Tina Knowles-Lawson and her daughter Beyoncé are doing their part to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Extra’s” Cheslie Kryst spoke with Tina, who opened up on her new “I Did My Part” initiative, teaming up with Beyoncé’s Beygood Foundation to promote COVID-19 testing in their hometown of Houston. She pointed out, “It’s to bring attention to the fact that we have to get tested because we’re going into our communities and infecting our moms and grandmas.”
Knowles-Lawson emphasized that “33.7 percent of people with COVID are African Americans... and we only make up 13 percent of the population, so it’s really a scary thing for us.”
The #IDIDMYPART Mobile Testing Relief unit is scheduled to service Houston on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9.
Tina is challenging some of their famous friends to do their part, too. She dished, “So far, I’ve challenged Tyler Perry and he is gonna do it in Atlanta, Octavia Spencer is gonna do it in Mississippi… I just spoke to the wonderful Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie, and they’re from Michigan and they’re gonna do it in Detroit… Please take the challenge and do it in your town.”
Tina and Beyoncé are getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day together after quarantining apart. She revealed, “We all got tested and we are corona-free as far as I know, so we’re gonna get together on Sunday and have dinner… I get to see them and that’s gonna be the best Mother’s Day present ever.”
Knowles-Lawson added, “I can’t wait to hold them.”
As for how Beyoncé and JAY-Z have been holding up, Tina shared, “They’re doing great, I mean, like everybody else, quarantining and doing what they’re supposed to do, trying to stay safe.”
Beyoncé recently gave Tina a shout-out in a remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Savage.” In the song, Beyoncé rapped, “I’m a boss, I’m a leader, I pull up in my two-seater. And my mama was a savage… got this sh*t from Tina.”
Did Knowles-Lawson know that Beyoncé would do that? She answered, “No, I did not. I called Beyoncé and said, 'Thank you for my shout-out.' She said, 'You know, Mama, you a savage out here in these streets.'"
The lyric came from when Tina used to pick Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland up from school in her convertible. Bey told Tina, “The kids would say, 'Your mama is hot, she’s cool.'"