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In a recent interview with Ebony, Matthew said:

“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 Minaj, my kids [Beyoncé and Solange]” he said, pointing out that they all have lighter skin in common.

Mathew also admitted that when he was young, “deeply ingrained colorism” led him to only date white or light-skinned black women.

“I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife (Beyoncé’s mum) that she was White,” Mathew said.

“Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness.”

“I had been conditioned from childhood,” he admitted. “With eroticised rage, there was actual rage in me as a Black man, and I saw the White female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back. There are a lot of Black men of my era that are not aware of this thing.”

Beyoncé’s Father Says She Wouldn’t Be As Popular If She Wasn’t Light Skin was originally published on

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