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Solange recently spoke with Q2 Music podcast host Helga Davis and opened up about how a conversation between two white men “haunted” her and inspired A Seat at the Table.

If you remember, Solange got slammed on Twitter back in 2013 after saying white journalists who write about R&B music should know “about deep Brandy album cuts.” Solange was later invited to speak on The New York Times podcast, but declined. Still, the host of the Times‘ podcast, Jon Caramanica, discussed Solange’s comments. The white guest writer who was also on the podcast commented, “I went to Solange’s concert and I noted who her audience was, and if I were her, I’d be careful of making these statements because I’d be careful not to bite the hand that feeds me.”

“That was kind of the turning point in the transition for me writing the album that is now A Seat At The Table,” Solange confessed to Davis. “I began to think a lot about that conversation and replaying it, and it haunted me. And it haunted my mother to hear someone telling her daughter ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you.’ And also the racial subtleties—are not so subtle—of what that encompasses when you say that to a black woman. Then you connect it by saying ‘Do you know who’s buying your records?'”

In Solange’s words, she says “I was essentially being told to shut up.”

READ MORE: Complex.com

Article Courtesy of Complex

First Picture Courtesy of David M. Benett and Getty Images

Second Picture Courtesy of Instagram, Solange, and Complex

Podcast Courtesy of WQXR-FM New York, NY and Complex

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