Mathew Knowles, father of music stars Beyonce and Solange, has been tapped to teach at Texas Southern University.
Knowles, founder of Music World Entertainment, will teach an undergraduate course this fall titled “The Entertainment Industry,” according to Houston TV station KHOU.
Knowles actually has a collegiate background, having graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Knowles is also a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
After graduating in 1974, Knowles put his education to good use, landing a six-figure income with IBM before quitting in 1990 to focus on honing the girls group Girlz Time. The preteen group, which most notably featured his daughter Beyonce and friend Kelly Rowland, sung in talent shows around the Houston area before recording a demo in the early 1990s.
Under Knowles’ management, Girlz Time eventually became known as the Grammy Award-winning Destiny’s Child and went on to music stardom, becoming the best-selling girls group in music history.
Knowles involvement in Destiny’s Child’s success cannot be overestimated. Knowles served as executive producer or producer several projects connected to Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
When Destiny’s Child split in 2005, Knowles continued to work with other groups signed to his Music World label, including Trin-i-Tee 5:7 and Sunshine Anderson.
Texas Southern officials say having Knowles on board will enrich the education of students interested in entertainment.
“Students who take Mr. Knowles’ class will truly benefit from the many relationships forged with the School of Communication,” said Dr. James Ward, dean, TSU School of Communication. “Our goal is to provide these students with such a well-rounded experience that they will graduate on the cutting edge of the entertainment and recording industry.”
While Knowles’ success speaks for itself, he made headlines earlier this year when former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland cut business ties with him.
Knowles is married to wife Tina, who along with daughter Beyonce, runs fashion line House of Dereon.