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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Environment of Interracial Love

The interracial love romantic comedy "Something New" features Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker as a black/white couple in a separated world and highlights the black perspective. America is still mostly segregated along racial lines. Sanaa as Kenya is affluent and well educated and Simon as Brian is a working class fellow. Why is it that the black always has to be so much better than the white in these films? Sidney Poitier was a super black with multiple degress in "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner."

This film will probably be successful because the pairing of an African American woman and a Caucasian man will not offend anyone. Leading black men, even Will Smith, still cannot love white women on screen because white men and black women are so offended it hurts the box office. And black men with black women will not draw whites to the box office. So we are left with black men and latinas on screen and now black women and white men. Race in America is still deeply disturbing, even in Hollywood. Photo Credit: Signey Baldwin, Focus Features
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