It’s not every day that I get to interview Emmy award winning talent. The opportunity arose with Ms. Diahnna Nicole Baxter; an actress, a producer, a writer and beautiful soul. As a women of color, she’s accomplished so much that it was impossible for me not to interview her as June’s Melting Pot Beauty of the month.
Although born in Las Vegas, NV, at 8 years of age she left for Minneapolis and then spent her high school years back in San Diego, CA. However, according to Baxter “Whenever anyone asks me this question I say New York, because that was the first city that felt like home to me. I moved there right after college at Duke University.”
Being a graduate from Duke University is only one of her major accomplishments. In 2007, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Broadband Program-Drama for “Satacracy 88”. She was also nominated in 2008 for another Daytime Emmy in Outstanding New Approaches-Daytime Entertainment for “Satacracy 88”. Baxter has also co-starred on hit TV series including “True Blood”, “90210” and the ever so popular, “Scandal”. Diahnna’s upcoming projects include the production of a short film that will be in the festival circuit this fall. She is also producing a feature film about Billie Holiday called, “Finding Lady”.
When asked about her ethnicity and any struggles with her race, she replied, “I am African American with Native American down the lines on my mothers side. I always identified as a black woman. My mother is a strong darker skinned black woman and she raised me. I started to notice that others did not perceive me that way in school I was often teased by my black friends of “acting white” or having good hair, etc. By the white kids I was too black or wasn’t like the other black people. From both sides it was an assault in many ways on my identity. I have always been viewed as mixed race but for a long time did not accept that people viewed me that way. As an actress, I learned quickly that most don’t automatically identify me as black. I have now become, “ethnically ambiguous.” As far as I’m concerned, I am a black woman.
Her beauty routine consists of Pantene’s Intense Moisturizing Shampoo from their Relaxed & Natural Line and Mane and Tail Conditioner. “I usually rotate that with Nexxus Humectress. For a moisturizer I use a dab of organic coconut oil, I use it for everything, usually mix it in whatever lotion I am using too. I use Derma-e all natural, non animal tested skin care products and Bare Minerals Eye Cream. I also use Bare Minerals foundation, very minimal. Lashes (extensions) and a coral gloss go a long way.”
Lastly, as a message to her fans she says, “Have faith in yourself. Waiting to be perfect in any situation will only hold you back. Your spirit goes beyond your racial identity, and therein lies your power. That being said always look out for younger girls who could benefit from your story. We all need to be reminded we are not alone and that we are capable of fulfilling our dreams.”
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