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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Michelle Williams Reveals How Her Battle with Depression Almost Ended Her Relationship With Chad Johnson Twice

Michelle Williams’ battle with depression often affects her relationship with Chad Johnson, causing the couple to break up twice in a span of several months.

via Page Six:

The Destiny’s Child singer first ended her engagement weeks after Johnson popped the question in March, then again just before she checked herself into a mental health facility in July, according to People.

“I thought I was over depression, I thought, ‘I’m good!’ I’ve got love, I’m working out,” the 38-year-old star told the publication. “But I was so angry. The rage built up in me. I did not attempt suicide, but I was questioning [life].”

Having recognized the signs of depression from earlier in her career, she began noticing a change around the time of Coachella in April.

“The entire year we were rehearsing every day for hours,” the Gospel singer added. “I was burying it, and before you knew it, I was looking up out of the pit like, ‘Oh my God.’”

During the rocky months, Williams apparently tried to cut Johnson out of the picture, but he stayed on board supporting her the entire way.

“I would’ve understood [if he left],” Williams explained. “He’s been praying for a wife. He didn’t pray for a depressed wife.”

Today, their relationship is moving forward and they are undergoing premarital counseling while she continues her own private counseling.

“People fall off the fitness wagon, people fall off the wellness wagon, but I can’t fall off the [therapy] wagon,” the star reiterated. “I have to get healed to live this happy life.”

LeToya Luckett Reveals Gender Of What She’s Having

It’s a girl!

LeToya Luckett posted on Instagram sharing photos from her gender reveal party.

“She’s already become the light of my life. Mommy & Daddy can’t wait to meet you baby girl! [flower emojis] #IssaGurl,” she captioned a photo of herself carrying pink balloons.

Back in June, it I reported that LeToya is expecting her first child with husband Tommicus Walker.

See the reveal below

Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams Checks Into A Mental Health Facility For Depression

Michelle Williams has been very open and honest about her battle with depression in the past, however the Destiny’s Child singer knows this struggle is ongoing so she checked herself into a mental health facility.

Letoya Luckett Is Pregnant!

Six months after saying ‘I Do’ in front of family and friends,LeToya Luckett and Tommicus Walker are pregnant! In an adorable video from the former Destiny Child’s singer’s step-daughter, Madison, the couple announced the news on Instagram this morning!

Peep the cutest announcement below

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BIG NEWS from MADISON ❤️

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Beyoncé Announces Scholarships for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Just days after her epic Coachella performance, Beyoncé announced the four new schools benefiting from the second installment of the BeyGOOD Initiative’s Homecoming Scholars Award program (previously the Formation Scholars Award program).

One student from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University, will receive $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

via Rolling Stone:

Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD, said the program salutes “the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” She added, “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

Beyoncé established the scholarship in April 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of her 2016 visual LP, Lemonade. While the first year spotlighted young women, the 2018-2019 year will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender.

The associated disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. Applicants must maintain a 3.5 or better GPA. The four universities will select all finalists and winners, with recipients announced this summer.

Beyoncé honored the history of HBCUs during her headlining Coachella set on Saturday, incorporating over 150 musicians and dancers – including a marching band and choir – into her detailed set, which also included guest spots from Jay Z, Solange and her former Destiny’s Child members.

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LeToya Luckett Is A Married Woman! 

According to Essence , The singer and her fiancé, Dallas-based entrepreneur Tommicus Walker, tied the knot on Sunday evening in a lavish ceremony in Austin, TX.
 
The intimate wedding was held at Villa Antonia, a sprawling mansion in the canyons of the Texas Hill Country

“Vera Wang graciously allowed me to add a few touches to my dress as my own addition,”

Eudoxie Bridges, the bride’s best friend and wife to rapper Ludacris, served as one of two matrons-of-honor and the groom’s brothers, Tamarcus Joe Walker and Treoun Walker, were the best men.
 
Luckett’s bridesmaids wore long black gowns in varied styles for the occasion. The wedding was a black tie affair with a deep red, white and black color theme.
 
The couple’s celebrity guest list included Ludacris, Tank and Michelle Williams. Tank sang “At Last” as Luckett walked down the aisle to meet her groom. Luckett’s former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Latavia Roberson, was also in attendance to support her good friend on her big night.

Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Walker!

Photos: Sterling Photography