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This past weekend, Solange stunned the crowd with her dance moves alongside big sis Beyonce at the California Coachella Festival. Instead of taking a break, Solange decided to take her fans to the East for an Asian inspired editorial spread. Shooting for a magazine called, The Ground, Solange was styled in Japanese fashion by Nick Nelson and shot by Seiji Fujimori. The focus of the spread  centered around Solange’s activism for civil rights, family life and her career. Here are a few highlights from the interview:

Thoughts on civil rights in the United States

 “Justice for Trayvon Martin. Is this not what our ancestors, grandfathers and fathers fought for? Now, I will be fighting for my son.”

Her Childhood

 “My parents encouraged me to be a free-thinking, free spirit[ed] person. Sure, I caused some trouble once in a while, but when I think back on my childhood, I have great memories. I was lucky.”

Her Thoughts On Performing As Independent Artist

“A little, but as I walk on stage, the first thing I do is look around and take it all in. In that moment, there’s no time to be nervous because it’s just overwhelming to realize that music has connected me to so many people. I’ve also just implemented a super, cheesy, backstage ritual. Before we go on stage, the band stand[s] around in a circle and spell out, ‘Let’s Have Fun’. It’s all about making the experience enjoyable for everyone, which is one of the freedoms of being an independent artist.”

We love how personable Solange is! Check out her gorgeous photos on the next page.

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