Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles on Tuesday said that her daughter wouldn’t have been successful in the music industry if she had darker skin. This was not the first time he made the statement.
During an interview with Ebony early last year where he discussed his book Racism: From the Eyes of a Child , the former Destiny’s Child manager said;
“I had been conditioned from childhood,” he said. “With eroticised rage, there was actual rage in me as a black man, and I saw the white female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back. There are a lot of black men of my era that are not aware of this thing.”
He said he was sharing his personal experiences at that time in the hope it would raise awareness of colorism, which he implied is common in the music industry.
“When it comes to black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio?” he asked. “Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common?”
Matthew Knowles repeated the statement on Tuesday June 19 when he visited Clay Cane on SiriusXM Urban View where they addressed the issue of colorism.
“In the music industry, there’s still segregation, as you know,” Knowles said. “There used to be the black division, race records, and programmers, especially at pop radio, has this imagery of what beauty looks like. They wanted that imagery to be the same that’s singing those records. If you look back, even like Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lighten her to make her look lighter complexion because there’s a perception in colorism…the lighter you are, the smarter, the more economically… all around the world about color, even with black folks, there’s a perception.”
Cane then asked Knowles: “How different do you think Beyoncé’s career would have been if she were a darker skinned woman?”
“I think it would have affected her success. I use Kelly Rowland [as] a great example,” Knowles responded. “The great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records.
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