Taye Diggs: Black Movies Held to Unfair Double Standard

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Taye Diggs says Hollywood studios hold predominantly black movies to an unfair double standard.

The actor claims that the industry makes decisions on whether to green-light African-American projects based on how other, completely unrelated African-American films do at the box office — and that it’s fundamentally wrong.

“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,” says Diggs.

He explains that he and other cast members from The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday would like to make a third movie, but that their plans are tied to how well a different “black” movie such as Think Like a Man Too performs.

“We’ve definitely come a long way,” says Diggs. “But we’ve got a long way to go. 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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