Yo, I Love Her: Solange!
I adore Solange!!! She is a dope artist, dope mother, and her style is CRAZY. (That fabulous, lemon yellow 'fit she wore to the MET last year! What?!!!) She's also an unapologetic inspiration for us black people and everyone standing up for awareness and respect.
When I first listened to her latest album, "A Seat at the Table," with its mellow vibe and lyrics about the black experience, both beautiful and harrowing, I was like, "Whoa! Mind blown." She definitely deserved that best R&B performance grammy for her song "Cranes in the Sky!"
I love that she not only writes and co-produces her own songs but also she runs her own record label and website, Saint Heron, where she occasionally tells deep a&$, personal stories.
In "And Do You Belong? I Do," published on her site on Sept. 11, 2016, she details, among other infuriating instances, how white women yelled and threw a lime at her when she got up to dance during a Kraftwerk concert she went to with her son and husband. She acknowledged that speaking out on this would invite people to put words in her mouth like "racist." She wrote, "This is why many black people are uncomfortable being in predominately white spaces." Solange's storytelling, both verbal and visual, is mad necessary.
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