Mathew Knowles Says Beyonce’s Career Benefited From Her Lighter Complexion and Kelly Rowland’s Suffered

Mathew Knowles kept it all the way real about colorism in the music industry and how it affected both Beyoncé and groupmate Kelly Rowland.

via Variety:

In the interview with “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View, Knowles said he taught a college class that did its own research study on “colorism” in music spanning a period of 15 years and found that, “overwhelmingly,” light-skinned black women fared better than darker-toned divas, especially at Top 40 radio. Among the beneficiaries of the perceived bias cited by Knowles or Cane were Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

“In the music industry there’s still segregation,” said Knowles. “Programmers, especially at pop radio, have this imagery of what beauty looks like. … If you look back even at Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened her to make her look lighter-complexioned … Because there’s a perception and a colorism: the lighter that you are, the smarter and more economically (advantaged)… There’s a perception all around the world about color — even with black folks, there’s a perception.”

Asked by Cane if that prejudice toward lighter tones had any impact on Beyonce’s career, Knowles said, “I think she would have had — I think it would’ve affected her success. And I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example. But you know, the great thing is, Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records. She just got off-script.”

Rowland has addressed the issue in the past. In 2013, in an interview with Cnikky.com, she acknowledge a period of insecurity about her look — even as it was coveted by many of her fans and admirers — and said, “You know what, I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my ‘chocolatiness.’” Rowland attributed her change of attitude in part to a conversation with Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles.

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See The Trailer for Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Remake Starring Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, And Beyoncé

The teaser for Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ remake has arrived and I seriously can’t get over how amazing it looks!

The fact that James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa is EVERYTHING with Donald Glover taking on the voice of Simba and Beyoncé as Nala — the live-action cinematography is breathtaking.

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The film is scheduled to be released on July 19th, 2019.

Questlove Created A 300-Song Playlist for Michelle Obama’s Book Tour

Michelle Obama’s Becoming isn’t just a insanely successful memoir — but its also comes with an amazing 300-song soundtrack from The Roots drummer and curator, Questlove.

via Complex:

“Like a lot of people, I connect many of my memories with the songs and melodies I was listening to at the time,” Obama said in statement shared with Billboard. “From the jazz and Stevie Wonder of my childhood, to Prince and Earth, Wind & Fire as I came into my own as an adult, to Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, and so many others who provided the stirring backbeats of my time in the White House — music has always been a defining part of who I’ve become.

Obama went on to say that she was “thankful to Questlove for curating these playlists and infusing them with his signature style.” 

“Life’s a little better when we live it to Questlove’s beat,” she said.

The whole thing is called The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy and it’s playing at Obama’s book tour events all over the country. If you can’t make it out to see Obama speak,Musiaqualogy is available on Spotify.  The playlist comes in three volumes, split by era. Volume One runs from 1964-1979. Volume Two covers 1980-1997. Volume Three spans 1997-2018. The first two playlists are meant to be played in order. True to its time period, the 1997-2018 playlist is meant to be played on shuffle. 

Cardi B Talks Fashion + Why She Chose Fashion Nova to Partner With For A Collection

Cardi B is getting ready to launch her highly-anticipated collection for Fashion Nova and she recently spoke to Business of Fashion on why she chose to partner with fashion brand.

via BoF:

“They are always loyal to me. It’s like a friendship now,” she said of the bodycon clothing line that churns out 1,000 new items a week. “I’m also really proud of them. Their brand has sold so much, and I have sold so much at the same time and it’s like, ‘Yay, we did it!’ We both did it at the same time.”

Her collection, which goes on sale November 15, comes at a time when Fashion Nova’s popularity may just rival the rapper’s. According to a Piper Jaffray survey last week, Fashion Nova was the sixth most popular e-commerce site among upper-income teens, beating out brands including Forever 21, Lululemon and Adidas.

Since launching as an e-commerce site in 2013, Fashion Nova has managed to harness a lightning-in-a-bottle type of hype, fueled primarily by a network of prolific micro influencers who post photos of themselves wearing the curve-hugging clothing on Instagram. That, coupled with the constant flow of new product that Richard Saghian, chief executive of Fashion Nova calls “ultra fast fashion,” has catapulted the company into the top tier of online retail.

But the exposure and success has drawn competitors, who are taking a page out of the Fashion Nova playbook, as well as complaints from customers about fit and quality. As the marketplace becomes more saturated, the brand is looking to prove it can do more than churn out an endless series of disposable — and easily imitated — dresses, pants and tops.

Enter Cardi B. True to form, the rapper is as candid about her relationship with the brand (she has previously stated that she receives $20,000 a month to wear the label and promote it on social media) as she is her plastic surgery and personal life. But though she was among Fashion Nova’s earliest fans, recently, she’s worn Moschino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang for events ranging from the Grammys to the Met Ball and New York Fashion Week. She’s following fellow female R&B stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé who have had success with their break into fashion, expanding their brand and sartorial influence into their own lingerie and streetwear lines, respectively.

No doubt the impressive lineup of designers clamoring to dress Cardi B has only bolstered the Fashion Nova brand, which she continues to wear with the same frequency she does high-end items. Cardi B’s collection, the first celebrity collaboration for Fashion Nova, comes at a time when there is a seemingly perfect storm of her popularity and a growing appetite for authenticity and inclusivity among consumers.

The line will consist of 80 looks ranging from junior to curve, with an average price point of $40, including suiting, blouses, dresses, outerwear, denim, knitwear and accessories. In designing the collection, Cardi B said her goal was to create clothing that would blur the lines between expensive and inexpensive, with a focus on quality fabric and fit.

Every little detail to me matters,” Cardi B said. “I want to make these women look so happy — so radiant, sexy, so corporate and poppin’. I want them to look like they’re wearing Gucci and Prada, but they’re not, they’re wearing my line.”

The pre-launch promotion stays true to Fashion Nova’s roots — relying on influencers to spread the word — but on a vastly amplified stage. Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, has been teasing her forthcoming collaboration with Fashion Nova on social media for several months in the same manner that she evangelizes the brand on Instagram, whether she’s wearing it head-to-toe or paired with Christian Louboutin boots and a Balenciaga bag.

Fashion Nova will have a launch event in Los Angeles starting November 14 at 8pm, featuring musical performances and drumming up even more excitement for the collection launch which happens at midnight. The event will be livestreamed for fans anywhere to watch, but the brand also has plans for a “Party with Cardi” online sweeps in which 10 customers will be flown out for the event. Shoppers will be able to purchase in real time when the collection goes live at midnight, November 15.

“Because Cardi styles our product with high end luxury brands such as Gucci and Givenchy, we will be able to slowly dissolve the perceived separation between ‘high-end’ and ‘cheap’ clothes and make trendy fashion accessible to everyone,” said Saghian in an email. “This will really resonate to a wide consumer base who essentially want it all; it doesn’t have to be one way or the other anymore.”

Read more via Business of Fashion.

Beyonce Pays Tribute To Toni Braxton

Beyonce paid tribute to living legend Toni Braxton by dressing up as ‘Phoni Braxton’ and recreating the artwork

Beyoncé also left a sweet note honoring Toni and wishing her followers a Happy Halloween.

Sending love and adoration to one of our talented legends. Thank you for the countless bops. Your tone, your beauty, your range, and your God-given talent is treasured. Loving you always. Have a Happy Halloween my Kings and Queens.”

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Beyonce And LeToya Luckett Reunite At OTR II In Texas 

Beyoncé got to see an familiar face at her Texas show on Tuesday night.

During the ‘On the Run II Tour’ stop in Arlington, former Destiny’s Child group member LeToya Luckett-Walker stopped by to show support to Bey & Jay.

LeToya posted a sweet picture to social media on Wednesday

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Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, also shared the photo and congratulated Luckett-Walker on her pregnancy.

“Congratulations LeToya you are gonna be the best mommy,” she wrote.