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

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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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I don't really care for her

I don't really care for her either which way but if she continues to tilt her head to the side and smile with that vacant expression one more time I'm going to scream!!!!
Afro-Latina Warrior's picture

it was a good interview, but

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!
lami's picture

Am I the only one bothered by

Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the only thing Solange and her SISTER Beyonce bond over is ....music? Odd.
Ms. Chris's picture

You know what....Solonge

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!
Ms. Thang's picture

Oh and just becuz you have

Oh and just becuz you have get pregnant at 17 doesn't mean that your parents didn't do their job in the sex talk department and doesn't mean that you can't educate people on some of the choices you made and how they impacted your life. I GUARANTEE you that if you ask her today if she would have waited and NOT had Juelz she would be like I would do it they way I did it no regrets....We can't judge her choices because she did what was best for her. She had family support and the means to support a child which is more than some grown folks got at 30yrs of age and older....Let's climb down off the MORALITY HIGH HORSE for like 5 secs people!!!
CAREN's picture

Solo looks excellent! And the

Solo looks excellent! And the interview was on point too. She was intelligent, and well-spoken. And while she dished a lil about her son she didn't give the full synopsis. And the point that she bonds with Bey about music was cute. I'm sorry I'm just a dumb Bey-Sol fan, you'll have to excuse me. I not what I say.
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SIMPLY FABULOUS: Right, I

SIMPLY FABULOUS: Right, I am 17 1/2 and have been with my bf for two yrs. I am still a virgin b/c that is my own personal choice not b/c my mom told me sex is some nasty shit . lol My mom is crazy! Well, technically born again virgin! But I am still proud of myself!
SIMPLY FABULOUS BUTTER PEACAN BEAUTY's picture

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH WOW!!

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH WOW!! Such a fan of Solange!!! I would definitely tune in for her show. She is like a Mariah in that she has a language that she speaks via interviews, clothes she wears and now twitter that ONLY her fans understand. I think all of it is a stone winner dahling!!! lol! Solange lambs unite.....
CAREN's picture

serene: Agreed. There are

serene: Agreed. There are many campaigns out there dedicated to safe sex, but the ultimate decision comes down to the person/child. Some parents and can talk and talk, i’m 21 and still waiting on the talk myself, lol but it hasn’t happened. However, I’m still a virgin, and thats a choice i made all on my own, without no one in my ear. I can’t believe how kids i’ve seen with babies in the holder, the strollers, and on their arms. Its really sad. And some of the things these kids are doing is just….wow I applaud her for what she’s doing, but i think the issue its soooo big, that its gonna take alot more. But of course i respect what she’s doing. Right, I am 17 1/2 and have been with my bf for two yrs. I am still a virgin b/c that is my own personal choice not b/c my mom told me sex is some nasty shit . lol My mom is crazy!
SIMPLY FABULOUS's picture

What a frickin hypocrite...

What a frickin hypocrite...
Teeah257's picture

serene: Agreed. There are

serene: Agreed. There are many campaigns out there dedicated to safe sex, but the ultimate decision comes down to the person/child. Some parents and can talk and talk, i’m 21 and still waiting on the talk myself, lol but it hasn’t happened. However, I’m still a virgin, and thats a choice i made all on my own, without no one in my ear. I can’t believe how kids i’ve seen with babies in the holder, the strollers, and on their arms. Its really sad. And some of the things these kids are doing is just….wow I applaud her for what she’s doing, but i think the issue its soooo big, that its gonna take alot more. But of course i respect what she’s doing. Yeah my parents never gave me that talk really. But what they did do was they kept me extra busy, encouraged me to do well in school to the point I developed confidence in other areas besides my looks. Have nothing against premarital sex. I am 20 and I made a personal choice to remain a virgin till I find someone worthy. And I am glad because alot of guys today just want to use you and be done. Also I always thought I would be the one to get pregnant immediatley I started. Women in my family are extra fertile, that thought still scares me today. It amazes me with all the education we receive how people go around having sex randomly and not being safe, scary.
Rikki's picture

dee: Your parents taught

dee: Your parents taught you so much about sex that at 17 you had to cuz you popped up pregnant….right…whatever you say, Solange. Dee, you got a point! LOL
Ms. Tasha's picture

She looks good! Wish her all

She looks good! Wish her all the best! Nice to see young folks getting involved!
Karen's picture

She looks lovely. And good

She looks lovely. And good for her in getting involved.
Soul Touch's picture

SIMPLY FABULOUS BUTTER

SIMPLY FABULOUS BUTTER PEACAN BEAUTY: I am a teen myself but the thing is I don’t know what will work for my fellow peers to understand they need to protect themselves. Its so sad what comes out of these girls mouths and guys too. Its deeper than just saying yes to safe sex. My parents never really gave me the “sex talk” and I turned out fine. But idk some of these kids need a wake up call. Agreed. There are many campaigns out there dedicated to safe sex, but the ultimate decision comes down to the person/child. Some parents and can talk and talk, i'm 21 and still waiting on the talk myself, lol but it hasn't happened. However, I'm still a virgin, and thats a choice i made all on my own, without no one in my ear. I can't believe how kids i've seen with babies in the holder, the strollers, and on their arms. Its really sad. And some of the things these kids are doing is just....wow I applaud her for what she's doing, but i think the issue its soooo big, that its gonna take alot more. But of course i respect what she's doing.
serene's picture

She starting to look more and

She starting to look more and more like her sister B. Maybe thier father will start to like her again....I dunno :(
Starr's picture

i love solo interviews more

i love solo interviews more than beyonce, beyonce not really open !! imagine if they ask that for bee lol what would be her answers? lol
gwadapeace's picture

Solange and Beyonce are all

Solange and Beyonce are all about marketing and telling you what you want to hear. BLAH BLAH BLAH
markeis's picture

she looks like bey sitting in

she looks like bey sitting in that pic with her sitting on the couch...good for solange..
LIL BIT's picture

Ever since someone brought up

Ever since someone brought up the nose job in the other post, its all i notice now...ugh
serene's picture

Well, I hope her message has

Well, I hope her message has a positive impact on those little fast azzes out there that value sex over self worth. I hope her show is picked up. While not a fan of her nor her sisters music or whatever else they got going on, I do think that Solange has the spunk and personality for a Moesha type show. She could be a success at that with the right script and support. Best wishes on that.
Keepin It Real's picture

Is it just me or does it seem

Is it just me or does it seem like they are promoting sex? Red,silk bed sheets! lol
SIMPLY FABULOUS BUTTER PEACAN BEAUTY's picture

I feel Solange on all points.

I feel Solange on all points. You can be educated on something and still act on it... so yes she had a baby @ 17 but that doesnt mean her parents didnt try their best to teach their daughters about sex, especially in the industry. I know plenty of people who know the dangers of alcohol and still drink and drive or cigs and still smoke.... get over yourselves people and get educated
A Delta Named UNITY's picture

I am a teen myself but the

I am a teen myself but the thing is I don't know what will work for my fellow peers to understand they need to protect themselves. Its so sad what comes out of these girls mouths and guys too. Its deeper than just saying yes to safe sex. My parents never really gave me the "sex talk" and I turned out fine. But idk some of these kids need a wake up call.
SIMPLY FABULOUS BUTTER PEACAN BEAUTY's picture

Decent

Decent interview.....Acting?!!
Memorie's picture

but good for her. this

but good for her. this interview made her seem more intelligent than I would have given her credit for.
Miss Me's picture

FEE FI FO FIF!!! LMAO!

FEE FI FO FIF!!! LMAO!
NitaBonita's picture

Her and her sis have had nose

Her and her sis have had nose jobs.You two are not sleek.
NIKI's picture

Love Solo, and I hope that

Love Solo, and I hope that show gets picked up...but um Mara needs to give all her focus and energy to The Game...I love that show and would really be heartbroken if it got cancelled. Let BET pick it up or something and hire some new writers...all the characters are underdeveloped.
Shuckin' and Jivin''s picture

i am not mad at solo. she is

i am not mad at solo. she is standing up and letting her voice be heard about a good and important cause.
NitaBinita's picture

You think she's going to flip

You think she's going to flip out because the brackets say {My and *Beyonce's*] ? just curious ;-)
Miss Me's picture

Your parents taught you so

Your parents taught you so much about sex that at 17 you had to get married cuz you popped up pregnant....right...whatever you say, Solange.
dee's picture

Loving Solo's look!

Loving Solo's look!
Angeleyes's picture

nice interview and all..uhm

nice interview and all..uhm did solange get a nose job??
cestmoijoley's picture

Miss GQ: She looks cute…I

Miss GQ: She looks cute…I love her shoes and jeansLove 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* THANK YOU MISS GQ,thanks you so much (the one to wish me it) soooo thks !! :-D
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