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Michael Brown’s Mother Talks About Cameo in Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’

The cameo appearances of the mothers who lost their sons to police brutality and gun violence is one of the most powerful visuals from Beyonce‘s visual album, Lemonade. The mothers featured are Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner and Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown.

In an interview with SiriusXM, McSpadden spoke about her appearance in Lemonade and how Beyonce wanted the mothers to be “regal.”

Yesterday, McSpadden’s memoir, Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown, was released.

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“I tried to hold it together, but anytime I’m talking about my son – looking at a picture – I just think about all that’s gone and how he had so much ahead of him,” said McSpadden.

“So I appreciate her for being bold enough to confront things and be sensitive at the same time.”

When she was contacted about appearing in Lemonade, McSpadden said she cried.

“I was like, ‘You know, me? Out of all the people? You’re such a big celebrity and have so much going on, and you thought about me? I felt special. She had also did some things for my son’s foundation, so at that point I said, ‘Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it.’ … She’s just a sweet person, and she’s really down to earth. She treated us well and she made sure we were comfortable.”

McSpadden said the first time she met Beyonce was last year at a Prince concert in Baltimore.

“It was a surprise. …. [Beyonce] didn’t come in with a big ego. She didn’t come in like a celebrity. She was wholeheartedly sympathetic. She talked, she cried, and she shared some things with us.”


Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.