Singer and author share a story as Black women moving through spaces that weren’t built with them in mind. Why Solange Matters asks not only who Solange is, or who Stephanie Phillips is, but who Black people are and what they can be. Before A Seat at the Table was released, a critic suggested that Solange should be worried about “not biting the hand which feeds you”. As Phillips writes, there “is a system designed to keep you in your place… It keeps Black creatives downtrodden and ignores the racism in the scene.”
This is a book about what freedom could look like for Black women, in which Phillips provides a framework, a vision of a new world, one she hopes Solange would be proud to be a part of.