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Taye Diggs’ recent comments regarding his son’s racial identity left a sour taste in the mouths of many of his fans, but the actor feels that his words are being misinterpreted, and that the entire issue is being blown way out of proportion. In case you missed it, Diggs, who recently penned a children’s book titled Mixed Me! for his biracial son, told theGrio that he would prefer others to describe his son as “biracial” or “mixed.”
“I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself black, and everyone thinks he has a black mom and a black dad, and then they see a white mother, they wonder, ‘Oh, what’s going on,’” he said. “As African-Americans we were so quick to say okay he’s black he’s black, and then there were the white people who were afraid to say he was biracial because who knows.”
As previously discussed on MadameNoire, he also addressed President Obama’s mixed heritage and expressed a desire for the POTUS to refer to himself as “mixed.”
“Everybody refers to him as the first black president, I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m just saying that it’s interesting. It would be great if it didn’t matter and that people could call him mixed. We’re still choosing to make that decision, and that’s when I think you get into some dangerous waters.”
His comments attracted their share of both praise and criticism, prompting Diggs to take to Instagram Wednesday to offer clarity.
“I am a proud black man. I want my son to grow up and be a proud black man if he so chooses. He has a mother who is white. He has every right to be just as proud of his mother’s “blood” as well. Please wake up, people. It’s not that deep.”
Actor Taye Diggs has conquered TV, film and Broadway but admits his favorite gig is being dad to son Walker (with ex-wife Idina Menzel) and writing books for kids.
In fact, Diggs just released his second book, “Mixed Me” in honor of his bi-racial son.
The actor’s latest book, which is a follow-up to his 2011 book, “Chocolate Me”, was inspired by his 6-year-old son with ex-wife Idina Menzel and dives into the experiences of biracial children. During an appearance earlier this week on the “TODAY Show,” Diggs explained how his childhood also played a part in the development of the book.
“I wrote it from my childhood, because I didn’t have anything like this to refer to when I was a kid,” he said. “Luckily, a lot of the kids today are in classes and schools that are a little bit more diverse. But that doesn’t mean that these still issues don’t need to be looked at and acknowledged.”
Like his first book, which addressed identity questions from the perspective of a dark skinned child, the 44-year-old actor pulled from some of his “tough” experiences growing up with his biracial cousin.
“My cousin is of mixed race. People weren’t as comfortable with who they were and standing up for where they came from,” he said. “So this book touches on that and hopefully will make it even easier.”
“See, my dad’s a deep brown and my mom’s rich cream and honey. Then people see me, and they look at us funny” says Mike, the books protagonist. In “Mixed Me,” he learns how to love and accept himself for his tan skin, red hair and green eyes.
Mom and Dad say I’m a blend of dark and light:
“We mixed you perfectly, and got you just right.”
“Luckily, a lot of the kids today are in classes and schools that are a little bit more diverse. But that doesn’t mean that these issues don’t need to be looked at and acknowledged.”
Taye also revealed his permanent display of love for his son Walker–he’s got his named tattooed on his left arm, along with some dinosaur drawings of from Walker. On the other side of Diggs’ arm is Walker’s writing: “I love Daddy.”
Check out more of Taye Diggs’ “TODAY Show” segment in the clip above.
You can purchase “Mixed Me” and “Chocolate Me”at Barnes And Nobles.
For more about the book, visit ImMixedMe.com.
When we heard that Deborah Cox would be covering some of Whitney Houston’s old songs for Lifetime’s Whitney biopic earlier this year, we knew that she would have some big shoes to fill. But the R&B singer totally nailed it. Soon, she’ll be tasked with following in Houston’s footsteps again.
According to Broadway.com, Cox scored the leading role in the musical theater adaptation of “The Bodyguard.” The award-winning musical, which first premiered in London back in 2012, will be headed to the United States in 2016.
Cox will be playing the role of superstar Rachel Marron, who requires protection from an unknown stalker. The musical will feature a host of fan favorites including “I Will Always Love You,” “Saving All My Love,” “So Emotional,” “Queen of the Night,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “Run To You,” and “One Moment In Time.”
The tour’s schedule and additional casting announcements will be made at a later date. Currently, Cox is preparing for the summer release of her new album Work of Art. She is also starring in a musical based on the life of Josephine Baker. On top of all that, she’ll be hosting Clear Channel Spectacolor’s simulcast of the 2015 Tony Awards on June 7.
“I am also honored to represent two of the most iconic and historic women of the 20th century with the Broadway bound ‘Josephine’ project and now the ‘Bodyguard,’” Cox told the Huffington Post. “As a performing artist, it’s a dream of a lifetime to now have an opportunity to not only sing, but to also feature my acting and dancing talents. What a blessing!”
This sounds like it’s going to be amazing. Will you be purchasing tickets when “The Bodyguard” comes to your city?
When Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel first announced their split in December 2013, the entertainment world was shocked. The seemingly happy couple had been married for 10 years and had a gorgeous 5 year old son together.
Now, after announcing their split over a year ago, the couple has finally filed for divorce. According to TMZ, Taye filed the divorce petition in New York in November. The couple had remained separated until then.
The couple first met in 1995 on the set of the original production of Rent. The two made a very talented couple. Idina is known for her roles in Wicked and Frozen. As for Taye Diggs, we know and love him from movies like Brown Sugar and The Best Man.
As for the status of their divorce, the two are peacefully settling things.
Last week, the Sony Pictures‘ database was hacked with private information on actors’ salaries, Social Security numbers, and how much employees dislike Adam Sandler exposed. According to Fusion.Net, the hacking group called “Guardians Of Peace,” also released the phone numbers and email addresses of celebrities, directors and producers who have worked on movies together. Although we don’t have the phone numbers of your favorite stars, we do, however, have the aliases they use for vacation stays and car services. And many of them are seriously LOL.
Taye Diggs goes by Scott Diggs (and it’s actually his real name). Jude Law is known as “Mr. Perry” and Ice Cube usually interchanges between “Darius Stone” or O’Shea Jackson (his government name).
Jessica Alba, Rob Schneider and Sarah Michelle Gellar have more interesting aliases: Cash Money, Nazzo Good and Neely O’Hara respectively.
Current Sony Pictures employees are infuriated by their personal information being leaked but former employees told Fusion they are not surprised it happened.
In an exclusive statement to Fusion, a former employee reported: “Sony’s ‘information security’ team is a complete joke. We’d report security violations to them and our repeated reports were ignored. For example, one of our Central European website managers hired a company to run a contest, put it up on the TV network’s website and was collecting personally identifying information without encrypting it. A hack of our file server about a year ago turned out to be another employee in Europe who left himself logged into the network (and our file server) in a cafe.”
Sony Pictures has yet to comment on their security breach and interestingly enough Jason Spaltro, who is the Senior Vice President of Information Security and aware company passwords were not strong enough is still employed. It is unclear if his employment or salary ($300,000) will be affected due to the hack.
After that headline, I’m not sure this post needs much setup other than a warning that you should most definitely be prepared to cry tears of laughter after you watch this video showing how Taye Diggs works the pole and puts some strippers out here to shame. Consider this your LOL of the day.
If you made millions of dollars how would you use it? Would you buy a fancy car, or the baddest jewels you have ever seen? Every star is different though most enjoy living in a beautiful crib. Guess we would too. Take a look at these 10 celebrity homes that will make you want to upgrade your pad right now.
Taye Diggs has been a boo in my head for a minute. That smile, that weird way he pronounces certain words and honey, when he puts the glasses on…it’s over. So considering my infatuation, I always find Taye so charming during his interviews. And his recent one with Wendy Williams was no different. He talked about a little bit of everything, including the time he fought the man who broke into his home, how he’s handling his divorce from fellow actress and singer Idina Menzel and what his dating life is like these days. Check out the excerpts from the interview below.
On fighting off the man who broke into his house
“I do not advise this but I was home and my kid Walker was at home as well and me and my baby’s mom we heard something outside. It was after an award show. Be careful with tweeting and all that stuff. We tweeted that we were away and then people knew, or they thought that we weren’t home yet.
The garage door was unlocked and we were sitting and I saw the door open from the other side. So I immediately ran and then I saw this dark figure take off through the backyard. So then I cut through the house and I was in like pajamas, bare feet. It was night time. And in my head all I was thinking was that this person tried to come in and my child was there.
So then I ran and I jumped on the dude. He was trying to get in the getaway car, I grabbed him, pulled him… I’m not this dude. I’m not this dude. I play this dude on TV I didn’t even…I was not thinking. You hear these stories about the mothers picking up cars. I get that. Father’s have that too because I was acting in some kind of way.
And it was funny because obviously we’re split up now but I pulled the dude from the car, the getaway care went away and I’m straddling over him and I’m talking about my family and slapping him around a bit and then I look at Idina and I’m like “Call 9-1-1! Call 9-1-1 man!” and she’s like “I did, I did, I did. I called 9-1-1
So we get into a spat about who called 9-1-1. “
On his divorce
Wendy: How are you handling it?
I’m hanging in there. I mean it’s not awesome.
Wendy: Are you a mess?
Ooh it’s ok, I’ll be fine. Ima be fine. But all of my married friends are like ‘Oh, you get to go out and stay out as late as you want.’
Dating after divorce
Wendy: Are you in the clubs?
Every once in a while but it’s a completely different situation. I’m old. The other day I was at a benefit and they have the after parties after a benefit. So I’m kind of feeling myself, I’m looking fly. It’s kind of a classy crowd. And I’m chilling and then all of a sudden I get a text. And my friends see me look at the text and then immediately jump up. They’re like ‘Oh you got a booty call.’ I’m like no my baby mama just called and said I forgot his baby blanket. I had to run home to the hotel, get the baby blanket and bring it to him and then I made it back to the party and they were like ‘Oh you had a quickie.’ And I was like it was not a quickie.
Wendy: Are you dating?
I’m hanging out with people. I’m meeting…
Wendy: It doesn’t seem to me like you’d have a hard time dating
Well…I’ve never had game, period. Because I was really nerdy. These days I’m a single dad so if I see someone I’m like ‘So do you have kids? Is he out of diapers yet?’ I literally reached into my pocket the other day and brought out two pacifiers.
Hmm so that makes me wonder if things aren’t as serious as they seemed with the woman he was recently photographed with…can’t be if they’re not exclusive and he’s not “claiming her” just yet. But he could be playing coy…
Anyway, take a look at the full video below where Taye also talks about parenting his son Walker. It’s pretty cute stuff.
There’s nothing sexier than a man taking care of his children and in honor of Father’s Day, we take a look at some of the sexiest celebrity dads in Hollywood.
We fell in love with him even though he played the cold-blooded killer and drug kingpin Stringer Bell in the widely popular HBO series “The Wire.” But the role forced him to hide his accent and once fans found out that Idris Elba was really an English actor, he became even sexier. After starring in a few moves, Elba went back to his television roots and starred in the BBC One series “Luther.” Elba will be celebrating his first Father’s Day this year. A few months ago he and his girlfriend Niayana Garth welcomed their first child, Winston.
Despite the numerous successful black films as of late, it is still hard for black productions to get greenlit in Hollywood, Taye Diggs said in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
According to The Best Man Holiday star, major film studios hold black film projects to an unfair set of standards. Diggs charges that studios will not proceed with black-oriented film productions unless box office numbers are favorable for other similar productions. Other films are not held up to this standard, and it’s particularly unfair to tie one black film to another when they aren’t similar.
Take Diggs’ track record, for example. Guardian Liberty Voice notes the actor was in the 1999 hit The Best Man and the 2013 sequel, The Best Man Holiday, which made about $70 million at the box office and should’ve made the decision to run with another Best Man movie an easy one. This was not the case. Instead of looking at box-office results from the second installment, film studios are comparing it to films in theaters now that are totally unrelated, such as Think Like A Man Too, before agreeing to make a third Best Man installment. The only connection between films like Think Like A Man Too and the Best Man films is that they star black actors.
Diggs, who is now starring in the new TNT series Murder In The First (he talked about that show with Hoda and Kathie Lee on Monday), says that film studios find black films too risky, even though they have proven success.
Logically, black films should be judged on their own, individual merit. But they have also shown they are revenue generating. There were 48 “black films” released theatrically in 2013 (48 out of 669 total films), according to calculations by Indie Wire. The top grossing black film domestically was Lee Daniels’ The Butler at $116 million. In fact, it was the only black film to gross over $100 million last year. “And total box office (domestic) for all 48 black films is around $670 million, or about 6.2 percent of the total 2013 box office for all films ($10.8 billion),” reports Indie Wire.