Solange was listening in on two white men who were writers and talking about singer Brandy. When they invited her to do a podcast she declined….
“I went to Solange’s concert and I noted who her audience was,” a white guest writer on the podcast stated. “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.”
And it was that statement that got Solange fired up and inspired.
“That was kind of the turning point in the transition for me writing the album that is now A Seat at the Table,” Solange admitted. “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?’”