Jamie Foxx Wasn't Allowed Onstage In College Musical Because He's Black

By Isha Thorpe

June 6, 2018

Award-winning star Jamie Foxx is one of the most talented, most respected figures in the entertainment industry. He's won a number of accolades in his career including a Grammy for his 2009 single "Blame It" and an Oscar for 2004's Ray Charles biopic, Ray

The talent doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon, which is the last thing that we would want. Foxx is amazing! Besides serving as the host and executive producer of the game show "Beat Shazam," Foxx also hosts "Off Script," a digital show created and produced by Grey Goose. On the program, he interviews some of Hollywood's biggest names.

On Wednesday (June 6), Foxx chatted with actress/comedian Sarah Silverman. In their conversation, Silverman told Foxx that she got her first big break by acting in musicals like "Hair." However, Foxx told a different story about his experience with plays. 

“They came to me because they needed a tenor,” Foxx said about his college music department. He didn't admit what the play was. But, the now Oscar award-winner continued: “They wouldn’t let me go on the stage but they would let me behind the curtain because there weren’t any African Americans in the production. So I was would sing in the back, and I would just sing the parts they needed me [for].”

Foxx added: “And that’s how I learned about musicals.” In disbelief by this story, Silverman responded: “That’s insane! You don’t know musicals and your experience with them was racist.”

Foxx went to United States International University, where he majored in classical music and composition, PEOPLE reports. We'd say the star's future in entertainment still turned out pretty well, wouldn't you agree?

Check out the "Off Script" episode with Jamie Foxx and Sarah Silverman above!

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