*Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says appearing in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” mini-film made her feel “special,” and that she appreciates the singer “for being bold enough to confront things and be sensitive at the same time.”
McSpadden was interviewed by publisher Judith Regan for a special one-hour SiriusXM interview that will air in full on May 21 on the Stars channel (109). The mother of the African American teen killed by police in Ferguson, MO, in 2014 was on the show to discuss her new memoir, Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil.
She was also asked about her experience on the “Lemonade” shoot, alongside the mothers of two other black men killed by police: Oscar Grant and Eric Garner; and the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a wannabe cop, George Zimmerman.
“I felt special. She had done some nice things for my son’s foundation so, at that point whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it… She’s a sweet person… really down to earth,” McSpadden said of Beyoncé. “She treated us well, made sure we were comfortable. I tried to hold it together but, any time I’m talking about my son or looking at a picture I just think that he’s gone. I appreciate her for being bold enough to confront things and be sensitive at the same time.”
McSpadden went on to recall her emotions upon learning her son was shot, saying, “I jumped out of the car and felt like I was running for miles. I saw the tape and one officer. I looked around and saw the sheet… I felt like I died.”
Below, McSpadden talks about first meeting Beyonce at Prince’s 2015 “Rally 4 Peace” concert in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, and being invited to take part in the “Lemonade” film: