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Solange Reveals Her Darkest Year In a Letter to Her Younger Self

Solange Reveals Her Darkest Year In a Letter to Her Younger Self

Those names haven't stopped at the end of her teenage years - though Solange explained she's approached them differently. The personal letter also recounts losing her best friend to gun violence and giving birth to her first child at age 17, making that year the hardest of her life.

"...when you go out into the world feeling confident in who you are and what you reflect, young folks will call you names and grown folks will call you names It's ok. one day you will name yourself, and that name will belong to you.it will not be the ones they ordained: 'crazy, ugly, attention-seeking, weirdo'".

In her letter, Solange also reflects on the death of her best friend and the birth of her son Daniel: "Seventeen will be the hardest year of your life.it will grow you up nearly immediately. you will lose your best friend whom you love so much to gun violence in a single moment, and give birth to a new one within a year". "It will grow you up nearly immediately. you will lose your best friend whom you love so much to gun violence in a single moment, and give birth to a new one within a year". "You will be terrified, and it's ok that you don't know what the future holds", Knowles wrote. You will trace them like the scars on your body ...

A significant portion of the letter is rightfully dedicated to mama Tina Knowles and the other women who showed her what black women were truly made of, outside of disparaging media stereotypes.

Read the full thing here.

The "Cranes In The Sky' songstress also touched on why it's OK to go through phases as a teen, as she says "you will see bits and pieces of them scattered into the skin you grow into".

Wrapping up the letter, Solange, now 30, urges her younger self to embrace the "pain", "beauty", and "the unknown", concluding with a message of self-love: "most importantly, there will be you. a whole, whole lot of it", she adds.