Beyoncé Interviews Solange for Interview Magazine

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Photo credit: Mikael Jansson

Solange teams up with her big sister Beyoncé for a very candid interview for her Interview Magazine cover story. For Solange — who recently dropped her third album A Seat at the Table — this interview was very special to her.

“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 Interview Magazine,” Solange wrote in a Facebook post.

In her cover story, Solange talks about everything from producing her own music to the misconceptions about being a strong woman.

Check out excerpts from Solange’s interview with Beyoncé below.

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…or 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.

Photo credit: Mikael Jansson
Photo credit: Mikael Jansson

BEYONCÉ: It was a three-year process to create A Seat at the Table. You took your time, and it’s still so fascinating to me the amount of production you did for this album, the live instrumentation, with you physically, on the keyboards, on the drums, producing not only the vocals but also co-producing the tracks. It’s something to be celebrated, for a young woman to be such a strong producer as well as a singer-songwriter and artist.

SOLANGE: Thank you! One of my biggest inspirations in terms of female producers is Missy. I remember seeing her when you guys worked together and being enamored with the idea that I could use myself as more than a voice and the words. On my previous records, I contributed to production here and there, but I was always really afraid to really get in there and … I guess I wasn’t really afraid, I was just really comfortable writing the songs. I felt like my contributions as a producer were enough. But when I started to work on the sonics for this record, I realized that I had to create such a very specific sonic landscape in telling the story. I had these jam sessions, and there were holes that no one else could really fill for me. It really came out of a need for something outside of what I could articulate and lead someone else to do. And it was scary. It was really scary, and a lot of times I was frustrated with myself and feeling insecure because it was new to operate in that space and be in front of people at this age, learning something on this level. But I feel so grateful and excited that there’s a new phase that I conquered as an artist.

Photo credit: Mikael Jansson
Photo credit: Mikael Jansson

BEYONCÉ: What are some misconceptions about being a strong woman?

SOLANGE: Oh my God, they’re endless! [laughs] One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album. I still have not been able to say that. That’s the first time I’ve actually ever said it, because of the challenges that we go through when we celebrate our work and our achievements. 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. I feel like I’m getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, “No, I’m uncomfortable with that.” And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it.

Read the full interview here.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Justine Skye Teams with /Nyden for Clothing Collection

The fashion world is calling Justine Skye. The Brooklyn starlet joins forces with /Nyden to co-create a clothing collection that will launch this fall.

The non-traditional fashion brand is giving Skye the green light to design a line of 15 distinct pieces to her liking. Creative Director of /Nyden Stina Force is excited about Skye incorporating her eye-catching style and artistic vision with their brand.

“Justine’s minimalistic yet extremely colorful personality makes her a perfect tribe leader for /Nyden,” said Force. “It has been so much fun working with Justine and watching her channel one of her many talents – fashion design – into creating playful yet striking clothes for her current and future fans.”

Skye is equally as excited about the partnership with /Nyden. “As an artist, I understand the importance of self-expression. What we wear says a lot about who we are and I’m very excited to team up with /Nyden to design clothing that help people communicate their strength and independence to the world,” said Skye. “/Nyden and I are on the same wavelength. Working together, updating classic styles to be ultra-modern and feminine for the young women of today. This collaboration allows me to be authentic and true to who I am, a creator.”

Skye isn’t new to the fashion industry. She was announced as a brand ambassador for True Religion and PrettyLittleThing last year. She also sported striking outfits on her Ultraviolet Tour to support her debut album under the same name earlier this spring.

To receive updates on Skye’s capsule collection, visit Nyden.com.

Chloe x Halle to Perform at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Chloe x Halle will grace the stage at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards next month. The sister duo is scheduled to take the stage to perform “Warrior” from the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. They’ll also promote their debut album The Kids Are Alright with a medley.

Halle shared what inspired them to pen “Warrior” for the Disney film in the April issue of NYLON magazine. “We watched the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, the word that stood out to us was ‘warrior’ And we kind of just wrote a love letter to ourselves as young girls and what we want to be, and it came out to be ‘Warrior,’” said Halle.

Chloe x Halle are also nominated for Best Group at the 2018 BET Awards. Their critically-acclaimed debut album The Kids Are Alright is still receiving rave reviews.

Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will air on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

Jamie Foxx to Host 2018 BET Awards

Jamie Foxx will return as the host of the 2018 BET Awards. This will be his second time hosting the BET Awards since 2009.

Foxx joins an A-List roster of comedians who have hosted the ceremony, including Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.

The Unpredictable singer has a busy year ahead of him. He will star in Lionsgate’s action-adventure Robin Hood, which hits theaters November 21. He is also working on his directorial debut in the upcoming film, All-Star Weekend, which he wrote and stars in.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were announced last week with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. R&B newbies H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar scored their first-ever nominations, including Best New Artist.

The 2018 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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