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Mathew Knowles father of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles has seen many things in his life time. Living through school integrations as a child to the ever-changing industry of music. His new book, Racism From The Eyes Of A Child, has struck a chord with the public for fiery commentary alluding to the skin tone of his daughters being the reason for his success.

“They are included when you look at the Mariah Carey‘s, the Rihanna‘s, and  Alicia Keys‘. You know I’ve been in this business 25 years Tom. And you’ve been in it also,” explained Knowles. “I was talking specifically about crossing over to top 40 pop music. In order to be uber successful you have to crossover.”

When talking about racism in his book, Knowles uses Solange’s album as a source for understanding.

“Each and every one of us experience racism,” explains Knowles. “If you listen closely to Solange’s album she talks about when she gets to the gate at home and has to go through all this explanation and pulling out drivers license to get through the gates. Her album is just about that.”

Knowles has talked much to the media about his telling him not to marry a Black woman and what that did to him.

“I talk again in the book. I talk about my mom once said, ‘Don’t ever bring home no Black nappy head woman,'” says Knowles.  “And you know I quote her. And that’s lived with me and a lot of men have heard their parents say that.”



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7 thoughts on “Mathew Knowles’ New Book Goes Deep Into Racism & Music

  1. African American Woman on said:

    SO, you mean I spent the last 41 years being light skinned for no reason! I can hold a tune-I’m no Whitney Houston but hey, but I am single (I’ve only been with BM who did not treat me well) and have a regular job…What’s up with this? Anyway, my ideal BM is over 6ft, dark chocolate with a nice smile…Where are the good brothers? I don’t think they are in Pa!

  2. leadjustone on said:

    Well Matthew, it looks like you followed your mama’s advice about whom to marry. Then, you proceeded to treat your wife like trash. Guess, you missed the little talk about respecting your marriage vows. Having said that, he has a point about lighter skin being helpful for women in the entertainment industry. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, he is right.

  3. John Worthy on said:

    His comments about his mother are interesting. Nowadays unless your over 6 feet tall and light skin with green eyes Black women wont give you the time of day. Regardless of the # of degrees and despite ho “nice” or how much of a “real” man you are.

    • John, you got to be kidding me. Please, it is very easy to find black women with dark skinned men. And even when a black woman date a man outside her race, Majority of those black women have been married to a black man, have children with a black man, or been engaged to a man (and those are not light skinned black men either most of the time) so still, black women put black men first (it has been proven most black women prefer black men and do not wan t to date outside). But lets also remember, MAJORITY of blacks still marry and date each other but when it come to “color” when it does occur, black men are more color struck than any one

  4. This interview was interesting and sad to hear a so call black mother/woman say a black woman is not worthy of having a Blackman love her; and that she herself was not worthy. I resent black men that marry WW, or women of mixed race but when it’s what they are taught what do you do? With the Black Panther movie, I do not care what it’s effect is I refuse to support BM that are with WW, or women of mixed race.

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