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Taye Diggs aka “sexual chocolate” says that he did not accept his skin color until he saw model Tyson Beckford’s rise to fame. The actor/author says that he did not think he was good looking at first because he had a complex about his skin color:

“When I got into high school I started to hear, just from the black community, everybody is more attracted to the light skin girls and the light skin dudes with the light eyes,” he said in an interview with

“And from within the race the light skin black people and lighter brown people would make fun of the darker people. So then it was a completely different kind of struggle.”

“And then funnily enough it was when dark skinned men, and this was just from my perspective, there seemed to be a shift where all of a sudden we saw Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Tyson Beckford. I’m still trying to figure out how this came to be. For me, when I saw Tyson Beckford hailed as this beautiful man by all people, that caused a shift in my being,” he added.”

Taye who is now a father of a 2 year-old bi-racial son recently published his children’s book Chocolate Me, which encourages youngsters to accept who they are.

What do you think of Taye’s comments? Did you know that black men struggle with this issue, and does this factor into the women that they date?

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