Response to “Solange, the Polymathic Cultural Force”
In the article, Mathis reels the reader in by describing the deeper meaning suggested behind the use of a mononym. She carefully connects this to Solange and how her usage of a mononym is reflective of her distinctive influence as an artist. These clever connections are just one way the writer uses verbiage to make this description of Solange and their time together come to life. Even if you have never listened to Solange, the writer’s inclusion of her lyrics, successes, and inspirations would make you wonder why you aren’t familiar with her. Mathis uses Solange’s background to incorporate cultural information into the article. She helps the reader understand Solange’s evolution as an artist and get an idea of how her customs exert influence on her works. By sharing Solange’s lyrics and inspirations Mathis makes these connections easy for the reader to digest. The intentional placement of her background not only as an artist, but as a young black woman, allows the Solange to be seen as personable. Many people could easily see themselves in the descriptions Mathis provides–from the stories of Solange’s experience in black churches to her journey of allowing her limitations to be a building block towards self-discovery.