Nope, we are not talking about skin acne but rather skin color. Kelly tells Essence magazine that while growing up she was very self conscious about her skin color until Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s Mama, told her how beautiful she was. Kelly laments the problems of being a brown sista and the theory that too dark women cannot sell magazines or music. I agree that there has always been a rule for magazines not to put brown women on their covers for fear they wouldn’t sell, but that wasn’t the case with music, until recently. Remember the 80′s produced Janet Jackson, Anita Baker, Stephanie Mills and Whitney Houston.
It wasn’t until the mid to late 90′s when music videos became the main way in which artists were promoted and music told, that the powers that be decided that beauty trumped talent and with Black folk that meant color, or the lack of, trumped talent because you know when you are Black and female color and beauty are often thought to go hand in hand.
This of course does not mean Kelly can’t get a magazine cover or sell any records because she is brown skin. Some think Kelly’s problems are managment and material related. Who knows? But personally, I think that even if Kelly did have the right management, material and wasn’t considered Beyonce’s boring back up singer, she still wouldn’t sell any records because like polka dots and Kwame, brown skin girls are as welcome in the music industry as Michael Vick is at a Peta convention.