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Taye Diggs Says Hollywood Holds Black Movies To “Frustrating” Double Standard


Taye Diggs may be known to date white women, but that little tidbit isn’t stopping him from speaking out against the double standards of race that are still plaguing the creation of Black movies in Hollywood.

The veteran actor says the follow-up to the wildly popular The Best Man Holiday’s fate hangs in the balance of the success of movies such as the upcoming Think Like a Man Too. Diggs is currently starring in the TNT drama Murder in the First, but says that he and his fellow Best Man cast mates are ready to resume their roles to complete a third film.

“Unfortunately, the business is such that as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other ‘black’ movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other,” he tells the Associated Press.

“We’ve definitely come a long way. But we’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “It’s too bad we can’t do well on our own merit when it comes to the studios. They don’t like to take risks and, unfortunately, we’re still considered a huge risk, even though I don’t think we are.”

Released in November 2013, The Best Man Holiday went on to gross $70 million in North America alone, proving that African-American audiences still have an interest in supporting movies that cater to their culture. Still, Diggs feels that the methodology behind studio’s thought process isn’t easy on the nerves.

“That’s ridiculously frustrating,” he adds.

Universal Studios declined to comment on the story.

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  • CaribbeanGlow

    Ah, shut up. You hold black women to a frustrating double standard, Taye. Everything you said applies in the same way.

  • Thanks

    Yes, my concern was three(3) African women can make an excellent movie called BELLE. Great casting, great story, very, very well acted, the clothes, the hair, the makeup, complete perfection for a movie. But, the movie that three(3) Black American women make is Something New. Horrible casting, horrible story, horrible clothes and makeup, just terrible. I have often wondered is this the movie staff or the Hollywood executives making Black American movies so consistently unbearable, I mean the things they make these Black actors/actresses say in these movies. No where else in the world are Black people required to speak in this manner. The buffoonery is beyond words and not funny. Why Hollywood merikkka?

    • Otis Django

      Don’t nobody wanna see that movie BELLE about some half-breed Black woman demanding acceptance in the White world. White people ain’t going to see it. Black men don’t want to see it and MOST Black women don’t want to see it.