Mathew Knowles Bares All On Colorism, Beyonce & More On British Television

Published: Tuesday 13th Feb 2018 by David

Mathew Knowles is keen to address how the treatment of black women historically has led to their erasure (or lightening) in Pop culture.

How he’s doing it? With a new book named ‘Racism: From the Eyes of a Child’ in which he bares all on how his difficult childhood informed his view on black women and the direction he encouraged Beyonce to go in as she sought superstardom.

His latest promotional stop? ‘Good Morning Britain.’


We have urban radio and we have pop radio. When we look at pop radio we can look, I don’t use Beyoncé or Solange my younger daughter, I really talk about Mariah Carey and others, Rihanna, that it’s just a known fact, if we look over the last ten years, and we look at colourism – which is discrimination based on the shade of colour – it’s a fact.

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

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  1. Meme February 13, 2018

    Papa gat to eat. Rihanna dad did the same thing when she cut the plug on his finances. I can’t say wouldn’t do the same.

    • China February 13, 2018

      Matthew needs a break, from a S** clinic Stay, to Vegas Hookers…..he’s a mess and a pill head per TMZ

  2. Meme February 13, 2018

    But on another Beyonce wrong for having h r dad out here struggling. As horrible a person Matthew is, Beyonce still owe him for h r success. I don’t know a single black dad that will give up his 6 figure job to dedicate his life to making his daughter a star. You just don’t see that in own community.

    • MsYonce February 13, 2018

      You don’t know what Beyoncé and Solange give him so sit.. I’m sure Matthew’s messy ass is doing just fine

      • Meme February 13, 2018

        How do you know what I know bish? Do you know me?

        It’s widely known that Beyonce cut off all financial support of her dad while gives her mother an abundance.

    • MsYonce February 13, 2018

      “It’s widely known that Beyonce cut off all financial support” lool according to who? You? Everyone knows that Bey fired him as her manager that’s all we know. I do THINK both Bey and Solange still make sure he’s stable financially. I agree about Tina tho she gets more but she deserves it

      • Meme February 13, 2018

        Beyonce didn’t just fire matthew, Beyonce cut him off completely at point, I think this was around the time he had the outside baby. Beyonce went a very long time without speaking to her dad yet alone support him financially. Matthew was out her selling “become the next Beyonce” classes for $100. When you have a 500million network daughter, that you made a star, you shouldn’t have to be selling $100 classes.

    • Realtalk February 13, 2018

      Beyonce don’t owe her father nothing but respect of being her dad. She paid him well and he still stole much from her when he was her manager. Life goes on and now she has a family that she is responsible for, her 3 children and if her dad stole large amounts of money from her and also receive 15/20 % from being her manager and now he’s broke from being unwise sorry for him. Beyonce is not obligated to take care of her dad because he quit his 6 figure job to manager her, he was paid very well.

    • Jasmine February 13, 2018

      Beyonce did not cut him out of anything. Matthew owns the copyright to most of Destiny’s Child merchandise, music, etc. Matthew makes plenty money off of the Destiny’s Child brand. He also makes royalties off of a young Beyonce solo artist brand. Beyonce now manages herself through Parkwood entertainment. She is a grown woman and does not need to live under her father’s thumb.

      • ??? February 13, 2018

        Lmfao you dumb roaches still think that h0 manages herself? Lmfaooo

      • Jasmine February 14, 2018

        ??? How dare you speak to Princess Jasmine like that. Humble yourself and bow down to the Princess you pigeon b|tch. I don’t tolerate name calling you ugly j******.

  3. MsYonce February 13, 2018

    I see why Beyoncé doesn’t tell him anything he talks to much… I get what he’s saying about colorism in the industry but he likes tooo much attention.. He uses Beyonce’s name for attention like go away Matthew. Ever notice how he rarely ever talks about Solange. He barely acknowledges Solange its always Bey cause he knows he’ll get the attention he’s seeking.

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  5. Jamie February 13, 2018

    I can honestly agree with him, and it’s good that he’s doing it because if it really proves to be true (which it is), it’s up to Pop to change their discriminatory ways.

  6. BrandywasNeverLegenday February 13, 2018

    Ok but did he lie though ?
    Pop music is White as f*** and only the light skinned gwarls are considered “pop”

    Dont Believe ask the Urban gwarls like SZA , Brandy , Jazmine Sullivan…hell Kelly Rowland for damn sure can give us POP but theyll never treat her like a pop star.

    Werent yall the same ones up in arms about that afro latina chick on love and hip hop? But now colorism doesnt exist because it envolves Beyonce.

    Ch yall choosey

    • Chileplease (the first and only bih) February 13, 2018

      Brandy, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige all had extreme pop
      Success and none are considered light skinned.

      Mariah Beyonce and Rihanna are the only 3 that I can think of that are light that had major success. So what is Matt (and you) talking about? If anything it’s a black vs white thing more than a light vs dark thing. He’s just trying to stir the pot. Right now no black girls are really making noise on the pop charts except Rihanna (barely) and Beyonce. They just happen to have light skin.

      • ??? February 13, 2018

        Lmao Rihanna makes constant noise on the pop charts. Roach is nonexistent on the charts unless shes piggybacking off a white mans hit, so being light skinned doesn’t help her that much lmfaooo

  7. Stephy February 13, 2018

    Beyonce has his round head and full face shape.

    • Stephy February 13, 2018

      She also has his ears. Everything is Tina Knowles; eyes, lips, complexion, nose..

    • Meme February 13, 2018

      Yeah she does. She doesn’t have Tina’s sharp features but def resembles both of them.

  8. SMH February 13, 2018

    I don’t understand why he keeps using Mariah Carey as an example. She hasn’t been played on pop radio for the last 10-15 years.

    • IAMME February 13, 2018

      And she’s half white…

      • Stephy February 13, 2018

        He’s talking about racially ambiguous R&B-Pop acts.

    • KELLY February 13, 2018

      pressed much

    • Stephy February 13, 2018

      Mariah Carey has been played on pop radio heavily in the last 15 years, where the f*** have you been?

      • ??? February 13, 2018

        Lmfaooo hes talking about CURRENT pop radio not the oldies station. mariah only gets played on current radio once a year with the rest of the generic holiday music lmfaooo. lmfaooo.

      • Stephy February 13, 2018

        No, he’s talking about in general. 10 – 15 years is NOT current. We Belong Together is still the biggest radio impression air-played song in America – for a female act in the last 15 years.

    • Cora February 13, 2018

      Everytime he mentions Mariah I am scratching my head. She’s not relevant when it comes to radio. She prolly comes up bcuz she’s one of the first examples of a bi racial artist in recent times.

      • Cora February 13, 2018

        Last time Maiah got play was in 2005. It ‘s been more than a dozen years.

      • Stephy February 13, 2018

        No, the last time Mariah’s last #1 hit was in 2008, last top 10 was last year… so she definitely gets airplay since 2005.

  9. ???? February 13, 2018

    lmao papa roach needs to stfu already. roach’s light skinned and the b*tch still hasn’t hit 20 million total U.S. albums sales after 15 years solo lmao. her skin tone only helps her hype machine lmfaoooo.

  10. ???? February 13, 2018

    lmao roach hasnt had a number one hit in over a decade, and her singles always flop on the hot 100. so how exactly is being light skinned helping her? asking for a friend lmfaoooo

  11. Puh-leeeeeeease February 13, 2018

    how about what he’s saying is true and even though we know this already….the crossover success of Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and Rihanna is due to them being light skinned and/or racially ambiguous…prime example Mariah Carey especially in her heyday.

  12. On The Bright Side February 13, 2018

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  13. Theman February 13, 2018

    You people are idiots. MC gets played annually during Xmas. That is still pop airplay. She had some radio success with ‘Beautiful’ & ‘TMB’ & ‘Obsessed’ were huge pop hits as well for someone with great great longevity. He’s also speaking about radio success in their careers period. Heck, even with Beyoncé most her recent radio success stems from urban/rhythmic. But she has had some nice pop hits on pop. Delusional folks lol…

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