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Why Solange Matters Reviews

Why Solange Matters by Stephanie Phillips

Why Solange Matters

Stephanie Phillips

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9780571368983

The dramatic story of Solange: a musician and artist whose unconventional journey to international success was far more important than her family name. 'Why Solange Matters is a significant and sober treatist on popular music .

4 stars out of 5
16 May 2021

"The author and punk musician draws parallels between her own life and that of the genre-blurring sister of Beyoncé in this hymn to black individualism"

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.