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Inside Quotes - Morris Chestnut: 'Wesley Snipes Opened It Up For Us Dark-Skinned Brothers'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 10, 2013 at 7:45PM

“You’re talking to the right person, because when I was coming up, it was all about Prince, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson. So it was really difficult for me coming up. Matter of fact, my first production company when I started was called ‘Dark Skin Productions,' because it was difficult breaking in. And then, Wesley Snipes broke through, and he opened it up for us dark-skinned brothers. Some of my boys, Shemar Moore, they’re light-skinned, they get theirs too. There’s enough for everybody.”
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Morris Chestnut

“You’re talking to the right person, because when I was coming up, it was all about Prince, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson. So it was really difficult for me coming up. Matter of fact, my first production company when I started was called ‘Dark Skin Productions,' because it was difficult breaking in. And then, Wesley Snipes broke through, and he opened it up for us dark-skinned brothers. Some of my boys, Shemar Moore, they’re light-skinned, they get theirs too. There’s enough for everybody.”

Morris Chestnut talking to a live audience at the recent 2013 Essence Music Festival, responding to a question about whether dark-skinned black men have had as difficult a time getting into the biz (specifically acting), here in the USA, as much as dark-skinned women.

Maybe there's a conversation to be had about "Dark Boys" too. Maybe not. 

Chestnut also dishes on the upcoming sequel to The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, and some other items.

Watch the interview below:

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