Denee Baptiste Sits For Intimate Interview With Cleo Speaks
“Known for her stage work with Beyoncé, Denee Baptiste shares her journey as a mother, performer, dancer, motivational speaker and passion for inspiring young dancers to follow their dreams,” a press release states.
Baptiste also talks about how “hidden colorism” in the entertainment industry affected her as a kid and as she came up in the dance community.
“Growing up it was very hard because I wasn’t typically the ‘pretty girl’,” she says in a sneak peek. “That came up a lot as I was going through the industry. I was very skinny, I was the darkest person sometimes auditioning, I wasn’t wearing weave, I wasn’t wearing a lot of makeup. I was going in very natural, very bare, and people were like ‘no.’”
Watch her speak in the clip up top, then tune into CLEO TV on April 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET for the full episode.