In her number one album, A Seat At The Table, singer/songwriter and fashion muse Solange Knowles expresses the Black experience beautifully in a sonic journey of grief, frustration, and joy. In one track in particular, “F.U.B.U.”, the songstress rejoices and makes a nod towards Black queers; it’s an outspoken R&B track that, like the popular ’90s streetwear brand of the same name, lets White people know that it’s music “for us, by us”.
Not only is the song about the protection of Blackness from leering White audiences, but it also inadvertently lends a voice to Black queers.
Solange croons, “All my niggas in the whole wide world / All my niggas in the whole wide world / Made this song to make it all y’alls turn / For us, this shit is for us,” reaffirming the song’s devotion to listeners of color. She then reminds queer people of color (QPOC) that they matter with the lyric, “When you feeling all alone / And you can’t even be you up in your home / When you even feeling it from your own.”
Her powerful lyrics hit at the core of Black queers who are attached to their families but need healing from homophobia or transphobia; though hate and ignorance isn’t Black-exclusive, it’s different in the Black community.
In addition to being kicked out of our homes, some of our family members turn to church elders to “pray the gay away,” like in last year’s Blackbird, a film about a black parent struggling with the disappearance of her daughter and the acceptance of her son’s sexuality in a small southern town centered around the church.
Here’s Blackbird‘s trailer: