Matthew Knowles claims Beyoncé’s light skin made her famous

Singer Beyonce Knowles (C) poses with her father and manager Matthew Knowles and her mother Tina Knowles at the VH1 Save The Music Foundation June 23, 2005 in New York City. Photo: FRANK MICELOTTA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

JOHANNESBURG – In an interview with Ebony Matthew Knowles suggested that his daughter, Beyoncé, may not be as famous as she is if she had a darker skin complexion.

"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?" he said in the interview.

 

As the previous Destiny’s child manager has a book titled Racism: From the Eyes of a Child, where he reveals how colourism was entrenched in him.

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He told Ebony that colourism in the music industry is evident in the fact that all the leading female songstresses all have lighter skin.

 

He also goes on to detail that when he first met Beyoncé’s mother, Tina, he assumed she was a white woman. 

“I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness,” he said.

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