Hot of the heels of her widely acclaimed third studio album, A Seat at the Table, Solange has booked a gig with Interview magazine to talk about the record. In a stroke of genius, the interview is conducted by none other than her big sister, Beyoncé!
It’s a fabulous piece, showcasing how eloquent and #woke the ladies are. The interview is also a revealing insight into the relationship between the two. While of course Solange and her incredible record are the focal points here, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a more human side to Beyoncé.
After hearing about the tragic illiteracy amongst the Beyhive, I decided to handpick the best quotes which represent the closeness and playfulness between the two sisters, as well as their strong feminist beliefs and prolific characters as black rights activists.
BEYONCÉ: You have to drive? From Philly?
SOLANGE: Yeah. But it’s not bad. It’s only an hour and 40 minutes.
BEYONCÉ: Oh my God! Rock star.
SOLANGE: Well, I find a lot of similarities in Master P and our dad.
BEYONCÉ: Me, too. [laughs]
BEYONCÉ: What is the funniest text you got from our mom this week? [both laugh] That’s too personal, never mind. You’ve got to love Mama Tina.
BEYONCÉ: One of my proudest moments as a sister was when I was able to introduce you to your hero, Nas, and you cried and acted a fool. I was so surprised that Mrs. Too-cool-for-everything was acting a fool.
BEYONCÉ: What makes you laugh the hardest?
SOLANGE: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, hands-down.
BEYONCÉ: Really?! I didn’t know that.
SOLANGE: I’m probably on the internet way more than I should be.
SOLANGE: I remember Björk saying that she felt like, no matter what stage in her career, if a man is credited on something that she’s done, he’s going to get the credit for it. And, unfortunately, that still rings true.
SOLANGE: It was very intentional that I sang as a woman who was very in control, a woman who could have this conversation without yelling and screaming, because I still often feel that when black women try to have these conversations, we are not portrayed as in control, emotionally intact women, capable of having the hard conversations without losing that control.
SOLANGE: The biggest reward that I could ever get is seeing women, especially black women, talk about what this album has done, the solace it has given them.
BEYONCÉ: And, honestly, growing up, how did I do as a big sister?
SOLANGE: You did a kickass job. You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we’ve been together, I think we’ve only really, like, butted heads … we can count on one hand.
BEYONCÉ: I was expecting something funny, but I’ll take it. Thank you.
Check out the fantastically classy photo shoot below and read the full interview here: