Singer and multimedia artist Solange Knowles received the first-ever Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact last Friday.
The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact recognizes artists who make a difference through activism.
During her acceptance speech, Knowles honored the award’s namesake, singer Lena Horne. She also opened up about experiencing a period of “fear” during the making of her recent album When I Get Home.
“This album marked a colossal pivot moment in my life that I’m still in the thick of the lessons today,” Solange said. “Suddenly there came a great, great fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of trust, fear of love, fear of silence, fear of having to confront things and pain that I have buried too deep, deep inside.”
She added, “It was easy for me to show up and be the unstoppable woman for everyone else, but terrifying for me to be that woman for myself.”
The singer also thanked her mother, friends, and hometown for uplifting her and “checking on me daily, coming over to my house just to lay and laugh with me.”
“My mother made me feel a little less afraid during those days and brought home to me. She came over every day for a few weeks to cook me okra and brown rice and cornbread with her little book of prayers,” she said. “My beautiful hometown and neighborhood of Third Ward Houston held me … My dear friends, all of which are here tonight. They lifted me so high with so much love and so much hope.”
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