We’re Just Going To Leave This Right Here
The simplest and realest line from Solange’s song, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” in my opinion, is when she says “They don’t understand what it means to me.” It’s the reasoning we have to use to explain why strangers would want to touch, poke, prod, and play in hair that isn’t theirs — otherwise we just have to assume they’re crazy, and elitist. It’s also the explanation we’re going to apply to exhibit A below.
Yes, what you are looking at is an image from a newspaper that has recreated Solange’s iconic hair from the cover of A Seat at the Table on a white woman. Now of course the paper, which we have yet to identify, doesn’t appear to acknowledge the influence that led to the recreation one might also consider appropriation. Nor does it respect the significance of Solange’s album cover or the message she sent through the image and the music within.
A Seat at the Table isn’t about something as frivolous as party hair, but we wouldn’t expect this publication to understand what it means. The reality is this spread just makes the words Solange sings on her album songs so much more real.
Take so much from us.
Then forget us.