Singer Solange Knowles is causing quite the stir in industry. The New York City Ballet recently announced its partnership with the “Cranes in the Sky” singer to compose an original score for a forthcoming ballet production. The production will take place in September, but we are going to give her her flowers now.

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A score is written music for a performance. It helps to create and enhance emotion as well as move the story along. And Knowles is making history as the first Black woman to compose one for a New York City Ballet production. Knowles is also the second woman of color to do this, following Lido Pimienta, a Colombian-Canadian woman who premiered at the Fall Fashion Gala in 2021.

The ballet production premieres on September 28 at the Fashion Gala, an annual New York City Ballet event. And according to the New York Times, if you happen to miss the premiere, you can still catch it on select days in October and in May.

5 Times Solange Knowles Understood The Assignment

Solange Knowles is making BIG moves in the industry. From singing to performance art to a ballet production, the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer is a hot commodity in Hollywood. And we certainly understand why — she has beauty, brains, AND talent. Solange Knowles is simply THAT girl. The popular singer is no stranger to making headlines. Here are five times she understood the assignment:

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That Time Her Health Inspired Her Music

 

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To celebrate the second anniversary of her album “When I Get Home,” Solange Knowles shared a part of the process not many fans knew about. She talks about her health struggles with an autonomic nerve disorder that wreaked havoc on her body AND her career, causing her to cancel an NYE Afropunk performance in South Africa.

“When I first started creating ‘When I Get Home’ I was quite literally fighting for my life.” She wrote in an Instagram post, saying that she even asked God for a sign that she would survive. 

Eventually, she received the sign that helped inspire her album upcoming album. “He begin speaking to me. Half the time I didn’t know where it was coming from. I only knew I had to open the door and honor it. I didn’t see naann a thing I imagined. I didn’t know who I was speaking to on “I am a witness”. When I listen back, I hear a woman who had only an inkling of what the journey entailed, but didn’t have a clue of why or what the journey would look like.”

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That Time She Was Recognized For Her Efforts

 

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Earlier this year, Dr. Lisa Coleman of New York University presented Solange Knowles with the 2022 “NYU Global Trailblazer Award for Creative and Artistic Excellence.” Even better, she received the award in honor of International Women’s Day.

The coveted award is part of a launch for NYU Women Lead: A Global Leadership Accelerator and its Global Black Women Leadership Initiative. The accelerator commemorates the impact and influence of women leaders from all backgrounds. And its initiative specifically honors Black women pioneers throughout world history.

According to NYU, Knowles was awarded the title because she “uplifts and empowers the work of Black and Brown creatives through a range of innovative projects,” which include “visual arts, music, and digital culture.”

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Every Time Her Fashion Stunned Fans

 

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Even though Solange is known for her music, many fans love her for her style and fashion sense. From her music video ‘fits to her red carpet gowns, the youngest Knowles sister is one of the greatest fashion influencers of our time. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, she says, “[Style is] the way we communicate who we are to people before we open our mouths 

 

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She explained how fashion can be used as a vehicle to send a message to fans in an interview with Vogue. She references the music video for Beyonce’s “Formation,” saying, “fashion can be incredibly powerful. Overall from top to bottom, I think the entire messaging was heard loud and clear.” 

 

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That Time She Kept It Real

 

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In 2020, Solange Knowles announced her divorce from her ex-husband Alan Ferguson. And even though the couple is no longer together, she still calls him a “phenomenal man.”

She writes about the divorce to her fans on Instagram, explaining that they “separated and parted ways.” But instead of pointing fingers, she chooses empowerment.

She says that “it is unfair to not have power of your own story as you shape and mold and rewrite it yourself.” And as a result, she dedicates herself to “leaning into the fear of the unknown and all the glory and power I know exist within god and the universe’s grace.”

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That Time She Planned Her Wedding in Two Months

 

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Wedding planning can be challenging. This is because there are so many things to consider, from seating arrangements to dress fittings. For this reason, many couples opt to hire a wedding planner to do the heavy lifting for them. But when Solange Knowles tied the knot with music video director Alan Ferguson, she chose to do it all herself.

The couple wed at a beautiful all-white ceremony in New Orleans on November 16, 2014. And in an interview with Vogue, the “Seat at the Table” singer tells how she made it all happen in such a short time.

“Believe it or not, we planned our wedding in two months. We did everything! Humberto [Leon] literally put that dress together for me in two months, and made a backup dress in case something got messed up.” She recalls, continuing, “When I think of that day, I can’t even put it into words. Everyone says it goes so fast, and there were some people that said you’re going to be happy when it’s over because it was so much work, but I could have lived the rest of my life in that wedding.”

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