Solange’s album A Seat At The Table ranked high in many year-end music round-ups, including snatching the number one spot on Pitchfork’s. One of our favorite things about her acclaimed album is that it included a track dedicated to queer people of color.
A visible ally of the queer community, Solange is on the latest cover of Interview magazine. And who else is better to interview the musician than her big, badass sister?
That is exactly what happened. Interview enlisted Beyoncé to ring-up her younger sister and deliver the hard-hitting questions herself. Beyoncé starts the enlightening and informative interview, “I remember thinking, ‘My little sister is going to be something super special,’ because you always seemed to know what you wanted.”
“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
Here are ten of our favorite quotable moments from the interview:
1. On her relationship:
Solange: When I go out in the world, I know that when I come home, I’m going to find peace with him. And I didn’t want any variable that could interrupt that. And you actually encouraged that and said, “I swear, you guys are going to be just fine and will probably make the best work that you have ever made because of the way that you love and respect one another and each other’s vision.” And through the process of making this record, every time I would come home from the studio, I would be really depleted. And it was Alan who would encourage me and help lift me back up and give me that coach speech to go back into the studio and start a new day.
2. On Solange as a child:
Beyoncé: You were obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with your clothes … when you were only 10 years old.
3. On home:
Solange: People were warm. People were friendly. But the biggest thing that I took from it is the storytelling. I feel like, in the South in general, but specifically in our world growing up, people were expressive and vivid storytellers. In the hair salon or in the line at the grocery store; there was never a dull moment. I feel so happy that I got to grow up in a place where you could be the pastor’s wife, you could be a lawyer, you could be a stripper on the side, you could be a schoolteacher—we saw every kind of woman connect on one common experience, which was that everyone wanted to be great and everyone wanted to do better. And we really became womanist because of that. And that’s the thing that I carry with me the most, being able to go out into the world and connect with women of all kinds. I was just having a conversation with someone about The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and I was saying how I love that show and think it’s so brilliant because it’s the woman that was represented in my childhood in Houston. It makes me feel so at home.
4. On trusting your gut:
Solange: Another part is that I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut. And my gut has been really, really strong in my life. It’s pretty vocal and it leads me. Sometimes I haven’t listened, and those times didn’t end up very well for me.
5. On vision:
Solange: But I do have—and I’m unafraid to say it—a very distinctive, clear vision of how I want to present myself and my body and my voice and my perspective. And who better to really tell that story than yourself?
6. On the significance of the album, especially for black women:
Solange: This was going to be such an intimate, up-close, staring-you-right-in-the-face experience, the way people would see me and hear me. It was one thing to make the record and have those reservations; it was another to finish it and actually share it. I just feel so much joy and gratitude that people have connected to it in this way. 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.
7. On being in control:
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. 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.
8. On being internet obsessed:
Solange: I’m probably on the internet way more than I should be. I don’t know. I love connecting people. I love introducing people to other people who are doing incredible work in the world. And I’m just on the internet too damn much.
9. On what makes her laugh the hardest:
Solange: ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’, hands-down.
10. On Beyoncé as a big sister:
Solange: You did a kick-ass 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.