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Beyoncé’s father and former manager Matthew Knowles doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that his daughter – alongside the likes of Mariah Carey and Rihanna – is taking over the music world.
Because, according to a new interview with Ebony, he thinks it’s all down to the color of their skin – more specifically, the lighter color.
“When it comes to black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio?” he asked the reporter at Ebony.
“Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids Beyoncé and Solange, and what do they all have in common?” he asked.
“They’re all lighter skinned,” the reporter replied.
“Do you think that’s an accident?” Knowles continued.
“Of course not”, the reporter replied, to which Knowles said, “so you get it!”
This interesting interview is a result of Matthew Knowles promoting his brand new book, Racism: From the Eyes of a Child.
In the book, he discusses his own perspective on race while growing up in the deep South, and also recounts some of the most racist moments in recent US history.
“In the deep South in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, the shade of your blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message,” he continued, before telling the reporter that he thought Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, was a white woman when he first met her…
“I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was white,” he said.
“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 eroticised 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.”
We think his book will be quite an interesting read.
What do you think of his comments? Do you agree that Queen Bey is the worldwide superstar she is because of the color of her skin?
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