Happy birthday to Solange Knowles! Today, Beyoncé's artsy little sista turns 30. Though she's grown up siblings with one of the world's most famous musicians, Solange has had no problem paving her own way as a unique individual and one-of-a-kind artist. With a slightly edgy aesthetic and eclectic tastes, the birthday gal's got her own thing going as a successful fashion designer and musical artist.
Perhaps what we love most about Solange is her always true-to-herself, authentic attitude. On Instagram, Solange often shares photographs of her creative endeavors, her handsome husband and music video director Alan Ferguson, and her cutie son, Daniel Julez Smith, Jr. To see Solange's most artsy Instagrams, keep scrolling through the photos below.
So. A few years ago I was really frustrated. Like really really bummed out and frustrated seeing the way my story was being told as a young artist and woman of color. Frustrated at the way my artist friends stories were being told. Frustrated by the way my heroes stories were being told, or not told at all. There were holes. Big ones. There was a gap. There was disrespect. There was a lack of knowledge. There was too much irony. There was poor representation. So I decided we needed to tell our own, & then @saintheron was birthed. As 🧀-y as it sounds... I want to be clear. Saint Heron is not me. Saint Heron is you, & it's us. It's not a brand, it's not a label, it's not an album (although that shit bangs,lol), it's not a party (although we like to throw down) , it's truly... a community. It's our way of saying hi👋🏾, we are here, a lot of us, and we are nuanced and complicated, and we want more, we expect more, and so we are not asking for you to make more. We are just going to creat MORE. We are going to evolve and grow and were not gonna get it right every time, but most importantly we are going to keep building and keep trying to tell our stories FOR US, BY US and for ANYONE who is on board with us and our mission to bringing these stories to the forefront, & making the world of music, art, & fashion a more thoughtful & diverse place. 🆗 I know this is lot of talk for a picture of ceramics, lol, BUT after last nights launch, I truly could not be more grateful for the space and community that I'm so humbled to be apart of and I could not be more proud and excited to evolve with our continued mission to celebrate diversity, culture, & the innovation of artist of color with the @SaintHeronShop! I'm so damn thankful that you guys keep coming along on the journey, and I'm so so damn thankful to @armina.mussa & @johnbogaard & @luvraq for staying awake w me the last 72 hours and bringing this to life. I love you guys so much & appreciate all your dedication tenfold. Special thank u to Puffy, Daymond John, Master P, BirdMan, Magic Johnson & Mathew & Tina Knowles for being examples when I was a kid that F.U.B.U. (For us by us) is REAL & CAN exist & be great!❤️
8 gigs, 8 studio sessions, 6 flights, in 2 weeks....but got to sleep in my bed for 2 nights 🌻While I was home Julez pulled out my chair for me at lunch, said he'd sell his Nintendo so I could get a dress I loved when we went stopped by a store, and said he sees Chinese symbols when he listens to Alice Coltrane. He's phenomenal and I'm in love with he and it's really really hard to be away. I cried this morning because this is the longest we've been apart and my insides kind of split in half when I headed to the airport, but I'm working really really hard to finish this damn album and so grateful to have his and my hubby's support. I like to use IG to create and share a little color and laughter in my life, and to see the beauty and fun in things in the midst of a lot of hard ass work and sacrifice that goes along with it. Its just not fun to show the 18 hour studio days, even when I'm sick as hell, coughing all up on @audio_nino (sorry Nino) , and then getting up at 6am to tackle the 400 borriiinnng emails @johnbogaard and I exchange daily (sorry john, but you do make me lol for every 10 emails😉),while trying to balance running multiple businesses and still find time to dedicate to issues that are important to me. At the end of all, just when I think I'm going to do something crazy like get a face tat or shave my eyebrows off, or spray paint my hands metallic silver and then do the home alone scream, so I have permanently have shiny handprints on my cheeks, my heart just explodes with gratitude....that this is my life. I couldn't be more grateful, humbled, and really, God honestly, blessed. So suck it up bissh, and stop being emo and whiney on the insta, and get the fuck back to work.....cuz you knooooow you took this pictures weeeeeks ago when you actually were glowing like that, lol. (Although to be fair, I could've worn this in 80 degree Nola yesterday ☀️ ) ok. bye👋🏾.
Happy birthday, Solange!