Mathew Knowles talks Solange’s elevator attack on Jay-Z; reaffirms Beyoncé’s “light skin” success correlation

Beyoncé’s Chatty Patty daddy, Mathew Knowles, appears to believe Solange’s infamous elevator attack on Jay-Z was a “mistake.”

While chopping it up with Good Morning Britain today, the 66-year-old ex-Destiny’s Child manager carefully addressed his youngest Grammy Award winning daughter’s unforgettable 2014 assault on Queen Bey’s Roc Nation ruling husband during a Met Gala after party in New York.

When asked his reaction, as a parent, to Solange putting her paws on Jay following rumors of his infidelity, Mathew explained he finds it difficult to witness his kids make mistakes.

“It’s always hard for a parent to let go. I felt the same way when I was growing up, I didn’t want to be under my parents’ nest so I understand that,” he served. “Are they going to make mistakes? Absolutely. But mistakes are a reason to grow. I’m more concerned about the racism and colorism,” the music man-turned college professor-turned author added.

Pushing revelations found in his new book, Racism: From The Eyes Of A Child, Mathew went on to reinforce his contested belief that neither Beyoncé, Solange, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, nor Alicia Keys would enjoy the highest levels of pop cultural success if it weren’t for their light skin.

“I’ve been in the music industry for 25 years. When I made that statement, I was speaking specifically as our radio is in America,” he said.

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“We have urban radio and we have pop radio[…]If we look over the last ten years, and we look at colorism – which is discrimination based on the shade of colour – it’s a fact,” Mathew continued.

“It’s a fact that Beyoncé or any of the other artists, Alicia Keys, I can go on and on, a shade of color does make a difference in pop radio.”

In regards to whether Beyonce’s skin color made a difference to her overall career, he added, “When talking in my book, I’m speaking specifically in the US pop radio, which is majority white. That’s what pop radio is. It’s a cross over when most African American artists go from R&B urban radio to pop radio.”

Though clear that light skin isn’t the only factor in most leading pop artists’ success, Mathew noted that color does play a major role in their mass appeal.

“And that’s a fact. Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, JLo, all of those extremely talented. It would be just ludicrous to think that Beyoncé’s talent doesn’t take her above heights and levels, but it’s also true, absolutely, that colorism and shade of color is a fact. You can’t deny it. You can’t argue facts.”



By: Asia Grace

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