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I want women’s rights to be equally honored: Solange talks feminism in BUST magazine


Nadya WasyslkoSolange is BUST magazine’s newest cover star.  

In the publication, which provides news from a feminist perspective, the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer certainly touches on what it means to be be a “proud black feminist and womanist.” 

“I’m a feminist who wants not only to hear the term intersectionality, but actually feel it, and see the evolution of what intersectional feminism can actually achieve,” says Solange.  

“I want women’s rights to be equally honored, and uplifted, and heard.”

Of course, it’s hard not to imagine the Grammy-winning artist as a feminist deeply in tune with her roots, having grown up in a family of equally strong women, including Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.

Solange says, “I grew up in a house with five women. My mother, my sister B, Kelly actually moved in with us when I was five. And my other — I also consider [her] my sister, but she’s actually my first cousin, Angie — she moved in with us when I was 13. So this household was all women’s work.” 

As for her thoughts on the role of black women in the music industry, Solange was just as candid in her thoughts about her role, and other black women’s roles, in the business. 

“I think that the black female voice, especially in R&B music, has always been kind of accessorized,” she says.  “Because I guess it’s supposed to be just so easy and effortless for us, as vocalists. But I consider myself a songwriter first, and in the trajectory of what I’m trying to create, singer comes last.” 

To read the rest of Solange’s BUST interview, pick up a copy of the April/May 2017 issue, out March 28. 

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