New York University (NYU) just announced Solange Knowles as the winner of the NYU Global Trailblazer Award for Creative and Artistic Excellence in 2022.
Knowles’ contributions to the industry have been recognized by NYU, and she will be honored on International Women’s Day (Mar. 8). Knowles will also be a guest speaker at a discussion on women’s empowerment and innovation hosted by the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation on the same day. This is part of a program called NYU Women Lead: A Global Leadership Accelerator that includes the new Global Black Women Leadership Initiative.
Knowles has garnered a slew of awards for her work, including the first Lena Horne Prize, which recognizes the convergence of art and activism, and is now set to receive the 2022 NYU Global Trailblazer Award for Creative and Artistic Excellence on International Women’s Day.
This event builds on the NYUWomxn100 program, which “celebrates the lives, pursuits, innovations, and achievements of womxn of transgender, non-binary, and cisgender experiences.” It will also include Dr. Lisa Coleman of NYU.
It’s also worth noting that this hour-long event, which is touted as a celebration of “the experiences and efforts of prolific trailblazers” is free, open to the public, and accessible through Zoom. You may sign up here.
Knowles hasn’t responded to the accolade on Instagram or Twitter, but we’re sure she’s thrilled to be a part of this women’s empowerment event.
While most people know Knowles as Beyoncé’s younger sister, she is an R&B star in her own right, with hits like “Losing You,” “Cranes in the Sky,” and “Almeda.” Solange uplifts and encourages the work of Black and Brown creatives through a variety of innovative projects through her multidisciplinary platform, studio, creative agency, and curatorial project, Saint Heron.