EXCLUSIVE: Solange Shopping Her Own Show & Wants Teens To "Stay Alive"
Apr 15 | by Natasha
We had the chance to catch up with Solange in NYC this morning as she lent her voice to the Staying Alive Foundation's campaign to SAY YES to safe sex. She was tapped by MTV to become an ambassador and was happy to say YES. YBF's New York Correspondent Kimberly chatted with Ms. Knowles about her involvement with the campaign, her experiences learning about sex as a teen, and her upcoming career moves... On learning about sex at a young age: [My and Beyonce's] parents did a great job of giving us the real deal Holyfield on sex and allowing us to make decisions on our own. I was 13 when my parents first sat me down to discuss sex. And it was a very good age for me. But, it may be necessary to talk to my son at an even earlier age since kids are now having sex in Jr. High. I definitely understand that friends are the biggest influences on children and sex needs to be addressed by parents early. Solange's advice about teaching and learning about sex: You need to have the conversation before it’s too late. Talk about expectations and have that initial conversation before deciding to engage in sex. Solange on the music industry's sexual responsibility: In my own videos, I don't necessarily make a conscious effort to abstain from “oversexed” videos. The music that I put out--I want it to be a real portrayal of myself. And to be bikini clad is just not who I am. Artistry is true expression and I do not expect every artist to be a role model, everyone makes mistakes and some don’t even practice what they preach verbatim. The past ten years artists have received a bad rep for letting our music stand for something, but we are now becoming more conscious of what we put out and our lyrics and I credit Obama and the recent election for that change, our lyrics should stand for something. About her video for "T.O.N.Y.": I wrote it because so many of my friends had their own “TONY” in their lives. The video that was put out was not the final version and leaked to the media long before it was done. The song is about dealing with pregnancy and learning to find love in other areas. On the career moves she's making now: I'm currently developing a show with "The Game's" producer Mara Brock Akil. It's based on the reality of my life. We're still shopping the show around. I used to say yes to every acting project but now it's important that I only take on projects that will maker me think and grow and will motivate and inspire others. More pics and interview bits when you read the rest... Cute amped up casual look for Solo in her SAY YES tank, sheer overshirt, distressed jeans, and aquamarine pumps:
Solange, who currently splits her time between Houston and L.A., tells us when she and Beyonce talk on the phone it is usually about music. She puts Beyonce on to new stuff since she doesn’t get a chance to listen to much new music. She adds "Music is where we bond." Solo has a love for vintage shopping but has no plans for her own clothing line. She also dished to us that actress Jurnee Smollett is one of her good friends and they had a pow wow just the other day in Jurnee's living room about what they can do to empower others to serve. Looks like they're off to a fabulous start... About the STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION: MTV and The Body Shop have teamed up for 3 years to put on this campaign with the Foundation. For every lip butter sold, $5 will be donated to the Staying Alive Foundation. This is one of largest media campaigns, marketing to 49 out of 50 of the highest impacted countries.
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