. “Don’t Touch My Hair” is the preservation of you. Praising your style, your look, for you. It’s cool to be you. Solange’s whole movement promotes that. That’s just who she is, and she doesn’t let anyone change her. You miss out on so much by trying to imitate someone else’s style.”
What It’s Like Working “In Solange’s Orbit”
“It’s always an honor. Not only are we friends, but I’m also a fan. I love her mind. She’s such an amazing example of how to stay true to you. There are a bazillion hairstylists, and if you get caught up in what everyone else is doing, then you’ve already lost the race. Figure you out, and then stick to it — I’ve learned that by watching who she is. This whole album is an example of what happens when you do you.”
For more insight, to learn how Nelms created the hairstyles for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and to find out how to master Solange’s video looks from her makeup artist, Miguel Ramos, read The Cut’s entire interview here.
Solange Releases “Don’t Touch My Hair,” “Cranes In The Sky” Videos With Help From Hubby Alan Ferguson
Have your edges recovered?
It’s been a few days since Solange Knowles snatched them by releasing her third album A Seat at the Table. Since then, we’ve learned a few things about the luminous work. Those things include that it was co-produced by the uber-talented Raphael Saadiq, it’s a tribute to her parents, it was an album three years in the making, and she describes it as a “project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”
We’ve also heard Solo’s take on people comparing her album to big sister Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which she’s totally okay with. As she puts it, it only makes sense. Per her conversation with The Fader:
“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.”
But we’ve also been gifted with two accompanying music videos since the album’s release, both directed by Solange and her talented husband, Alan Ferguson. In case you missed the memo, he’s been directing classic hip-hop and R&B videos since the early ’90s.
In both clips, Solo can be seen shining in front of a wide variety of unique backdrops, lush colors popping off of the screen, doing her best choreography. The singer also showcases other beautiful Black men and women who stand out just as much as they help her dance, pose and share her poignant lyrics.
Check out visuals for “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky” below and bask in the brilliance:
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?
My Album, A Seat At The Table, will be released digitally this Friday • September 30th. Visit www.solangemusic.com to experience the #ASeatAtTheTable digital book now. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement to share this body of work I have written, with you. Album Cover Photography : @carlota_guerrero
Solange, Solange. Where do I, or any of us, begin?
Well, Beyoncé’s biological better-half is about to release a glorious album on September 30 and already, I just can’t.
Titled, A Seat At The Table, it appears that Solange will give us an intimate look at her life since Elevator-gate with Bey and Jay, her all-white wedding to Alan Ferguson, (publicly) reconciling with her father, Matthew Knowles, turning thirty and raising son, Juelz during a time where police brutality and racism is excessively rampant.
The 21-song track list featured below displays a number of odes to Mama Tina, self-care, and love, as well as an interesting interlude: Dad Was Mad. Alongside the album, Solange will be releasing a book filled with poetry and photography. Eighty-six people who willingly gave the songstress their name and address via her website, will receive a copy of the book by Monday, reports Complex.
Tweet, Kelly Rowland, Weezy, Beyoncé and Q-Tip helped conjure this ear-candy with Solange, and if you’ve been following her on SnapChat, where she’s played snippets of the album, you know having A Seat At The Table will also help you open a window to your own soul.
Check out these dreamy photos and videos of Solange and company from her new website, below.
A Seat At The Table drops on September 30. Don’t be tardy.
I will never forget when Solange Knowles was on an episode of Oprah in 2009, talking about life before and after her big chop. It was a cut people initially panned and ended up loving. After spending between $40,000 and $50,000 a year on hair, Knowles said, “I just wanted to be free from the bondage that black women sometimes put on themselves with hair.” Ever since then, all eyes have been on the hair and style moves of Solange Piaget. She’s never afraid to try something bold and big, something we never would have tried before, but after, we can’t help but love. After watching the star share her new website with fans on Instagram while rocking these Patrice Rushen-inspired braids, we decided to show love to some of our favorite hair moments from Solo. Check them out!
Also, some Monday morning commentary. After years and years of being a minority in so many countless spaces, especially certain musical communities, why is it sooo hard for that same community to stick around in a rare moment, and space where they are then the minority. (Unless of course, it’s a space celebrating black culture amongst black people, yet not created or owned by black people) The extra kicker, is when it is countered with “We’re all going here (here meaning, another space where u will be the minority) , meet us after when your done with this” (this meaning, the space where we are the minority) . It truly makes me have this face 👆🏾 lol
This weekend, we reported about Solange’s brief run in with racism. The short of it is that at a Kraftwerk concert in New Orleans, with her son, his friend and her husband, a couple of angry White women threw garbage at her back because she was dancing at a concert. An electronic and dance music concert.
Solange shared the incident on Twitter and explained that this is the reason so many Black people feel uncomfortable in predominately White spaces. It’s real.
And even after people came for Solange and said she was exaggerating the situation, even claiming that she was uncomfortable with White people, she took it a step further by penning an essay for her site, Saint Heron.
Solange spoke specifically about the tone White people use when demanding something of Black folk, in predominately White spaces.
It usually does not include “please.” It does not include “will you.” It does not include “would you mind,” for you must not even be worth wasting their mouths forming these respectable words. Although, you usually see them used seconds before or after you. You don’t feel that most of the people in these incidents do not like black people, but simply are a product of their white supremacy and are exercising it on you without caution, care, or thought. Many times the tone just simply says, “I do not feel you belong here.”
Solange said that even before the altercation with the throwing objects happened, a Black venue attendant told Solange that her son and his friend Rasheed weren’t allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes in the venue.
No electronic cigarettes allowed, you need to stop doing that now!”
You are too into the groove and let your husband handle it and tell the attendant that the children are 11 years old, and it’s actually the two grown white men in front of you guys who were smoking them.
You are annoyed and feel it’s extremely problematic that someone would challenge their innocence, but determined to stay positive and your husband has handled this accordingly.
And then she recounts the incident she tweeted about earlier.
Sit down now, you need to sit down right now” from the box behind you. You want to be considerate, however, they were not at all considerate with their tone, their choice of words, or the fact that you just walked in and seem to be enjoying yourself.
You are also confused as to what show you went to. This is a band that were pioneers of electronic and dance music. Surely the audience is going to expect you to dance at some point.
You were planning on sitting down after this song, as long as it wasn’t one of the four songs that you really connect with and plan on getting down to.
You feel something heavy hit you on the back of your shoulder, but consider that you are imagining things because well….certainly a stranger would not have the audacity.
Moments later, you feel something again, this time smaller, less heavy, and your son and his friend tell you those ladies just hit you with a lime.
You look down only to see the half eaten lime on the ground below you.
You inhale deeply. Your husband calmly asks the group of women did they just throw trash at you. One woman says, “I just want to make it clear, I was not the one who yelled those horrible, nasty, things at you.”
Loud enough for you to hear.
This leads you to believe they were saying things way worse than what you heard, but you are not surprised at that part one bit.
You’re full of passion and shock, so you share this story on Twitter, hands shaking, because you actually want these women to face accountability in some kind of way. You know that you cannot speak to them with out it escalating because they have no respect for you or your son, and this will only end badly for you and feel it’s not worth getting the police involved. So, you are hoping they will hear you this way.
Then she explains why this incident is so much bigger and more universal than a couple of women being rude at a concert.
You know when you share this that a part of the population is going to side with the women who threw trash at you. You know that they will come up with every excuse to remove that huge part of the incident and make this about you standing up at a concert “blocking someone’s view.”
You know that a lot of the media will not even mention the trash being thrown at you with your 11 year old son being present.
You feel that the headline would be “XYZ Goes To A Concert And Gets Trash Thrown At Them,” if it were some of your other non-black peers in the industry.
You constantly see the media having a hard time contextualizing black women and men as victims every day, even when it means losing their own lives.
You and your friends have been called the N word, been approached as prostitutes, and have had your hair touched in a predominately white bar just around the corner from the same venue.
The statement you made makes headlines funny enough just days after it comes to light that Air China warns their flyers not to go into Indian, Pakastani, or Black neighborhoods in order to stay safe, while Texas schools are fighting to have textbooks calling Mexicans “lazy” removed from classrooms, and while Native Americans are doing everything they can possibly to to protect their sacred land from an oil pipeline being built on graves of their descendants. You know that people of colors’ “spaces” are attacked every single day, but many will not be able to see it that way.
This also comes during a time when the Housing Authority of New Orleans has declared a federal mandate plan to assist with helping to protect black neighborhoods, stating that “previously black neighborhoods on higher ground are now majority white or moving in that direction.” And not too long after an announcement is made that a former Klu Klux Klan leader is running for Louisiana senator. You also know where you live.
You are also fully aware, now that you use your platform consistently to speak out on social, racial, and feminist issues, that people who have no awareness of your work outside of gossip sites and magazines, some of which who are most likely voting for Donald Trump, have been starting to engage and/or target you in public and social media in regards to race…You have lived a part of your life in predominately white spaces since you were a kid and even had your 3rd grade teacher tell you “what a nigger is” in front of your entire white class. You watched your parents trying to explain why this was wrong to her and learned then it can be virtuously impossible to get your point across.
After you think it all over, you know that the biggest payback you could have ever had (after, go figure, they then decided they wanted to stand up and dance to songs they liked) was dancing right in front of them with my hair swinging from left to right, my beautiful black son and husband, and our dear friend Rasheed jamming the hell out with the rhythm our ancestors blessed upon us saying….
We belong. We belong. We belong.
We built this.
You can read Solange’s full essay over at Saint Heron.
Last spring we shared the sad story of Solange’s friend and business partner Armina Mussa being stabbed in New Orleans. Mussa was stabbed 10 times outside of a home last April by Aaronesia Christophe, 28, who claimed she was acting in self-defense. The attack left Mussa in critical condition, but after pleading “no contest” to charges of attempted second-degree murder, Christophe has gotten off with little more than a slap on the wrist.
According to NOLA.com, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s Office reduced the charges to attempted aggravated assault and Criminal District Judge Karen Herman sentenced Christophe “to serve six months in Orleans Justice Center jail, with the sentence suspended. She was also ordered to six months of inactive probation, records show. Additionally, Christophe is prohibited from possessing or purchasing a firearm while she is on probation.”
Unsurprisingly, this news didn’t sit well with Mussa who posted the image of her scars on Instagram Friday with the words below:
VICTORY because I got my life back finally. No longer do I have to depend on the man to bring me closure with the laws he built for our black asses to rot. The woman who stabbed me 10 times, in “self defense” walked away with 6 months probation, $244.50 fine, and a simple assault charge. I was stabbed in my liver, kidney, lower intestine, vena cava, head, face, left breast, arms, and neck…..she even severed my ear and fingers just about off. She KILLED me. She killed me on the scene and I came right BACK. Lord, I don’t think they HEAR me. I am so ridiculously blessed. There is no better feeling than the glory and enlightenment I bear after so much hate. I thank every single one of my beautiful friends and my extremely loving family for aiding me through this all. Tuesday morning you all told me in your own way, this was all BENEATH me…..and it shol’ as hell was. I walked away with my PRIDE and POWER, both embedded so strongly. – Unknown, Wyoming
We’re praying for Mussa’s continued recovery.