Actor, entertainer and television host Alfonso Ribeiro stole the hearts of many decades ago within his role of Carlton Banks from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but don’t get it twisted he’s been on the scene for years before and even after the show aired!
In a recently released interview with Atlanta Black Star , Alfonso speaks on his journey of being in the entertainment industry for over thirty years feeling as if he receives lack of support from the Black community because of his mixed relationship.
“I am in a mixed relationship. And I get things and looks and comments constantly. And I find it very interesting because you see a lot of things on social media where people say things and people have positions and perspectives.”
Alfonso continues, “And it’s not easy to make that choice, because you’re not at home in any home. I’m never going to be white and I’m never going to be fully supported in the Black house.”
“So I’m in my own little world with support from almost no one, to be in love with someone I’ve fallen in love with. How does that make sense? It doesn’t.”
”We all want to live in a world where everyone is accepted for being and loving and living the way they choose to live. I will support any person that wants to live in a world that they want to live in. I’ll support a racist person to live in a world that they want to live in. They don’t have to be around me.”
He says, “But if that’s the world that they want to live in, they should have a right to live in that world. I live in a mixed world. I love in a mixed world. I live in a Black world, and I love in that world. I feel everyone should be supported.”
”I deal with it all the time. I laugh at the fact that I am a mainstream television host, been in the game forever and I could purchase tickets to go to the BET Awards.”
“So it is what it is. I’m not going to purchase the ticket, but I’m also not going to … I guess I’m doing it now by putting them on front street. But at the end of the day, if that’s the view they take, then that’s the view they take. I can’t change their mind. All I can do is live my life and be me and be the best version of me. And continue to love everybody equally, and let it fall where it falls.