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Solange Is The Harvard Foundation’s Artist Of The Year


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Solange Is The Harvard Foundation’s Artist Of The Year

With her Grammy award-winning album A Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles didn’t just pull up a chair, but reserved the whole damn building when it comes to breaking down barriers between music, art and powerful messages. The Harvard Foundation recently recognized her notable efforts, and the “Cranes In The Sky” artist will join famous names like Viola Davis, Selma Hayek and Queen Latifah by recently being voted as Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year. Each year, the winner is voted on by students and faculty of the prestigious institution whose purpose as a group is to “improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University and to enhance the quality of our common life,” according to its official website.

Rolling Stone reports the award will be presented on March 3rd as part of the Cultural Rhythms Festival, an annual event put on by the Harvard Foundation that features “student performances and ethno-cultural cuisine from over 30 student organizations.” Last year, 31-year-old Knowles curated an interactive project for Tate Modern in London as a part of the gallery’s Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power exhibit.

An official press release reveals Solange was chosen due to “her platform to advocate for representation and justice while providing constructive and empowering political messages.” The institution also states that she has blended art and activism in a unique way to “invoke themes of identity, empowerment, grief and healing” that resonates with “millions of voices that routinely feel silenced or overlooked.”

Congratulations to Solange. She will add this honor to additional awards she received in the past few…


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