No One Knows Like Mathew Knowles
Style News Wire | 8/24/2009, 10:08 p.m.
Knowles, who graduated from fellow HBCU Fisk University in 1974 with dual degrees—a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration—will teach an undergraduate level course this fall entitled The Entertainment Industry through the TSU School of Communication. Knowles has garnered many awards for his achievements in business and the music industry and was named the "2007 International Executive of the Year" by the Greater Houston Partnership. He received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Fisk University, and is on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy of Texas.
“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.”
“We at TSU’s School of Communication are excited to have a man of Mr. Knowles stature coming to our campus to share his insights and wisdom with young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of entertainment and the music industry,” said Ward.
Along with his extensive experience in the music industry, Knowles also has experience teaching on a college campus. He taught a course at his alma mater, Fisk University. This fall, however, Knowles will share his expertise and experience running MWE, one of the world's leading entertainment and music conglomerates, with students at Texas Southern.
“Students who enroll in our new interdisciplinary major, Entertainment and the Recording Industry, will benefit from exposure to practicing professionals such as Mathew Knowles and exposure to our state-of-the-art recording studio housed in the KTSU Building,” stated Ward.
The Music World Entertainment empire includes record labels, films, music artist and producer management, artist development services, a master catalog series, merchandise, sports endeavors, community philanthropy work and investment and property holdings, with offices in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and London. MWE is the brainchild of Knowles and the management behind the success of Grammy Award-winners Beyoncé and global phenomenon Destiny's Child, the most successful "girl group" in the history of pop music.
Under the leadership of Mathew Knowles the members of Destiny’s Child; Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland launched solo careers that marked international success stories.
Beyoncé’s impact in music, film and fashion is unprecedented. The superstar has broken all time chart and sales records Beyoncé dominated the music charts this decade with her songs spending the Most Weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, more than any other female artist. She has the most Top 40, Top 20, Top 10 and Top 5 hit records over the past ten years and the most cumulative time spent at #1. Beyoncé has had at least one Top 5 hit every year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 1998 totaling 22. Her total career Top 40 hits are 31. Crossing-over to film, the Golden Globe nominated actress has had 3 consecutive #1 box office hit films, “Austin Powers – Goldmember,” “The Pink Panther” and Mathew Knowles and Beyoncé are executive producers of the #1 box office hit “Obsessed” (which Beyoncé starring). The film broke a box office record for its debut the week of release in April. Beyoncé co-founded and built three highly successful clothing lines, House of Deréon, Deréon Girls and Ms Tina. Co-founder, Tina Knowles and Beyoncé conceive the creative concepts and determine the direction of the ranges with Mathew Knowles serving as the head of strategic marketing.