Matthew Knowles: If Beyoncé Were Dark Skin, It Would Have Affected Her Success

Did Kelly Rowland's skin tone hinder her progress as a solo artist in America?

(AllHipHop News) Conversations about colorism in the entertainment industry date back for many decades. The topic of how dark-skin women are treated differently resurfaced recently when Tory Lanez was caught up in an alleged "publicity stunt" scandal involving a dark-skin model.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's father, Matthew Knowles, discussed colorism in the music business while on SiriusXM's The Clay Cane Show. The former manager of Destiny's Child admitted his superstar daughter likely benefited from her skin shade.

"I think it would have affected her success," replied Knowles when asked how Beyoncé's career may have been different if she were dark skin. "I use [Destiny's Child member] Kelly Rowland as a great example. The great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records.”

Knowles and Cane also talked about a Texas Southern University research study that supposedly found lighter-skinned female recording artists - such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey - got significantly more Top 40 airplay over a 15-year period than darker-skinned female artists.

"In the music industry, there’s still segregation. There used to be the black division, race records. 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," stated Knowles.

He continued, "If you look back, even like Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened her to make her look lighter complexion because there’s a perception in colorism - the lighter you are the smarter, the more economically... there's a perception all around the world about color, even with black folks, there’s a perception."

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