FOLLOWING THE deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota – both of which occurred within 24 hours of each another – singer and businesswoman Solange Knowles announced she has opened up a black-owned bank account.
The singer revealed the switch on Instagram over the weekend.
“While I realise this is a very personal decision and thing to share, I’m proud to say I made that step today, she wrote on Sunday (Jul 9). “Time to literally put my money where my mouth is.”
Knowles linked the post to her Saint Heron website, which lists 21 black-owned institutions around the country.
The 30-year-old’s post followed of a previous message where the Saint Records label founder acknowledged the black community’s actions to take back control from oppressors, and mentioned she needed to work harder to support black businesses.
“We have marched, protested, fought, donated, built schools, mentored, used our voices, met with leaders, started…invested and supported our own black businesses (although I admittedly can do even better on this one),” she wrote.
“Created platforms to empower one another, and have been [activists] just by existing in the spaces we have only to be told over and over again that it does. not. matter. We do not matter. Our bodies don’t matter. Our minds do not matter.”