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Solange Knowles

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MCA Talk: Solange Knowles

Join songwriter and recording and visual artist luminary Solange Knowles at the MCA for an evening of conversation with writer Britt Julious. This program is presented in partnership with Pitchfork as part of In Sight Out, a conversation series exploring new perspectives in music, art, and culture.

About the Speakers

Songwriter, recording artist, and activist Solange Knowles kicked off 2017 with a private performance at the White House. Backed by The Roots, she performed her songs “Weary,” “Rise,” and “Cranes In The Sky” from her Grammy-winning 2016 release A Seat At The Table. She also performed in Washington DC at the Peace Ball, which was held on Inauguration Eve at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

A Seat at the Table, which was written and performed by Solange and coexecutively produced with Raphael Saadiq, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and was No. 1 on both Apple Music and iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart. Solange describes A Seat at the Table as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing.”

An experienced lecturer, Solange has delivered the keynote at Yale University’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Center; participated in the three-day, multidisciplinary conference Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating the Legacies of David Bowie and Prince; spoken at Stanford University; and joined Wake Forest University professor and editor at large for Elle.com, Melissa Harris-Perry, for a discussion that examined everything from the concept of #BlackGirlMagic to 50 years after the Black is Beautiful movement to the ideas and language of self-care and community cultivation that are shape-shifting through people who are survivors and prolific creators.

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Britt Julious is a writer and essayist. She currently pens a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune and regularly contributes to the New York Times, Esquire, ELLE, GQ, Rolling Stone, Vice, and Pitchfork, among many others. She also hosts The Back Talk, a podcast featuring original stories from young women of color. As a guest speaker, she's previously worked with the MCA, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Pop-Up Magazine. She's currently at work on a collection of essays about overcoming trauma.


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