Beyoncé’s dad said her light skin helped her career.
“When it comes to Black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaji, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common?” Matthew Knowles stated in Ebony Magazine.
Knowles opened up about his experience with colorism growing up in the south and admitted he married Tina Knowles Lawson because he thought she was white.
“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.”
Knowles is a professor at Texas Southern University and author of Racism: From the Eyes of a Chlid.”
Colorism is a prejudice that prefers one skin tone over another — and in most cases the preferred skin tone airs on the lighter side. Colorism unfortunately remains prominent within many communities, and dark-skinned representation is seriously lacking. Women in magazines will sometimes be photo shopped to have lighter skin tones — which adds to this false correlation between beauty and whiteness.