As you may already know, Solange recently criticized London’s Evening Standard after the publication cropped out a part of her elaborate braid structure. As a result, the organization apologized for their decision.
In a statement written on Saturday, October 21st, the company stated they were “delighted” to interview, as well as, photograph Solange for the newest issue. However, it’s a matter of “great regret” that their finished artwork for the cover of the magazine caused such offense and outrage.
The news organization claimed that the reason editors cropped the original image was for “layout purposes,” rather than accusations of “racism” like many have put forth.
Because of their actions, they send out their dearest apologies to Solange and anybody else they might’ve offended.
Solange posted the original picture on her Instagram page with the caption, “dtmh,” which is an abbreviation from her track, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” from her newest album, Seat At The Table.
Her new album touches on issues like, “microaggressions,” racial tensions, and the lack of “empowerment” that black women deal with in the public sphere.
Despite the organization’s apology for their decision, the journalist who initially wrote the piece – Angelica Jade Bastien – publicly disowned the article.
Bastien said editors misconstrued the original piece despite all of her hard work. Additionally, Angelica asked for the editors to erase her name in the byline due to the transgressions committed by the publication.
She stated it was “heartbreaking” to take her name off the article due to the enormous amount of work and dedication she put into it as well as because of her respect for Solange as an artist.