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Tina Knowles Writes About Renaissance and Her Nephew, Johnny


ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 05: Tina Knowles attends Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala - Arrivals at Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Beyoncé’s latest album is particularly significant to her household. Previous to the discharge of “Renaissance” on July 29, Beyoncé shared the liner notes, which included a photograph of her late uncle seated along with her mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson. The singer gave her uncle Johnny, additionally typically written Jonny, particular thanks for informing her music style rising up. The day of the album launch, Knowles-Lawson reminisced and shared her appreciation for Beyoncé’s form gesture.

“This dedication was lovely,” she wrote on Instagram. Knowles-Lawson was the youngest of seven kids and Johnny was really her nephew, however as a result of they have been so shut in age, Beyoncé thought-about him to be extra of an uncle than a cousin, which he really was. Within the picture shared within the liner notes, Knowles-Lawson is 38, and Johnny is 40. The 2 are at a membership, and Knowles-Lawson is carrying a costume Johnny made for her. “It is my Lena Horne look,” she mentioned.

Knowles-Lawson was initially anxious she would not be capable to discover an outdated picture with Johnny when Beyoncé’s Parkwood Leisure administration firm referred to as, however this one was sitting proper on the prime of the primary picture field she opened. “Johnny gave me that picture he put it there, all the best way from Heaven.”

Knowles-Lawson mentioned she and her nephew have been inseparable rising up: “Johnny was the closest human being on this planet to me.” She mentioned he would later grow to be her nanny, housekeeper, designer, and dance associate. In her liner notes, Beyoncé additionally referred to him as her “godmother.” Knowles-Lawson added, “When he died a chunk of me went with him.”

Beyoncé beforehand referenced her uncle’s passing from HIV in a speech on the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards. “He lived his reality. He was courageous and unapologetic throughout a time when this nation wasn’t as accepting,” she mentioned on the time. “Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the vital painful experiences I’ve ever lived. I am hopeful that his struggles serve to open pathways for different younger folks to stay extra freely.”

“Want you have been right here to bop with me.”

Along with his love of home music, Johnny additionally handed on his appreciation for vogue. “Solange and Beyonce worshiped him. He helped me elevate them,” Knowles-Lawson mentioned. “And influenced their sense of favor and uniqueness!” Johnny even made Beyoncé’s promenade costume, which is referenced in “Heated” on the brand new album: “Uncle Johnny made my costume.” Knowles-Lawson added, “He’s smiling from Heaven at Bey proper now! Saying you probably did that Ms Factor!! We love you Johnny and we miss you consistently . . . Want you have been right here to bop with me we might tear it up!!! !!”



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