A Seat at the Table by Solange

            For the month of January, we have chosen Solange’s A Seat at the Table album as a representation of this concept of vulnerability. Solange herself seems like the type of woman you look at and in that moment, even if you know nothing about her, you understand that she at least has the utmost conviction in whatever she believes in—and that whatever she believes in can be nothing other than pure-hearted and honest. A Seat at the Table is merely an extension of that, but instead, more specifically provides a grander platform to those who need assurance and empowerment of being Black in America. To be Black in America is to live within the confines of a political infrastructure—cyclical and counter-productive to minorities—that the majority of the population chooses to disregard. Songs like "Where Do We Go" and "F.U.B.U." recognizes these struggles on a personal level, and incidentally, extends itself as a more wholesome experience that many naturally fall into. Coupled with this are interludes sprinkled throughout the album, providing as introspective testaments to the strength required to overcome adversary, and the things that come into fruition as a by-product, such as the sweet, light-hearted chant, “Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It” and powerful interjection by Master P in “Interlude: The Glory is in You” where he proclaims, “…as long as you find peace within yourself, you’re successful.”

           Outside of being socially conscious, the album stands to be sonically pleasing on its own. The overarching theme presents itself in contrast with its melodic rhythm, and its gentle vocals. Overall, A Seat At the Table is breath-takingly elegant, conceived from a place where hope and fear coincide. With this album, Solange gives us the privilege of opening herself up and sharing pieces of her life with us, and we implore other artists to do the same with their works, shamelessly.