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Taye Diggs says black films in Hollywood held to different standard


Broadway and Hollywood star Taye Diggs says Hollywood heavyweights hold films starring African Americans to a different, unfair standard.

No surprise there.

Diggs, along with fellow The Best Man cast members are eager to begin working on the third installment of the series, but whether or not the project comes to fruition depends heavily on the success of preceding black-oriented films like the predicted summer smash, Think Like A Man Too.

In a recent interview, Diggs said a studio deciding if they wish to proceed with a black film depends heavily on the success of other movies with a primarily black cast, even if the projects are completely unrelated.

“Unfortunately, the business is such that, as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other ‘black’ movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other,” he said.

Even though Hollywood studios have come a long way in terms of backing black-oriented films, there is still much progress to be made.

“It’s too bad we can’t do well on our own merit when it comes to the studios. They don’t like to take risks and, unfortunately, we’re still considered a huge risk, even though I don’t think we are.”

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