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EXCLUSIVE: Solange Shopping Her Own Show & Wants Teens To "Stay Alive"

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.
Photogs: TheYBF.com/McCarthy

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funny how everyone talks crap

funny how everyone talks crap when someone makes a mistake- and have a baby, they never let it go. But if someone got drunk and killed somebody you would only talk about it for the 20 seconds its on tv.
Veee's picture

I had a baby at 17, not

I had a baby at 17, not proud of it, and I never got the sex talk. i don't think it's cause I didn't get the sex talk I think it's cause my mom never showed she cared therefore I struggled to see the point. However I don't think getting to be next to my child is sad. I have only tried to make the best of what I can't change. She's my daughter, and I never want her to feel ashamed. It's funny how everyone thinks the older you are the better parents you'd be. But if you look at the news it's the 30's or 40 year old moms that are pushing their kids off bridges. It's not recommended to have your kid young, but at the same time who says you're guaranteed to be a failure?
Veee's picture

She looks more natural than

She looks more natural than Bey. As to her early pregnancy, she could indeed be an excellent spokesperson about safe sex issues precisely because of her own experience. Regardless of how well she has adapted, no one prefers to have a child that young. It would have been nice if the interview had explored this angle and she would have been seen as having lots more credibility. Was the interviewer uncomfortable about addressing this? If so that was unfortunate.
sexi101's picture

when ur married 1st and

when ur married 1st and children 2nd that is always ok... but in the 1950's unwed teen mothers were frowned upon even more so than they r now... thats why they had homes for unwed mothers or ur kid got knocked up and u sent to "aunt june's in alabama" until she had her baby...tons of chicks that grad wit my mom got knocked up at prom {'67} and got married over the summer... they all tried to run that same story... "honeymoon baby" bs... like heffa stop lyin u kno u had 2 wedding dresses... ne ways true i am not perfect but i was resposible at 16 kno 2 use pills and condoms... so again stop tryna captain save a so-hoe... and u already kno them knowles dont keep it real they keep it edited... she aint gonna tell the real like yeah i was sneakin out and doin this and that and didnt use protection then i got pregger and my daddy made me marry this guy i didnt really like and now i got a baby daddy, a divorce and a kid under my belt....
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lexi aka 2200gurl: how

lexi aka 2200gurl: how would we b envious of a teen mom… hello thats y we talkin crap cuz it wasnt cute in the 1950’s and its still not cute now…all these fast lil heffa aspiring to be strippers… stfu and stop tryna be a captin save a solong-ho… and if i was 14 15 and some high class bopper was tryna tell me to be safe but wasnt willing to share her life story… i wouldnt buy that crap she was sellin… ppl can say what they want about kiki cole and her fam bam but at least neffe kiki and frankie preach off they life… tru kids have sex young and tru they need to learn about it cuz babies is not all that u get when u dont use condoms…. but i dont want another fake -ality show xspecially starring so-ho…. Actaully in the 1950s it was cute! lol. Most woman around that time were married and had children at the age of 15. Yeah, Solange isn't perfect but girls might be able to connect with her more after knowing her personal experience. And by the way anything is better than watching Keisha Cole's deadbeat mooching ass momma and Prima Donna ass sister on tv. Quit hating on Solange, everybody make mistakes. I'm sure you're no saint either, honey.
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cookie: My goodness! What

cookie: My goodness! What is wrong with you people. Dang ya’ll criticize alot. You all must be some lonely,, envious people. So what if the girl had a baby at 17. She was young. Is it not normal that people do grow up and mature throughout their experiences in life? I like Solange because she is her own individual and finding her way. Sit back and evaluate your life; now can you be calling the kettle black? how would we b envious of a teen mom... hello thats y we talkin crap cuz it wasnt cute in the 1950's and its still not cute now...all these fast lil heffa aspiring to be strippers... stfu and stop tryna be a captin save a solong-ho... and if i was 14 15 and some high class bopper was tryna tell me to be safe but wasnt willing to share her life story... i wouldnt buy that crap she was sellin... ppl can say what they want about kiki cole and her fam bam but at least neffe kiki and frankie preach off they life... tru kids have sex young and tru they need to learn about it cuz babies is not all that u get when u dont use condoms.... but i dont want another fake -ality show xspecially starring so-ho....
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huh funny... she didnt

huh funny... she didnt practice safe sex cuz she was a teen mom and fyi... rubbers dont break like ppl try and claim... its called u just didnt use one... i have been havin sex since 16 and im 27 2 rubber mishaps 2 date... ok solo...
lexi aka 2200gurl's picture

I love Solange, she is

I love Solange, she is definately a YBF chick! Keep doing what you're doing Solo!
Jamaican Rose's picture

for someone who got knocked

for someone who got knocked up prior to her highschool graduatiopn, maybe she is a good spokesperson on why SAFE sex is needed. Her perosnal story probably can do used as a great SCARE tactic for teens! Did she get pregnant before or after she had a contract with Disney?
DatsMyWord's picture

WHAT ABOUT NOT HAVING SEX AT

WHAT ABOUT NOT HAVING SEX AT ALL? WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT? IF ANYONE WANTS TO START THAT CAMPAIGN COME GET AT ME! THAT IS THE PROBLEM TOO MANY HAVING SEX AT A YOUNG AGE IT IS NOT SACRED ANYMORE! THERE IS NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO ANYMORE! PREACH THAT! I AINT HATIN I'M JUST SAYING!
gittie's picture

SOLANGE IS SO CUTE I LOVE

SOLANGE IS SO CUTE I LOVE HER.
Alana's picture

Some of you need to retract

Some of you need to retract your comments...SMDH. POSTIVITY IN 2009 PLEASE
Indescribable's picture

SOLANGE IS SO PRETTY AND

SOLANGE IS SO PRETTY AND TALENTED. I COMMEND HER FOR THE WORK SHE'S DOING!
Amethyst's picture

cute shoes! wish i could see

cute shoes! wish i could see the back of them.
bubblin' brown shuga's picture

ummm didn't cee-lo write

ummm didn't cee-lo write T.O.N.Y? At least that is what it says in the writing credits in her cd cover....
keke's picture

Ms. Chris: Am I the only

Ms. Chris: Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the only thing Solange and her SISTER Beyonce bond over is ….music? Odd. They don't seem close at all to me. Solange stays making back handed comments about Beyonce in interviews. Read the one above it sounds like she's talking about her sister. They seem to have one of those "i love u b/c ur my sis, but if we weren't related I wouldn't mess w/u" type of relationships. She appears to be closer to her friends than she is to her sister from what I've seen.
Sparkle's picture

I would DEFINITELY watch a

I would DEFINITELY watch a Solange reality TV show. She's interesting, profound, and has character... All which would make great TV. Let's just let Mara Brock Akil deal with "The Game" drama first...
fabulosity's picture

She is so beautiful. Her blog

She is so beautiful. Her blog and photos were found at agegap dating site ^^^Agelesskiss dot com^^^ last week. I am wondering what kind of relationship she is seeking on that site.
micheal's picture

ybf_oz: Does someone really

ybf_oz: Does someone really have to carry beyonce’s umbrella (ela ela eh! sorry!)…i mean, the bitch got two hands right? what artists you see carrying their umbrella? Beyonce is not the 1st who hasnt. Diddy had a freakin assistant specifically for that ish. Stop nitpicking. I'm sure the bodyguards,etc getting paid to do it don't mind
Joja86's picture

Keep up the GOOD WORK! but,

Keep up the GOOD WORK! but, Why do Solo ALWAYS, ALWAYS have on a nice outfit and SHOE COLOR that don't have nothing to do with the outfit. SOLO "PLEASE LOOSE THE AQUAMARINE" and again Keep up the GOOD WORK!.
D.D.'s picture

I was a virgin until I was

I was a virgin until I was 18. almost made it through my first year of college
HoneyBee's picture

I don't feel like reading the

I don't feel like reading the article, but Solange look's really cute!
someone's picture

luvs her and FINALLY she got

luvs her and FINALLY she got it done on thhe slick tip looks fucking great Halle got a lil pinch love it the interview was good solo has a different mental and she still puts her real self as much as she can in the interviews fucks wit her,,,, her muisc is good to damn shame Lames are just judging her becus her sister chick is mad talented and on some other shit ..........
Lawd have mercy's picture

Since the nose has been

Since the nose has been done its time to shave that chin off a little Solange Funny she speaks about bikini clad artists cause that's all Beyonce has been wearing lately
LULU's picture

I love that song TONY and she

I love that song TONY and she looks really cute...those shoes are HOOOT!!! If she comes out wit a show...I will be there front and CENTER!
VIRGO's picture

My bad...wrong post!

My bad...wrong post!
ybf_oz's picture

Does someone really have to

Does someone really have to carry beyonce's umbrella (ela ela eh! sorry!)...i mean, the bitch got two hands right?
ybf_oz's picture

Solange on the music

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. TELL THAT SHIT TO YOUR SISTER
Bossip's picture

It's kinda funny that between

It's kinda funny that between her and beyonce, Solange is really emerging as the more outspoken. Rather than hearing another generic interview about 'how blesssed she's been' Solange really takes a stand on the types of things that a lot of artists usually overlook. She looks great and I'm happy that she's staying real. Great interview.
LouisA's picture

Ms. Chris: Am I the only

Ms. Chris: Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the only thing Solange and her SISTER Beyonce bond over is ….music? Odd. Seriously...she did not say the ONLY thing..obviously it's a common interest...
Chica_LUVS_The Game's picture

Is my gravi up?

Is my gravi up?
"Diva- is a female version of a hustla-That Was the One, Yes's picture

I like Solange. Buy her CD

I like Solange. Buy her CD ya'll.
nunya bizness's picture

Carrington: Let’s take the

Carrington: Let’s take the informatiom any way we can get it. There are 70 thousand young people that follow her everyday on twitter. Let her talk about something other than what she’s wearing, or where she is in the world. Why are we so quick to call her a hypicrite? How can you be so selective about how kids,and adults, get knowledge? Let anyone that is willing to speak up, do it. Speak as loudly and as often as you please, I don’t care who it is or what there past is. Are you oppose to a person that has HIV speaking out about it? Or a person that has been pregnant telling young people how to prevent that? I hope not. If you are, I hope that YOU are speaking to young people and doing YOUR part.Let’s not throw stones. That’s not our job. Let’s be greateful to anybody, including Solange, for speaking out. I’m greatful to any person that doesn’t hoard information, knowledge, or experience. I agree!!
Miss GQ's picture

Let’s take the informatiom

Let’s take the informatiom any way we can get it. There are 70 thousand young people that follow her everyday on twitter. Let her talk about something other than what she’s wearing, or where she is in the world. Why are we so quick to call her a hypicrite? How can you be so selective about how kids,and adults, get knowledge? Let anyone that is willing to speak up, do it. Speak as loudly and as often as you please, I don’t care who it is or what there past is. Are you oppose to a person that has HIV speaking out about it? Or a person that has been pregnant telling young people how to prevent that? I hope not. If you are, I hope that YOU are speaking to young people and doing YOUR part.Let’s not throw stones. That’s not our job. Let’s be greateful to anybody, including Solange, for speaking out. I’m greatful to any person that doesn’t hoard information, knowledge, or experience.
Carrington's picture

Ms. Thang: You know

Ms. Thang: You know what….Solonge needs to honest about everything. she mentioned girls having sex in middle school and what not…she was one of those girls (so was her sister). If she got pregnant at 16, she was probably was having sex at 14 or 15. It only takes one time, but its obvious to me that she was “out there.” She can slice the cake anyway she wants, but it was always taste like “bullshi*t” to her “fans.” The rest of the educated public aren’t buying her or B’s lies. Seriously, why are celebs getting passes for their behavior? I don’t doubt she loves her son, but I seriously question her judgement. I’m sure that’s just a “muturity” thing, but have her tell “it’s everyone else who has the problems.” Next! </blockquo Let's take the informatiom any way we can get it. There are 70 thousand young people that follow her everyday on twitter. Let her talk about something other than what she's wearing, or where she is in the world. Why are we so quick to call her a hypicrite? How can you be so selective about how kids,and adults, get knowledge? Let anyone that is willing to speak up, do it. Speak as loudly and as often as you please, I don't care who it is or what there past is. Are you oppose to a person that has HIV speaking out about it? Or a person that has been pregnant telling young people how to prevent that? I hope not. If you are, I hope that YOU are speaking to young people and doing YOUR part.Let's not throw stones. That's not our job. Let's be greateful to anybody, including Solange, for speaking out. I'm greatful to any person that doesn't hoard information, knowledge, or experience.
Carrington's picture

Solange is pretty. I like

Solange is pretty. I like her outfit. For those who say should talk about her situation. Well, I am sure she will in time. Solange are you going to make another CD? I love your music and your style. Go pretty girl!
JustSaying's picture

If she is gonna do something

If she is gonna do something like this campaign, she needs to talk about her actually being a teen mom, getting pregnant at 16, having the baby at 17. Otherwise, it makes her look like a hypocrite and like she is hiding her past when it is so obvious
Christina_keys's picture

tr: I love Solo’s shoes and

tr: I love Solo’s shoes and jeans! Need to know where I can get those shoes ASAP! I think those are Fendi shoes
Miss GQ's picture

She looks cute...I love her

She looks cute...I love her shoes and jeans Love the interview... being that she got pregnant at a young age, i think she's the right person to teach teens about protecting themselves..ALTHOUGH, no one shud be having sex @ that age..it's 2009 and we gotta be realistic..SMH!! I dunno about that show tho, we'll see... *HAPPY B-DAY Mammamia* :-)
Miss GQ's picture

My goodness! What is wrong

My goodness! What is wrong with you people. Dang ya'll criticize alot. You all must be some lonely,low self-esteem, envious people. So what if the girl had a baby at 17. She was young. Is it not normal that people do grow up and mature throughout their experiences in life? I like Solange because she is her own individual and finding her way. Sit back and evaluate your life; now can you be calling the kettle black?
cookie's picture

Ms. Tasha: Dee, you got a

Ms. Tasha: Dee, you got a point! LOL How did I know u guys were gonna come with this, hehe, u lil' meanies u! It's ok though, because she can encourage teens not to do it as early as she did. BTW: " I could've been in luv by now, if it wasn't 4 T.O.N.Y-puuuuuuuuuuuullllllllllluuuuuuuupppp. Big tune!
J's picture

lol @ safe sex advice coming

lol @ safe sex advice coming from a teen mom. These celebs will do anything. She has about as much credibility as Jamie Lynn and Bristol.
Sparkle's picture

lol is this the chick who got

lol is this the chick who got a baby at 17, fuck out of here..i;ll rather get advise from superhead..solange is slut..where alot of rappers ran up through.
what it look like's picture

TV show on the reality of her

TV show on the reality of her life? I hope it's a teen show, because I think grown folk don't necessarily find her life to be that interesting or distinguished.
blackvesper's picture

lami: it was a good

lami: it was a good interview, but as some people noted, it’s interesting solange doesn’t really talk about her own situation. not that she HAS too, but it is the elephant in the room.cute shoes.love mara brock akil, love the game. not sure about an akil-knowles pairing. side note: give melanie a new love interest! I was wondering why she wouldn't talk about her situation too. Its not exactly a secret, and it would help if she did....
serene's picture

Why is the darkest girl in

Why is the darkest girl in the back behind everybody in that last pic, not tryna turn this into a race thing but i do notice stuff like that.
Mizz Mo Neek's picture

that's my bday !! dont love

that's my bday !! dont love soso's outfits :-(
Mamma Mia(BDAY)'s picture

HIII it's my birthday today!!

HIII it's my birthday today!!
Mamma Mia(BDAY)'s picture

I love solo, I think she is

I love solo, I think she is very real unlike beyonce..
melessa's picture

I love Solo's shoes and

I love Solo's shoes and jeans! Need to know where I can get those shoes ASAP!
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