Tina Lawson Defends Daughter Beyoncé over African Culture Appropriation Allegations
Tina Lawson addressed the allegations of African cultural appropriation against Beyoncé as she explained how the culture had influenced her daughter's music.
When it comes to policing negative comments against Beyoncé on social media, the singer has a following of millions of fans infamously called the "BeyHive."
However, her mother, Tina Lawson, made a rare move and came to Beyoncé's defense when she addressed the allegations of African cultural appropriation ahead of her daughter's upcoming film, "Black is King."
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38 years ago today you came into my life and i know without a shred of doubt that God sent you!!! I had recently lost my mom and never thought that i could feel that particular kind of love again but .7 months later i was pregnant with you (39 years ago people) The moment i saw you i knew that that was IT !!!! We’ve been the best of friends since then . You have brought me such Joy and pride and love and friendship !!! Your heart is as big as Texas !! You are one of the best moms ever ! And I love you soo much ❤️❤️❤️🎂🎂🎂❤️❤️Have the best birthday EVER!!!! Mom
In one post, Tina shared screenshots from comments by Joshua Kissi and Blitz, who worked with Beyoncé on the film. She revealed that some of her creative team, including dancers, directors, and filmmakers were African. Tina explained:
"She makes less with her Afrocentric content. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and didn't just throw this together."
Only days before Tina's post, Beyoncé also shared a rare message about "Black Is King."
She argued that the people criticizing "Black Is King" would probably prefer watching Beyoncé's tour instead of celebrating her as a woman of African descent working with African creatives.
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#Repost @hova_bey.carter with @get_repost ・・・ Joshua and Blitz are Ghanaian, KC is Nigerian, Hannah worked on Lemonade with B, Trevor is South African...There's way, way more involved in the making of Black Is King but my point in posting this is simply that those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it's unauthentic, upset that B doesn't actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn't just throw this together. She's worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it's a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people. 3. While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they're getting it from one the world's greatest stars is strange to me. They'd rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them.) #Beyonce #Beyoncé #BeyonceKnowles #BeyonceKnowlesCarter #QueenB #MrsCarter #Jayz #jigga #jiggaman #Hov #Hova #KingHova #ShawnCarter #TheCarters #beyonceandjayz #Jayonce #MrCarter #JayZandBeyonce #beyhive🐝 #hovandb #JayandB #african #nigeria #blackexcellence #heritage #ghana #africa #director #
Tina followed up with another screenshot of a tweet from a fan, which disputed claims that Beyoncé is making the film for money and noted that her latest album "Black," sold fewer records than her previous album, "Lemonade."
Tina praised the fan's tweet and added, "Beyoncé was taught from a little girl to lift other women up not to tear them down." After urging people to stop tearing her daughter down, she ended her argument, saying, "how do you appropriate the black culture when you are black?"
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@_alphaa_ (Twitter handle) you could not have said it better. It’s really sad that the women who shout the loudest “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. 🙏🏾❤️
Tina said Beyoncé's goal was to use her platform to change the narrative of slavery depicted in African-American culture by celebrating Black people as king and queens through her work.
The proud mother added to her daughter's defense, a hilarious video of a baby scowling at a person from across a table. In her caption, Tina wrote, "me when you come for mine!"
Only days before Tina's post, Beyoncé also shared a rare message about "Black Is King" as she detailed the work put into the film. She said the film was initially meant to be an additional piece to “The Lion King: The Gift.”
The 23-time Grammy Award winner explained that the movements against racial injustice made "Black Is King" relevant to the times. Beyoncé said she hoped to celebrate the beauty of "Black History" and African culture through her visual albums.