Mathew Knowles Clarifies Saying Beyoncé Wouldn't Be So Successful If She Had Darker Skin + Writing A Tell-All Book About Destiny’s Child

February 17, 2018 10:01 AM

Monya Fleming

Senior Contributor

Mathew Knowles is currently promoting his new book and recently raised eyebrows when he told Ebony magazine that his daughters' lighter skin gave them a leg up in the music industry. Mathew has now clarified his comments.

During his interview with Ebony, Mathew caused a little controversy when discussing colorism in the music business. He stated, "Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids — and what do they all have in common? They’re all lighter skinned. Do you think that’s an accident?"

Knowles is now backtracking on his statement in a new interview with PageSix TV. Mathew stated that his book, Racism From the Eyes of a Child, is simply his point of view and it's not about Beyonce or Solange. 

Mathew explained, "My life is based on this book of getting a broad range of people to begin dialogue about racism. My daughters are mentioned once in this book. This book is not about my daughters. This book is about how I feel and the road that I’m sharing with the audience of racism and how it affected me."

He went on to add that he never talked about colorism with his daughters or the ladies from Destiny's Child. He explained it wasn't "a conversation that I thought they needed to be a part of."
Knowles new book discusses his experience with race relations growing up in Gadsden, Alabama. He said, "I wanted people to begin dialogue about racism, about colorism. I wanted people to really become honest about our beliefs, about racism and how it exists in America today."

Mathew said, "People are smart enough to know that they are of the same shade of skin, I think we all know that. I don’t think I had to say it … I don’t want us to get colorism as the main topic of this book. It’s not even a chapter. I talk about it in various chapters, but this book is about racism. It’s not about black people on black people."

In his previous interview with Ebony magazine, Mathew revealed that his mother used to warn him not to be bringing a "nappy-head black girl" home.  

Knowles also discussed how his upbringing led to him seeking out lighter skinned black women and white women. 

He explained, "I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing-one day I had a breakthrough-that I used to date mainly white women or very high-complexion black women that looked white."

Mathew even claimed, "I actually thought when I met Tina [Knowles-Lawson], my former wife, that she was white. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her blackness."

Knowles also revealed that his next book will be about managing Destiny's Child. 

He shared, "My fourth book — which is ‘Destiny’s Child: The Untold Story’ — will be [released] maybe the end of this year or first of next year … [There will be] a lot of interviews [with] people who were really there."

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