Solange Talks 'Kickass' Big Sister Beyoncé, Being a Strong Woman and Which Real Housewives She Watches 'Religiously'
The A Seat at the Table singer enjoys a candid discussion with sister Beyoncé in her new Interview cover story
Solange took A Seat at the Table with her critically acclaimed new album — an empowering R&B opus on black womanhood — and in the new issue of Interview, she sat down with big sister Beyoncé to talk about her rise to fame.
In addition to opening up about her third LP, the “Cranes in the Sky” singer, 30, and her sibling, 35, discussed the lessons they learned from their mom Tina Knowles Lawson, marriage, not feeling “bashful” about taking pride in their accomplishments and which Real Housewives franchise leaves Solange “in stitches.”
Here are five of the biggest revelations from Solange’s Interview cover story.
1. Mom’s know best.
“As far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example,” Solange said of mom Tina Knowles Lawson.
2. She’s done apologizing for being a strong woman.
“One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album. I still have not been able to say that. That’s the first time I’ve actually ever said it, because of the challenges that we go through when we celebrate our work and our achievements,” Solange told Beyoncé in the interview.
“It’s something I’ve learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you’re asking permission for. I feel like I’m getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, ‘No, I’m uncomfortable with that.’ And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it.”
Furthermore, that empowerment and composure was a driving force behind her album A Seat at the Table, which she released in September.
“It was very intentional that I sang as a woman who was very in control, a woman who could have this conversation without yelling and screaming, because I still often feel that when black women try to have these conversations, we are not portrayed as in control, emotionally intact women, capable of having the hard conversations without losing that control,” she said.