She will thank misplaced baggage for her present design profession. My “Renaissance Man” visitor is Queen Tina Knowles-Lawson, also called the mom of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles — although she may also declare Future’s Youngster member Kelly Rowland as a part of her brood. Miss Tina was often doing hair for the woman group, however when touring to Jamaica for an MTV occasion, the costumes and baggage had been nowhere to be discovered.
“I needed to go to a roadside place and I obtained all this camouflage garments and I reduce them down and I made costumes for the women,” she advised me. “They had been with Wyclef Jean and he stated, ‘Wow, who styled you guys at this time?’ And Beyoncé stated, ‘My mother did.’ He was like, ‘It is best to model them on a regular basis.’ And that’s how I obtained to styling them.”
She stated her new function was completely sudden. Not that she didn’t know her method round a bolt of cloth and a stitching machine. Rising up in Galveston, Texas, Mama Tina got here from a big household with little means. Each her mom and grandmother had been seamstresses. Her nephew was a designer.
“So I used to be surrounded by vogue and individuals who may take nothing and switch it into one thing. I grew up with the pressure of my mother. [She] reupholstered furnishings to make curtains, [and made] garments for individuals. So it was simply in my blood. And I at all times needed to do one thing in vogue … I used to be at all times doing everyone’s hair, doing their make-up. I made all my pals’ promenade clothes.”
And get this: She was in a lady group, referred to as the Veltones.
“We had been actually good, however we had been sort of recognized extra for our costumes than we had been for our leisure,” she stated. “And me and my mother made all of the costumes.”
Along with stitching, her mom taught her to be charitable and selfless. Just lately, Miss Tina and I had been in an HIV-awareness marketing campaign referred to as Me in You, You in Me.
“My mother was such a humanitarian … No matter we had, she shared with everyone,” Mama Tina stated of her personal mom. “And he or she did what she may do with hardly nothing. It was a fantastic lesson. She at all times taught us that for those who do issues for somebody, you do it from the center, you don’t do it for the popularity, as a result of then you definately’ve already obtained your blessing.”
Mama Tina has carved out a big area of interest for herself in vogue and design, and even dipped her toe into the performing world with Lifetime’s “Wrath: A Seven Lethal Sins Story,” which premiered in April. Humorous sufficient, she performed mom to Future’s Youngster member Michelle Williams.
Tina Knowles-Lawson says all her youngsters needed to do rising up was carry out.Getty Photos
Via all of it, although, she stated her favourite job is being a grandmother. However she did elevate two superstars, one among whom is arguably one of the best entertainer of all time. Did she see their distinctive abilities as youngsters? Tina stated no. They merely cherished to carry out.
“I imply, no person needed to return to our home as a result of [Beyoncé and Solange] would promote them tickets and make them have a look at them placed on exhibits. [The girls] at all times cherished [performing]. They didn’t wish to play exterior. That’s all they needed to do.”
Mama Tina put them each in dance class — surprisingly, as a result of she hoped it might assist Beyoncé come out of her shell. “She was tremendous shy and I believed she would make pals. Her dance instructor was truly the stage mom. She was like, ‘This little woman is so proficient.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, everyone thinks their child is proficient.’ It took me some time to actually be a believer, you realize, as a result of … I by no means needed to be that guardian.” She added that her ex-husband, Mathew Knowles, had their daughters research the greats like Motown icons Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and Smokey Robinson. The Knowles sisters actively tried to emulate them.
“They’d such nice function fashions. They watched [footage] they usually had been conversant in these artists and Motown days. The women had been very, very devoted to their craft.”
Tina has completed a lot on her personal, however she’s additionally turn into a revered popular culture mom. All of us really feel a few of her maternal magic. In December, she even launched a Fb present, “Talks With Mama Tina.” And we all know moms aren’t presupposed to have favorites, however I needed to know her favourite songs from her every of her daughters.
For Solange, Mama Tina didn’t hesitate to say “Cranes within the Sky.”
As for Beyoncé?
“I obtained so many along with her, however in all probability ‘Survivor.’ That’s Future’s Youngster. That music means a lot to me as a result of I’ve seen that give individuals the braveness to do issues.”
Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the College of Michigan’s iconoclastic Fab 5, who shook up the school hoops world within the early ’90s. He performed 13 seasons within the NBA, earlier than transitioning right into a media character. Rose is at the moment an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up,” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby.” He government produced “The Fab 5” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” sequence, is the writer of the best-selling e book, “Received To Give the Individuals What They Need,” a vogue tastemaker, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Management Academy, a public constitution college in his hometown.