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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Kelly Rowland Stuns In A Maria Lucia Hohan Dress

Kelly Rowland wore a Maria Lucia Hohan dress to Tank and Zena’s wedding

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Kelly Rowland , Meagan Good and Keri Hilson Starring in New Lifetime Movie, ‘THE 10TH DATE’

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It looks like some of my favorite ladies in Hollywood are working on a Lifetime movie together

According to Variety, Lifetime has given the green light on a new romantic film called “The 10th Date.”

The romantic comedy stars Kelly Rowland as Margot, Meagan Good as Gabby, Keri Hilson as Billie and Kellee Stewart as Nell. The film will follow the four friends as they embark on the journey to find the perfect guy while fulfilling their career aspirations at a popular website.

The two-hour film will show the ladies going through the ups and downs to dating and romance, after being inspired by the relationship advice column from their jobs website.

Other well-known names a part of the film include actor Brandon T. Jackson, “So You Think You Can Dance” host,” Cat Deeley and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

Nzingha Stewart wrote the films screenplay and will also serve as director and executive producer, along with Wendy Finerman and Lisa Zupan.

Filming for the project has already begun, and is expected to continue until mid-October, with a premiere date coming in 2017.