Beyoncé’s Father and Music Industry Leader Mathew Knowles to Speak at Cornell Panel

By: Samantha Stern,  The Cornell Daily Sun
September 18, 2018

A member of the famed Knowles family is coming to campus this month, but sorry Beyhive, it’s not Beyoncé.

On Sept. 27, Mathew Knowles, renowned music industry entrepreneur, public speaker and former manager to his daughters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, will visit Cornell to discuss his books in a panel discussion at the Africana Studies and Research Center.

A visiting professor at Texas Southern University, Knowles is the author of the best-selling book The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals as well as Racism From the Eyes of a Child.


He is also the founder, president and CEO of Music World Entertainment, “one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates” with global sales of records totaling over $300 million, according to his website.

“His impact as a professional in corporate America and on the music industry are well known,” Prof. Riché Richardson, African American literature, who will also participate in the panel, said in an email to The Sun. “His origins in the segregated South make such achievements all the more interesting for reflection.”

The panel will also include Prof. Marla Frederick, a professor of African and American studies and religion at Harvard University. Prof. Gerard Aching, Africana and Romance studies, will moderate.

The panel grew out of Richardson’s popular class American Studies 3355: Beyoncé Nation, which 67 students took last fall, The Sun reported

​Read the article in its entirety​ in The Cornell Sun.

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