Post By Simone Graham
“A Seat at the Table”, third studio album by American singer-songwriter Solange Knowles, was released on September 30 by Saint Records and Columbia Records. Knowles is the younger sister of pop-star sensation Beyoncé. The confessional autobiography evokes the notions of social injustice and racism that African Americans often have to deal with, and relies on psychedelic funk filled melodies.
One of the key cuts, features New Orleans native and Grammy- award winning MC Lil Wayne. In this song, Solange melodically talks about her experience as a black women in modern society. She calls the cut a combination of identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.
Throughout the album, the neo-soul songstress questions why white supremacists have a tendency to suppress black men and women when they take a stance in embracing their culture and heritage. Additionally offered comments about society and the black experience are offered brief introductions to various songs provided by people close to Solange.
For example, Solange’s mother Tina Lawson introduces track number 9 titled “Don’t Touch My Hair.” It is not only a poignant ode calling out micro aggressions against black women, but also embraces the importance of celebrating the physical attributes of the black women.
Master Percy Miller, CEO of No Limit record label, offers five full minutes of dialogue on tracks like “The Glory Is in You,” “This Moment” and “For Us By Us”. He speaks about his rise to self-made success.
Miller was asked in an interview with Complex Magazine, about how his narrating in “A Seat At The Table” came about?
“Solange, reached out to me,” said the hip-hop veteran. “She’s been a big fan of my music even when she was younger. She was like, “I’m doing this project, I want to make it different, [and] I want to make it special. Would you come say a couple words on it, narrate a couple songs on it, it was all love.”
Knowles culturally conscious work of art is a therapeutic remedy to heal Black America and the minds of today’s youth. She hits just the right message in track number 2, titled “Weary”.