Saturday, May 8, 2021

THE REAL Welcomes Taye Diggs, Angie Martinez, and Guest Co-Host Amanda Seales!

*On Tuesday, Oct. 23, The Real welcomes back guest host recording artist, actress, comedian and author, Amanda Seales!

The ladies discuss Halloween costumes and why it’s important to be culturally appropriate. Amanda explains that there’s a fine line between “honoring and degrading.”

Also, co-host Loni Love recounts a story of bringing boyfriend James to an all-Black nightclub for the first time.

Then radio personality, rapper, producer and host Angie Martinez joins the Girl Chat table to talk about Untold Stories Of Hip Hop, and shares some untold stories of her own.

And later, actor Taye Diggs drops by to chat about his show All American, and how his son Walker refuses to have either of his talented parents sing in his presence!

When It Comes To Halloween Costumes, There’s A Fine Line Between Honoring And Degrading

Amanda Seales: Whatever costume you wear, should not one offend, ok? So it shouldn’t degrade. And there’s a fine line between honoring and degrading. And two – I think it’s very important to understand that cultures and ethnicities are not characters. And I think a lot of people don’t understand that…

[The Real audience applauds]

Amanda: People are living and existing in these spaces and for what it’s worth, a lot of cultures and ethnicities are in spaces that are considered a “fringe” that are “oppressed,” etc. So when you just “Dress up like it for fun!” it makes those people who have to live and exist in that space on a daily basis look at you like, “Well how you just gonna try and dress up as what I exist as?” That’s that.

[The Real audience applauds]

Amanda: Now. The other part of it is that we have – I just think we have such a wealth of literature, of movies, of tv, of really iconic amazing characters and leaders that we can dress up as and that we can show love to and there’s so many ways to do that without having to – wear blackface. You know, without having to wear culturally, ethnically and religious… um… not icons… elements. Like for instance, there’s no need for you to wear a Native American headdress, like, if you don’t identify with the culture that that is representing. I think that some people don’t understand that. I’m really appreciative to USA Today for making a point to clarify this because I feel like if we could start just integrating it into these spaces, it becomes much easier to integrate into our everyday lives.

[The Real audience applauds]

Adrienne Houghton: Instead of being like, “Oh, everyone’s offended nowadays,” be open to learning about it.


Amanda: There’s an episode of Louis C.K.’s show where his daughter wanted to be Frederick Douglass.

Loni Love: I remember that!

Amanda: His daughter’s like…a little white girl and she wants to be Frederick Douglass and she was Frederick Douglass. But I can’t remember – did they have her face, did they have her skin painted?

Tamera Mowry-Housley: No…

Loni: No, they didn’t paint her skin, and also there are people that – I’ve seen kids, dress their kids up as the characters in Hamilton – like, you know, things like that. Historical characters.

Adrienne: What about kids as Black Panther?

Loni: Just don’t change – that’s fine, just don’t change the color of their skin.

Adrienne: Got it.

Loni: Explain to them – this is a teachable moment to explain, “This is the person that you’re portraying that is famous in history. And you don’t mock them, you don’t mock their culture.”



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About The Real
THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy-nominated talk show on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken Emmy Award-winning hosts, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, The Real is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and shot in Los Angeles, California.




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