By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Solange Knowles talks reinventing herself on her own terms and her triumphant return to the art world in Billboard interview.
The incredibly talented graces the March cover of Billboard Magazine, along with an epic interview where she discusses her place in the world today.
As a preteen, Solange was backup dancer for Destiny’s Child, she released her first album, solo star at 16, and spent much of her coming-of-age being compared to her older sister Beyoncé.
Known for her offbeat style and for walking to the beat of her own drum, the Houston native posed in a black and white contemporary ensemble that featured puffy sleeves and unzipped knee-high boot-heels. Solange left her bleached afro blown out and accentuated her natural beauty with minimal makeup.
Speaking to Billboard about her celebrity status, the 31-year-old singer said: “I’m clear within myself that I’m not interested in entertainment at this moment.”
When asked about her professional focus: “That might change. There might be a moment where I decide, “Hey, I love the game.” For right now, I’m not (there).”
She comes into her full existence as a woman, mother, artist and influencer. A seat at the Table, Solange’s third album, was her first debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and the first single, “Cranes in the Sky,” won a Grammy for the best R&B performance in 2017.
Solange is now putting her focus on being a mom to her 13-year old son and owning her space as a performance artist, designing pieces for huge galleries and museums such as notorious Guggenheim Museum.
A lot of her success on her album comes from her role in the black community, her representation of woman, and her conversations surrounding ancestry. She even interviewed her parents for a skit on A Seat At The Table, she describes the experience as a groundbreaking one for her –
“I understood my father so much. To sort out my adolescent and young adult years, there was still so much I needed to know because our relationship was not always very good. It’s still very much a work in progress. But I think I have a much clearer idea of the trauma that he experienced and how it felt like it was then generationally passed on to me.”
She goes on to discuss her feelings on the pressure from the music industry to be continuously putting out work despite the fact that art is inspiration based, not time based –
“This cycle of you put out an album, now you go and perform it, and then you go back and you work on another one for however long, and then as soon as that’s done, you put one out again…. It’s the cycle that the music industry has set in place for us. Artistes are really whimsical. And I have a 13-year-old son, now, so that is a compass of how I have set up my life and set up my work. It matters to be present with him. I’m relieved when I hear other mothers say, “yeah, we’re going through this, too.”
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