Musician Solange Knowles ramped up the anticipation for tomorrow’s (September 30) release of her new album, “A Seat at the Table,” by dropping a 112-page visual and literary celebration of Black beauty in all its forms.
The digital book, which shares a name with the album, features lyrics and poetry separated into sections that roughly correspond with a track list she also published yesterday. Many of the lyrics appear to center themes like Black family life, motherhood, police violence and erasure. “When it’s going on a thousand years, and you pulling up to your crib, and they ask you where you live again, but you running out of damns to give,” reads a portion of “F.U.B.U.” And on the aptly titled “Don’t Touch My Hair,” she writes, “Don’t touch my hair. When it’s the feelings I wear.”
The “A Seat at the Table” book also features stunning photos of Black women and men, including Knowles herself, in various attire and poses that seemingly echo some of the visual motifs of her sister’s “Lemonade” visual album.
Check out the digital book on her website, and let us know what you think in the comments.