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GIMME FIVE: Black Women-Loving-White Men (Like I Love You, Man‘s Rashida Jones) Interracial Romance Flicks

rashida-iloveyouman-jones 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: thandie-newton-flirting-noah-taylor 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! whitney-houston-bodyguard-kevin-costner 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. whoopi-goldberg-corrina-corrina-ray-liotta 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. zoe-saldana-ashton-kutcher-guess-who 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! sanaa-lathan-something-new-simon-baker 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?
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STUDY: Beauty Salons No Longer Just for Gossip, Tracks & Bootlegs

In a new study researchers used beauty shops to educate African American women about stroke warning signs and risk factors, according to Reuters. To spread the word about strokes, researchers from the University of Cincinnati implemented an educational intervention for hairdressers and their clients in Cincinnati and Atlanta-area salons. "Our results suggest that the beauty shop is a potentially excellent educational setting for stroke and other health issues for black women and should be used in future studies," the researchers conclude about black women who tend to be widely uninformed about their high-risk factor for heart disease. Blindie wonders whether the researchers even considered performing their study in church. Do black women really spend that much time at the salon?
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ObamaNation: Michelle ‘Normalizes Black Women’

michelle-barack-REUTERS A group of black women business owners in Detroit are rejoicing over Michelle Obama, whom they say "normalizes black women," according to the Detroit Free Press. "This whole thing about Michelle Obama being a mad black woman is utterly ridiculous," says Mandisa Smith, a jewelry designer and fine arts appraiser who belongs to the Spiral Collective. Adding that black women are often paid less than any other demographic, regardless of credentials, Smith says, "But as far as I'm concerned, black women have a right to be mad." The Detroit-based group says Obama knocks down old stereotypes of black women, from the Sapphire (the angry black woman) to Mammy (the nurturer). "So Michelle comes along and she completely dispels all that," Janet Jones says. "She represents someone who came from humble beginnings to achieve a high level of education. She has a strong self-identity as a female." PHOTO: Reuters
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GIMME FIVE: Black Women-Loving-White Men (Like I Love You, Man‘s Rashida Jones) Interracial Romance Flicks

rashida-iloveyouman-jones 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: thandie-newton-flirting-noah-taylor 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! whitney-houston-bodyguard-kevin-costner 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. whoopi-goldberg-corrina-corrina-ray-liotta 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. zoe-saldana-ashton-kutcher-guess-who 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! sanaa-lathan-something-new-simon-baker 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?
Read More

STUDY: Beauty Salons No Longer Just for Gossip, Tracks & Bootlegs

In a new study researchers used beauty shops to educate African American women about stroke warning signs and risk factors, according to Reuters. To spread the word about strokes, researchers from the University of Cincinnati implemented an educational intervention for hairdressers and their clients in Cincinnati and Atlanta-area salons. "Our results suggest that the beauty shop is a potentially excellent educational setting for stroke and other health issues for black women and should be used in future studies," the researchers conclude about black women who tend to be widely uninformed about their high-risk factor for heart disease. Blindie wonders whether the researchers even considered performing their study in church. Do black women really spend that much time at the salon?
Read More

ObamaNation: Michelle ‘Normalizes Black Women’

michelle-barack-REUTERS A group of black women business owners in Detroit are rejoicing over Michelle Obama, whom they say "normalizes black women," according to the Detroit Free Press. "This whole thing about Michelle Obama being a mad black woman is utterly ridiculous," says Mandisa Smith, a jewelry designer and fine arts appraiser who belongs to the Spiral Collective. Adding that black women are often paid less than any other demographic, regardless of credentials, Smith says, "But as far as I'm concerned, black women have a right to be mad." The Detroit-based group says Obama knocks down old stereotypes of black women, from the Sapphire (the angry black woman) to Mammy (the nurturer). "So Michelle comes along and she completely dispels all that," Janet Jones says. "She represents someone who came from humble beginnings to achieve a high level of education. She has a strong self-identity as a female." PHOTO: Reuters
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