Solange Knowles was just trying to have a good time when she attended the Kraftwerk concert in New Orleans with her husband, son, and his friend.
But the fun evening of electronic dance music went south when two women seated behind her, began yelling and throwing limes to stop her from dancing. The singer tweeted about the experience Friday night, confronting the larger issue at hand.
“Let me tell you about why black girls/women are so angry,” she starts off by saying.
“I took my son, his friend, and my husband to see Kraftwerk in New Orleans. Was very excited to dance and enjoy a band I love. We are four of about 20 black concert goers out 1500 here. We walk in, and one of my favorite songs, ‘Machine’ is on. I’m excited to tell my son about how Hip Hop sampled Kraftwerk. We are dancing. Four older white women yell to me from behind, ‘Sit down now’. I tell them I’m dancing at a concert. They yell, ‘You need to sit down now’. We are at an ELECTRONIC and DANCE music concert and you are telling, not asking me, to sit down. In front of my child. They proceed to throw something at my back.”
Adding, “Now the old me… But in this moment, I’m just going to share my experience. So that maybe someone will understand, why many of us don’t feel safe in many white spaces. We don’t ‘bring the drama’… fix yourself.”
She proceeds to enjoy the concert, going on to upload a video of her dancing during the show.
Currently, 59 percent of New Orleans is African-American with Caucasians at 31 percent. So the argument that there’s more of them, than us, is incorrect. Also, what does it matter?! Respect is respect in any color.
Point is, it’s commendable for Solange calling out these women and others who make experiences like this uncomfortable for the minority.
1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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