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


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?

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Art Broadway

Blindie’s Tears: India.Arie’s Broadway Debut Postponed

Due to the loss of one of the production’s backers, India.Arie’s Broadway debut in the revival of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” has been postponed, according to the AP.

The play, a revival of the Tony-nominated play about seven women of color from the African Diaspora, is being produced by Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment Group, and was set to have opened Sept. 8 at Circle in the Square.

PHOTO: India.Arie

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Media Politics Race Matters TV

The View: Whoopi Explains Racism, Hasselbeck Cries

Footage revealing that Jesse Jackson used the N-word (in addition to saying he wanted to cut Barack Obama’s “nuts off”) sparked a heated discussion between The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck, a staunch Republican, held back tears as she grappled with the double standard that black people are using the N-word, while she’s trying to teach her children otherwise. The mother of two explains, “When we live in a world where pop culture then uses that term and we’re trying to get to a place where we feel like we’re in the same place and we feel like we’re in the same world how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?”

Goldberg quickly cuts Hasselbeck off and clears up the misconception that we are all “living in the same world,” arguing that her own mother’s lack of voting rights in America is evidence of the different worlds. “You must acknowledge the understanding of what it [the N-Word] is and why it is, in order to go [forward],” Goldberg insists.

All double standards are hard to understand, and it is practically impossible to selectively delegate which racial groups are empowered to use the word and in what context (ie: Are bi-racial people, who appear to be white, allowed to use the word?).

But Goldberg just might have good cause to defend the usage of the word and stress the understanding of the hows and whys before extracting it completely. It wasn’t too long ago that blacks had to accept the double standard that was segregation and slavery under the Constitution, so it shouldn’t be too hard for Hasselbeck to understand the double standard of one ridiculous little word.

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