Solange Uplifts With Speech Encouraging Black Women To Rise
Paul Zimmerman

On Tuesday, black girl magic was everywhere as powerful black women were celebrated at the annual Black Girls Rock! Awards.

Among the honorees were Issa Rae, Maxine Waters, Roberta Flack, Yara Shahidi, Suzanne Shank, Natalie and Derrica Wilson, and Solange Knowles, who received the Rock Star Award during the ceremony.

Taking the stage to accept the award from Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, Solange thanked those who have uplifted and encouraged her to shine. She also told the audience and black women everywhere, “Black women make me feel invincible. It’s the way that we walk, the way that we talk, our soul, our sway, our grace, our roots. It’s our secret language with one another, the way we uplift each other at our best and our worst.”

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Solange recently joined Dave Chappelle for his Radio City Music Hall residency, which will last through August. And, the singer recently announced a new outdoor performance piece.

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer contined, “When I was a young girl I was searching, and searching, and searching for a language to articulate who I was and what I felt like inside. And, I want to tell the young black girls, who might be watching this out there, that I’m still searching and I don’t always have it figured out. There are days that I feel very insecure and I feel like I failed. There are days that I feel so weird and alone, but I get up and I want you to know that you can and you will too.”