Solange: All in the Family

Solange Knowles moved to Brooklyn for a simple reason—family. Curled up on a couch in a recording studio in DUMBO, where she’s waiting for the guys from Lonely Island, Solange talks openly about the realities of being a young working mother to her 8-year-old son, Julez. “You know,” she says, in a voice that still retains a hint of Texas drawl, “my parents are here, my sister is here, my cousin is here, all my friends are here. We really wanted Julez to have the experience that we had growing up—being able to drop in on his aunt’s house and being able to hang out with Grandma and see our friends and have that experience of actually having a soccer game and having family show up. It’s such a beautiful feeling, but also having that village is a necessary reality so that I’m able to pursue my passion both outside of motherhood and outside of my career.”

Photos by iO Tillett Wright