Tina Knowles Recalls A Time Solange Knowles Tried To Get A Teacher Fired When She Was 12: I Was Actually Very Proud Of Her
Solange Knowles has no problem standing up for herself and others, and the Solange Knowles we stan for know has been going strong since she was a pre-teen.
Tina Knowles Lawson told Page Six before Solange Knowles was awarded the Lena Horne Prize:
“The [school] principal called me in and said, ‘Solange is starting trouble.’ And I’m like, ‘What did she do?’”
Solange Knowles was 12-years old at the time. Tina Lawson continued,
“When they told me, I was actually very proud of her. I was like ‘Way to go, Solange!'”
It’s not clear why Solange tried to get her teacher the pink slip, but Tina Lawson added that she
“didn’t punish her. Absolutely not for trying to make a good change.”
Solange was awarded the honor for her social justice work. Tina Knowles told TIME ahead of the ceremony,
Solange has a creative, energetic soul. She was born with her mama’s fiery spirit, thank you very much. She’s been the first African-American woman in a lot of museums and spaces that we weren’t welcome in before. She’s knocked down those doors, and she’s only just begun,”
Lena Horne’s daughter Gail Lumet Buckley also said,
“Today, artists are not necessarily that interested in being activists. It’s all now about getting rich and famous, and they don’t have to give back because they’re free, in a sense. My mother came up in a period where she was not free to be herself. She had to be a ‘credit to her race,’ quote unquote. She had to be an activist; she had no choice in it.”
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