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NEW YORK — Let Go Of, Allow Flow.

That is the theme regarding the comedy that is romanticSomething New,” starring Sanaa Lathan being an affluent black colored girl whom falls in deep love with her white landscaper. As well as in numerous ways that is the theme of Lathan’s individual love life aswell. The 34-year-old beauty, that is currently single, talked towards the Associated Press about interracial dating on display and in actual life.

AP:Why do you opt to just take this part?

Lathan: it had been a script that is good. It could be read by me in a single sitting that is extremely telling. And I also identify with this specific character and I also realize that this really is a character we now haven’t really seen on display screen before. We now have not seen an interracial issue dealt with from the black girl and white guy’s viewpoint this way. And, frequently, it is a black colored man, white woman. I adored the known undeniable fact that it absolutely wasn’t concerning the couple being from the globe or perhaps the few contrary to the household. We loved the reality that it was her coping with her very own prejudices that arrived up, her own shame, her own pity and embarrassment about what her peers thought.

AP:Have you been involved with an interracial relationship?

Lathan: i have been in a few with various events like Latino, white, center Eastern.

AP:Did you discover any differences that are major the cultures?

Lathan: Yeeesss, there is certainly. There in fact is an improvement. You understand what? Everybody is significantly diffent. I will think about three black colored males We’ve dated, plus they couldn’t become more distinctive from one another.

AP:How does your household or friends respond once you date an individual who differs from you?

Lathan: folks are likely to usually have their views whether you date a man that is black maybe maybe not. I had girlfriends, members of the family touch upon black males that I have dated along with white people. Individuals wish to see just what they would like to see. If anyone does not fit that photo they’re going to end up like, ‘Yeah, i did not see him.’ I recall once I dated this man that is white no one stated certainly not there was clearly a few guys in my own family members that joked from then on. ‘ Oh yeah, we had a ongoing party when y’all broke up. Hee hee hee.’ And, you understand, they laughed, plus it had been like light and a tale. But, you understand, that is real. Which was genuine and so they inform me. And, it is almost acceptable inside our tradition to be prejudiced toward whites as a result of our history. This country is laden with racism . . .

Just like the man I became dating.

White, liberal, educated. I decided to go to fulfill their family and I also think until he walked in with me that they probably didn’t know they had a problem with it. Plus they undoubtedly had problems. Mom had difficulties with it. Could perhaps not, did not desire to see her son. And I also do not think she had any such thing against me personally. Nonetheless it had been about her son bringing me house. And I also felt that for the time that is first. I became like, ‘Wow, that is deep.’ It is easy: I don’t fit their image. After which there clearly was moments like we would be in Harlem with him where. There is five brothers into the part, and also this is an awful feeling but you’re keeping their hand and also you like to pull your hand away cause you do not want the judgment. And you also’re gonna get the judgment regardless if it is simply in appearance. Therefore the black colored males are the worst with regards to judging.

AP:Do you might think interracial dating is from the rise for black colored women, especially black colored expert ladies?

Lathan: i do believe that includes become, it’s to take place, whenever we do not want become alone. Because the inspiration is known by you with this film ended up being this Newsweek article that arrived on the scene a couple of years ago that covers 42.4 per cent of black feamales in America are not hitched. Black colored women can be shooting within the ladder that is corporate quicker than our black male counterparts. And (black guys) are either dating outside their competition, in jail or dying. And thus should you want to have a household, you intend to be hitched, you need to glance at other available choices.

AP:Do you would imagine it’s more acceptable for black colored guys up to now outside their battle?

Lathan: I’m not sure whether it’s more appropriate or if black colored guys are more content. Black males certainly are convenient along with it. I really don’t realize that society, like white culture loves it or black colored females. Once you see a black guy having a white girl there is certainly a sense you have and I also think the sensation is definitely an instinctual sense of you need her that you do not wish me personally. I do not look such a thing so you don’t like like her. Guess what happens after all? Something similar to that. It is an actual instinctual thing that is primal. Then again you imagine about this, you need to love whom you love.

AP: allow speak about that. Into the movie, there is this thing that is whole IBM . . .

Lathan: Yes, Ideal Black Man.

AP: And there is a set of skills, which type of task, how much cash he makes, what sort of automobile he drives. So how exactly does this relate genuinely to your own personal life?

Lathan: My traits are not as particular. I am more general. I am similar to, i need to be able to communicate with him. You understand, we have to have communications that are good. He’s got to be thinking about the planet. Guess what happens after all. Like enthusiastic about and wondering, ’cause that is what i’m. He’s got become passionate about one thing. And it also will be good if a job was had by him. It is not like he has got to own an MBA.

AP: there clearly was a write-up in Vibe which pointed out rumors about yourself and Denzel Washington. Some individuals read your quote and said you did not reject the rumors.

Lathan: it was denied by me.