Actor Skyh Black details his journey from homelessness to 2 shows on BET+

What are some of the hiccups that led to where you are now?

I quit ballet because of the racism I experienced. They told me I could never be a Black Cavalier. I went to L.A. and I stayed in a one-room studio with four other people. We were on air mattresses, unbeknownst to my family, because they would have made me come home. My friend said I should dance again and even when I said no, he called his agent. They signed me just based on his work and based on my background as a ballet dancer.


I had an audition for Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child about three weeks later as the assistant choreographer.
My music manager said, “Yo, you should take acting classes again.” And I was like, “OK,” but I was homeless at that time. When I got deeply into my acting, it felt like home. I felt like I was walking in [my] purpose. I auditioned for “All the Queen’s Men.” By the time I auditioned, I had just [been] laid off [from] my valet parking job making $13 an hour. I finished “Sistas” season two and got a call and he told me I had been chosen for the role a year later. I said, “Thank you, God” and the tears [flowed]. I called my grandma and I said, “Mom, I can take care of you.”

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