My son spends as much time with his dad as he does with me.
– Solange Knowles
When you think back in history about producers and artists or writers who’ve had good synergy, a lot of times they date, or they’re married, or there’s a friendship and a kinship.
My name, Solange, means ‘Angel of the sun,’ and I’m completely enamored of my African history. The culture is so expressive.
When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.
You’re just so excited that you have this record deal or this movie opportunity that you don’t stand up for yourself and say, This is what I want to do.
Beyonce adores my little boy. She takes him everywhere.
Every mom believes her kid’s school doodles are amazing, and I’m no different.
Every teenage artist out there is mostly talking about boys, and I think there’s so much more to being a teenager than just boys.
I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point.
You just have to know that the more successful you get as an artist, the less of a normal life you have. It’s a trade-off.
In my experience, as a young black artist, you have to fulfill an archetype, or be a token – and I was unwilling to do that.
I have more to offer than music that is automatically dance.
Both my parents are first-generation success stories.
At 15, saying I wanted to do a reggae album after growing up in a snazzy house in Houston – it was kind of random.
My earliest love, which was sort of an obsession, actually, was Nas. I was in seventh grade, I believe, when ‘Nastradamus’ was out, and I took it pretty far.
Mainstream media tends to showcase a very specific kind of Mardi Gras, but my experience of Mardi Gras is very different; it’s very cultural.
I still stand behind the stuff I did early on, but I was on a record label, and I didn’t have a lot of creative control. Another side of that is just being young and having bad taste. There was plenty of that, too.
I never borrowed clothes from Beyonce when we were growing up. But now my style is a little more tame and hers is a little more adventurous.
You have Vampire Weekend who have more African references musically than most African-American artists.
Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while.
I have been writing songs since I was 9 years old, so writing has and always will be my first love and passion.
Whether it be a red eyeliner or a graphic line on the crease of my lids, I’m more attracted to the ideas of something interesting than being ‘pretty.’
Once I had my son, I stopped shopping in stores because it’s not an easy process to try on clothes – and I’m not an impulsive buyer. I need to do the dance in front of the mirror, the whole nine yards.
I really fell in love with dance. By the time I was seven, I had dance class six times a week. I was obsessed.
I’m such a Southern girl.
What’s important is that my family and I are all good.
Dubai’s a pretty powerful place.
I’m surrounded by such beautiful, creative people, and I just love sort of sharing their stories and their journeys.
I think it’s really important for every mother to find their own way.
Opening Ceremony is my number one favorite place to shop here. It’s the only place I’ll shop in New York with my son. All of the sales people are so cool; the music is great; it’s just like a big fun house, so he stays entertained.