WATCH: Mathew Knowles Speaks On Colourism, Solange & Jay-Z’s Infamous Elevator Fight And Beyoncé’s Marital Troubles

February 18, 2018 7:42 AM

Elliah Dash-Stell

Feature Writer

Mathew Knowles just seems like a coattail-rider.

Like, sure he managed his daughter for years, but they have reportedly not been close for ages, so he really needs to stop talking about her all the time.

He recently stirred the gossip pot by claiming that Bey wouldn’t have been so successful if she didn’t have a lighter skin tone. This is all to promote his new book, Racism: From the Eyes of a Child, by the way.

"I challenge my students at Texas Southern to think about this. When it comes to Black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyoncé and Solange], and what do they have in common?" 

The interviewer had then responded, "They're all lighter skinned", to which Mathew agreed.

He also shared that he was unaware that his ex-wife, Tina, was NOT white when they first met, as well as shining some light on the way he was raised.

"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. And this had a lasting effect. I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White... I had been conditioned from childhood."

Well, he just appeared on “Good Morning Britain" to talk more about...things.

#mathewknowles has a lot to say about #colourism in the entertainment industry. Do you guys think he’s right? Share your thoughts in the comments section

The host, Kate Garraway asked him what he made of Bey’s relationship troubles in the past few years.

(He previously popped up on “The Breakfast Club,” to assure fans that the rumored marital woes - including the Solange & Jay Z elevator fight were all some type of publicity stunt, a way for Jay Z and Beyoncé to drum up ink for their On The Run tour, which is just...a really odd move.)

“I feel very, very calm about this and comfortable. Both Solange and Beyoncé were given the tools that they need to be successful. Are they going to make mistakes? Absolutely. But mistakes are an opportunity to grow.”

“It’s always hard for a parent to let go. I felt the same way when I was growing up, I didn’t want to be up under my parents’ nest as I got older. That’s only natural. I think all of us have experienced that with our parents so I understand that.”

Bringing it back around to his book (of course), he stated that he has other concerns for his daughters.

“I’m more concerned about what’s going to happen to them when we look at racism and colorism around the world – that’s my concern.”

Watch it for yourself:

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