Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mama Knows Best: Taye Diggs Says “She Knew I’d Marry A White Girl”

 

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Taye Diggs, philanthropist, actor, and author of the recent book, Chocolate Me, claims that his mother is not at all surprised by his choice of mate.

During a recent appearance on Sway’s morning satellite radio show, Diggs talks about meeting his in-laws for the first time --- cracking jokes about them being members of the Ku Klux Klan with burning crosses in their backyard.

After reassuring Sway that he felt really welcomed into their family and giving them credit for being “great grandparents”, Diggs says that his mother’s reaction was absolutely priceless:

My mother said “I told you!” She always thought – I hate this, but I’m being honest! [laughs] – she said, “I always knew you were gonna marry a white girl!”

Diggs’ wife, Indina Menzel, is an acclaimed, Tony-Award winning actress, singer and songwriter, best known for the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked.

In 2004, Menzel received hate mail because of her inter-racial marriage, with one letter claiming to “do bodily harm to Diggs,” according to police sources.

In a 2010 interview, Diggs spoke on the vitriol he and his wife have been subjected to over the years:

“You know… I understand,” Diggs says. “It’s a situation that’s unfortunate, but at the same time, being a black man, I understand. I understand the idea of having something that you call your own, and how it could feel when a member of your clan, so to speak, chooses to be with someone from another clan. I get how that could make someone feel rejected.

“But that being said, I can’t tolerate that because it’s 2010 and I don’t have time for that. When I was younger I did get caught up with that. When I was growing up, there were guys who dated everybody, there were guys that only dated black girls, and there were guys who only dated white girls. Back then, I used to judge the black guys that only dated white girls and for so long, I wanted people to know, I’m not one of those guys.

“But as I got older, I realized what the important things in life are. I can’t worry about changing the way that people see me. If you like me, you like me, if you don’t, you don’t. And luckily, I’ve been just fine, you know what I mean? I think people are becoming more understanding. Once people realize that this is a real relationship and that I’m not with my wife because she’s white, but because she’s a wonderful person, all that other stuff falls by the wayside.”

Diggs and Menzel have one son, 2 year-old Walker.

 

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57 comments:

Anonymous said...

who cares...never fond of him anyway!

Joanne said...

It's interesting that his mother knew he would marry a white woman.
That speaks volumes there. He should be with whom he loves for black women should have black men in their lives who love and appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

A woman is a woman, white or black are the same. Women of all races are beautiful. I hope none cheats between them. Wish them the best with their new arrival-a beautiful child.

Anonymous said...

Taye nobody cares ...really. Why do you find it necessary to repeat what was said between you an Mom?

Anonymous said...

Taye nobody cares ...really. Why do you find it necessary to repeat what was said between you an Mom?

Anonymous said...

Who gives a rat's butt about Taye Diggs' private life - seriously?

Also, to the person who said a woman is a woman; that may be true, but that's not how black women (in particular) are treated. Also, why would his mother know he would marry a white girl, INSTEAD of just the girl of his dreams - if we're all just to accept your statement of being color blind.

Like one intelligent post stated, his mother's comments speak volumes.

Anonymous said...

Taye Diggs is not saying he doesn't like black women or has never or won't date one. The woman he married and fell in love with just happens to be white.

Remember, in the article he stated that he used to judge black men who use to date only white women.

I'm giving him credit for not putting black women down at least. It's really pitiful that I have to be grateful for that in the first place. Damn.

Denise said...

Taye Diggs did marry her because she was white. Why else would his Mother have said "I knew you would marry a white girl". Taye is a liar and the truth is not in him. He should own his choice and not try to skirt around the fact that he has jungle fever and obviously resents his Mother as evidenced by his choice to not marry black.

yahoo said...

Who cares. Mother knows bestg.lol

Anonymous said...

Taye and Cuba aré two actors I stopped watching years ago. Guess he wasnt raised to love his culture or his momma. Prolly hates his mom, insecure about his color and/or has LSD (little dick syndrome). SMH!

Nomalanga said...

I'm impressed that he did acknowledge that some people may have strong feelings about him marrying a woman from "another clan" and also that he mentions that even though he acknowledges it, he still feels that he has the right to marry who he loves and that is final. I respect that.

Lisa said...

Why is this news? So he doesn’t care what people think but you go on a national radio station to state your case!

He is a sell out and I do not watch anything with him in it…He made his money by catering to black women and then marries a white women. I have never seen Taye Diggs in ANY kind of white production, only black movies….

Oh only if more black men could be like Common!!!!

OpenFist247 said...

So many bigots. I think his mother knew he'd marry a white woman because he's not a thug. That speaks volumes----about the choices that some black women tend to make in a mate.

Bigots, you do not own people in your so-called race. They are free to marry whomever, regardless of color. Work on your own relationships instead of hating other people in theirs.

Anonymous said...

Who cares who the jungle bunny married. It must be somet6hing he's proud of or he wouldn't reveal a private discussion between him and his mother. Plus he sucks as an actor. Still black man and will be treated as such.

Anonymous said...

I also have not viewed anything with Diggs or Cuba, they are sellouts and both have no love for their mothers or culture. When time gets tight and less offers in the industry, these white women will abandon them and rob them legally through the courts. Serves them right A-H's!! Both Diggs and Cuba grin like coons eating onions!

Anonymous said...

A person can be defined by whom they sleep with!

MadysiinJournals said...

Congrats to the couple and the new baby. Enjoy your lives together. M.

Anonymous said...

Why does he feel the need to keep this conversation fresh? For all of you who've missed it Taye Diggs DOES have an issue with black women-he's said so many times. His campaign to bash the black woman has come so many times! He was angry because his show was cancelled because we didn't watch it and of course, his famous comments about the black woman when rapper Slim Thug decided that black women are unsupportive and good ole Taye decided he wanted in and couldn't wait to add his 1 cent. Get a life Taye better yet, get a history book. You remind us of the freed slave that went back to the master. SMDH!!

Anonymous said...

I believe Taye's mom was speaking to his personality type, and probably knew, that it was not one that black women were too excited about. This go's across racial lines too. I bet white guys that date Asian women, mom's knew they would not be with a white women. It does not imply that the men hate the women of their group. White men that date black women don't hate white women. These guys just maybe "fit" with so called other women. Get the man that loves your type, and you'll be happy.

Anonymous said...

haters gonna hate

Anonymous said...

I don't hate anyone...however it just seems every time a Black man becomes famous, he turns to a white woman. I am not the only Black woman who feels this way.

I don't hate white woman I just wish successful Black men could see just how successful, beautiful and loving we are.

Anonymous said...

It goes back to slavery, the black man would risk getting his penis cut off to sleep with a white woman.

CHANTAEY said...

It's blaring evidence that he is satanic and gay.

Anonymous said...

In the past I've seen both Taye Diggs and cuba Gooding, Jr. running around town with white women that white men didnt even want; Im talkin 'bout Jerry Springer trailor trash. I guess now hes got a white woman he can be proud of.

Anonymous said...

It's really funny reading the comment's that people made regarding Taye and Cuba. I see theses relationships everyday, and you know what I think? Black women, myself included, need to start looking outside the box. Let's forget about Black men, embrace our beauty and find a man of another race if these 'so-called' black men don't want us!

CLAUDIA said...

Who really cares who Taye black ass marries. It doesnt surprises me that he would make a statement like that. His mother said a lot about him when she said that she thought he always would marry a white girl. Was that statement made because he always had eyes for white women and he hated what he really was especially with him having dark skin. Sometimes in the black race, so many black men like him always feels that they have to give a statement or make ridiculous speeches on why they married out of the black race. Maybe because hes trying to justify himself in why he felt that he needed to make a point of why he married outside of his race. I dont even watch him anyway, hes not that good of an actor anyway.

Droid said...

Mama Knows Best: Taye Diggs Says “She Knew I’d Marry A White Girl”

My God what a profoundly sad statement. When I was a boy I wanted to marry a beautiful black women just like my mother.

Self loathing is sad.

Floyd Darden, Ph.D. said...

When i pray, i try to understand that God is spirit, like my father taught me;
as children of God giving respect to another race begins with respect for your own ... in love. What is love? Not the same thing to everybody... It seems to me that much of the conflict [choices we make] with man dealing with the choices he makes, is somehow reflective of what he and others in society think of his decisions[freedom]. But why should others really care....his choice, right. We are all seeking some form of freedom, whether we believe it or not. The mind of many people in 2011 still seems not to dwell on spiritual matters of purity .... living in harmony; but rather living in the past mind set....thinking about why & why-not & how-come with respect to another persons understanding of his path in life; rather then spending more time learning to understand God's Plan for each one of us; and the reasons for this continued battle between & about Color or colorlessness... is ones own personal issue and not necessarily an issue for the person under the spot light. "Different Strokes for Different folks" thats the ticket.

Anonymous said...

Just because he married a white woman doesnt mean he hates being black. Actually I want to marry a WOMAN and I go outside and find that the black woman isnt as attractive as they used to be in the past. Fake eyelashes, fake hair, fake nails, tight revealing clothes etc. I see a attractive shapely black woman then I sigh when I see those long horse lashes on her face. Cant tell the man that he doesnt love his own race when the black women dont even love themselves..

Nikki said...

Hey that goes to show how black women like myself feel he done sold out like most well established black men. I'm not racist by a long shot but it's the truth, it's what we see and thas how we feel! Why must they keep winning (insider) ..... Who's next Idris Elba??? I'd like to see adorable hot black men with a beautiful independent black women myself! #Ijs

Anonymous said...

Wow, is that his baby, how can you as a father look at your child and they don't look nothing like you??? Makes you question is that really his baby?...the baby has no color wow.....I know he's shock about that, LOL......oh well....be very careful what you ask for, LOL....now that poor child is gonna have a hard time convincing people that he is BLACK....because the father carries the seed of nationality.....I just pray that he doesn't grow up a mixed up nut!

Anonymous said...

I was going to say the same thing about the baby...maybe it will look differently later but from his color it appears the baby should have more color...I hope it is his because if it is not he will turn in to an angry black man that got taken by an white woman which is usually the case. When she gets the money she will be gone...Tyger Woods once again!

Anonymous said...

Give me a break.

@Anonymous (who claimed Menzel will leave Diggs and rob him when money gets tight) check your facts. Idina Menzel is a Tony Award winner whose salary (when she performed on the West End) broke records at 30,000 pounds a week--making her the highest paid performer in West End history. She's every bit as successful in her own right. She doesn't need his money.

@Lisa, Taye Diggs got his start in 'RENT,' not 'Stella Got Her Groove Back.' Of the eight starring roles (one of whom became his wife) only three were black. (Two were Latino/a and three were white.) His Broadway credits are more impressive than his television/film credits, and I don't think I need to tell anyone here that musical theatre tends to cater to a predominately white audience. 'RENT,' 'Wild Party' and 'Chicago' all have fairly diverse fan bases. 'Private Practice' has a pretty diverse range of fans as well. Don't go spreading lies.

@Chantaey, WHAT?!

@Those commenting on what his mother said, what do you expect? Look at the number of non-white people in musical theatre. The man's a dance and singer as well as an actor. His mother probably knew he was more likely to end up with a white person because his career was going to be putting him in the company of mostly white individuals. It doesn't "speak volumes" about anything.

@The last commenters referring to Walker's appearance. That photo was taken when he was a couple weeks old. He's a beautiful mix of the two of them now. See for yourselves: http://tinyurl.com/85mpt8n

Anonymous said...

WHY wasn't his mother surprised that he would marry a white women? Hmmm.

eleanor53 said...

It seems like most of the men who tend to marry White women are really dark skinned Black men. I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

This Blog is called Your Black Woman? Really????

Anonymous said...

He didn't sell out. The real sell outs are people who sacrifice their happiness worrying about what others might think. To comment black men not wanting a woman that look like their mothers. I never had desire for my mother so why the hell will I go out looking for someone like her. And to the white people that don't like it F*ck you too.

Anonymous said...

TO all the Black men who "prefer" White women, I say, "good riddance!" LOL

QueenT said...

Wow!!! His Mother is a Self Hating Mamie...smh..

african girls said...

That's great! I really admire his mother for not interrupting the happiness of his son. I'm happy that he is marrying the one he truly loves.

Anonymous said...

IDOTS!!LEAVE TAYE ALONE,ALL U BLACK WOMAN ARE FULL OF ANGER AND CONTROLLING ALL THE TIME.FAKE HAIR,BIG ASSES...GET LOST!!!!

Black woman said...

Black women are like White woman; personality is not in the color of skin.

Anonymous said...

Some of you on here is ignorant and racist. Its funny because most of you black women that's posting on here do not like anyone telling you who you can and can't date. Black men do not owe black women anything. We date who we want to date. As a black man of real dark complexion i've been treated like trash by the so called black women in todays society. Im a "free agent" basically I date women of all race as long as im attracted to them. And for the ones that say taye hates his mother because he didn't marry a black woman need to get get educated. The only thing taye needs to do is show his mom love and respect. As far as the her taking advantage of him that's non sense, how many black women take advantage of men on a daily basis. Get a life people and maybe you wouldn't have to worry about who someone else is dating

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