Solange’s masterful 2016 album, “A Seat at the Table,” was released a day and a year before her Sunday night show at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, but it felt no less important or impactful than it did last fall. If anything, its messages of black empowerment, self-care, and turning pain and grief into love and joy are more poignant at a time when neo-Confederates march on the streets and the president calls any NFL player protesting police brutality a “son of a bitch.” Solange said that all she expected from the album was a chance to heal some of her trauma; onstage, she helped heal a couple thousand people.
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