Solange Discusses the Current Trials and Tribulations in Black America

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Solange Discusses the Current Trials and Tribulations in Black America

​ Marvin Villanueva, Sophomore

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2016, the same year her older sister, Beyoncé, releases her groundbreaking masterpiece Lemonade, Solange releases her breakthrough album ​A ​ Seat at The Table. Solange, the singer-songwriter that has written before to artists like Michelle Williams to her own older sister and has had two previous albums and an EP, finally forays into the neo-soul sound she was trying to achieve​. ​A Seat at The Table, her intimate third album, shows her socially conscious progression by expressing her own personal account into what it is like to be a black woman in America in today’s modern age.
The album kicks off with the hopeful sweet piano ballad “Rise” where Solange knows and accepts her mistakes by singing: “Fall in your ways so you can sleep at night/Fall in your ways so you can wake up and rise.” With vocals that employ a sense of a feeling between sorrow and motivation, she ultimately displays an exterior of optimism. This optimism stays with her even after fearing for the future state of racial discrimination in this country on the swooning “Weary” or explaining that her ancestors had to leave New Iberia, Louisiana after a work dispute on the harmonic “Where Do We Go.”
A Seat at The Table shows to be intertwined with Solange’s social and political views. As Solange herself, embraces being an unapologetic black woman. From the passionate “Don’t Touch My Hair” to the crooning “Mad” that tackle the issues of the microaggression of touching a black person’s hair and the stereotype of the “angry, black woman” respectively, Solange isn’t afraid to get her views across.
Solange shows beyond doubt to be an important figure in modern R&B and to be a voice ​ of reflection for people of color. ​A Seat at The Table proves to be an odyssey of Black
empowerment and ode to black women everywhere to know their worth in the world. Just like some of the final lyrics of her slow tempo, sincere closing track “Scales,” “You are a superstar.”

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