Black Music Month: Celebrity Managers Who Took Star Children to the Top - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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When it comes to talent, these celebrities are counted among the best, and they just so happen to have one thing in common: parent managers. For Black Music Month, we highlight six stars and their parents who noticed early star quality in their children and managed their careers straight to music industry success.

Manager, Mathew Knowles
Singer, actress, Beyonce; Singer, actress Solange Knowles

Though this R&B diva recently parted ways, professionally, with her father,  it’s undeniable his influence in her success with multi-platinum-selling Destiny’s Child and as a solo artist. Beyonce has earned more than a dozen Grammy awards; has been lauded as the Artist of the Decade by Billboard and the RIAA; and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, putting her in the ranks of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her brand also includes acting, including her breakout role in the Oscar award-winning Dreamgirls; fashion design, with House of Dereon; and endorsements of brands including Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and L’Oreal.

Her star sibling, Solange, has built her own empire, venturing into entrepreneurship with House of Dereon, composing her own music as well as music for Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, and releasing critically acclaimed albums. She is also famously known for her work on the top-rated children’s show, Yo Gaba Gaba, and her several film and TV roles including the Bring It On franchise.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.