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hmurchison
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Something New
Has anyone seen this movie? If features Sanaa Lathan as a professional black woman who falls for a handsome man who just so happens to be white. I haven't personally seen the movie and I'll probably rent the movie and watch with my gf or something. I'm not sure why but I feel a bit anxious about the movie. It was directed by a biracial woman and perhaps she wanted to capture a bit of the vibe her parents had.

My fear, though, is that we black men will once again come off like caricatures. The common myth to espouse is that there are no eligible black men out there. Our black women have been falling for this trip a bit too much lately. Eligibility is how you define it and not someone else.

While I will admit there there are more than a few black men who are trifling in their ways ever culture has this. I'm saddened when the same stereotype is perpetuated that there aren't enough educated black men and thus black women must open their pool. There are plenty of smart black men out there and for whatever reason it become hard to meet our female counterparts. Lucky for me I have met mine but I know how hard it is.

I look forward to watching the movie and then I'll update my thoughts here.
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Yeah...and the woman who directed the movie has the same name, "Sanaa". But I haven't seen it either. I think people make to big a issue about mixed couples. I mean... I dont have a feel for white women, but I might date asian or mexican, or some others.

But I do'nt think black men get a fair shake. Like Hmurch talked about: there are more good ones out there than women make it seem. They may not all have best jobs, or look all hollywood.... But they're good men who take care of their mates
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I'll watch the movie with an open mind but it's a bit of a slap in the face to start the movie with urban black woman talking about how difficult it is to find the ideal man and then have the lead character fall for a white gardener. I realize that this dichotomy is what the director wanted. She wanted to break down the barriers of class and color at the same time but it still sends a distrubing message. How many quality black men did Kenya pass that had blue collar jobs?

Interracial relationship don't bother me. However I simply like to observe the "qualifiers" that people state for their reasons. Frankly who you date is who you date with no qualifiers needed but it speaks volumes when someone says "well I couldn't find the ideal xxxx man/woman"

hmmmmmmmmmmm really.
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Hmmm. I think I need to start a new thread about this. Cuz I was kinda thinking the same thing.
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I haven't seen her (sanaa) since Love and Basketball. Im sure shes done other movies since.
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Sanaa is as beautiful as ever. Check her out in Alians vs Predator and The Best Man.

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Alvin Romer made a great point in his article "Adam, Where Art Thou?"
Yes we're out here, but if we don't let ourselve be known, then the sisters can't find us. We are supposed to be the initiators when it comes to dating. I know a bunch of broth's complaining that they can't find good sista's, but when I ask them what their approach is, they tell me "this is the 21 century, and women can make the move". What is up with that? That is so out of biblical order.
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Fools

A good woman will make a move. It'll be subtle and if you don't pick up on it then the next man who's a little more attentive will.
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By now I assume most have seen this film.

After the pre-judgement of the film because of the subject matter, it was assumed that the film would dishonor/bash black men when in fact every black male character was very positive.

Hollywood and writers are filled with stories. Some you will like and some you will not like. There are millions of stories to be told, all taken from life and a writers imagination.

White men with black women is nothing new. It has been that way since we got off the ship. Not all white/black relationships is the product of rape. Many have been by choice. No matter, the pecentage of white/black relationships are still low. However, in the scheme of things there are far more black men with white women than the reverse!
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No matter, the pecentage of white/black relationships are still low. However, in the scheme of things there are far more black men with white women than the reverse!


Yeah, but if you travel internationally, the numbers are interesting. Of course, interracial relationships don't necessarily carry the negative imagery they seem to possess in the U.S. either.
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VickanS,

I agree, and I have traveled internationally. The USA seems to be the catalyst for the negative image of interracial dating/marriage. It may seem strange but when I have traveled in the south I see more mixed couples than anyplace else.
I should have made it clear that I was speaking of USA stats, not world-wide stats.

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