Harvard Foundation has named Grammy Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and visual artist Solange Knowles a.k.a Solange Ferguson as its artist of the year. Solange will be recognized at the annual award ceremony on March 3 at Sanders Theatre.
Solange has been a top charting artist since the beginning of her career. The artistic genius has been the creator behind so many popular jams. Her music ranges from cartoons to movies to her sisters albums and other artist as well. Solange has created her own outcome of a “Proud Family”.
Solange was recently named one of Glamour magazine’s women of 2017 and received the Billboard Impact Award, has used her public platform to advocate for justice and fair representation, promoting constructive and empowering political messages. From her acclaimed album “A Seat at the Table” to performing for then-President Barack Obama at the White House, Knowles has invoked themes dealing with empowerment, identity, grief, and healing that have resonated with millions of people. Her performance-art shows at the Guggenheim Museum and the Chinati Foundation, along with her installation at London’s Tate Modern museum, have amplified a defining career of visual art and activism.
Solange has been the leading lady ahead of her career and supportive of others, modeling for House of Dereon, working on projects like Lil’ Romeo’s Game Time album and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland’s Simply Deep, for which Solange wrote the title track. The Solo Star has played a leading actress in Bring It On: All or Nothing, a voice over in the hit cartoon series Proud Family, and appeared on the childrens show Yo Gabba Gabba. More importantly, her latest album “A Seat At The Table” has differentiated her from many actresses, models, singers, and writers to date. The album classified her as an activist. During an interview, Solange talks about the album saying
“For so long this idea existed that as black women, we could not be multifaceted and nuanced. I’m excited I get to be this complex, complicated, loud, vocal, flawed woman and still be worthy of recognition. It only makes me want to keep evolving. Keep standing. Keep fighting to make sure my body is my body, my mind is my mind, my story is my story,” Solange concluded.
From Solange Instagram
The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the University’s office for interracial, interethnic, and interreligious relations, honors the nation’s most acclaimed artists and scientists each year.The award will be presented to Knowles at the Cultural Rhythms Festival during a program on March 3 that begins at 4:30 in Sanders Theatre. Tickets will be available to Harvard ID holders at the Sanders box office, 45 Quincy St., at noon on Thursday. (Two-ticket limit per ID. Price $10.) Tickets will go on sale, as available, to the public at noon on Feb. 23 at the Harvard Box Office, 10 Holyoke St., by phone at 617-496-2222, or online at www.boxoffice.harvard.edu. (Handling fees may apply. Two-ticket limit. Price $20.)