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Solange: ‘I Am A Proud Black Feminist And Womanist’

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Solange: ‘I Am A Proud Black Feminist And Womanist’

Solange Knowles is all about intersectional feminism.

The singer-songwriter recently sat down with BUST for the magazine’s April/May issue and discussed music and the importance of inclusivity in feminism. The 30-year-old’s comments were as insightful and powerful as her hit album “A Seat At The Table.”

“I am a proud black feminist and womanist and I’m extremely proud of the work that’s being done,” Knowles told BUST. “I’m a feminist who wants not only to hear the term intersectionality, but actually feel it, and see the evolution of what intersectional feminism can actually achieve.”

The term “womanist” was coined by writer and feminist activist Alice Walker in her 1983 book In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden: Womanist Prose. Womanism refers to the “black feminist or feminist of color,” Walker wrote, and focuses on women of color’s experiences in the intersectional feminist movement.

As Walker wrote:

Womanish, the opposite of girlish… Being grown up… A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or non-sexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength.  Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or non-sexually… Committed to survival and…

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