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Actor Taye Diggs recently revealed that he once had some issues with his own skin color when he was growing up.

However, the actor, author and sex siren credited supermodel Tyson Beckford (of Jamaican heritage) with helping him love his beautiful dark skin.

“When I saw Tyson Beckford hailed as this beautiful man by all people, that caused a shift in my being,” Diggs told MyBrownBaby. “I remember literally waking up and walking the streets the next day and, because I had a bald head as well, feeling a little bit more proud.”

The revelation comes as Diggs promotes his children’s book, Chocolate Me, released in Sept. 2011, which contains playful drawings of dark-skinned children and tells stories of Diggs’ youth as one. The book is an affirmation of dark-skinned beauty and the need for all children to love themselves.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Taye Diggs on Colorism:

At five-years-old, none of us knew the can of worms we were opening… the little white kids who were making fun of me, they didn’t know. Their whole questioning was coming from the fact that I was different. None of them ever used the N word or negro. They just knew, “ok, his skin is brown, my skin is white, his skin is white, his skin is white, let’s make fun of him.” It wasn’t even in a nasty way at 5. But I obviously didn’t take it well. And then the older you get, once that understanding came, then that was a whole different issue. Then you have to deal with serious self-reflection. My mother was very fair skin and my dad was dark. And back in my mother’s day, she was seeking out the dark men because she didn’t feel black enough. So it’s a continuing issue. We’ve come a long way, but I don’t think we’re fully over it as a society.

Diggs is married to Idina Menzel, who is white, and they have a 2-year-old son. While he has caused some controversy in the past over statements he’s made about his own relationship with a white woman, we find it great that he’s written this book to help raise the self-esteem of dark-skinned children around the world. The more parents instill in their children an appreciation for who they are, the more self-confident children wlll be, and the better able they will be to embrace their race.

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Re: Taye Diggs credits Supermodel Tyson Beckford with loving his black skin.
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 12:21:43 am »
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Diggs is married to Idina Menzel, who is white, and they have a 2-year-old son. While he has caused some controversy in the past over statements he’s made about his own relationship with a white woman, we find it great that he’s written this book to help raise the self-esteem of dark-skinned children around the world. The more parents instill in their children an appreciation for who they are, the more self-confident children wlll be, and the better able they will be to embrace their race.






Yeah, these two seem to make a nice couple.

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He still has issues with his skin color or he wouldn't have married that white woman.

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So you don't believe it's possible for him to have legitimately fallen in love with her?

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He still has issues with his skin color or he wouldn't have married that white woman.
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He still has issues with his skin color or he wouldn't have married that white woman.

Bruh, maybe HE'S not the one with issues.

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So you don't believe it's possible for him to have legitimately fallen in love with her?

Yeah it's possible, I don't think that's the case though. Interracial love exists and it can be a beautiful thing. However in some instances it's not true love, but a true love of whiteness, and in my opinion this is one of those times. I don't know Taye Diggs or what's in his heart. I base that solely on his own admission that he
"had" insecurities with his own dark complexion, and the fact he's holding his baby that looks nothing like him.

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So you don't believe it's possible for him to have legitimately fallen in love with her?

Yeah it's possible, I don't think that's the case though. Interracial love exists and it can be a beautiful thing. However in some instances it's not true love, but a true love of whiteness, and in my opinion this is one of those times. I don't know Taye Diggs or what's in his heart. I base that solely on his own admission that he
"had" insecurities with his own dark complexion, and the fact he's holding his baby that looks nothing like him.

 ??? I'm kinda confused on this part. Its his child. Are you saying he SHOULDN'T hold his own child as some sort of proof he doesn't have those insecurities anymore?
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The story that a brother that handsome would feel bad about himself just blows my mind.  That it took Tyson Beckford's success for him to figure it out...I wonder what was being said or not said in his household.


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So you don't believe it's possible for him to have legitimately fallen in love with her?

Yeah it's possible, I don't think that's the case though. Interracial love exists and it can be a beautiful thing. However in some instances it's not true love, but a true love of whiteness, and in my opinion this is one of those times. I don't know Taye Diggs or what's in his heart. I base that solely on his own admission that he
"had" insecurities with his own dark complexion, and the fact he's holding his baby that looks nothing like him.

 ??? I'm kinda confused on this part. Its his child. Are you saying he SHOULDN'T hold his own child as some sort of proof he doesn't have those insecurities anymore?

No, I'm saying he made sure his son wouldn't have the same insecurities.

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The story that a brother that handsome would feel bad about himself just blows my mind.  That it took Tyson Beckford's success for him to figure it out...I wonder what was being said or not said in his household.



During developing years, even getting closer to adulthood, words from various people around you are really powerful. Doesn't matter how attractive you could be, but hearing a negative against you over and over plays a big part of one's insecurities. I'm naturally thin with a fast metabolism blessed by both my parents. Both grew up very thin with quick metabolisms, so it was a given I'd be the same. But growing up, I was teased a lot for being thin and constantly being told I need to eat, etc, despite eating as much as everyone around me. I've been rejected because people thought I was too thin. I've heard, "Greg is cute, but he's skinny." Today, while I'm still slim, I work out a lot and eat as healthy as I can with a large in take of protein when I can. People come up to me and compliment me on taking care of my body, etc, but no matter what I still think and see myself as the skinny boy who got teased and wasn't attractive enough because I was thin. There's been some people saying that I'm in a good place, I shouldn't try to get bigger, some of those people even apologizing for having bugged me as a kid because they think my constant working out can sometimes seem too much and unhealthy. And overall, this is a topic I'd like to make a film or even a play on, and interview even body builders who no matter what still see this scrawny kid in the mirror.

I'd say it's the same thing with someone feeling insecure about their skin color, no matter how attractive they are. It usually does take someone who's respected and praised for something that is usually seen as "negative" to make a difference in someone's mind and life.