Solange Releases the Visuals for "Don't Touch My Hair" and "Cranes in the Sky"

Solange releases two videos for "Don't Touch My Hair" and "Cranes in the Sky" off 'A Seat at the Table.'

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Solange’s third studio album, A Seat at the Table, was praised by critics for its honest and empowering messages regarding the African American experience. On Sunday, just days after ASATT was digitally released, the singer/songwriter delivered a music video for two of the project’s standout tracks: “Don’t Touch My Hair” featuring Sampha and “Cranes in the Sky.”

The former is a four-and-half-minute visual that begins with a close-up shot of Solange shaking her braids back and forth, and then shows the 30-year-old performing striking choreography in various settings. The track addresses the politics of black hair, and how the question of “Can I touch it?” underscores the uneasiness minorities feel in white spaces.

“You and your friends have been called the N word, been approached as prostitutes, and have had your hair touched in a predominately white bar just around the corner from the same venue,” Solange wrote in a recent essay titled “And Do You Belong? I Do.”

“Crane in the Sky” offers equally striking imagery, using beautiful dance and a wide range of natural and manmade backdrops throughout. Both videos were co-directed by Solange and her husband, Alan Ferguson. You can check out “Don’t Touch My Hair” above and “Crane in the Sky” below.

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