After the brutal deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota – both of which occurred within 24 hours of each another – Solange Knowles announced she has signed up with a Black-owned bank.
The singer revealed the switch on Instagram Sunday. She did not mention the name of her former banker nor did she state her new bank.
“While I realize this is a very personal decision and thing to share, I’m proud to say I made that step today, she wrote July 9. “Time to literally put my money where my mouth is.”
Knowles linked to her Saint Heron album website, which lists 20 Black-owned institutions around the country.
The post comes on the heels of a previous message where the Saint Records label founder acknowledged the Black community’s actions to take back control from oppressors. She mentioned she needed to work harder to support Black businesses.
“We have marched, protested, fought, donated, built schools, mentored, used our voices, met with leaders, started…invested and supported our own black businesses (although I admittedly can do even better on this one),” she wrote. “Created platforms to empower one another, and have been [activists] just by existing in the spaces we have only to be told over and over again that it does. not. matter. We do not matter. Our bodies don’t matter. Our minds do not matter.”
Solange’s support of Black business follows Usher, Killer Mike and Jermaine Dupri’s move to support Black banks in February. Mike shared a call to action for others to do the same on Instagram as he and his fellow entertainers walked into Citizens Trust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia to open accounts. Usher documented the trip on his Instagram page, which occurred on the first day of Black History Month.