In an interview with MyBrownBaby.com Taye Diggs reveals how he was not comfortable with his dark brown skin until after seeing Tyson Beckford’s rise to fame. He also talks about his children’s book “Chocolate Me” that he published which covers these colorism issues.
“When I got into high school I started to hear, just from the black community, everybody is more attracted to the light skin girls and the light skin dudes with the light eyes. And from within the race the light skin black people and lighter brown people would make fun of the darker people. So then it was a completely different kind of struggle.”
Taye goes on to say
“And then funnily enough it was when dark skinned men, and this was just from my perspective, there seemed to be a shift where all of a sudden we saw Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Tyson Beckford. I’m still trying to figure out how this came to be. For me, when I saw Tyson Beckford hailed as this beautiful man by all people, that caused a shift in my being,” he added
Taye is the father of a 2 year old biracial child (black and white). Do you think that sometimes people who go through these colorism issues strive to make light skin babies, although they swear they are “over it”. I don’t know Taye personally but something about him makes me feel like this is the case.