Solange Turns East River Track Into Stage During NYFW

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We’ve never been more jealous of not being on a fitness track in our lives. Alright, so we’ve never been jealous of not being on a fitness track but, on Tuesday, that moment happened because of Solange Knowles. The ethereal—and newly blonde—singer stopped by the East River Track to provide live vocals for Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s spring ’18 runway show.

As joggers ran past Solange while she performed “Rise” alongside her seven-person band, a stream of models in neon-green jackets, sheer pink dresses, and metallic trousers walked the track. It was a relaxing, surreal moment in what has become an increasingly hectic New York Fashion Week, which is exactly what Zadeh had wanted.

“We will be doing a bit of a guerrilla show starting promptly at 3 p.m. (If you are late you will miss the show),” Zadeh’s invitation read ahead of the show. The experiment she’d dreamt up clearly worked because, for one day only, a nondescript track on the East River became the stage for Solange’s most intimate show yet. Watch the performance, below:

Solange, Snoop Dogg, And Others Speak on Music’s Connection to Denim Clothing

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Levi’s has released a new short film in which various musicians, including everyone from Snoop Dogg to Solange, weigh in on musical expression, artistic communication, and, naturally, how denim fits in to that creative conversation.

Snoop said of the classic Levi’s 501 jean: “It’s so simple you can add to it. It’s like a cake with no icing.”

The video is the fifth installment in Levi’s 501 Jeans: Stories of An Originala docu-series telling stories of denim-wearers and how jeans have become a cultural staple for people of all walks of life. That absolutely includes Snoop.

He continued: “I’m not a politician, I’m Snoop Dogg. What’s going on with the sign of the times, I’m just being me. When it’s beautiful I speak on beauitful events, when it’s ugly I tell you how ugly it is.”

“Throughout musical history, it’s really about the energy you possess, in that denim, or that T-shirt,” Solange told the famous denim brand’s camera crew. “Different artists have aspirations to speak these political and social messages through their music. That’s incredible – whether it be Nina Simone, or Marvin Gaye, or even Earth, Wind, & Fire with their spiritualism – those were all different forms of activism.”

Other artists interviewed include Vince Staples, Kilo Kish, The Shelters, Joyce Manor, and King Tuff.

Take a look below:

Solange Breaks Down Her Hit Song ‘Cranes in the Sky’ (Listen)

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In the latest episode of Song Exploder, Solange Knowles breaks down the creation of her gorgeous standout song from A Seat at the Table, “Cranes in the Sky.”

On her headspace while writing the song, she said: “At the time, I was definitely in a transitional place in my life. I was a new mother, had been with my son’s father since I was 13… It felt like: Woah. I’m doing what I love to do and what I’ve always wanted to do – why do things still feel so heavy? What is this weighing on me?”

Solange has long travelled to Miami to seek creative refuge and serenity, but, as she explains on the podcast, the city had fallen into a maze of new construction: “Miami was going through a surge just like a lot of America… there was just so much real estate development at that time. Literally eveywhere I looked around had a crane in the sky. You could not look at a street without dozens and dozens of them. It felt really heavy to me.”

It was that image that helped to inspire the direction and the feeling of the song: “The heaviness and the weightiness and kind of, even, the eyesoreness of seeing all of these cranes be so disruptive in this space that I found peace in, really kind of affected me as well. That related so strongly to the idea of trying to work through, push through, but something interrupting.”

She continues to reflect on writing the song: “Looking back at that girl, I feel so grateful that I’m not in that place. I can still identify with so many of those moments. They’re still a part of me, but I am not them.”

Her interview is incredibly thoughtful and truly fascinating. Take a listen below.

Solange Drops Two Music Videos From ‘Seat at the Table’

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There must be something in the water at the Knowles residence in Texas.

Last week, Solange released her first album in four years, A Seat at the Table, to glowing reviews. The record is a gorgeous, calm, quietly powerful collection of beautiful tracks perfect for listening to while, say, throwing a fall wine party, or luxuriating in a bathtub.

Sunday night, Solange dropped two videos for songs on the album: one, for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and the other for “Cranes In the Sky,” two of the dreamiest singles of the bunch.

Many critics have compared A Seat At the Table to Beyonce’s Lemonade, considering the two companion pieces. Solange told Fader“I’m really proud of my sister and I’m really proud of her record and her work and I’ve always been. As far as I’m concerned, she’s always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she’s always been very, very black. My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents.”

A Seat At the Table reached #1 on the iTunes charts over the weekend.

Solange’s Second Collection For Puma Gets Her Rainbow Spin on Style

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Solange is known for her bold, colorful style, so it’s no surprise that Puma‘s second collection under her creative direction sings a similar tune. Following up her Spring 2014 Girls of Blaze collection, two more are coming soon.

Solange enlisted her artistic friends to help her design: Gerlan Marcel of GERLAN JEANS; visual artist, musician, and photographer Hisham Bharoocha; and Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, design team for the women’s wear collection William Okpo. Each created their own unique interpretation of the new seasonal themes.

The first three styles, which are grouped under the theme “Wild Wonders” will be released this Friday, the 28th, followed by two called “Behind The Bazaar” on December 13th. Check ’em out:

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28 Solange Selfies On Her 28th Birthday

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Solange turns 28 today, so here are 28 pictures from her Instagram where she looks like the cool/hot mom she is. HBD, Solange!

All images via Solange’s Instagram: Saint Records

SolangeGate Continues: Beyoncé’s Lil Sis Goes Rogue

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Photo: @SaintRecords 

All of the sudden I feel sick, a cold sweat and goosebumps included. Details are swarming now with the aftermath of the Solange beatdown on Jay Z. Solange may sing about “Losing You” but apparently little sister may be losing it. Teams for the all parties have remained mum with any details as to what Jay did or didn’t do to provoke the physical outburst. In a shocking twist, Solange has taken to Instagram to send out a silent but deadly threat, deleting nearly ALL photographs of Beyoncé, except one dating back 15 months ago. “Some Things Never Seem to F*****g Work,” and Solange, it seems like this whole family feud is not working for you.

Feeling lost? Catch up on the Bey drama here. 

Backlash from the fight has only continued as Jay and Bey fans are basically attacking Solange’s chic Instagram @SaintRecords with nasty threats and accusations. Solange, it’s time for you and your family members to become “Lovers in the Parking Lot” and get over whatever issues you have, if not just for your own good, than for the wellbeing of the entire world!

I’ve been reading reports claiming that the brawl was sparked due to Jay’s lingering promise to help boost Solange’s music career. The rapper reportedly has not had the time to help make Solange a household name. We refuse to believe any “claim” or “report” and hope to get a text back from our close friend Beyoncé so we can just diffuse this issue that is sticking out like a sore thumb and get back to life as we know it.

Athletes in Lanvin, Sustainable Python Farming, and Shoes: Today’s #StyleScoop

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Sustainability and python supply, did you ever think you’d see the day?

Kering plans to research and shed a little light on the shady python trade in South America, which it relies on for many of the precious skin bags in many of its family’s collections. Can you imagine being a python farmer? Would you send your kids out to collect eggs in the morning? It’s all stuff we don’t really want to think about whe picking up an exotic piece, even if it is reality.

If python farmer doesn’t seem like the kind of job you aspire to, consider becomingMichelle Phan. The beauty blogger and YouTube star is set to have raked in $5 million by year’s end. So all those hours spent perfecting eyeliner in front of the mirror could be worth something some day. Stay at it, kids.

If spending money sounds more appealing than putting in hours in front of the webcam, consider Solange‘s new kicks. She’s the new creative consultant to Puma – think color. Lots of it.

Let’s all congratulate Eric Wilson, previously of the New York Times, who is officially In Style‘s new fashion news director. He’s been at it for about 72 hours now.

I know we talked about sports teams upping the wardrobe ante by providing uniform options, but we have even more reason to check out the guys off the field, too: Arsenal picked up Lanvin as their official tailor. They join AC Milan with Dolce & Gabbana on their side, and Real Madrid in Versace. Hot stuff, guys.

Solange, The Lonely Island Team Up For Grammar Lesson

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For those unfamiliar with the term, "hashtag rap" refers to a delivery device in rap where the MC, instead of using "like" or "as a" in setting up a simile, just cuts straight to the word for emphasis. It’s a common tactic especially in the world of battle rap, where lines like these (usually "I’ll put [x] in a box") have become endlessly parodied clichés in and of themselves. In "Semicolon," their latest video for YouTube Comedy Week, the Digital Short veterans of The Lonely Island riff on the concept, with most welcome help from Maya Rudolph and Solange, who makes cheesy lines like "We run the game/Umpire/we chase the night/Young Squire" sound ever so smooth. 

Of course, within about 30 seconds of watching this video, those familar with the rules of grammar will notice that The Lonely Island and Solange are using the semicolon incorrectly. Instead of using the punctuation mark to separate two independent clauses, they use it to separate an independent clause from a word for emphasis, the typical job of a colon. And, as Slate’s David Haglund points out, there are a few other errors in need of a copy edit. But maybe that was the point of it all, to elaborately disguise a treatise on the futility of living your (that’s "your," not "you’re") life as a pedant and feeling better about yourself because of it in the middle of a spoof of hashtag rap. That’s probably overthinking it, but if that was the intention, then good job, Andy Samberg and collaborators. 

So, pedants and self-identifying grammar fascists, you should probably beware this video as it will either make you into a victim of trollbait or frustrate you to no end, depending on your interpretation. But, if you enjoy deliberately wack wordplay, kinetic typography and/or the presence of Solange Knowles in anything, you will enjoy this video. Watch.