It’s been around four years since Solange Knowles released her last work, True and although it was a long wait, it was well worth it. On Friday, September 30, Knowles released her third full length album A Seat by the Table to rave reviews by fans and critics alike. When asked about the inspiration for this album Knowles replied, “I set out to make an album about self- discovery and empowerment and independence”. Collaborating with such artists like Kelly Rowland, Q-Tip, BJ the Chicago Kid – to name a few, Knowles has brought the issues such as social inequality and self-acceptance and exploited it.

A personal favorite off the album would be Track 9: Don’t Touch My Hair (featuring Sampha). From the title, one can assume it is about well, touching one’s hair. This song comes a little over a week after the Supreme Court ruled that people with dreadlocks can be discriminated against at the workplace. For those who may not know, in the black culture, dreadlocks are one of the most unique and meaningful hairstyles we have; giving us pride as well as being part of our social identity.

Knowles starts the songs off singing, “Don’t touch my hair, when it’s the feeling I wear” signifying that our hair is not only a fashion statement, it is a part of who we are. Songs such as F.U.B.U, Don’t Wish Me Well, Mad (featuring Lil Wayne), also delivers smooth yet powerful messages. The album remains honest and mellow throughout all 21 tracks which tells us that she may not have always been in the spotlight, but she was always aware. She sees where this world is heading and tries to deliver a thought-provoking message with every song she sings.

Solange is known for speaking up on such issues as social injustices, but this album brought it to another level. It is a masterpiece to say the least. This album was not only amazing sonically, it was empowering and something that society needed to hear.

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Sasha "Andro" Bannister is a 19 y/o songwriter and photographer from The Bronx, NY. She's been writing music for over 7 years and practicing photography for a little over 5. Coming from a musically inclined family, it's no wonder she's been attracted since a young age. Having the ability to play several instruments, she hopes to make an impact in the music world. She is currently a member our music team but from time to time comments on Fashion, Photography, and Modeling. To catch up on her daily follow her on Instagram @fye.andro

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