She could have come into our consciousness because the costume and fashion-designing, hairstyling matriarch of the star-laden Knowles clan—now expanded to embrace the Carter and Lawson surnames—however Tina Knowles Lawson, higher often known as “Ms. Tina” to followers, is indisputably a star in her personal proper. Whether telling “mother jokes” on social media or working mentorship and community-building arts initiatives by means of the WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center, which she co-founded along with her husband, veteran actor Richard Lawson, Ms. Tina has rightfully constructed her personal fanbase, drawn to her distinctive mix of Hollywood glamour and Texas-bred knowledge.
Amid the concurrent crises which have beset our nation in current months, the powerhouse has been utilizing her affect and keenness for justice in much more inventive methods, lobbying Congress to pass the HEROES Act, sponsoring COVID-19 testing drives with daughter Beyoncé, and distributing a lot wanted PPE to hospitals in usually underserved Black communities. And as one other main election looms, Ms. Tina has been utilizing each her platform to rally the vote, teaming up with legacy haircare model African Pride, And Still I Vote, and Executive Producers Trell Thomas and Jasper Hagan to produce an Instagram Live collection titled “Talks With Mama Tina.”
“I simply really feel so blessed as a result of, you already know, I knew I needed to do one thing,” Ms. Tina lately informed The Glow Up, as she appeared on our Big Beauty Tuesday. “And I’m at all times on folks about voting…And so, I talked to Trell and I mentioned, ‘I really need to become involved with some sort of group as a result of I believe I might be useful, even when it is simply me getting on my Instagram.'”
“And then, African Pride got here alongside as a result of we needed to do one thing that obtained the phrase out,” she continued, “And they had been so gracious to sponsor me having a Live each week…I simply actually respect them a lot as a result of they put their cash the place their mouth is, you already know?”
We stan a model that’s civically accountable—and curl-cultivating, to boot. And they could not have picked a greater ambassador to get the phrase out, as Ms. Tina is well-versed on our present political stakes—knowledge she and husband Lawson readily share with the 90-plus children they mentor by means of the “Tina’s Angels” and “Richard’s Warriors” applications at WACO.
“[T]hey had been like, ‘Well our voting will not make a distinction.’ And it simply damage me to my coronary heart as a result of so lots of our folks really feel that method, particularly folks in underserved communities,” she shared. “They really feel like their vote is just not going to depend they usually do not have a voice. And it breaks my coronary heart.”
Educating not solely these children however communities in every single place in regards to the true energy of their vote (trace: Think down-ballot, not simply the presidency) is Ms. Tina’s present campaign; however with Halloween looming—and the Knowles-Carter-Lawson clan notoriously inventive when it comes to costuming, we, after all, had to ask if there have been any teasers Ms. Tina would share about their plans for this unprecedented 12 months.
“I’m engaged on one thing and I’m not at liberty to say,” she responded, taking part in it coy. What she would share is that Tina’s Angels and Richard’s Warriors might be basing their costumes on R & B and hip-hop entertainers—and sure, there might be lip-syncing concerned. While we all know Ms. Tina does a imply rendition of one other well-known Tina, does this imply we’ll lastly see the place the Knowles ladies obtained their legendary stage presence?
“You know, my youngsters did not get that dance strikes from their mama,” she laughed.
Wanna know what else we obtained from Ms. Tina? Check out this week’s Big Beauty Tuesday—and on Thursday, have fun and manage the ability of the vote on the vacation she’s launched with African Pride: #HBCUPlanToThePollsDay!
On October 15, 2020, each African Pride, the main haircare model for Black and Brown girls, and the organizers of And Still I Vote will champion their HBCU Plan To The Polls Day. The co-led, nationwide vacation was created to encourage HBCU college students and alumni from throughout the nation to make a plan for a way they may vote throughout this election cycle and to share their on-line pledge with their followers and communities. For extra info, please go to. #HBCUPlanToThePollsDay