Beyonce Interviewing Solange Is the Coolest Thing You’ll Read Today
"After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At the Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for @interviewmag. Spoke about womanism, growing up in a hair salon, and choosing between 'I could fall in love' and 'No Queda Mas.' It is one of my favorites to date." #Solange (@saintrecords) to her sister @beyonce for our February cover @mikaeljansson. Styling #KarlTempler. Hair @chuckielovehair. Makeup @markcarrasquillo. Manicure @megumiyamamotonyc. Set design #gerardsantos
Solange graces the cover of the fashion publication, which features her staring at us with her flowing black hair. Inside R&B singer dazzles in a sleek photo shoot.
In the interview, the sisters discuss a wide-range of topics, including Solange’s A Seat at the Table and the meaning behind her Grammy-nominated single, “Cranes in the Sky.”
“‘Cranes in the Sky’ is actually a song that I wrote eight years ago. It’s the only song on the album that I wrote independently of the record, and it was a really rough time,” she said. “I was just coming out of my relationship with Julez’s father. We were junior high school sweethearts, and so much of your identity in junior high is built on who you’re with. You see the world through the lens of how you identify and have been identified at that time. So I really had to take a look at myself, outside of being a mother and a wife, and internalize all of these emotions that I had been feeling through that transition.”
“I remember looking up and seeing all of these cranes in the sky. They were so heavy and such an eyesore, and not what I identified with peace and refuge,” she continues. “I remember thinking of it as an analogy for my transition – this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive building, and not really dealing with what was in front of us. And we all know how that ended. That crashed and burned. It was a catastrophe. And that line came to me because it felt so indicative of what was going on in my life as well.”
Solange would also talk about womanism and how she learned to be fearless from watching her big sister and her mother, Tina Lawson Knowles, take control of her career.
“It’s something I’ve learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you’re asking permission for,” she said. “I feel like I’m getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, ‘No, I’m uncomfortable with that.’ And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it.”
Beyonce and Solange also talked about their childhood inspirations, the similarities between their dad and Master P and played a fun game of This or That.
Read Solange’s full interview with Beyonce at interviewmagazine.com.
"What are some misconceptions about being a strong woman?" @saintrecords answers real questions posed by @beyonce. Read their interview in full at www.interviewmagazine.com @mikaeljansson. Styling #KarlTempler. Hair @chuckielovehair. Makeup @markcarrasquillo. Manicure @megumiyamamotonyc. Set design #GerardSantos