Tina Knowles hit back at critics of her daughter Beyonce’s visual album Black is king
After Beyonce, 38, was accused of ‘appropriating’ African culture for the new project – which is based on the soundtrack she produced for the 2019 remake of The Lion King – Tina insisted Beyonce is of “African descent” and worked with “African creatives” on the new album.
She wrote on Instagram: “Those who criticize the film (before even seeing it) for saying it is not authentic, upset that B is not going to Africa or say Bey is simply using African cultures for purposes lucrative companies are wrong because 1. She does less with her Afro-centric content 2. She actually took the time to study African costumes and the like and didn’t just prepare everything She worked with real dancers , African filmmakers, directors, etc. on this project, so for some African Americans and Africans, to say that it is a facade really discredits the work of their own people.
“3. While people complain that she is not filming in Africa but demand more African representation in entertainment but are furious that they are getting it from one of the biggest stars in the world, it’s strange for me. They’d rather have B come and spend their money on a show once or twice every few years than having someone of African descent working with African designers to create art that celebrates them and will last forever. and this at no cost to them (sic).
And Tina, 66, also lambasted those who attempted to demolish Beyonce, insisting the star “dedicates her art to boldly showing the royalty and beauty of our heritage and our journey.”
She wrote: “It’s really sad that the women who scream the loudest” protect the black woman “that they are the ones trying to tear her down. Sisters wake up !!!! Beyoncé learned from a little girl to raise other women so as not to bring them down. She minds her own affairs, does not criticize anyone, gives of her time and money and devotes her art to boldly showing the royalty and the beauty of our heritage and about our trip !
“His job is to change the narrative! To show that we didn’t start out as slaves, but that we were kings and queens before we were forced into slavery. You don’t want to see something that shows this! Aren’t you tired of seeing us as slaves! It employs Africans and African Americans, fights for many “firsts” in the world of fashion and cinema. Take stock of yourself and your hate. Where is he from ? (sic). “
Author: BANG Showbiz