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Solange Knowles Reveals ‘Very Personal Decision’ to Open Account with Black-Owned Bank, Encourages Fans to Follow

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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.

Both speaking and hearing the truth brings healing. Acting on the truth brings change. Nobody has the answers right now… 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) ,created platforms to empower one another, and have been activist 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. But self care matters right now more than ever. If you've been feeling as low and agonized as I have…you need to be reminded of that. The PTSD affects of racial trauma is REAL. Surround your self with people you love and share the same values as you and take care of yourself so that you can get out here and do whatever it is that you feel is your forum of activism.

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“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.

 

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11 thoughts on “Solange Knowles Reveals ‘Very Personal Decision’ to Open Account with Black-Owned Bank, Encourages Fans to Follow

  1. An International Black Wealth Establishment, & Reparations!?!….Creation of our own Global Currency portraying Historic Slave Images and Historic Figures…..Surmounting Exclusivity to ONLY Descendants of Slavery…..We Need More Black Ambassadors Supporting Black Banks!

  2. Saintrecords supplied a long list of Action Activistism, but the only thing missing WAS Reparations! – We'll Never be able to Take our FREEDOM if we don't see ourselves as FREE! Before it gets to the point where no Black person will be able to leave the plantation called America!

    There are already Small Black Commiities now making there own money, ya'll falling behind….but we need Everyone Child of Slaves Inclusive!

  3. where's all the money coming from that you're encouraging to be invested in black banks?

  4. Reggie Rice says:

    Hmmm….Solange is at the top of this page, and, you're at the bottom.

    Go figure…

  5. Mary Witt says:

    please,stop jabbering

  6. sounds like you've been experiencing a lot of black privilege at the expense of white privilege..

  7. What YOU need to do is start taking responsibility for your own actions and start taking esponsibility for yourself and the community that you live in, you know that cesspool of crime you call home. Quit killing each other, 91% of all black are killed by other blacks and that doesn't count those aborted babies which number nearly a thousand a day! If BLM so much show it by taking the first steps! Stop killing each other!

  8. Wht a load of crap blacks are owed nothing, they weren't slaves and they didn't pick cotton that would be too much like work and we can't have our special snowflakes get their hands dirty.

  9. Josh Seipp says:

    PERSONAL. Not private. Good grief, learn to read.

  10. Josh Seipp says:

    Reggie Rice Boom!

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