Solange Chats About Being Labeled an Angry Black Woman

The singer-DJ said if she were a man standing up for himself she wouldn't have received the same response.

Posted: 11/13/2012 12:33 PM EST
Solange

We know Solange Knowles comes off as a no-nonsense chick and we'd never think to peg her as an "angry Black woman," but the DJ says she was labeled as such after her confrontation with a Fox News reporter in 2008. During an interview with The Guardian, Knowles talked about the video in which she put the news crew in their place after they allegedly disrespected her family off-camera. She noted that the resulting criticisms would've been different had she been a man.

"If I was a male rapper responding in that way, it would have been no big deal," she said. "But when a Black woman stands up for herself suddenly she has an attitude problem."

The stylish singer, who's currently promoting her latest indie pop single, "Losing You," then went on to talk about her up-and-coming days with the Destiny's Child crew, breaking off on her own, and how she and sister Beyoncé couldn't afford labels when they were growing up.

"My sister and I were not allowed expensive clothes," she said. "We so badly wanted these Fila sneakers as kids but my mother took us down to the flea market and got imitation ones. Look at the early Destiny's Child videos, you'll see!"


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