Tina Knowles-Lawson took to social media this weekend to plead for her daughter, Beyonce Knowles-Carter's right to claim her Black heritage.
The 39-year-old singer was widely criticized for "appropriating Black culture" in her new visual album, Black Is King.
The album, which is based on her poorly received 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, will stream exclusively on Disney+.
After Beyonce dressed in traditional African garb in her album promo, fans took to social media to remind the mother-of-three that she is not African.
When a few BeyHive fans defended their queen Bey, Tina thanked them for standing up for her child.
"Thank you I could not have said it better," Tina wrote. "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!"
Right to her Heritage
The 66-year-old retired fashion designer went on to explain how her daughter was taught as a young girl to uplift other women up, not tear them down: "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."
After pleading with fans to "examine your heart and really take a look at what your motive is and what it's fueled by."
"How do you appropriate the black culture when you are black?" said Tina, whose mixed race heritage includes French, Native American, African, Jewish American, Spanish, Chinese and Indonesian ancestry.
"She has a right to her heritage as well as anyone else in the world. Just consider young sisters I love you and brothers thank you for your balance and speaking up," Tina concluded.
Beyonce's album Black Is King debuts on July 31st.
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