For Rocsi Diaz, host of BET’s "106 & Park," her fabulous gig comes with as many heartaches as it does perks. She recently opened up to Honey magazine about her past and all of the rumors.
The first thing she noted? Her standoffish personality. “Rocsi the personality and Rocsi the person are two different people,” she said. In fact, it was months before the crew that produces her show knew that she didn’t hate them because she’s so quiet.
But let the 25-year-old VJ tell it, the Internet’s never quiet when it comes to her. “I think a lot of these Web sites need a story.” Rocsi said. “They need to find somebody to pick on, and I just so happen to be one of those girls. I’ve always had that coming up against Free on a Black network and not being Black.”
She’s Latina (born in Honduras and raised in New Orleans and Dallas), which may have something to do with the eating disorder that she developed in high school.
“You’re never really cured," said Rocsi of her anorexia. "Sometimes you have to psych yourself up that you’re eating healthy, you’re at a healthy weight. As women you have those fat days, but in my mind, those days are a little too frequent."
“To this day, when somebody calls me thick, that’s not a compliment to me," she continued. "Don’t call me thick. I hate that. I think thick is fat. I used to think that if I had curves or stomach flab that meant I was fat. I used to go over 110 lbs, I would think ‘I’m fat.’ If I see on a scale 118 [lbs.], I would start starving myself to get myself down to what I need to be at.”
If there’s any truth to the rumors that she’s booed up with LisaRaye’s ex-husband Michael Misick or with her co-host Terrance J or with any number of Hollywood celebrities, then her body’s only a problem in her own mind.
Her manager told Honey that she couldn’t discuss the "LisaRaye situation," but Rocsi offered this comment: “With men in my life, I’ve always made good choices. I would love to think that. It’s just really hard to trust people, and that’s just coming from not knowing everybody’s intentions.”
A whole other set of rumors say that it’s not so much about her dates’ intentions, but about hers. Haven’t we all heard that she’s only on BET because of her looks, or a few well-placed paramours?
“I got where I’m at because of my work,” she maintains. “I never had to lay on my back to get where I was.”
Her résumé definitely supports that argument: She started out in the broadcast industry in high school and had her own radio show after only a few months. So, as she puts it, she’s paid her dues and it shows.
“I spent time doing radio so anybody that came on that [106th & Park] couch, I had already interviewed. I had weight to my name already. So Queen Latifah, Ludacris, Lil’ Wayne, Baby, all these people respected me. They know me; they know I’m a hardworker," Rocsi said.
The rumors and ridicule don’t seem to be slowing her down, though. And the TV hose said that she’d love to act "in a dramatic role."
But until she makes it to the silver screen, she’s still loves her current gig. “There’s nothing in the world that would bring me to leave 106th," she said. "I think we’re getting bigger and badder and there’s no point in me leaving right now.”
– Whitney Teal
All photos courtesy Honey