Solange Knowles Scribbles Touching & Funny Letter To Her Teen Self
Thu, 18 May 2017 10:51:40
Solange Knowles is having a busy time of it, ahead of a summer series of dates at festivals and museums around the world this week she will perform at the Guggenheim as part of Red Bull Music Academy, and she’s currently on the cover of the latest Teen Vogue magazine.
An artist known for cutting her own path, in place of an interview the singer has written, and shared, an open letter to her teenage self. What fans have known of Solange’s funny, touching and deeply personal work will not be disappointed by the contents of the letter. She shares insights of the artists she idolised, while explaining the importance of self-belief.
"Sometimes you push these phases to the max, and when you go out into the world feeling confident in who you are and what you reflect, young folks will call you names and grown folks will call you names,"
"It's ok. One day, you will name yourself and that name will belong to you. It will not be the ones they ordained: 'crazy, ugly, attention-seeking, weirdo.'"
The artist also shares a number of stories from her youth. Memories include the drive up a steep mountain in a snowstorm which lead to a near-death experience. The tone is at times somber; as she recounts losing her best friend to gun violence, or giving birth to her first child at age 17, a period she describes as the hardest year of her life.
In a world where teen girls sometimes struggle in knowing which point of references to trust Solange has offered a humbling, honest account of her own experiences in those sometimes difficult formative years.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff