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Coming Soon: An Exclusive Feature on Mathew Knowles


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By Black Men In

April 5, 2016

Mathew Knowles is best known as Beyoncé’s father and former manager. After managing his daughter’s career since the days of Destiny’s Child, Knowles was released from his duties in 2011.  Over the past few years Knowles has been in the news with a focus on his personal life.  There have been numerous reports about Knowles and mistresses, paternity tests for children, a divorce, court appearances for child support and more.  If you want to read more about the salacious details of Mathew Knowles’ personal life you need to visit another website.  Our focus will be on Mathew Knowles – the man loves to give back to his community and the man who was successful before Destiny’s Child.

Knowles was a very successful executive at Xerox Corporation before he quit to manage his daughter and her friends and turned them into the top-selling group Destiny’s Child.  Our focus will be on Mathew Knowles, the man many music industry insiders believe is this generation’s Berry Gordy, Jr. Now that’s high praise.

In a press release today, Mathew Knowles was selected as a 2016 CERCL distinguished visiting lecturer.  Alongside the many trails he has blazed in the entertainment industry, there are just as many running throughout the halls of academia, where Knowles has deep roots as a scholar and instructor. As a 1974 graduate of Fisk University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, he was later bestowed the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from his Alma mater in 2008. Knowles has taught at Fisk University and the last eight years at Texas Southern as a visiting professor in the School of Communication in the Entertainment, Recording, Management (ERM) degree program, the only of its type in the US as well as Media Entertainment on a graduate school level. He also holds a MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture from Cornerstone Christian Bible College.


Knowles has been a popular keynote speaker and guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and various organizations nationwide for many years including Rice University, University of Southern California, Berklee College of Music, The Learning Annex, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Billboard Music & Money Symposium, The Power of Diversity Leadership Panel Discussion, E Women’s Network and numerous others.

On Saturday April, 9, 2016 Houston’s own Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning-CERCL will be connecting him to his adopted city of Houston, Texas, which he has consistently supported with resources for empowerment-from entertainment to information and infrastructure for over three decades. For his efforts, he was named the “2007 International Executive of the Year” by the Greater Houston Partnership, and was honored by the City of Houston with the declaration of “Mathew Knowles Day” among other accolades.

Knowles released a book several months ago (The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals)The book was an Amazon #1 best-seller even before its official release.  The 10 traits of successful people identified by Knowles are:  Passion, Work Ethics, Vision, Risk-Takers, Team Building, Talk-To-Do Ratio, Planning, Learning from Failure, Giving Back, and Thinking Outside the Box. 

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As a part of their own committed community outreach, CERCL (formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education-the HERE Project), will be hosting Knowles as their 2016 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. In this exclusive engagement for the Rice Community only, the Grammy Award winning label executive will present the “Entrepreneurship – The DNA of Achievers: Developing Your Skills and Talents” seminar in a special engagement. Known for its community engagement, including their renowned leadership lecture series; CERCL strives to develop initiatives, events, and activities that connect with the citizens of Houston. Under the direction of Founding Director, Anthony B. Pinn (Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies), the center sponsors a series of lectures by iconic leaders from within media, entertainment, business, and academia-all free and open to the larger Houston community.

Our feature on Mathew Knowles will focus on his impact in the music business, an entrepreneur and other unknown aspects that have made him successful on multiple levels.  Under his leadership, his company Music World Entertainment grew into one of the world’s leading conglomerates, with record sales exceeding 300 million.  Clearly, Knowles has become a “student of the game” when it comes to identifying and developing talent.  Mathew Knowles is a self-made entrepreneurial success story.  He became one of the world’s top entertainment managers and executives in the music industry, a best-selling author and a role-model to many in his community.  His reach is world wide through his company’s GRAMMY® Award-winning artists and tremendous business acumen.

Mathew Knowles and Destiny


Music World Music was founded by Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. He is are-visiting professor at Texas Southern University and is a popular keynote speaker and guest lecturer at colleges, universities and various organizations around the country. Knowles has garnered countless awards for his achievements in business and within the music industry, including an MTV Video Music Award, the Century Award of Excellence (1911-2011) from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the 2011 Living Legends Foundation Award. His company, Music World Music, has had an unprecedented impact on the history of music around the globe, with record sales exceeding 300 million worldwide. Knowles established several recording imprints under Music World Music, including 2012 number one independent Gospel label, Music World Country/Compadre and Music World Kids. Music World Music was crowned by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Imprint Labels of the decade (2000-2009). With successes across multiple genres, including pop, R&B, gospel, dance, and country, as well as soundtracks and special themed projects, Music World Music has produced over 100 award-winning, platinum and gold albums. Music World Music was also named the #1 Dance Imprint Label in 2009 by Billboard magazine. Under Music World Music, Destiny’s Child became a global phenomenon and was named the Best Selling Female Group of All Time in popular music, selling over 100 million records and collecting nearly 200 awards.


Formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education, the HERE Project has become the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and is now a part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. CERCL is a curricular and research initiative that uses innovative research, engaged pedagogy and other approaches to promote and advance creative models and practices of leadership benefiting new generations of leaders.

Knowles released a book several months ago (The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals)The book was an Amazon #1 best-seller even before its official release.  The 10 traits of successful people identified by Knowles are:  Passion, Work Ethics, Vision, Risk-Takers, Team Building, Talk-To-Do Ratio, Planning, Learning from Failure, Giving Back, and Thinking Outside the Box. 

Come back next week to read more about Mathew Knowles the man.

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