Kelly Rowland: Beyonce’s Mom Taught Me To Love My Dark “Chocolatey” Skin Color—Plus Fresh Links

Kelly Rowland is quite the toast of Hip Hop and R&B radio and even Tinsel Town, with her sultry voice and lyrics flooding airwaves and her bombshell body taking center stage as she worked as a celeb announcer in this year’s high-profile Academy Awards red carpet. But as confident as Kelly is in her music and appearances, the singer recently opened up to about her struggle to embrace her dark brown skin and the important role Tina Knowles, mom of her former Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyonce, played in helping her get comfortable in and love the skin she’s in:

You know what I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my chocolatiness. I don’t know if that’s a word, but I didn’t embrace my chocolate lifestyle. Just being a chocolate, lovely brown skin girl and being proud of that. I remember being out in the sun and I was trying to shield myself from the sun and [Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles] said, ‘Are you crazy?’ She said ‘You are absolutely gorgeous’ and she just told me how beautiful I was and how rare chocolate is and how gorgeous the skin is, all of this stuff. And I was just like ‘Yeah!’ Like a light went off and so and my mother had me sitting out in the sun a little more, just to be a little more chocolate. (

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6. Melissa Harris Perry sets it straight about the Harlem Shake (MSNBC)
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Happy reading, my lovelies—and have a fantastic weekend!

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Kelly was always the prettiest in the group but I’m sleep…..

  2. Exactly what @Elita said.

  3. I’m so glad Kelly had someone in her life to enforce the fact that she was/is beautiful. We should all love the skin color we were born with and it’s a shame that because of generational beliefs, racism and just plain ignorance that we don’t.

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