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If you frequent social media, chances are you’ve stumbled across an interesting meme, which points out that Morris Chestnut is the only Best Man Holiday cast member who is married to a Black woman. What began as a simple social media dig eventually evolved into a full-fledged satirical Internet “report” by Cream BMP Daily, which claims that Taye Diggs made some not-so-nice comments about his fellow cast members and Black women in general.
“Let’s just say it’s not a stereotype that black women are less submissive and harder to deal with. Being around them black women made me really miss my wife. The only Black woman I ever loved is my mama,” Taye supposedly said.
Unfortunately it seems that some folks are unaware of what satire means, so they took Taye’s alleged quote and ran with it. Chances are you may have even witnessed a few of your Facebook friends going in on Taye over the alleged comment. Taye recently took to his Twitter page to address the report and inform fans that he has never, nor will he ever, make such a comment.
Regarding the preposterous quote about black women: It is false. I have not and would never say such a thing. Ever. Period.
— Taye Diggs (@TayeDiggs) November 24, 2013
And there you have it.
Were you aware that this quote has been floating around the web?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
From The Grio
Director Malcolm D. Lee isn’t surprised that The Best Man Holiday had a huge debut the weekend at the box office.
The film which held down the No. 1 spot at the box office Friday, brought in an estimated $30.6 million, only about $8 million behind the chart-topper Thor: The Dark World.
During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Lee talked about The Best Man Holiday smashing box office expectations, and weighed on USA Today calling the sequel to The Best Man a “race-themed” film.
“I thought the expectations for The Best Man Holiday were low,” Lee says. “I was not surprised that we did better than they thought. I had a number in my head north of $22 million or north of $25 million. I felt if we did that we would be in really great shape. To be north of $30 million is fantastic. I resent the notion that we over-performed I felt like we were underestimated.”
“I think they had no idea what this movie meant to the fans of the first Best Man,” Lee explained. “They completely underestimated that fans would come out in droves. I completely underestimated that people would call out of work and come to Friday matinees. However I definitely expected people to come out.”
USA Today set of a social media frenzy Sunday when they tweeted and published a headline that read“‘Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar.” Twitter erupted with many finding the headline to be racially insensitive.
Read more at TheGrio.com
Nia Long Says She Wanted A White Love Interest In “The Best Man Holiday” And It’s No Disrespect To Black Men
When we asked Malcolm D. Lee about his decision to include an interracial relationship in “The Best Man Holiday,” he told us the idea was actually Nia Long’s, so when we got the beauty together alongside Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs we had to ask where the inspiration came from.
When we asked whether there was any concern about whether that story line would perpetuate the notion that there are no good black men Nia said not at all, telling us explicitly:
“[Jordan and Brian] meet because of the social worlds that they’re in and it works; and when something works you don’t judge it based on what package it comes in. You judge it on how it makes you feel and if it works for your life…
We’re living in a modern world where it happens and it’s OK and it’s no disrespect to any black man. I love black men, but the reality is the sistahs are marrying white men and the brothas are marrying white women and that’s the world that we live in and it’s not to be judged, and if it works for you then embrace it.”
Unsurprisingly, Taye Diggs co-signed Nia’s sentiments, but as we already see from the comment thread developing on our YouTube feed, some folks are not so understanding. Check out the full interview with these three in the video below and tell us what you think about Nia’s comments.
The highly anticipated sequel to 1999 romantic comedy The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, is slated to hit theaters and less than two weeks. Three of the film’s stars, Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan are on the cover of the latest issue of Jet Magazine. Inside, they discuss everything from the current state of African Americans in film to what sets The Best Man Holiday apart from other movies on the market right now. Check out a few highlights from their interviews below.
On the process of securing a Best Man sequel:
Nia: “It wasn’t like we were just able to make this movie; we had to go through a process. So I feel successful in that alone.”
On stereotypical African Americans in film:
Sanaa: “We as moviegoers want to see ourselves. A lot of Black films that have been out lately have been of a certain…stereotype and humor. This has a lot more depth. It’s not fitting the mold of what’s out now.”
On how The Best Man was a game-changer:
Taye: “Our films were really starting to explode and it was an interesting time. But then, people started making movies without us in them. Sadly, we’re still slaves to a system we don’t really control.”
Catch their full interview in the November 25th issue of Jet.
Do you find that current movies featuring African Americans are stereotypical?
If you’ve seen commercials for David E. Talbert’s Baggage Claim, you probably were thinking to yourself at the time, “Another Rom-Com!? I’m not about to spend my money on that!” I know that’s what I was thinking when I first heard about it months ago. Hey, just keeping it real. But after checking out the film for myself, I have to say, it’s worth every dime.
As the premise goes, Paula Patton plays Montana Moore, a 30-something flight attendant who gets the wake-up call of her (love) life when her little sister (Lauren London) gets engaged. She can’t be the only woman in the family not married! She makes it her mission to find herself a man and get engaged by the time her sister is set to have an engagement dinner–but how does one do that? Moore and her friends Gail and Sam (Jill Scott and Adam Brody) help her track down her ex-boyfriends on commercial flights so that she can “run into them” and make a love connection happen. In the process, fun foolery ensues, and by the end, you’ll be as delightfully surprised as I was. Here are five reasons why you should check out Baggage Claim. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
It’s Funny…No, Seriously
No, really. It’s not what you think it should be: a stale Jumping The Broom-type of comedy (no offense Paula). Instead, it’s a surprisingly hilarious film where Patton shines through (without being too bubbly in an annoying way) and literally embraces physical comedy. Folks are jumping in garbage cans, running through airports, getting hit by cabs and more–all in the quest to help Patton’s character of Montana Moore get a man. What would you do for love?
Mad Eye Candy
This might be an understatement. Damn near every guy in the movie has been in somebody’s wet dreams over the years (probably without clothes). Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Trey Songz, Derek Luke, Djimon Honsou, and more are just a few of the gorgeous guys I ogled on-screem. From every shade of the chocolate rainbow your eyes will be blessed with, and a few of the brothas will show you what their working with in bubble bath and bedroom scenes. *Drools*
The Supporting Characters Are Everything
If there wasn’t already enough reasons to love Jill Scott, this movie might give you another. She’s absolutely hilarious as the bus+y and flirty Gail, who gives terrible advice on love while trying to keep her own dating life afloat. And then there’s Adam Brody of The OC fame who plays Sam. He’s saucy and will literally have you damn near in tears with his comical observations about the men in Montana’s life. And the interactions between Scott and Brody are just as funny.
See A New Side Of Taye Diggs
When I see Taye Diggs, I don’t see funny. Honestly, I see the Broadway play Rent, and there’s nothing funny about that. However, in this film, Diggs plays a pretentious politician (a Republican at that) named Langston who’s all about being in charge and keeping his lady in the background. With his toy dog Juicy and his speech-giving tactics everywhere he goes, Diggs manages to keep you in stitches as the pompous political player the whole time.
Support Black Folks
Romantic comedies are making a comeback. And while they’re not like some of our favorites from yesteryear, ones like Baggage Claim are refreshing and entertaining, and deserve your eyes and dollars. It’s been promoted well and the end result is actually pretty well done. Go ahead and support some good looking black folks.
Boy, I tell you, Andy Cohen knows how to get the goods out of people. Last week, Taye Diggs appeared on his late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” and we found out something rather interesting about Taye Diggs’ taste in men. Well, the number one thing would be that he actually has taste in men, and two, it seems when it comes to the brothas (or brothers), he doesn’t discriminate — much like his heterosexual persona.
When a caller dialed in to ask Taye whether he’s ever “dipped in the man pond,” the married actor gave a surprisingly detailed answer that shows he may have thought about swinging that way once or twice before he was actually hit with this question. He said:
“If I were to go that route, I would say Tyson Beckford is handsome and robust…Boris Kodjoe has a good look.
If it’s white cats, white dudes, if it’s blonde, maybe…Brad Pitt’s pretty. Now dark-haired white dudes…uh Ryan Gosling? Is he dark-haired? No, he’s sandy, but he’s pretty cool.”
At this point, Andy suggested a ménage that was a little more than I think anyone on set bargained for and the convo came to a close, but I think from the response Taye provided we can assume he’s a man who likes variety.
Unfortunately, any man desiring to dip his foot in the 42-year-old’s man pond will first have to get past his wife of 10 years, Idina Menzel. We’re not mad at the names Taye threw out there though — just not sure what this does for his manhood.
Check out the video below. What do you think of Taye’s male crushes?
Celebs come from all walks of life. Some are born into stardom because of their celebrity parents, while others work hard to get their names known in the business. One of the ways a lot of actors get their big break is by singing and dancing on Broadway. If it weren’t for these famous faces giving their regards to Broadway way back when, we may have never seen them on the big screen.
“He Opened It Up For Us Dark-skinned Brothers”: Morris Chestnut Speaks On Wesley Snipes Opening Doors For Darker Male Actors
Despite the fact that no matter how old he gets, he’ll always be one of the best looking brothers out there to many women, Morris Chestnut opened up during a sit-down interview with Hello Beautiful at Essence Festival in New Orleans about his struggles early on to get in the business as a dark-skinned actor. While folks were still drooling over the wave of light-skinned, curly haired male singers and actors dominating the industry, talented chocolate actors were getting the shaft according to Chestnut. So much so that he wound up naming his production company that he started back in the day, “Dark Skin Productions.” Yeah, it was that deep. Here’s what he had to say in front of a live audience when asked if dark-skinned males face the same type of discrimination in Hollywood as some women do:
“You’re talking to the right person, because when I was coming up, it was all about Prince, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson. So it was really difficult for me coming up. Matter of fact, my first production company when I started my production company was called ‘Dark Skin Productions,’ because it was difficult breaking in. And then, Wesley Snipes broke through, and he opened it up for us brothers, us dark-skinned brothers. Some of my boys, Shemar Moore, they’re light-skinned, they get theirs too. There’s enough for everybody.”
While the focus is often put on what dark-skinned women deal with (à la, the recent documentary Dark Girls), folks often forget that the brothas of a darker complexion have had their struggles as well in many ways. And even though Snipes’ career hasn’t been as strong in the past few years (mostly because of legal issues due to tax evasion), he definitely helped the Morris Chestnuts, the Taye Diggs and more get on and get taken seriously, whether he knows it or not.
I know what you’re thinking…how many trailers are these people going to put out? Well, we were thinking the same thing, but this one definitely gives us a better look at what we can expect from Best Man Holiday this fall.
In the colorful, nearly three-minute long extended trailer, aside from knowing that Nia Long’s character of Jordan is dating a white man (Eddie Cibrian), we learn that Harper (Taye Diggs) and Lance (Morris Chestnut) are still struggling to trust one another and rebuild their friendship 15 years later. Harper and Robin (Sanaa Lathan) are expecting a child, and Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) is STILL trying to get back with Julian (Harold Perrineau), or at least sleep with him, even those he’s happily married to Candy (Regina Hall), the stripper from Lance’s bachelor party years ago. And she has some secrets of her own.
According to Shadow and Act, fans can expect an “emotional rollercoaster” from this film, which is set to debut in theaters on November 15. While we were originally hoping they would leave the classic original as the only Best Man movie, it definitely looks like Best Man Holiday will bring the laughs…and of course, the drama.
Check out the trailer for yourself above and update us on your thoughts about the sequel and if you still think you will or won’t go see it!
Some describe Brown Sugar as a game changer when it comes to black, romantic comedies. Described as the urban When Harry Met Sally, the film incorporated Hip Hop, professional black folk and a friendship turned love story that we just could help but love. You know the plot. You probably still bump the soundtrack, but we doubt you know these behind the scenes secrets.