Solange: A Seat At The Table
Solange is the epitome of creative expression--she is a visionary and has a knack for effortlessly birthing art with whatever step she takes. Her album A Seat At The Table, is a genius piece of work that not only speaks on the systematic issues that affect African Americans, but celebrates the beauty of black people and their culture. A Seat At The Table expresses the hardships of African American people, while celebrating it at the same time. It is birthed from experience and richly tops it off with powerful interludes such as--Dad Was Mad, Tina Taught Me, This Moment and For Us By Us (FUBU). The interludes are tied to personal experiences, black pride, progression and entitlement for an individual, a people and a culture to unapologetically be themselves.
Solange is not only speaking for herself through this album, but is speaking for an entire group of people. She is speaking to the person that is not so outspoken, individuals who feel like their voice does not count and for the people who are tired of speaking out with no change in results. Solange's sweet melodies are heard by the football player who kneels at the pledge of allegiance, the little black girl who celebrates her reflection, the black man who's blood stains bustling city streets and the unity in people knowing that we are so much more alike than we are different. Solange speaks for herself, but in so many ways is speaking for the world. Her sultry & calming sounds are something that we as a human race definitely need.
"I'm weary of the ways of the world."- Weary by Solange
"This shit is for us."- F.U.B.U. by Solange
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