A Seat At The Table: A Round Table Discussion for Melanin Folks

Solange

What can I say?

I remember when she released her first solo album in 2002, which I believe was so slept on. I'm glad people are waking up to her now though.

A young girl who was known as "Beyonce's little sister", has stepped into her own persona, style, and elegance. Now, she is seen as a soul singer, a mother, and certified soul sistah (not sister...sistah!)

While she's not promoting her multimedia platform or slaying us with her red carpet outfits, she evokes and promotes #BlackGirlMagic. To be honest, she's one of the best examples of that hashtag. From black womanhood to Black Lives Matter, Solange has spoken on it. Over the weekend, Solange put her voice and emotions into her new album, A Seat At The Table. 

A Seat At The Table  album cover (photo source: Twitter)

A Seat At The Table album cover (photo source: Twitter)

While some other albums this year, and in previous years, have been a celebration of blackness (or attempted to be), A Seat At The Table is a therapy session for black woman, that also let's black men to join as well (kind of like Iyana's premiere of this season's Iyana: Fix My life). 

First, I can't talk about this album without mentioning the interludes. Solange was smart in her approach in each interlude as each one related to the songs and the concept of the album. It was great to hear both her father and mother talk about their experience of racism and to hear words of wisdom from guest appearances (a few were, in fact, personal friends of Solange, others were samples from Master P interviews). Solange managed to capture the emotions of herself and her listen with interludes presented in a Janet Jackson influenced style. 

A screenshot from "Don't Touch My Hair"

A screenshot from "Don't Touch My Hair"

Solange eloquently speaks to the sistahs (again sistahs not sisters), with songs like "Scales", "Don't Wish Me Well", "Junie" and "Crane In The Sky". The song "Don't Touch My Hair" is a song the empower black culture and black identity; and song such as "F.U.B.U" and "Borderline" go deeper into the thoughts and ideology of African Americans, as well as the importance of mental health. 

A Seat At The Table is the album most artist attempt to make but rarely make the perfect execution. It is an album that embodies love, mental health, and social consciousness from the melanin perspective, without the need of a saturated marketing plan or publicity stunts. I haven't seen an album that touches on the emotional issues we all face since Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope album, and I haven't witnessed women, especially women of color, connect and cherish an album since the days of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Baduizm, and Acoustic Soul. Now, enough talking and reading. Tonight, go to Apple Music or Spotify, play that album, and take a nice hot shower with some Shea Moisture shampoo; it's the best way to enjoy the album…at least for me.