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Extra Special Correspondent Rachel Lindsay caught up with Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, who opened up about how she’s fighting for change alongside Breonna Taylor's and Trayvon Martin’s mothers, as well as about her granddaughter Blue Ivy Carter’s recent BET Award win.

Knowles-Lawson and Beyoncé recently helped bring more COVID-19 testing to Houston, and now Knowles-Lawson is doing even more to give back. She wrote an open letter to lawmakers to pass the Heroes Act, telling Lindsay, “It covers … healthcare and economic support for people during COVID for under-served areas. But it also covers whatever costs are associated with voting … and the voter-suppression thing, we have to fight that. Black people don't have this connection to voting that we should because we've been unheard for so long and it hasn't made a difference.”

She’s joining forces with Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer and Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton to get the bill passed, “It's heartbreaking to hear the pain that never goes away … It's been the hardest part of this, but it's the part that makes me want to make the change.”

Knowles-Lawson has no interest in getting into politics herself, saying, “I'm 66 years old, so I've lived through a lot of this. And just being a kid ... I sat in the back of the bus, so I've seen the injustice over the years and it's very painful for me and I just want to do whatever I can do.”

She does want to continue to help fight, “We have to as a nation … I feel hopeful because our white brothers and sisters are standing with us.”

Knowles-Lawson also praised Blue Ivy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s eldest child. Blue Ivy made history as the youngest-ever BET winner when she picked up the HER Award this year for “Brown Skin Girl,” alongside Wizkid, Saint Jhn, and her mom.

The proud grandmother said, “Only 8 years old. That is so funny … She is so super talented, and I'm not saying that because it's my grandchild. Because [entertainment] is not necessarily my first choice for her, but I tell Beyoncé and Jay they can't hold her back 'cause this girl is a superstar already.” Knowles-Lawson added, “Look at those genes that she got. What else can we expect?"