See that boys and girls: just because a Black man marries a white woman, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love and appreciate his Blackness.
Taye Diggs just released a children’s book called “Chocolate Me,” which we imagine had to be inspired at least a little by conversations he’s had with his little light brown cookie Walker.
The star of TV’s “Private Practice” spent time at a Manhattan bookstore Wednesday reading his new children’s book “Chocolate Me!” and encouraging kids to be embrace who they are.
“I lived in a neighborhood where nobody else looked like me,” said Diggs, 40, who grew up in upstate Rochester. “My mother took me aside and basically told me to embrace my differences.”
Diggs read his book, illustrated by childhood pal Shane Evans, to about 60 parents and their children at Books of Wonder in the Flatiron District.
He said he hopes his book inspires children to be proud of their ethnicity, regardless of their skin color. He said the message is even more important to him since he became a father in 2009.
“Now that I have a child, it makes things like this even more rich,” he said of yesterday’s reading.
Diggs’ book, released Tuesday, was inspired by a poem he wrote while in college at Syracuse University.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” he said.
We can’t help but wonder if this isn’t a little guide book to help little Walker’s mommy talk to him about his brown awesomeness too…
Peep Taye talking about that journey in more detail below.