Taye Diggs says he’s no stranger to criticism. In fact, it started when he was a child.
The How Stella Got Her Groove Back and All American actor is featured on this weekend’s episode of TV One’s Uncensored. Diggs says he was labeled a “white boy” as a child because others didn’t think he acted Black enough.
“Being labeled a ‘white boy,’ it was painful,” he says in the above clip. “Once I figured out how to manipulate situations, I made a habit of studying people so that I don’t feel less than. As soon as I realized certain Black people at school were calling me ‘white,’ I made it about them. I didn’t change who I was and I just went harder.”
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The New Jersey native said the scrutiny continued into adulthood.
“I remember when I moved to New York, people that didn’t even know my history, women would say ‘you only date white girls’ … before they even knew anything about it,” he added. “That happened more times than not.”
Diggs had a thriving career on Broadway before he segued into movies and TV. His film credits include The Wood, Brown Sugar, The Best Man movies, and the big screen adaptation of Chicago.
Uncensored is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, Jay Allen and Nikki Byles (Executive Producers) of Swirl Films.
Uncensored: Taye Digg airs Sunday, March 27 at 10 pm ET on TV One.
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Earlier in the night, TV One’s signature music series Unsung spotlights hit-making producer Pete Rock. The episode focuses on his experience in the studio making beats for hip-hop and R&B stars, including Johnny Gill and Alexander O’Neal.
“The remix game is where I could catch people’s attention, to make a beat better than the original,” he says.
Pete Rock is often described as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time.
Unsung: Pete Rock airs Sunday, March 27 at 9 pm ET/8C on TV One, followed by Uncensored.