When did Interracial Dating become "Something New"?
Every now and then a new book, song or movie will be released addressing what some of us refer to as "the real world and everyday life". For others it's just a way to peek into or live vicariously through those more daring. Back in the day it was Sidney Poitier in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"? More recently was the remake with Ashton Kucher and Bernie Mack. Well, on February 3, 2006 a new romantic comedy titled "Something New," directed by Sanaa Harnri and written by Kriss Turner hit movie theatres.
The movie tells the story of a well-educated CPA played by Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar and Alien vs. Predator), who's looking for the perfect African-American companion. While on a blind date, and much to her surprise, she meets a white landscaper, played by Simon Baker (A Very Long Engagement and The Ring Two). Instead of dating him and getting a hook up on a little trimming of the hedges & planting of the seeds (flowers of course), Sanaa would rather pay him for his "landscaping" services. According to Newsweek's Allison Samuels, thirteen percent of African-American men marry outside their race, compared to just 5 percent of African-American women. In the movie they drop a more surprising statistic...that over 42 percent of African-American women are not married at all. (That explains that hungry look I see in my sisters eyes when I take my man out on the town.)
"Something New" sounds like it may be a great ice-breaker and motivator to more people, not just sisters, to consider interracial dating as an option. It helps that the movie focuses on the similarities between the two main characters not just playing up the differences for a quick laugh. In the Newsweek article, Sanaa is quoted as saying "I've dated interracially in the past, and it's good to know you have the option. To be in a film where a black woman is desired by all men is something I feel grateful to be a part of." Leticia seconds that emotion!
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Although there are a few funny "moments", you could wait for this to come to video (I'm sure that it will be there soon).
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