Taye Diggs and Black Women...
Last week Taye Diggs TV series "Daybreak" was cancelled due to low ratings. Rumor has it that African-American women refused to support the series because Diggs love interest was white. Their lack of support was played a HEAVY role as to why the show was unsuccessful.
He recently sat down with Rolling out Magazine and talked about why more black women are susceptible to supporting men who have black love interests:
"What [black women] were happy about was that [Mendes character in Hitch] wasn't white; she was Latina, Diggs explains when asked why Will Smiths role in the film didn't draw as much cultural ire as some of the choices he's made on- and off-screen. That's what they were happy about, if we're gonna be real. Thats how the scale goes. First off, if it's a dark brother and the dark brother isn't with a dark sister that causes issues. After that, if you're going to date outside the race, then they go down the list of how poorly other minorities have been treated after blacks. [So] after that, you have Latino. Like, I've had people say that about my wife: At least she looks Spanish. Like that makes it a little bit better. So that's why people accepted it. If Will Smith had been with a lily-white woman, it would've been a completely different situation in the black community as far as females are concerned. I guarantee you that.
Fair enough, then the interveiwer proceeded to ask him about his wife (who is white) and thats when Taye got a little irritated.
"I'm too far along in my life and in my career to really give a question like that any type of dignified answer, says Diggs, who was raised in black, middle-class Rochester, N.Y., intones. When I was in high school, maybe. College, maybe. But Im a grown-ass man and if people have a difficult time dealing with that, then I welcome them to see a movie with Omar Epps or Denzel Washington or some of those other brothers that have chosen to spend the rest of their lives with sisters, as you say. I just don't have time for it. You can't make everybody happy. And for the fans that are out there that are into me; they don't really give a f- what's going on with my personal life."
As much as I hate to say it, I'm part of that stigma of black women who don't like to see black men with white women, there's something about black love that I find so beautiful. It's something I would love to change about myself because it's so unfair but I hold such strong values regarding the sanctity of the African-American relationship. But ya know Taye-Taye you love who you love, just don't get an attitude with the sista's about it.
What's your opinion, jiggaboo or what?
Rolling Out Mag