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Posted on May 26, 2009 with 2 Comments
We don’t know how we missed this, but apparently Ga Ga girl Rashida Jones has a new man–and he is not on The Office (ahem, John Krasinski!).
The Parks and Recreation star was recently spotted out and about with President Barack Obama‘s Director of Speechwriting, 27-year-old Jon Favreau. Here’s the scoop on their D.C. affair:
“Rashida and Jon were hanging out in an exclusive bar in the Georgetown area,” says a blogger for Best Week Ever. “Our tipster reports that the two were attached at the hip all evening, until they starting making out with each other at the bar. Eventually, they left with one another.”
We’re loving this meeting of brains and beauty!
PHOTO: Photoshopped by Best Week Ever Blog
Posted on March 20, 2009 with 5 Comments
In honor of the soon-to-be box office hit I Love You, Man and the backdrop of the interracial romance between Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd, Blindie revisited the black woman-loving-white man film romances in our time.
Here’s our stab at listing the Top 5 interracial onscreen couplings that not only entertained us, but sent us a message:
1. Flirting: Shy Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) falls for Thandiwe Adjewa (Thandie Newton) and their romance blossoms over the course of the school year in this 1991 cult classic. Danny could’ve easily fell for Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman in the flick, but he opted for the Kenyan spark plug!
2. The Bodyguard: The 1992 hit film starred Whitney Houston as a demanding diva that reluctantly hires Kevin Costner to help protect her from a psychotic stalker who wants her dead. Costner’s protective ways helps him fall in love with the diva he’s protecting.
3. Corina, Corina: The 1994 comedy with heart followed housekeeper Corina Washington (Whoopi Goldberg) as she helps young Molly cope with the death of her mother. Corina definitely helps Molly out of her muteness, but it’s the sparks between Corina and Molly’s widower father (Ray Liotta) that really shook things up.
4. Guess Who: The 2005 take on the 1967 classic featured Zoe Saldana bringing her white fiance (played by Ashton Kutcher) home to her skeptical black father (played by the late Bernie Mac). In the end, love conquers all–and daddy accepts her white boy!
5. Something New: The 2006 mainstream romantic comedy found Sanaa Lathan’s Kenya McQueen trying something new during a blind date with a hunky landscaper Brian (Simon Baker), who happens to be white. And who couldn’t fall in love with a man that helps you embrace your natural curl?
Tags: ashton kutcher, black women, bodyguard, corina corina, flirting, guess who, interracial romances, kevin costner, Movies, noah, Rashida Jones, ray liotta, sanaa lathan, simon baker, something new, Thandie Newton, white men, whitney houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Zoe Saldana
Category: Movies, Race Matters, Rashida Jones, Thandie Newton, Zoe Saldana
Posted on March 20, 2009 with 2 Comments
Adding to the minority factor of The Office (Stanley Hudson, Kelly Kapoor and Oscar Martinez), hunky actor Idris Elba picked up where Rashida Jones left off as ethnic guest star eye candy on the NBC hit.
Playing Dunder Mifflin’s new boss Charles Minor (get it?!), Elba made his hunky debut on The Office, shaking up the staff.
“Oh my God!” Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) said of Elba (who can next be seen with Beyonce Knowles in Obsessed). “He’s like a black George Clooney!”
You can watch the full episode on Hulu.
Tags: charles minor, guest star, Idris Elba, nbc, Obsessed, television, the office, TV
Category: Ga Ga, Idris Elba, Rashida Jones, TV
Posted on December 24, 2008 with 1 Comment
Hang the stockings, light the menorah, gather around the tree and spin the dreidel!
It’s time to recognize the famous African American Jews who celebrate Hanukkah as well as Christmas—and maybe even Kwanzaa:
Lisa Bonet – the Life on Mars actress has a Jewish mother and an African American father.
Lenny Kravitz – the sexy singer boasts Jewish TV producer Sy Kravitz for a father and the late African American TV star Roxie Roker of The Jeffersons for a mother.
Sophie Okonedo – the British star of The Secret Life of Bees has a Jewish mother and a Nigerian father.
Slash – the Velvet Revolver metal head has a mother of Nigerian descent and a British Jewish father.
Rashida Jones – the former Office worker is the daughter of African American music icon Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton who is Jewish.
Rain Pryor – the daughter of African American comic legend Richard Pryor has a Jewish mother.
Tags: christmas, Hanikkah, Jewish, Kwanzaa, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet, Rain Pryor, Rashida Jones, Slash, Sophie Okonedo
Category: Lisa Bonet, Race Matters, Rashida Jones, Religion
Posted on July 13, 2008 with 1 Comment
Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr isn’t the first token TV character. Take a look back: Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on Saved By the Bell. Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams) on Melrose Place. And Cleveland Brown on The Family Guy. But the latest phenomenon is the beautiful, ambiguously-ethnic character.
Take Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on the CW’s hugely popular teen soap. She came onto the lily-white set of Gossip Girl as the boho-esque, Williamsburg hipster waitress who had gifts from Eastern Europe in tow on her first episode.
Although Szohr’s character was a sharp contrast to the non-speaking, harajuku-costumed black (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Asian (played by Nan Zhang) background characters on the show, it was quite confusing to peg Szohr’s ethnicity. Her hair was curly (she could be Puerto Rican/Dominican?), but her eyes were blue/green and her skin was basically the same color as her castmates. She is reportedly Hungarian and African-American.
Another primetime example is Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Calling Karen “exotic,” Steve Carell’s charmingly clueless character puts everyone’s (even our own) curiosity to rest, asking Karen, “Is your father a G.I.?” As most may know, Rashida is Quincy Jones’ daughter with Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. Her sister is Kidada Jones.
But, while on past shows, except for Lisa on Saved by the Bell (who was famously fawned over by the un-dateable Screech, and dated Zac Morris for an episode), these characters are far cries from the sassy black girlfriend who tells it like it is roles we’ve been bamboozled by. They are actually part of major romantic story lines.
On The Office, Jones’ character was involved in the fabled love triangle between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. While Szohr’s character shook things up between Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. She also went on to date the prettiest character on the show, Chace Crawford (pictured above). Before joining GG, Szohr also played Barry Watson’s neighbor and love interest in the cancelled ABC series, What About Brian?
”Do I want to see any more shows where someone has a sassy black friend? No, because I’m nobody’s sassy black friend,” Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil recently told Entertainment Weekly of TV’s lack of diversity. “I just want to see shows in which people get to be people and that look like the world we live in.”
As our frustrations with TV’s lack of color continue to flourish, enjoy this Entertainment Weekly article, “Why is TV so White?”
PHOTO: Courtesy of The CW
Tags: diversity, Gossip Girl, Jessica Szohr, race, Rashida Jones, the office, TV
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