Solange Knowles is An Empowering Woman with A Message
Solange Knowles is an artist that deserves more praise. Her 1st number one album on Billboard 200 'A Seat At The Table', was released on September 30th. It reflects a real and honest look what African-Americans experience in America. Solange describes her album as a "project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." Through her R&B album, she takes her listeners on a journey with historical facts.
The messages that are conveyed in 'A Seat At The Table' are very relevant to the racial climate that we are experiencing now in America. The album tackles topics ranging from police brutality, prejudice and most importantly blackness. On the singers website Saintherion.com, she states that her inspiration for the album came from her pro-Black upbringing from her Mother and Father. Tina Lawson and Matthew Knowles also make an appearance on the album to discuss what they have experienced in life and their views on being African-America/Black in America.
Every song on the album is powerful, but the one song that is getting a lot of praise is 'Don't Touch My Hair'. In the song she sings,
“Don’t touch my hair When it’s the feelings I wear Don’t touch my soul When it’s the rhythm I know Don’t touch my crown They say the vision I’ve found Don’t touch what’s there When it’s the feelings I wear.”
One topic that all women of color can probably relate to is people touching their hair. In an interview on her website, Solange says, “Physically touching the hair is extremely problematic!” Solange speaks to the reality for many Black women when all they want is to be left alone and not feel like a zoo exhibit. The singer encourages women of color to take ownership of their hair and not allow other people to turn it into an odd spectacle.
The music video for 'Don't Touch My Hair' had beautiful moments showing Black women of all complexions near a pool. All the women had different hair types and some of them were going into the pool. This is an image you don't often see because of the stigma that Black women never want to get their hair wet.
We can't forget about the fashion. The many different outfits picked by Solange's stylist, Shiona Turinione from Los Angeles-based designer James Flemons with his line Phlemuns another designer was New York-base Anthony McDowell he made silver looks for Solange, plus more.
The message on the Black experience rings clear in Solange's album and based on the reviews this album is sure to stand in the test of time. You can download and buy 'A Seat At The Table' anywhere were albums are sold. And check out the music video for ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ below.