Tina Knowles, who’s in talks to get a new talk show, is currently EBONY magazine’s #SexyForever cover girl and in it dishing on her new marriage to Richard Lawson.
To set the stage for her April 2015 nuptials, the family created a private, feature length movie: The Life & Times of BadAss Tenie B & ColdA** Rickey Lee. The release came complete with a red carpet event.
Part blaxsploitation spoof, part anthropological family documentary, the film confirms that the story of Knowles Lawson’s life—and her self-possessed “sexy”—began long before the world encountered her gifted offspring.
Beyonce’s mom also talks about her upbringing and early beginnings as a hairstylist and makeup artist.
Born in Galveston, Texas, where the Freedman’s Bureau was headquartered after slavery was abolished, and a few hundred miles from mystical New Orleans, where her family is from, one can sense that the newlywed has always conjured a kind of Free Black Woman Magic.
But this is all her new life. In her old one, crafted out of poverty, she made sandwiches and dresses to sell to classmates, rode motorcycles without a helmet, became a professional makeup artist at 19, and always did—as in did everyone’s hair.
Sure, she’s what magazines call “sexy at any age” because of that tight waist, but arguably, it’s as much due to her natural-born artisan and rebel soul.
Additionally she’s showing off her banging baaaaawdy at 61-years-old.
Her youngest daughter Solange has since shared the cover on IG and is singing her mama’s praises.
Queen T baby!