Tina Knowles-Lawson is speaking up and out in support of daughter Beyonce.
The trailer launch for Queen Bey’s ‘Black Is King’ visual album ignited excitement amongst the majority ahead of its July 31st arrival on Disney Plus.
Yet, a select few took to social media with thesis-like critiques of the project…before it’s even been released.
Indeed, odd claims of “appropriating” African culture were made — despite hundreds of African creatives being employed at every level of the production. From directors, to producers, to stylists, to on-screen talent, Africa is at the front and center what the singer has expressed is a passion project and – more importantly – a celebration of the Motherland.
Now, her own Mom has weighed in and she’s not holding back.
Her words below…
Ms. Tina shared the following on Instagram:
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She paired it with caption:
Thank you I could not have said it better. It’s really sad that the women who shout the loudest the “protect the black woman” that they are the ones that are trying to tear her down. Sisters wake up!!!! Beyonce was taught from a little girl to lift other women up not to tear them down. She minds her own business , does not criticize anyone, Gives of her time and money , and dedicates her art to Boldly show the Royalty and beauty of our heritage and journey ! Her work is to change the narrative! To show that we did not start off as slaves , but that we were kings and queens before we were forced into slavery . Don’t you want to see something that shows that ! Aren’t you sick and tired Of seeing us as slaves !
She employs African and African-American people , fights for many “first” in the fashion and film world . Take an inventory of yourself and your hate . Where is it coming from ? I ask you to examine your heart and really take a look at what your motive is and what it’s fueled by! Then take that energy critiquing, and tearing down and put it to into an action that is fighting against the systemic racism that is going on right now and has been going on forever . The time that you take to tear her down you could be using that time to do that!! Critique and tear down the systems that hurt and suppress us. Use your social media platform to work on getting people out to vote to change the laws critique the frigging laws!!
Stop being a social media terrorist to the wrong people ! Redirect that passion for change in that !!! Use your energy and great intelligence to fight people who choose to be oppressors. Beyonce is not your enemy!! But you would swear that she was! I love what this post said which is the honest to God truth. She sold more records before lemonade. I have one question for you too that I’m confused about “how do you appropriate the black culture when you are black?? “She has a right to her heritage as well as anyone else in the world. Just consider young sisters i love you🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️❤️ and brothers thankyou for your balance and speaking up. 🙏🏾❤️
Knowles-Lawson went on to respond to a fan:
@mica4life Thank you darling I know you mean well but the truth is for everyone to criticize her there are 15 who love her! I know this ! but if Beyonce was anyone else’s daughter I would stand up for them in this situation ! It’s not because she is my my daughter that I talk about it , it’s because it’s the right thing to do! The haters are like little gnats takes a whole bunch of them to add up to a fly! But my post is to educate not to tear down our to fight . I don’t let the haters get to me! So thank you but I’ll keep up the fight❤️🙏🏾