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Beyoncè’s Father Mathew Knowles suggests she wouldn’t have been as Successful if she had a Darker Skin



Beyonce's Father Matthew Knowles suggests she wouldn't have been as Successful if she had a Darker Skin - BellaNaija

The issue of colourism in the American music industry has always been a present one, and Mathew Knowles, father and former manager of Beyoncè, discussed it in his interview with Ebony.

Talking about his new book, “Racism: From the Eyes of a Child” in which he discusses colourism and racism, Knowles shared how he experienced colourism as a child. He said:

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.

I had been conditioned from childhood. With eroticized 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.

Talking about how it affects the music industry, Knowles said:

When it comes to Black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common?


  1. Kung Fu Panda

    February 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Not sure about the first quote, but I definitely agree about his Beyoncé statement. Controversial as it may be.

    • Jumowale

      February 9, 2018 at 7:21 am

      Erm, except ebony faces dont go well with white skin, she looks like a polar bear’s coochie, on some of her latest photos.

  2. Girl Bye

    February 8, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    -OK so Ciara, Cassie, Trina, Keri Hilson, Tinashe and so on who are light-skinned and haven’t had success on Rihanna and Beyonce’s level, what reason can be attributed to that?
    -LA Reid said that when Rihanna joined Def Jam, Teairra Mari was given more attention than Rihanna because all the music industry executives felt like Teairra would be a star and Rihanna wouldn’t. Rihanna had to work extra hard to change that perception. But Teairra Mari is darker than Rihanna!
    -Ella Fitzgerald was the first BLACK WOMAN to win a Grammy in the 1950s. You wouldn’t call Ella a light skinned woman; yet she managed to win multiple Grammies in the 50s where racism was strife!
    -In the 1960s and 70s, the BLACK women who were successful in music i.e Aretha Franklin, Diana, Patti LaBelle and such were all DARK SKINNED WOMEN and they succeeded. I’m talking about the 60s and 70s; where racial segregation was at its peek. Dark skinned black women still managed to succeed!
    And that Olodo Freeze will sit in Nigeria and write essays on how he doesn’t like Beyonce because she doesn’t take care of her dad. Would you be close to your dad if he went out of his way to discredit you?
    I’m not discounting the magnitude of colourism in society but I also do not understand why hard work must be belittled either. I hate the way some black people attribute success or the lack of it to skin color. I think it’s lazy and defeatist!
    The sad thing is that Matthew Knowles doesn’t realize that he is discrediting his own hard work. Matthew worked his butt off to ensure that his daughters made it and now here he is; attributing all the results of his hard work to skin color.

    • Mawi

      February 9, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Of course hard work and talent remain the most important factors in every industry, including entertainment. What we are saying is that LOOKS are major factors! All those names u listed at the top most likely wouldn’t get signed to labels in the first place if they weren’t ‘pretty’ and light skinned. For u to be taken seriously as a dark skinned girl, particularly in entertainment, u must possess mad, undeniable talent e.g. Ella Fitz, Asa, India Arie, Oprah. These are women with obvious, undeniable raw talent. However, I can’t say same for all those u listed at the top but they were given a chance! and those doors have been opened for them. Dark skinned girls with such lower levels of talent (sorry) wouldn’t be considered in the first place.

      Entertainment is mostly about image. Whether we accept it or not, society sees fair skin as better so it will always be a major factor. If this same society tilts towards dark skin tomorrow, we will suddenly see an influx of dark skinned women in entertainment. It is how it is.

  3. Lilo

    February 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Papa knows best. Colorist is real…

  4. Oriana

    February 8, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    One thing is undeniably true and that is her beauty was a huge factor in her successs. Anybody that comes with that hardworking bla bla and excludes that her beauty plus her father and husband’s influence played a HUGE amount in her success is lying from the pits. It is nothing against her though it just the way life is. I don’t know if that is gooid or bad

  5. Mawi

    February 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    This is an issue that is so glaringly present in our world. Yet whenever I bring it up on this blog, I get attacked for saying that the world (most men and women) consider fair ladies as more attractive. People with see truth and still be in denial. Smh..

    • Osa

      February 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Dont mind them. Fools!

  6. GYOnlineNG.COM

    February 8, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    The bitter truth..

  7. Iya ibeji

    February 8, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    I accept that colourism exists but I strongly believe that hardwork is what made Beyonce not her fair skin. Viola Davis is as dark as they come and isn’t even beatiful in the conventional sense, she has come far and is being celebrated despite her colour, so is Oprah Winfrey, and many other dark skinned women.
    Beyonce is not necessarily the most talented destiny child star, but when they all went silent after they split, this woman was in our face, working hard to remain relevant. So please lets not make her success and hard work about her skin tone.

    • Iya ibeji

      February 8, 2018 at 10:57 pm


    • Chioma Sylvia Okoye

      February 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

      I agree

    • HOPE

      February 9, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Do you know how long it took Viola Davis? Remember she has talent that equals that of best actresses of all time. Yet, it is only in the past few years and well into her age, did she start getting the required recognition. Now, compare her to fairer and white contemporaries. They have long received recognition before she did. She had to work twice as hard (and more) to get this. Imagine Halle Berry getting an Oscar before her.

    • Warrichic

      February 11, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Count the number of successful dark skinned women in the entertainment industry and compare it to the number of light-skinned women – Dark skinned women are less than 10%. There is no comparison! Just because A FEW dark skinned women were able to make it despite the struggles does not mean Colorism and discrimination does not exist!
      The truth is harsh and bitter

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