Rocsi Diaz for YRB Magazine

Eddie Murphy’s new squeeze Rocsi Diaz is finally hanging up her gloves after 7 years as a co-host on BET’s 106 & Park and is eyeing an acting career in Hollywood. She sat down with YRB to discuss her long run on BET and what’s next in her career.

“Styled out in the latest collection of Issey Miyake, this focused, young woman is determined to showcase other facets of her character.Showcasing Issey Miyake’s current collection from lead designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae, Rocsi embodies the gentleness and strength behind the label’s presentation, entitled “Bloom Skin.” Forever thinking ahead, the Japanese brand, together with one of America’s best-known television personalities, are destined to continue to make marks for themselves well beyond this season.”

Here are some of the deets from her interview:

THE MISCONCEPTION OF WHO I AM “I’m not what people think I am. People see a persona on television and they tend to think that is how people really are, when in actuality, we are all just human beings. I’m a very spiritual, humble and down-to-earth person. There is so much more to me than what meets the eye.”

WHERE MY PASSION LIES NOW “My passion lies in bettering and empowering our youth. Through my charity, The RocStar Foundation, mentoring and speaking engagements and through how I live my everyday life, I try to be a role model – not only for young girls – but for the youth as a whole. I want them to know they can achieve anything they set forth in their mind. You always need that cheerleader in your life.”

WHAT 106 & PARK HAS MEANT TO ME “It completely changed my life. This show set the foundation of a very prosperous career for me, and it showed me the reality of dreams coming true. I would have never seen myself on a flagship show on a major network for so long, and Terrence J and I have been able to outlast other television hosts in our demographic who didn’t last as long. You have to give us some type of credit for that.”

LIFE AFTER 106 & PARK “I see myself continuing to host and be a part of the entertainment world. It is something I have grown to love, and I truly enjoy it. I have also ventured into the realm of acting, as well as writing and producing movies. I’m currently filming, as well as shopping around the very first film that I produced, and I’m really excited about it.”

WHAT THE SUMMER HOLDS “I’m really looking forward to going to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival. Being in my hometown and experiencing the festival means so much to me.”

ADVICE FOR THE NEXT ROCSI
“Always follow your passion. Look at the people that came before you. Study the greats and practice, but most importantly, try to set your lane. Don’t settle for trying to be the next me, but instead become the best you.”

Images and interview courtesy of YRB

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