Beyonce’s dad says her career benefited from skin tone bias

Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles says his daughter’s career benefited from skin tone bias while Kelly Rowland’s suffered: ‘There’s a perception’

Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles believes that his daughter’s career benefited from skin tone bias while Kelly Rowland’s suffered.

The 67-year-old record executive appeared on Tuesday’s episode SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Show where he talked about ‘colorism’ in the music industry.

He said that he taught a college class that did its own research study in music which spanned 15 years and found that light-skinned black women fared better than darker-toned entertainers ‘overwhelmingly’ especially in the radio’s Top 40.

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Thoughts: Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles believes that his daughter’s career benefited from skin tone bias while Kelly Rowland’s suffered, as they are pictured together in September 2005

Knowles explained: ‘In the music industry there’s still segregation.

‘Programmers, especially at pop radio, have this imagery of what beauty looks like… If you look back even at Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened her to make her look lighter-complexioned.’

‘Because there’s a perception and a colorism: the lighter that you are, the smarter and more economically (advantaged)… There’s a perception all around the world about color — even with black folks, there’s a perception.’

Vision: The 67-year-old record executive appeared on Tuesday’s episode SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Show where he talked about ‘colorism’ in the music industry

The study found that artists who benefited included Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and of course Beyonce.

He was asked by the host if prejudice toward lighter tones had impact on the Queen Bey’s career to which Knowles honestly responded: ‘I think she would have had — I think it would’ve affected her success. 

‘And I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example. But you know, the great thing is, Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records. She just got off-script.’

‘I think it would’ve affected her success’: He said that he taught a college class that did its own research study in music which spanned 15 years and found that light-skinned black women fared better than darker-toned entertainers ‘overwhelmingly’ especially in the radio’s Top 40

Support system: Of Rowland Matthew said ‘Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia’

In addition to being Beyonce’s father, Mathew is the former manager of their group Destiny’s Child as her revealed back in April that a musical centered around the girl group is in the works. 

Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical’s will debut in the star’s hometown Houston, Texas sometime next year, according to TMZ.

Beyond that, Knowles says there are also plans for shows on Broadway, London’s West End as well as a world tour. 

Knowles, who is producing the project, says the musical is going to be an unvarnished look at the pop group’s journey to the top.

Theatrical: Beyonce’s father is producing a musical based on her group Destiny’s Child. Above the pair are seen in 2002

The production will be from Knowles’ perspective, also documenting his involvement in the music industry. Songs will be pulled from the Destiny’s Child catalog.

‘I want to pull back the curtain,’ said Knowles.

‘I feel it’s time to give the world an opportunity to hear, see and feel the victories and failures that I’ve had as a husband, father and manager who risked everything in pursuit of fulfilling dreams – those of mine and others.’

Taking the stage: Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical’s will debut in the star’s hometown Houston, Texas sometime next year

The former talent manager is collaborating with director Je’Caryous Johnson on the show.

‘I am ecstatic to be working with Mr. Knowles on the development of [the musical]’ said Johnson.

‘It is a unique and inspiring story that will fearlessly tackle hard truths, while bringing both vindication and healing to all who lived it. It’s fair, it’s real and it’s an absolute honor to know that Mr. Knowles trusts me to pen and produce such an iconic piece of American history.’

An inside look: The production will be from Mr. Knowles’ perspective

Formed in 1990, Destiny’s Child was one of the more successful girl groups of the 2000s. 

The group’s core members included Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Former members include LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Farrah Franklin.

After five albums, three Grammys and more than a few lineup changes the band stopped touring in 2006.

No word on if Beyonce has given the project the green light.

The Lemonade songstress and her father have had a rocky relationship.

Bey approved? No word on if Beyonce has given the project the green light

Mathew’s habitual infidelity lead the singer’s mom, fashion designer Tina Knowles (now Lawson), to divorce him in 2011, straining his relationship with his daughters.

After years of professional ups and downs, Beyoncé announced that she was officially severing professional ties to her father in 2011.

And while her hit Lemonade is largely said to be inspired by husband Jay-Z’s cheating, insiders also revealed that parts were inspired by her father’s relationship with mother Tina.

Rocky road: The Lemonade songstress and her father (above in 2005) have had a rocky relationship

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