Taye Diggs: Black Films Are Still A "Huge Risk" To Hollywood

t(AllHipHop News) Earlier this year, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s Ride Along film broke the record for the biggest January opening weekend with $47.8 million. According to Taye Diggs, lead actor in the highly successful The Best Man Holiday, “Black films” are still considered risky moves by Hollywood studios and are largely dependent on the success of other Black films.

The Best Man Holiday has grossed over $70 million since its November 2013 release. In a recent interview with The New York Daily News, Diggs stated that Hollywood studios “judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other ‘black’ movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other.” Diggs believes that even though Black films have grossed over $150 million worldwide in the past 7 months, they are still a “huge risk”:

We’ve definitely come a long way. 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.

Tim Story’s Think Like A Man Too is set to be released in less than two weeks on June 20th. The film of mostly Black actors has grossed over $90 million at the box office since its April 20th, 2012 release.

  • Terrance Goodman

    True words from Uncle Tom skirt wearer

    • Even if your not a fan of his craft don’t give in to the Mandingo match.

  • The Legendary Troll

    He speaking the truth. but whitey will never admit it

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    “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.”

    Is what a ass kisser would say. if what taye diggs is saying was right then why sam jackson said the studios (in ref to Django) are trying to get the “tyler perry” audience that they been having a hard time reaching. someone is lying to you taye diggs to keep you thinking being underpaid and not respected is because of the “risk” of black films.

    • Ipullcards

      He’s talking about real black acting and movies not no ratchet Tyler perry ‘my opinion’. He’s talking merit base and holding their own amongst the brad Pitts and the Jolie’s etc. That’s all. But he has always seemed to me as an uncle tomish character I dont know maybe I’m wrong

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        “He’s talking about real black acting and movies not no ratchet Tyler perry” ” He’s talking merit base and holding their own amongst the brad Pitts and the Jolie’s etc”

        why that have to be out standards? it reminds me of RG3 saying he dont want to be compared to black QBs. as for tyler perry movies. what i find funny bout the flack tyler perry movies get is this. EVERY white studio puts countless black men in a dress and we still support their movies and the actor. tyler perry movies………from the ones i saw only have ONE black man in a dress and thats him. we will not support TP movies for reason we dont hold other studios too.

        but here is the sam jackson quote ” I don’t even know how to say this…but hopefully the people who go and see Madea will go and see this and have as much fun as they do watching that. This will appeal to that audience that the studios say they don’t know how to get, but somehow Tyler has done it.”

        so how can black movies be a “risk” when sam jackson just said the studios is trying to get that audience. it dont make sense, but if you keep us thinking like this then they can continue treating us and under paying us like that. its a game they running on us. just like many black people dont know how “blaxploitation” movies saved the movie industry……… so when you know this…….what taye diggs is saying makes no sense is all im saying

      • Ipullcards

        Come on my fellow brooklynite u have way to much time on ur hands lol. I disagree. You see what type of black Hollywood they fully except? The ratchet the crazy unstable emotionally on screen. Not all blacks are or share those qualities. Tyler Perry doesn’t speak for me. To white hollywood he’s respected but his work is look down upon. He’s a gesture. Let’s not add on to the fact that he’s a closeted homosexual. It’s perfect that he represents blacks in total he’s complete dysfunction his movies and personal. Won’t get into the rumors of his dating in ATL. That’s another story. But he doesn’t represent me and I don’t or have never watched any of his cross dressing movies

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        peep what im saying. “He’s a gesture. Let’s not add on to the fact that he’s a closeted homosexual.” imma use this as an example. so tyler perry is the ONLY closeted homosexual in hollywood? but thats not gonna stop you from supporting other studios, thats the point im making. we will NOT support this black man and his studio because of this and that……….but dont apply that to other studios. we WONT support a tyler perry movie but WILL scream check your ticket stub when you go and see red tails or the jackie robinson movie. why? because if we dont support white directors making our movie then white studios wont make it. but when a movie is made that have a higher percentage of black involvement we dont support it for SMALL reasons. and the reason why white hollywood looks down on his work is the same reason why european countries have issues with black people being on certain movie posters (couples retreat fazion love was editted out) its called racism. sam jackson said white hollywood wants tyler perry audience, so why would they praise a mans work when they want what he have.
        everything you said about tyler perry is personal issues. but my question to you is this. what white directors and or white studio owners do you hold to this standard.

      • Ipullcards

        Listen first off I can say what I say about Tyler because it is personal wether it’s fact based but we’re talking about us and not them. He needs to be held to a higher standard from us, but that’s not realistic cause a lot of blacks he makes movies for are ok with what he depicts I’m not! Idc about white film makers and the standards they’re held up to sorry I just don’t. I’m pro black I could give a flying fux about the Cohen brothers or adam sandier or whom ever honestly unless they are depicting us in an unflattering way. I only care about how we further ourselves and the substance behind these projects and Tyler Perry’s statue as a culture uplifter via cinema and entertainment. As far as that’s concerned he cornered the market the black/minority ratchet ignorant high cholesterol welfare recipient demographic. He needs to do better.

      • Ipullcards

        I don’t spend money on him or anyone unless I deem the movie classic, than I’ll spend 15 bucks at union sq theatre and peep it, like I did Jackie robinsons movie. Anything else I’ll bootleg unless it’s Kevin hart or ice cube, cause I support black movie directors because I work in the film industry but Tyler nah no love from me!

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        ice cube said our buffoonery is golden in hollywood. so how can you NOT support tyler perry but support ice cube? but since you said that you work with black directors in the industry………i would like to know, what is the purpose of someone having there own studio, the process of these directors you work with working with a studio or getting their products to that studio.

        the reason i ask this is cause im trying to figure out if you dont support tyler perry movies why you cant still have your work go thru his studio. but im not in the industry so i dont know

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        so in your opinion what should happen to tyler perry and his studio?

        “Listen first off I can say what I say about Tyler because it is personal wether it’s fact based but we’re talking about us and not them”

        i followed tyler perry career…….maybe follow is to strong, i remember the mans story i should say. i remember when he had to pay out his own pocket to get his shows on TBS. it started off rough and slowly got better. same with his movies. i dont find his movies “coonery” (check GI Joe and marlan waynes character) or the other titles you labeled it, better yet let me get the names of them so i can see if i saw them or not, daddys little girl is the movie that made me stop hating on the brother, personally. but what i find strange is how “high” we hold our stuff and how non bothered by other we are. meaning you will support a movie about jackie robinson (and check your ticket) and WONT hold the director or the studio to the same standards you would hold tyler perry movies. so how does that help the cause? us NOT supporting tyler perry will put us back in the position of “hollywood dont make black movies” “black actors have it rough in hollywood” “black actors can only play certain roles”

        whats the solution?
        black man have a studio
        we complain (not send better scripts like we do white hollywood) we dont support (like we do to white hollywood) and eventually they go outta business.
        then its “see blacks dont support blacks”………..

        this “game” been played on us to many times to still be working

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        “As far as that’s concerned he cornered the market the black/minority ratchet ignorant high cholesterol welfare recipient demographic.”

        so thats where the majority of his revenue comes from……….

  • Hence why Marvel may not do a black panther movie or a Luke Cage movie. All we are looked at in Hollywood is a spectre for comedy or adultery related films. One day hopefully our horizons in theatre will broaden.

    • Brooklyn Stoop

      ice cube said in a interview on BET that our buffoonery is golden in hollywood.

  • Troll_E_G

    Skip Hollywood. And stop begging them to uplift our image. N fund our films…create them on your own.not a fan of Tyler but he did it on his own n we can do the same…its enough money in black Hollywood for them to pool together n create a blk movie studio,radio station and television network

    • therealwayno

      That’s a good point but the film industry has gate keepers. That’s why a lot of these black “b” and “c” movies go straight to DVD and Netflix. And Perry got a budget for his first movie which was only a few milly.

      • Troll_E_G

        Working with magic Johnson theaters should fix that

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        i was telling my homies this a fews year ago
        if these black actors, worked with black director who work with black writers and they films is done in this black mans studio
        the movies can be sent exclusively to magic johnson theathers. the repeats can come on TV1 (BET even though they own by viacom) or the OWN network. and not one time was a white situation mentioned. but when they see the money generating, netflix and all them will be beating down the door to get a piece of that pie. i guess nagas cant see this cause they dont understand how telemundo got big. this is a station that ONLY caters to NON english speaking people in a english speaking country lol but we think we have to cater to everyone when everyone else caters to they group then expand

  • foshow38

    Part of the reason why Hollywood consider it a risk it because We as black people don’t support our own. There is no reason why other movies Hollywood movies can go 200-300mil worldwide and we can barely hit 100mil mark. If I’m lying ask yourself what was the last “black movie” you seen?? ***Bootlegs don’t count!

    • Brooklyn Stoop

      are you talking bout a “black movie” made by white people or a “black movie” with black people involved

      • foshow38

        Does it matter? My point is not so much who created or funded it. My point is if there’s all black cast no matter who created we don’t tend to support it the same. I believe if we support our own than Hollywood won’t be so hesitant to fund our movies cause they know we’ll show up. It’s kinda like with clothing, Most of us don’t wear black clothing lines. But we strive to have the lastest Polo/Gucci/Louis V/Timberland..exception (jordans). Despite the fact most of the owners for these companies say don’t care or need black people wearing their stuff. My point is if we fully support our own it’ll create new opportunities for other black companies to succeed whether it be movie or anything else.

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        it matters because if “all black” movies are made by non black people then ultimately its them who decide if there will be another “all black” cast and what the movie will be about. the notion of “blacks not supporting” is the biggest lie told and makes no sense. i’ve heard this same argument with the rise of black directors of the 90s, and black people DID and have always supported black movies (most recent was the best man holiday) and that have not increased black movies being made or black actors having expanding roles………. the reason why it does matter is because now we have a black man with a studio and someone told us that we shouldnt support a black man who makes black movies with all or mostly a black cast and we act like we cant support him………….but will bish and moan about what white hollywood will and wont do. same game happen with the clothes…….we rocked OUR designers, then so called educated knee grows of the 90s started looking down on black own clothes. like a black person wearing a black designer appeared to be “too black” . if you want better proof of this, (cause the game is the same) check how we look at or deem HBCU compared to white schools……..a nd if you can understand that then apply that to movies, music, clothes, business etc the same game is being played on everything we touch, but the game only works if we believe it

    • Keith N.

      The only movies going 200-300 mill these days are super hero movies and animations. Black films are usually not either of those and recently has grossed over $150 million in 6 months. Maybe we need a Black animated character to comply to the White man.

      • Freezamon

        We had Blade…but we need more positive Black male roles in movies period. The Rock is doing good although America Don’t see him as black but he is. He does big numbers. Denzel Does numbers but they pair him up with white folks a lot now ( can’t wait for the equalizer ). But look who owns hollywood and you will see why all they want is to keep the stereotypes going.

      • cromthelaughinggod7

        Vin Disel is black also.

      • Ryan Cole

        He is, but they cast him as a white guy.

  • Imadethisaccount Bcespnsaidso

    there’s a reason why white people only want black people acting like idiots in their movies. if u guys can’t see this ploy for what it is I can’t help you. I will say this, when we do put out black movies, white people are literally laughing at us and not with us. The entire black culture is made fun of outside of black people because it lacks substance and intelligence, that is why white people and other races view us as inferior. They all think we are all stupid- and a lot of these black films don’t do anything but perpetuate this farce

  • SBRon

    “Burn Hollywood, Burn”!!!

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  • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

    He only bringing up race because it pertains to him. He don’t really give af abt black people in general

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      what make you think you know that ?

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  • $31056722

    Let’s just get organize and create our own hollywood, I mean the Indians have Bollywood. We need to stop depending of the powers that be.

    • hoeyuno

      That Bollywood ish is massive…probably just as much or more money involved in that ish then Hollywood.

    • cromthelaughinggod7

      They have billionaires though in indian that invested in that quite a few. The few black American billionaires which are few have tried and got shut down. We don’t have the right people yet with money to want to do it. Oprah isn’t enough.

      • $31056722

        Collectively we can do it. Look at hip hop…we only make up 13% of the US population..but we have influenced more than 85% of the world. Everything has a beginning point. Even with low budget films, as long as they are great in story and content…the people will buy; i.e the Blair Witch Project took I think only $22,000 to make, and made back $240.5 million. Bollywood even started on public access channels.

  • hoeyuno

    Its gotta be a strange situation for the old jewish investors getting ready to meet multi-millionaire rapper/actor/entrepeneur Curtis Jackson to hear a movie pitch and flip open there NY times to read that 50 and his goons robbed a young artist the night before for his gold chain…haha