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.