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Solange Had to Understand the ‘Trauma’ Her Father Experienced to Better Their Relationship

Solange Knowles spoke candidly with Billboard magazine for its recent cover story. The “Cranes in the Sky” singer opened up about her last album “A Seat at the Table” stating she’s no longer in an “entertainment space” though that may change for her. She also spoke about her relationship with her father, Mathew Knowles.

Along the journey of making “A Seat at the Table”, Solange invited her dad and mom Tina Knowles-Lawson to do a skit related to the album. She’d already known her mother’s story as a Black woman but the eye-opener was what she learned about her dad.

“To sort out my adolescent and young adult years, there was still so much I needed to know because our relationship was not always very good,” she told Billboard. “It’s still very much a work in progress. I think I have a much clearer idea of the trauma that he experienced and how it felt like it was then generationally passed on to me.” She continued “Both kind of existing in the white spaces as an ‘only,’ and how much that can really shape and mold your experience of the world, race and identity.”

She shared the difficulty of getting both her mother and father in the same room after their divorce. Solange said ” Obviously, my parents are divorced, and getting the two of them in a room together was a powerful moment in time. They really led the conversation. I felt that because of my yearning to know, they were honest with me. I understood my father so much more.”

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