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From TLC To The Pointer Sisters, Meet Some Of The Culture's Most Successful Girl Groups

At one point in time, girl groups ran the world (or the culture so to speak). From Total to En Vogue to Xscape, and everyone in between, the ladies dominated the charts, and despite the fact there are very few that exist today, it is worth taking a trip down memory lane to highlight some of those who left a mark on history. While girl groups dominated in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it is important to note that their existence started way before that. The Shirelles set the tone in 1961 when they became the first Black girl group to have a No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart through their smash single “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” According to Lifetime , the group consisted of four teen girls: Shirley Owens, Beverly Lee, Addie “Micki” Harris, and Doris Coley. These ladies weren’t the only product from the ’60s to dominate the charts and lay the blueprint for those who came after them. The Supremes , originally known as the Primettes, auditioned for the legendary Motown...

Jun 1, 2023

This Affirmation From Beyoncé's Mom Helped Ty Hunter Go From A Retail Job To Career Success

Ty Hunter is a renowned stylist that is widely known for styling Destiny’s Child, then, Beyoncé once she went solo. In his book “Makeover From Within: Lessons in Hardship, Acceptance, and Self-Discovery,” he shared how his epic breakthrough came to be.

Dec 22, 2022

Kelly Rowland Recalls Blowing $30K In 30 Minutes And Other Financial Decisions That Led Her To 'Chill Out'

At some point in your childhood, you wanted to eat at McDonald’s. You go on to ask your mom if you all could stop there, and she hits you with, “Do you have McDonald’s money?” And while this is a question to a question — it is widely recognized as a resounding “no.” Disappointed by the news, you go home and find something to eat that’s already in the house. The new gag, there is a bunch of off-brand food and stuff you probably didn’t want. This is the story of many, and Kelly Rowland is a testament to the experience as well. Born Kelendria, the American singer and actress is a member of the iconic group Destiny’s Child. The group rose to fame in the 1990s and maintained that stardom well into the 2000s. Rowland, along with Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, and at one point LaToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson arguably owned the girl group era during that time. Rowland and her bandmates went on to give the world hits like “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Soldier,” and “Cater 2 U.” The group would go...

Nov 10, 2022

Outside Of Being Beyoncé's Dad, Mathew Knowles Has Held Multiple Titles To Build An Estimated $1M Net Worth

There are certain songs that, if played, will provoke a specific response from people — “Say My Name” is one of those songs. And while Destiny’s Child is behind that classic hit, during their formative years, Mathew Knowles was the man behind the girl group. Knowles is a record producer and music talent manager, mainly known for his work with Destiny’s Child. However, his career spans beyond his work with the chart-topping girl group. According to his website, Knowles has worked as the executive producer for over 100 award-winning albums. His work can be found with other big names like Chaka Khan, Solange, The O’Jays, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Knowles also created Music World Films & TV in 2022, managing a $275 million fund for new television and film incentives. As previously reported by AfroTech, Knowles began his work with the music fund after he sold his music company to APX Capital Group. Outside of the media business, Knowles holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Cornerstone Christian...

Sep 29, 2022

Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Talks Supporting Black-Owned Businesses Like Re'Gine Terry's Busy Baking And Why You Should Too

Kelly Rowland has been in the game for decades and knows a thing or two about launching a business, or in this case, flaunting one. This time, the entertainer is putting her support behind Busy Baking, the LA-based bakery owned and operated by Re’Gine Terry. As someone who is no stranger to partnerships that come with the business, Rowland has always been committed to supporting brands that align with her own values. She recalls working with brands like Candies early in her career, during the Destiny’s Child days, and how it has always been important for her to only get behind companies that she has an affinity for. “I remember how myself and the ladies always looked at those campaigns and thought that they were so cool. It was something that you strived to do or have — like seeing your campaigns everywhere,” Rowland told AfroTech exclusively. “We loved Candies, like genuinely, and we would wear them and our friends would get them. So, it was like being a part of the culture. I...

Aug 10, 2022

A Look Into Michelle Williams’ $10M Fortune And Success Outside Of Destiny’s Child’s Domination

It’s no secret that Destiny’s Child is not only one of the biggest girl groups of all time but also at the top of the best-selling. Before officially saying goodbye to their fans in 2006, the legendary group sold over 60 million records, according to Capital Xtra. While the trio of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams were a force together, they each went on to pursue successful careers in their own lanes. However, during Williams’ journey, she briefly hit a turn. In an interview with UBS, the Grammy-award winner shared that a lack of communication and misunderstanding with her financial advisor turned into a “substantial investment loss.” “Knowledge is powerful. Ask questions. It’s your money—you have a right to know what’s being done with it,” Williams told the outlet. But, we already knew that she was a survivor . Bossing up after the initial setback, Williams’ net worth sits at $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Now, here’s a look inside all...

Jul 22, 2022

Mathew Knowles Becomes Manager Of $275M Film & TV Fund After Selling Music World Entertainment

Three decades ago, Mathew Knowles founded his own music company Music World Entertainment Group. Now, the longtime music executive — who formerly managed Destiny’s Child and his daughters Beyoncé and Solange — is turning a new chapter in his career. Knowles has sold his music company to APX Capital Group, Deadline reports. Music World Entertainment is set to merge its film and TV division within the investment fund. Under the acquisition, the former owner will now manage the $275 million fund for film and TV co-productions for the U.S. and Italy. “The decision to partner with APX Capital Group is well made and corresponds to Music World Entertainment Group’s intent to expand its film and television portfolio,” Knowles shared, according to Deadline. “Through this unique collaboration and as head of this new division under APX I’ll be able to share the story of my life by combining compelling storytelling with access to exceptional talent and music that will both entertain and...

Mar 18, 2022

9th Wonder To Teach Hip Hop Courses At The Roc Nation School Of Music, Sports & Entertainment

The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports, and Entertainment continues to grow! Billboard reports that 9th Wonder will join the school as a visiting professor and artist in residence. As an acclaimed R&B/Hip-Hop producer, 9th Wonder will teach courses in Hip-Hop history along with the making of an album utilizing his current research in connection with the Loeb Library at Harvard University. He also brings a plethora of personal experiences to the table for the role. “Music changed my life and opened doors for me in ways that I never could have imagined, so it’s only right that we impart our knowledge to help the next generation of ambitious leaders,” said 9th Wonder in a statement to Billboard. “I’m truly honored to teach at the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment and look forward to equipping these students with the tools to break barriers in their own lives and careers.” Some of his early credits include production work on Jay-Z’s “The Black Album” and Destiny Child’s...

May 25, 2021