• Kyia Young

Earning a "Seat at the Table": A look into Solange's new album

October 6, 2016


Singer, songwriter and model Solange Knowles has spoken out and broken barriers by speaking up and telling African-American men and women it is okay to love their melanin and their culture.


Knowles expressed on her Twitter account that, “#ASeatAtTheTable is meant to provoke healing & journey of self-empowerment.” A Seat At The Table took the 30-year-old Houston native almost four years to release to the world. The album features artists such as Lil Wayne, Kelela, Q-Tip, The-Dream, Devonte Hynes, Kelly Rowland and more. Personally, when listening to this album, you have to listen to it from beginning to end. The placement of each song in the album flows into each other perfectly. This includes the interludes where she talks about how black people feel when it comes to #BlackLivesMatter. As mentioned in “Interlude: Tina Taught Me,” embracing the empowerment of “the beauty in being black” is a major part in this album.


I started writing #ASeatAtTheTable almost 4 years ago...


I am honored and humbled to share it with you midnight tonight. pic.twitter.com/zDRzHdibcY


— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 29, 2016

The placement of each song in the album flows into each other perfectly. This includes the interludes where she talks about how black people feel when it comes to #BlackLivesMatter. As mentioned in “Interlude: Tina Taught Me,” embracing the empowerment of “the beauty in being black” is a major part in this album.


Tina Knowles mentions that just because someone might be pro-black, that does not mean that person is anti-white. As a minority in this country, it is very important for minorities to find self-empowerment in their culture to keep them pushing and moving forward every day, which leads into the song “Don’t Touch My Hair.”


What I interpreted from the song “Don’t Touch My Hair” is that in modern-day society, there has been a plethora of situations where black men and women have been dismissed from school, fired from work or were never hired for a job position because of the culture behind our kinks and curls. Knowles refers to black hair as a crown and that people of color should not be ashamed or embarrassed for growing out our hair and that we should embrace it.


There is a lot of beauty in our melanin. This pro-black album A Seat At The Table really expresses the fact that black men and women should embrace the true beauty behind our melanin and use that empowerment to grow together. A Seat At The Table was definitely worth the four-year wait.

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