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Solange Knowles Covers Interview Magazine and gets Interviewed by Beyonce

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Coming off the musical eloquence of A Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles graces the cover of Interview Magazine. Bringing things back full circle as she just interviewed her Mother, Tina Lawson and her Father, Mathew Knowles on her highly praised album, Solo thought it was only right to have her big sis Beyonce curate her interview for the popular publication.

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With the article titled In Control, Bey spoke with the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer about life growing up, music, her favorite producer Missy Elliot and more after just coming from a parent-teacher conference.

BEYONCÉ: Are you exhausted? I know you had a parent-teacher conference …

SOLANGE: Yeah, I actually had to fly to Philly because there were no flights left to New York. And now I’m driving from Philly to New York. Well, I’m not driving, but …

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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. Well, it is a bit strange, because we’re sisters and we talk all the time, to be interviewing you. But I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you. So we’ll start from the beginning. Growing up, you were always attracted to the most interesting fashion, music, and art. You were obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with your clothes … when you were only 10 years old. You would lock yourself in a room with your drum set and a record player and write songs. Do you remember that? Of course you do.

SOLANGE: I do. [both laugh]

BEYONCÉ: What else attracted you growing up?

SOLANGE: I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age—whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate—I had a lot of things to say. And I appreciated y’all’s patience in the house during all of these different phases. They were not ever very introverted, quiet phases.

BEYONCÉ: No, not at all. [both laugh] I remember thinking, “My little sister is going to be something super special,” because you always seemed to know what you wanted. And I’m just curious, where did that come from?

SOLANGE: I have no idea, to be honest! I always knew what I wanted. We damn sure know that I wasn’t always right. [both laugh] But I’d sit firm, whether I was right or wrong. I guess a part of that was being the baby of the family and being adamant that, in a house of five, my voice was being heard. 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. I think all of our family—you and mom—we’re all very intuitive people. A lot of that comes through our mother, her always following her gut, and I think that spoke to me really loudly at a young age and encouraged me to do the same.

BEYONCÉ: You write your own lyrics, you co-produce your own tracks, you write your own treatments for your videos, you stage all of your performances, all of the choreography … Where does the inspiration come from?

SOLANGE: It varies. For one, I got to have a lot of practice. Growing up in a household with a master class such as yourself definitely didn’t hurt. And, as far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example. If she conjured up an idea, there was not one element of that idea that she was not going to have her hand in. She was not going to hand that over to someone. And I think it’s been an interesting thing to navigate, especially watching you do the same in all aspects of your work: Society labels that a control freak, an obsessive woman, or someone who has an inability to trust her team or to empower other people to do the work, which is completely untrue. There’s no way to succeed without having a team and all of the moving parts that help bring it into life. 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? For this record specifically, it really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths. There were things that had been weighing heavy on me for quite some time. And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage. And having mom and dad speak on the album, it felt right that, as a family, this closed the chapter of our stories. And my friends’ stories—every day, we’re texting about some of the micro-aggressions we experience, and that voice can be heard on the record, too. The inspiration for this record came from all of our voices as a collective, and wanting to look at it and explore it. I’m so happy I got to take my time in that process. And the end result feels really rewarding.

BEYONCÉ: Well, it brought tears to my eyes to hear both of our parents speak openly about some of their experiences. And what made you choose Master P to speak on the album?

SOLANGE: Well, I find a lot of similarities in Master P and our dad.

BEYONCÉ: Me, too. [laughs]

Read more of the exclusive interview HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Last Night In NYC: Yandy Smith, Tami Roman, Rotimi, Plus More Attend Circle Of Sisters Expo 2015

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Over the weekend Circle of Sisters hosted their 2015 expo at Jacob Javits Center. C.O.S had a variety of speakers, authors, seminars, inspirational services, and a R&B/Gospel concert. Plus over 200 vendors and companies selling their items and services.

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Our FLY girl Yandy Smith was in the building.

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DJ Khaled‘s artist Steph Lecor was also in the building.

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Matthew Knowles‘ stopped by to talk about his new book ‘The DNA of Achievers.’

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FLY Guy Rotimi hit the stage at the C.O.S. Expo over the weekend.

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Mathew Knowles on The Breakfast Club: “I’ve Had More Number One Records Than Beyonce Had” [Video]

Mathew Knowles arrived at Power 105.1‘s The Breakfast Club to talk about Destiny’s Child, his start in the music business, Beyonce, a DC Biopic, his new book The DNA of Achievers, seminars and more.

Mathew, later went through his catalogue of artists that he manages from Gospel down to Country genres. He also added, that he has had more #1 records than Beyonce had. [We’re guessing that means past tense?]

Peep the interview to see for your self. At the same time, it’s quite clear Mathew’s mission of the interview was to clear his name on the business side of things, and to let the public know that he is nowhere near being broke. Knowles also once managed rapper Nas during the Illmatic album, he mentions.

However, Mathew does drop a few gems that a lot of artists need to hear.

Check it out below:

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[New Music] From Above (Mathew Knowles new girl group) ‘Not The Same Girl’ …

Could this be the new Destiny’s Child?

You didn’t think Mathew Knowles was just gonna disappear did you? Nope, Mat is back on the scene with his new girl group From Above, and they have just debuted their first single ‘Not The Same Girl’.

The world is thirsting for another girl group, we’ve been deprived for quite sometime. Could this be the remedy? And who better to produce a group but one of the most successful managers of a mega girl group?

I like the track, I’m anxious to see where this is going to go.

Keeping in mind that Mat has not done very well with anyone other than DC and Beyonce. Kelly Rowland, Lyfe Jennings and Tiffany Evans didn’t quite work out for him, will this be different? We shall see.

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