Solange Discusses 'A Seat At The Table,' Calls Erykah Badu And Kelis 'Pioneers' In New Interview
As a part of Glamour's Women of the Year series, the magazine spoke withSolange about how her experiences culminated in creating her seminal album A Seat at the Table.
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"I knew I had to make this record to become a better human, better mother, better wife, better friend," Solange said. " I knew I was carrying around so many microaggressions that transitioned into trauma... I needed to disassemble these things as much as possible so I could operate from a place of healing and so I wouldn’t pass that negativity on to my son."
The artist then talks about how the album came to fruition, specifically highlighting a time when she wrote for three months at a house on a sugar plantation in Patoutville, Louisiana, a city populated with 300 people outside of New Orleans.
"When I finally turned in A Seat at the Table, I had a pit in my stomach. It was just 72 hours before my release date. There was a lot of fear and emotion, pain and hurt and rage," Solange recalled. "... I realized I needed a second to remove myself from everything, to feel my connection to the album without everyone's voices. I turned to my husband and said, 'Let's go to Mexico!'"
Solange then speaks about curating experiences following the album's release, and the importance of performing the music to black audiences, no matter how big or small they are, as well as thanks her mother, Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, and Kelis for being a source of inspiration in her life.
"For so long this idea existed that as black women, we could not be multifaceted and nuanced. I'm excited I get to be this complex, complicated, loud, vocal, flawed woman and still be worthy of recognition. It only makes me want to keep evolving. Keep standing. Keep fighting to make sure my body is my body, my mind is my mind, my story is my story," Solange concluded.
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