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Solange Announces Split From Husband, Alan Ferguson After 5 Years Of Marriage

Solange took to her Instagram to reveal what's really been going on in her notoriously private marriage.

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In 2014, Solange Knowles and her husband, 51-year-old music video director, Alan Ferguson broke the internet with photos of their surprise wedding in New Orleans. Rumors about possible martial rifts between the couple, who have been romantically involved for a little over a decade, have been swirling since earlier this year and yesterday, Solange took to her Instagram to reveal what's really been going on behind the scenes of her notoriously private marriage.

In a lengthy and somewhat cryptic Instagram post, the 33-year-old singer described the past two years as a newfound "physical and spiritual transition" that has catalyzed her evolution and allowed her to confront some of her worst enemy: "fear". She explained:

"I've lived my best and worst moments in front of the lens and gaze of the world since I was a teenager. I've always tried to live in my truth no matter how ugly or full of love it is. I've also tried to carve out the space to protect my heart, and my life as it unfolds, evolves, and changes."

Solange went on to reveal that although the time that she and Alan have spent together has been invaluable, the couple made a decision to end (or at least press pause) on their relationship for now:

"11 years ago, I met a phenomenal man who changed every existence of my life. Early this year we separated and parted ways, (and tho it ain't nan no body business) I find it necessary to protect the sacredness of my personal truth and to live in it fully just as I have before and will continue to do. It is unfair to not have power of your own story as you shape and mold and rewrite it yourself. A nigga ain't perfect, but I'm leaning into the fear of the unknown and all the glory and power I know exist within god and the universes grace. May all of your transitions no matter how big or small, be kind to you and filled with incredible love and light!"

Two years ago, after releasing A Seat at the Table, Solange described working with her ex as an invaluable experience that she will "cherish" forever and said that initially, although she was scared to work with her husband at the time on the project, she couldn't have seen the magic happening any other way. In an interview with Beyonce, the singer explained:

"The experience was one I will cherish for the rest of my life. I remember telling you years ago that I wanted to work with him, but I was scared because I felt like our relationship, by the grace of God, is the one thing that I can count on to be intact and to be solid. When I go out in the world, I know that when I come home, I'm going to find peace with him. And I didn't want any variable that could interrupt that."
"Through the process of making this record, every time I would come home from the studio, I would be really depleted. And it was Alan who would encourage me and help lift me back up and give me that coach speech to go back into the studio and start a new day."

Featured image by Instagram/Solange

The Mamie 'Till' Movie Wants To Empower Us

Sitting in the theater getting ready to watch Nopefor the third time, I was excited, like a good film nerd, to see my friend's first-time reactions to the fun UFO horror-comedy. My heart sank immediately when a trailer for the film Till, which follows the life and legacy of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie, started playing first.

My knee-jerk reaction, of course, comes from years of watching film and TV that have exploited Black trauma onscreen and were created with little (if any) consideration for what could emotionally trigger the Black audience. The 1955 murder of Emmett Till is so heartbreaking and inherently violent; would this film make us live through that violence on screen?

Fortunately, no!

This week, before watching Gina Prince-Bythewood's incredible The Woman King, a featurette for Till played in place of a trailer and it soothed my fears.

"There will be no physical violence against Black people on screen," the film's award-winning director and co-writer Chinonye Chukwu says in the featurette. "I'm not interested in relishing in that kind of physical trauma. We're going to begin and end in a place of joy," she says.

Starring Danielle Deadwyler (whose heartfelt performance on HBO's Station Eleven stole the show) as Mamie, Till is a celebration of Mamie's tireless activism which sparked the civil rights movement that continues today and ultimately culminated in President Biden signing the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law just a few months ago in March 2022. "Mamie Till Mobley is a hero," says Alana Mayo, president of Orion Pictures, the production company behind the film. "I'm really, really committed to making movies not just by us, but for us," Mayo says in the featurette.

After a private screening of Till, this week, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, tweeted that the film was "#Powerful" and "a must see."

Mamie's story of courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy deserves to be told--especially as we continue the fight for civil rights today. Knowing that the Black filmmakers behind the film are centering Black joy and aiming for our empowerment through the film makes a world of difference.

TILLis in theaters October 14.

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