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Solange Shuts Down the Guggenheim

Fall in your ways.

One of our favorite naturals, Solange, rose to the occasion.

A powerful May 18 performance of A Seat at the Table, turned New York’s Guggenheim Museum into her own venue. Those fortunate enough to get a ticket and tough enough to brave the 90 degree heat were asked to wear white.  Cell phones and recording devices were banned.

Her most reverent fans lavished her with praise, “She is a priestess. You can see it in the way she leads” said Massiel Cedeño, to the New York Times.

The rest of her global fanbase unable to attend – hey, Solange needs a “hive” – is relegated to going to the Internet to see recaps of her historic musical narrative. Reviews and images are available on Rolling Stone, Essence Magazine, the aforementioned New York Times, and the chanteuse’s own Instagram page.  The appearance of the precision choreography and sleek costumes recall the black fashion and arts movements in 1970s from Donyale Luna to Ntozake Shange.

For Solange, and for all of us, the concert was more than just a show. It is a significant moment for the presence of black women in high art, especially at a time when we are facing backlash against natural hair. We look forward to Solange to amaze us with her artistry and natural crown.

 

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