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" My parents constantly tried to talk me out of being an artist. They had gone through the whole journey with my sister and just wanted me to have a normal teenage life. "
" Beyonce adores my little boy. She takes him everywhere. "
" Traveling is definitely something that your average 17-year-old doesn't get to do. One week we're in Japan, one week we're in Australia, one week we're back home going to football games. "
" I wear short shorts. After 10 years of strenuous ballet, it's the least my legs can do for me. "
" I have been writing songs since I was 9 years old, so writing has and always will be my first love and passion. "
" I have so many friends who are designers of color. "
" Fashion is a strange world sometimes. Amazing, but strange. "
" People from New Orleans are extremely prideful. "
" My name, Solange, means 'Angel of the sun,' and I'm completely enamored of my African history. The culture is so expressive. "
" From a very early age, I decided that I wanted to be able to do my music but still be able to live a normal life. "
" I don't ever claim to be a hip-hop head. "
" If I had to define 'sexy' now, as Disney as it sounds, I would have to say it's about complete and utter confidence. "
" I have more to offer than music that is automatically dance. "
" Why is it so important for you to give back? I honestly feel like it's our responsibility as citizens of the world to ground ourselves in selflessness and all do our part. "
" I love hip-hop. I have gone through many difference phases in my love affair with hip-hop. "
" I'm not very good at writing songs when I have a lot of clutter in my mind. "
" I'm surrounded by such beautiful, creative people, and I just love sort of sharing their stories and their journeys. "
" Every teenage artist out there is mostly talking about boys, and I think there's so much more to being a teenager than just boys. "
" You get educated by traveling. "
" Whether it be a red eyeliner or a graphic line on the crease of my lids, I'm more attracted to the ideas of something interesting than being 'pretty.' "
" Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27. "
" I was diagnosed with ADHD twice. I didn't believe the first doctor who told me, and I had a whole theory that ADHD was just something they invented to make you pay for medicine, but then the second doctor told me I had it. "
" The Fela Kuti Queens - the band members and wives of the late African musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti - are my fashion icons. "
" My sister and I were not allowed expensive clothes. We so badly wanted these Fila sneakers as kids, but my mother took us down to the flea market and got imitation ones. Look at the early Destiny's Child videos. You'll see. "
" I'd rather be on the cast of 'Love & Hip-Hop' than 'Project Runway.' "
" I actually love my natural hair when it's in a twist out and it's been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower. "
" I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point. "
" I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits. She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees. "
" Motherhood is such an evolving journey. "
" I had my own little quirks as a child. "
" I'm such a Southern girl. "