Critics — both professional and on Twitter — have been raving about Solange's new album A Seat At the Table since it dropped on Friday, with many calling it a companion piece to her sister Beyoncé's own woke opus LEMONADE.
So, how does Solange feel about the comparison? Absolutely fine.
The singer and artist tells Fader, “We have the same mother and the same father. We grew up in the same household, and so we had and heard the same conversations."
She goes on to explain, "One of the joys in your mom [Tina Lawson] being an Instagram star is that people are, I think, starting to understand the environment that we grew up in. Through her voice and organizing, and her really being an advocate for black equality — and obviously through the intro of 'Don’t Touch My Hair' — people are a little clearer in terms of the upbringing that we had and us having these very politically-charged, socially-charged conversations on a daily basis."
She contines, "It shouldn’t be surprising that two people who grew up in the same household with the same parents who are very, very aware — just like everyone else is — of all of the inequalities and the pain and suffering of our people right now, would create art that reflects that."
Specifically, about Beyoncé, she says, "I’m really proud of my sister and I’m really proud of her record and her work and I’ve always been. As far as I’m concerned, she’s always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she’s always been very, very black. My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents.”
A Seat At the Table reached #1 on iTunes charts over the weekend, so it's safe to say that people will take as much of the Knowles sisters as they can get.
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