Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Diva Cover Stories: Beyonce Interviews Solange for Interview Magazine

My cousin in my head, Solange, was interviewed by my other cousin in my head and her big sister, Beyonce, for Interview Magazine. The two sisters chatted about parent-teacher conferences, growing up in Houston, and Solange's latest album, A Seat at the Table. Read the interview and check out the editorial spread below.

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Why she had to have her sis interview her...

"After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At The Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for Interview Magazine. It is one of my favorite talks to date."

THE INTERVIEW

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The duo talked mom life...


BEYONCÉ: Are you exhausted? I know you had a parent-teacher conference ...
SOLANGE: Yeah, I actually had to fly to Philly because there were no flights left to New York. And now I'm driving from Philly to New York. Well, I'm not driving, but ...
BEYONCÉ: You have to drive? From Philly?
SOLANGE: Yeah. But it's not bad. It's only an hour and 40 minutes.
And their sister-sister relationship...


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BEYONCÉ: And, honestly, growing up, how did I do as a big sister?
SOLANGE: You did a kickass job. You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we've been together, I think we've only really, like, butted heads ... we can count on one hand.
BEYONCÉ: I remember thinking, "My little sister is going to be something super special," because you always seemed to know what you wanted. And I'm just curious, where did that come from?
SOLANGE: I guess a part of that was being the baby of the family and being adamant that, in a house of five, my voice was being heard. Another part is that I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut.
BEYONCÉ: One of my proudest moments as a sister was when I was able to introduce you to your hero, Nas, and you cried and acted a fool. I was so surprised that Mrs. Too-cool-for-everything was acting a fool.

A Seat at the Table (ASATT)....


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Solange on the overwhelming response to ASATT:
"...I just feel so much joy and gratitude that people have connected to it in this way. The biggest reward that I could ever get is seeing women, especially black women, talk about what this album has done, the solace it has given them." 

The Early Days....
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Solange on her and Beyoncé's childhood in Houston:
"I remember reading or hearing things about Master P that reminded me so much of Dad growing up. And they also have an incredible amount of love and respect for one another. And I wanted a voice throughout the record that represented empowerment and independence, the voice of someone who never gave in, even when it was easy to lose sight of everything that he built, someone invested in black people, invested in our community and our storytelling, in empowering his people. You and I were raised being told not to take the first thing that came our way, to build our own platforms, our own spaces, if they weren't available to us."
Solange on what she learned from her sister:
"Getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you're asking permission for."



Article Credit: Interview MagazineThe YBF


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