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Solange Made an Album About Cultural Appropriation, But the ‘Evening Standard’ Missed the Memo


Remember back in September when Solange released her incredible album, A Seat At the Table, a poignant, insightful reflection on what it means to be black in America?

One of the main themes of the incredibly soulful work was cultural appropriation– a concept that was explored extensively throughout the entire project, but most specifically on “F.U.B.U.”—for us, by us. On that song, Solange sings with a weary, angry edge, “get so much from us, then forget us.”

Well, London-based newspaper, the Evening Standard apparently missed the cultural appropriation memo sent by Solange and thus decided it would be a fantastic idea to feature an image of a white woman donning a hair style that is eerily similar to the one Solange rocks on the front of her very distinctive album cover. Both Solange and the model are in front of a bare wall, wearing wavy hair dos with colorful hair pins cascading down their hair.


The photo was published by the paper on Monday (Nov. 28), and once it began circulating, the response was swift.

Although the Evening Standard didn’t create the image, it was provided by a high-street apparel store called Oasis according to Buzzfeed, that didn’t stop the exasperated response from fans, who called the paper out for doing the very thing Solange spoke so eloquently and explicitly about on her album. Many of the responses naturally included Solange’s obviously relevant lyrics to make their point. Talk about irony.

Take a look at some of the responses to the ill-advised decision below and then listen to “F.U.B.U.”

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