Solange Knowles Says Her New Album Pays Tribute To Her Parents

Solange Knowles dropped her third album A Seat At The Table Friday morning and it has everyone talking. Knowles describes the album as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.” The album tackles topics like race and identity politics and her relationship with her family.

In a conversation interview between Knowles, her mother and writer Judnick Mayard, shared on her website, Saint Heron, she discussed the making of the album, the depth of her lyrics and why she’s not afraid to be possibly labeled as an “angry black women.”

PhotoCred: twitter.com

PhotoCred: twitter.com

She recorded in Long Island, New Orleans and New Iberia, Louisiana with different artist piecing her family history together. “I’m a strong believer that in order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you come from… I think that I chose New Iberia based on the area being the start of everything within our family’s lineage.”

When her mother asked was she afraid of people labeling her as an angry black women she gave credit to her parents for her lack of fear, “we grew up in a household with two parents who constantly celebrated blackness and created forums and spaces to empower black communities, This might feel new for other people, but it is surely not new for me…I also feel like I had a lot of encouragement when I was to stand up for inequalities. You and dad both nurtured my voice to stand up, which gave me confidence to now continue that and write this record.”

Knowles closed the interview by telling her mother that she created the project from the values they raised her on as parents.

You can download A Seat At The Table on iTunes now.