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Solange Knowles

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Solange Knowles performed on Saturday Night Live for the first time last night, singing “Cranes in the Sky” and “Don’t Touch My Hair”. The songs are from A Seat at the Table, her first project to rank No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list— and also, her most woke album yet.

Introduced to the audience by host Benedict Cumberbatch, the 30-year-old performed with a full band and three backup singers/dancers. Filled with contagious energy, the all-Black group were a beam of power. And that emotion was only heightened when UK singer-songwriter/producer Sampha joined the group for “Don’t Touch My Hair”.



Behind the scenes her mother Tina Lawson and sister Beyoncé were there for support. They even picked her up in a celebratory move after the show!

For the performances, Solange wore white outfits and silver booties, both looks tapping into her insane fashion sense. But the most impressive part of the singer’s look was her hair. Led by the talented Chuckie Amos, she had three styles: cornrows braided into a crown by Shani Crowe, big hair teased out, and a weave basket look.

“Man oh man. Love is real and this is proof,” said stylist Crowe. “It’s been a pleasure to work with someone with such magic and integrity. Not to mention the whole team of outstanding artists, musicians, and all around good people. 40+ hours of beading and braiding well spent. I have so many feelings! Infinite Gratitude for such divine synergy!”


We hope this stellar performance emboldens her to go on tour and spread the magic.


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