Tina Knowles-Lawson (Ms. Tina) is in Durban, South Africa for the first ever Essence Fest Durban. Ms. Tina was honored at the legacy breakfast, and also took the stage to inspire the women of Africa to start their own business. Mother to Solange, and Beyonce, Tina revealed to Essence that she instilled in her daughters, and now her grandkids to be proud of their heritage as black people, and t’s great to fit in but, you really need to be proud of who you are, and never lose sight of who you are and where you come from.
“I think that it’s really important — not to harp on race — but, in order for your kids to be very proud of their heritage and who they are, as Black people, you have to show them every aspect of it,” she says. “Especially the things that are culturally important, like positive images of their Blackness. Whether it be music or poetry or books or art. Just explaining to them how important it is to have pride and to give back and to give back to your community. So, those are things that are being instilled in my grandchildren as well. It’s great to fit in but, you really need to be proud of who you are. Don’t ever lose sight of who you are and where you come from.”