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Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles say’s his daughter’s career has benefited from her lighter skin. He addressed the perceptions of skin tone outside of and even within the African American community in an interview. Mathew went on to say that his daughter’s career was “affected” by her lighter skin, and that the effect might have been the opposite for Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland.

Mathew who 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.

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