Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, addressed the perceptions of pores and skin tone exterior of and even inside the African American group in an interview with SiriusXM, saying that his daughter’s profession was “affected” by her lighter pores and skin, and that the impact might need been the other for Future’s Youngster bandmate Kelly Rowland.
Within the interview with “The Clay Cane Present” on SiriusXM City View, Knowles stated he taught a school class that did its personal analysis research on “colorism” in music spanning a interval of 15 years and located that, “overwhelmingly,” light-skinned black girls fared higher than darker-toned divas, particularly at High 40 radio. Among the many beneficiaries of the perceived bias cited by Knowles or Cane have been Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.
“Within the music business there’s nonetheless segregation,” stated Knowles. “Programmers, particularly at pop radio, have this imagery of what magnificence seems to be like. … When you look again even at Whitney Houston, in the event you have a look at these images, how they lightened her to make her look lighter-complexioned … As a result of there’s a notion and a colorism: the lighter that you’re, the smarter and extra economically (advantaged)… There’s a notion all world wide about coloration — even with black of us, there’s a notion.”
Requested by Cane if that prejudice towards lighter tones had any influence on Beyonce’s profession, Knowles stated, “I feel she would have had — I feel it might’ve affected her success. And I take advantage of Kelly Rowland for instance. She’s an excellent instance. However you already know, the nice factor is, Kelly did distinctive exterior of America, particularly in Australia. Kelly offered over four million information. She simply bought off-script.”
Rowland has addressed the problem previously. In 2013, in an interview with Cnikky.com, she acknowledge a interval of insecurity about her look — even because it was coveted by a lot of her followers and admirers — and stated, “You already know what, I had nice girls in my life to assist me overcome that. I keep in mind I went by a interval the place I didn’t embrace my ‘chocolatiness.’” Rowland attributed her change of perspective partly to a dialog with Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles.