Taye Diggs Wants His Son To Be Seen As Mixed Race, Not Black

Photo: Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock.
You probably know Taye Diggs as a particularly crush-worthy star of stage and screen. But Diggs is also an author of children's books. And while promoting his latest release, Mixed Me, he shared some interesting thoughts about his son Walker's racial identity.
In an interview with The Grio, Diggs explained, "I don't want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself Black and everyone thinks he has a Black mom and a Black dad. And then they see a white mother, they wonder, Oh, what's going on?" Walker is Diggs' son with Idina Menzel (and if you have't heard her adorable "Let It Go" story about him yet, you're welcome).

Diggs also shared some thoughts on diversity in Hollywood, particularly on the inclusion of dark-skinned actors and actresses onscreen. He said, "I want to get to the point where, at any point in time, you will always see a Morris [Chestnut, his co-star on the Fox show Rosewood] or a Taye, or a beautiful, Black, dark-skinned woman."

It's clear that the more diverse the TV landscape gets, the better it will be for actors of color and for the audience. And with more children's books and media explaining different racial identities to the next generation, it's likely Walker's peers will easily understand his mixed-race background.
Advertisement
Advertisement

More from Pop Culture

Emma Watson is most famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the internationally-known and appreciated film series, Harry Potter. She is also known for...
In an ecological niche like Hollywood, for a woman like Angelina Jolie, marriage may be more trouble than it's worth. The same goes for you. Since news ...
Kim Kardashian is objectively successful. She's covered Forbes and Paper and published a book. People pay money for piecemeal updates from her personal ...
Jeb Bush has been a Florida governor and a presidential candidate. His latest gig? Comedian, apparently. In an opening sketch for the Emmys, Jimmy ...
One morning, when I was 14, I stood on a stage at my school's Black Awareness month assembly and recited the words to Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise." I ...
Yesterday, after a long fight with cystic fibrosis, Katie Prager died at the age of 26, just days after her husband, Dalton Prager, passed away from the ...
Let's play a game. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a superhero outfit. Are you wearing a red, white, and blue bodysuit with a gold headband-cum-...
We have a mystery to solve: Katy Perry just shared a suspicious snap on Instagram. The "Rise" singer posted a photo of a pair of feet, captioned with a ...
Shortly after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie began their divorce process, someone anonymously reported that Pitt had physically and verbally abused one of ...
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas' latest adventure is straight out of a rom-com. Two former flames get stuck in an elevator for hours, rekindle their romance, ...
Have you always been on top of all the new, viral words young people say? Great. Of course you have. But even the trendiest among us now struggle to ...
Alas, Angelina Jolie has not hired Kris Humphries to represent her in her divorce from Brad Pitt. But wouldn't it be kind of fabulous if she had? A tweet ...
Based on her rapid-fire reactions, Gigi Hadid is no damsel in distress. The supermodel needed no help in defending herself from a prankster who grabbed her...
From Adele to Chrissy Teigen, everyone's got something to say about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce. But nobody gets the final word, except maybe ...