Unwilling to pretend that colorism doesn’t play a part in the way black women are treated in their day to day lives?
Rising to fame as the brains behind Destiny’s Child, Knowles’ once heavily guarded private life now finds itself up for public discussion now that the revered industry power player has revealed how internalised racism caused him to pursue Beyonce‘s mother.
That’s not all.
For, he also revealed why it’s time for all of us to listen to African-American artists who believe that their inability (or unwillingness) to lighten their hair and skin has blocked their path to levels reached by Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Beyonce herself.
When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ‘Don’t ever bring no nappy-head black girl to my house.'”
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 then went onto reveal that he faced the same self-hatred when he joined the historically black campus Fisk.
They had a colourism issue there.I was in the last class where they’d take out a brown paper bag and if you were darker than the bag, you could not get into Fisk. One day I had a breakthrough. I used to date mainly white women or very high-complexion black women that looked white… I had been conditioned from childhood. Within 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.
I actually thought when I met Tina that she was white. Later, I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her blackness.
When it comes to black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids, and what do they all have in common?
What do you make of Mathew’s accurate estimation?