Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs Talk Being Black in Hollywood

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nia longThe Best Man Holiday” co-stars Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs are gracing the cover of the latest issue of JET magazine together. The trio, which has found work to varying degrees of success since their collaborative effort ten years ago, sheds light on the trials of Black actors in Hollywood today.

Nia Long on getting the movie made:

“It wasn’t like we were just able to make this movie; we had to go through a process. So I feel successful in that alone….”

Sanaa Lathan on the portrayal of African-Americans in films:

“We as moviegoers want to see ourselves. A lot of Black films that have been out lately have been of a certain…stereotype and humor. This has a lot more depth. It’s not fitting the mold of what’s out now.”

Taye Diggs on how films have changed since The Best Man:

“Our films were really starting to explode and it was an interesting time. But then, people started making movies without us in them…Sadly, we’re still slaves to a system we don’t really control.”

The “Best Man Holiday” hits theaters November 15.

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