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Mathew Knowles said in an interview this week that if Beyonce were darker skinned, she probably wouldn’t have had the success she’s had. Mathew spoke on a study on colorism in the music industry he did. He discovered that a majority of the women who topped the charts over a 15-year period (like Rihanna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey) were light-skinned.

What about a darker-skinned singer like Whitney Houston? “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. 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.”

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