Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
July 28, 2014

About a "Girl" Who Refused to Just Shut up and Take Orders

Donald Sterling ASSOCIATED PRESS

You could argue that the woman on the recording didn't really set up the man on the recording; instead, she let events play out in a way that seemed quite characteristic for the Clippers owner.

Obama's Already Emotional Over Malia Leaving For College -- Two Years From Now

Malia Obama
ASSOCIATED PRESS

L.A. Mayor Accepts Michelle Obama's Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness By 2016

Michelle Obama
Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

Fertility Clinic Tells Woman She Can't Use Sperm Donor From Another Race

In Vitro Fertilization Lab
dra_schwartz via Getty Images

Homeless Man's Astounding Act Of Kindness Leaves Pranksters In Awe, Teaches Us Valuable Lesson

Homeless
ModelPrankstersTV/YouTube

Women And Minorities Are Punished For Promoting Women And Minorities At Work: Study

Marissa Mayer
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Republican Voters Want To Impeach The President. Good Luck With That.

Obama
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOOK: One Of Heaviest MLB Players Ever Looks Like A New Man

Dmitri Young
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Obama To Rename Africa Program For Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Chris Jackson via Getty Images

Eric Garner's Widow Asks For Civil Rights Investigation Over Her Husband's Death

Eric Garner
Pool via Getty Images

George Zimmerman Wants To Keep Fighting With NBC

George Zimmerman
ASSOCIATED PRESS

ESPN Host Defends Comments About Women Provoking Domestic Violence

First Take
ESPN

Chicago Gun Violence May City's Mayor His Job

Rahm Emanuel
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Vet Services Oakland Youth In Incredible Way

Kelly Carlisle
ABC News

7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List

Checking Box Form
Getty Images

Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin And How Race & Gender Have Affected Coverage

Biden Slams Voter ID Laws As 'An Attempt To Repress Minority Voting'

Joe Biden
ASSOCIATED PRESS

My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times. He's 3

African American Getting On School Bus
Blend Images - KidStock via Getty Images

NFL Suspended Ravens Star Two Games Over Domestic Violence Arrest

Ray Rice
Andy Lyons via Getty Images

Newark Schools Under Investigation For Racism

Cami Anderson
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

Whoopi Defends Stephen A. Smith's Controversial Comments On Domestic Violence

Whoopi Goldberg
Dave Kotinsky via Getty Images

Beyonce's Latest Vacation Photos Couldn't Be More Stunning

Beyonce
Instagram

The Internet Is Having A Field Day With Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' Memes

Nicki Minaj
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Childish Gambino Calls Out Kendrick Lamar, Drake In Fierce Freestyle

Childish Gambino
Ethan Miller via Getty Images

Chadwick Boseman Discusses James Brown 'Cut-Throat' Qualities

Chadwick Boseman
Jemal Countess via Getty Images

Comedian Confronts Violence With New Initiative

Gerald Kelly
Arnold Turner/Invision/AP

You Have To Watch Jordan Peele As Stan Lee

Key And Peele Stan Lee
Comedy Central

Nicki Minaj Posts Another Salacious Photo As Single Is Delayed

Nicki Minaj
Donald Traill/Invision/AP

This Is The Best Singing Duo At Comic-Con

Channing Tatum Biz Markie
Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP

Audra McDonald Opens Up About Past Suicide Attempt

Audra Mcdonald Suicide Attempts
Stephen Lovekin via Getty Images

Ice Cube Opens Up On N.W.A Biopic Casting Drama

Straight Outta Compton
Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures

Aaron McGruder's Latest Show Has Sparked Serious Outrage

Black Jesus
Cartoon Network

WATCH
How This Former Runaway-Turned-Cellist Discovered Her Inner Beauty

Kelsey Lu Mcjunkins
YouTube

'Halo' Subway Singer Gives Beyonce A Run For Her Money

Halo
YouTube

The Real Reason Why Tupac-Inspired Broadway Musical Closed

Saul Williams
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Solange: Letting Loose Like A Bucket of Juice

Comments (204)




It's not often that the sole sibling of a superstar can evolve into a unique individual whose identity and image is distinctively her own.

But, everyone can't be Solange Knowles.

The sassy singer recently sat down with BlackVoices.com for a candid discussion about everything from leaving music for her son, why Prince will always be her favorite and how the media world has things twisted.

Earlier this year, Solange (as she is mostly known) released her sophomore album 'Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams' to little fan-fare but she isn't stressing the Nielsen Soundscan numbers one bit.

Snoop Dogg
laid down a verse on her single 'I Decided,' and the tune can currently be heard in the new L'Oréal hair care commercial, in which she stars alongside her sister Beyoncé.

Of the album's first week sales, she says she "was really excited about it. I sold 45,000 [copies], which I felt was an accomplishment. Katy Perry had a number one song for six or seven weeks and we sold the same thing the first week."

Solange Pictures

    Solange Knowles and Monica Cruz attends the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231768), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Solange Knowles and Monica Cruz attend the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231743), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Singer Solange Knowles attends the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231642), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Singer Solange Knowles performs attends the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231637), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Singer Solange Knowles performs attends the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231627), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Solange Knowles performs as designer Marc Jacobs dances at the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231621), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Solange Knowles and Monica Cruz attend the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231603), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Solange Knowles attends the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231296), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Solange Knowles performs as designer Marc Jacobs dances at the MANGO flagship store celebration dinner at Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel on November 20, 2008 in New York City..Celebrities Help MANGO Celebrate The Relaunch of Its Soho Flagship - Dinner.Shang Restaurant - Thompson LES Hotel.New York, NY United States.November 20, 2008.Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com..To license this image (56231127), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com

    Solange Knowles attends the 4th Annual PAPER Magazine Nightlife Awards at Mansion on November 16, 2008 in New York City..4th Annual PAPER Magazine Nightlife Awards.Mansion.New York, NY United States.November 16, 2008.Photo by Eugene Gologursky/WireImage.com..To license this image (56206857), contact WireImage.com

    WireImage.com


Knowles refers to her second offering as "an album's album," and notes how it is not "single driven." She hopes to continue recording music in the future, even if she says it's on a mix-tape level and for the streets. Laughing, she clarifies the mix-tape content would definitely remain consistent with her soul-influenced R&B sound, adding, "If I ever were to come on a hip-hop tip you would probably never hear me rapping because I turn so suburban white girl and I'm not afraid to say that."

She made headlines for her outspokenness during an interview with a FOX local affiliate television morning show. When she overheard a producer prompting the reporter to inquire about her rapper/mogul/brother-in-law, Jay-Z's nightclub closing down, she took the defense. But, hear her tell it, she didn't even let the television station have it like she could have.

"Listen, I did not even show my a**. I said 'please,' number one, and you would think that I was like 'b**ch don't f**ckin' talk s**t about my sister. I'd slap the s**t out of you.' I was just like, 'I think that's very unprofessional.''

She gives her parents, Music World head Mathew Knowles and House of Dereon clothing designer Tina Knowles, all the credit for encouraging her to "always just speak up when [an] issue bothered [her]."

And, one very big-named iconic singer has her back, too.

"A week or two after that happened [on FOX] I got invited to Prince's house and that was such a big moment for me because I know all cool people get to go to Prince's house. He was standing there and I was with a bunch of people and they were like, 'You're being such a p**sy right now.' 'Cause I was like, 'I'm just gonna sit here.' And he walked up and was like, 'I saw the FOX News thing' and I was thinking to myself, 'S**t even Prince is on my ass.' And he was like, 'And I loved it,' and I was like, 'F**k yeah! Prince said that he likes me, so y'all can kiss my a**.'"

So what's next for her? Knowles is humbled that she is being grouped with the new movement of daring female artists, like Janelle Monae and Santagold, who she says "individually express themselves through their videos, artwork and fashion," but she won't be recording too much longer so that she can focus on being mother to her son Daniel.

"I am blessed that I can take him everywhere with me. I was just telling my dad, 'He is about to turn four in two weeks and you got another year to work this record because come August of next year, I am on lock down like full-on -- taking him to school every morning picking him up every day that's the type of life that I want for him,'' she confided.

On December 21 at 10 pm, you can catch Solange and her sister Beyonce Knowles on a FUSE special called 'Beyonce and Solange: Hope for the Holidays,' a one-hour concert benefiting the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike through the sisters' 'Survivor Foundation.'

Beyonce and Solange Fashion Transformation

    In 2001, Destiny's Child won the Grammy Award for best R&B Song for their hit single 'Say My Name.' Beyonce was 20 years old, and Solange was 15. New to superstardom, these young girls from Texas would take their time developing their sense of style.

    Kevin Mazur, WireImage.com

    Looking just like her mom Tina here, Beyonce began her career with hair extensions based on braids, way before she would "upgrade" to lace front wigs.

    Jim Spellman, WireImage.com

    Working a strange mix of accessories, Beyonce used her ensemble to promote her self-penned hit 'Bootylicious.' We do what we must to reach the top! It was 2001, and still a few more years before Bey would cement her spot without resorting to desperate moves.

    Kevin Mazur, WireImage.com

    At the 2001 Teen Choice Awards Beyonce and Solange continue to evoke the "classless country" look with matching neon yellow outfits and braids in clashing shades of auburn. At this time, Solange had almost no identity of her own and was totally dependent on her sister's shine.

    Gregg DeGuire, WireImage.com

    NO TABLOIDS! Solange & Beyonce of Destiny's Child wearing Tina Knowles 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Audience and Backstage The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center New York City, New York USA September 6, 2001 Photo by Theo Wargo, WireImage.com To license this image (231747), contact WireImage.com

    Theo Wargo, WireImage.com

    Solange was really just a teen growing up in the fast lane, as we can see here in this early pic. Her braids, scarf, tee and jewelry are clothing an average girl would wear.

    Photo AOL

    Solange and Beyonce Knowles Solange posed together in 2002 in an uncharacteristically dressed-down look for Bey. Do you think she still has that Michael Jackson's Thriller t-shirt?

    L. Cohen, WireImage.com

    Through this two-tone hair sculpture in the form of a lace-front wig, Beyonce shows the world that they do indeed do it big in Texas at the 'Austin Powers In Goldmember' in 2002. While Beyonce began to branch out into acting roles at this time, and slightly mature in her sense of style, Solange still seems like a non-entity totally dressed by Mom.

    Gregg DeGuire, WireImage.com

    These two sisters made an appearance on MTV's 'TRL' in 2002 wearing distinctly different casual looks. While Beyonce took even her relaxed dressing to a costume-like extreme, Solange was still dressing like normal young person.

    Kevin Mazur, WireImage.com

    At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, Bey gave a knockout performance and revealed what many would come to term the "Beyonce Look" in full force. The huge blonde mane and over-the-top sexy golden outfits were here to stay.

    Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Comments: (204)

Add a comment

Page 4 of 21

Add a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password."