Mathew Knowles, father of American Singer Beyonce, says she is simply successful as a female musician because she has a light skin.
Mathew Knowles has been actively involved in the fight against racism and maintain that the issue is still a major plague affecting the American music industry. He believes his daughter’s rise in the industry is simply because her skin is light as a black woman.
Knowles who was Beyonce’s manger until 2011, was discussing how colourism affects aspiring artists trying to break into the mainstream. He argued that it’s ‘no accident’ that most black women played on the radio have ‘lighter skin in common’.
Speaking to Ebony magazine on his experiences of racism in the industry, he 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?
He also admitted that he thought former wife and Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, was white when he first met her, because ‘the shade of your Blackness was considered important’ when he was growing up. ‘In the deep South in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important.
‘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.’ Knowles previously managed Destiny’s Child and Solange Knowles.
Beyoncé welcomed twin Rumi and Sir Carter last summer with husband Jay-Z. The pair already share six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.