SOLANGE + What It Means to Have a Seat at the Table

  Photo from pitchfork.com.

Photo from pitchfork.com.

After four years of crafting this project, Solange has finally released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table. Saying it is amazing is an understatement; this album is PHENOMENAL. When I hear great albums, I usually fall in love with the artist's voice, the musicality, the visuals, the lyrics and/or the way it makes me feel. Solange's album encompasses all of these things and MORE. This album tells a story of what it's like to be Black in America and she illustrates it to a tee.

(Her first two visuals for the project are bomb too! Watch them below.)

As her majestic voice hits every note so perfectly, Solange paints a picture of the black experience from issues of racism to even the way we embrace our features. What I love the most is that she is using her gift to spark dialogue about being Black in America and she wasn't afraid to push the envelope when it comes to shedding light on the pain that people of color have faced for many years now.

My favorite song on the album would have to be "Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)." In this song, she encourages us to "take an intermission." In other words, we must take time to care for ourselves mentally and physically in the midst of the hard times our community is facing. Black mental health is so important because we are an oppressed people and this can negatively impact our well-being as well as our sanity. Solange reminds us that while we are watching our brothers and our sisters being killed daily and while we are dealing with racism in our everyday life, we must take the time to allow ourselves to heal by practicing self-care

  Photo from grungecake.com.

Photo from grungecake.com.

The title of her album struck me as well. Having "a seat at the table" is a powerful position because your influence can make a difference. I think Solange wants us to know that as people of color, we all have a seat at the table; we all have a voice that can be heard and has the ability to move mountains. We are a powerful people. We need to embrace this so that we can stand together and create change within our communities. 

"Don't let anybody steal your magic." -Solange

Solange is the definition of "black girl magic" and she reminds us that we are also magical. Please listen to this album if you haven't already and really take in every word that is spoken throughout each song and each interlude. I promise, it will leave you feeling empowered. 

For those of you who haven't heard it yet: 

  Photo from theguardian.com.

Photo from theguardian.com.

Let me know your thoughts on the album in the comment section below!

-m.