A Seat at the Table: Solange’s Pro-black Album

Issra Said, Staff Writer

After four long years of no tunes from singer-songwriter Solange Knowles, her third studio album, A Seat at the Table, was released by Saint Records and Columbia Records on September 30, 2016. The album “is meant to provoke healing & journey of self empowerment,” wrote Knowles in a recent tweet to a fan.

The album consists of 21 total tracks and is well equipped with impeccable visuals produced by her husband, Alan Ferguson. The message of the music is overall pro-black and encouraging. In ‘Interlude: Tina Taught Me’, Tina Lawson Solange’s mother, vocalizes her opinion on black empowerment. She says, “It’s such beauty in black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do, then it’s considered anti-white.” Solange’s songs touch topics of blackness and womanhood that are sometimes not stressed enough in the music industry.  A Seat at the Table will be a work of art to remember due to its socially conscious message. The album can be bought on Apple Music and Tidal, or can easily be streamed for free through Spotify.