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To fully understand the movie and how it compares to its predecessors like “Crash,” we need some additional tools.If you ever happen to take a class with Professor David Thorburn, one of the first television scholars, you will hear about the Consensus Narrative system, a medium through which a society discusses its mainstream values, continually challenging them with older, more traditional values, and newer, emerging ones.And recently, you denied it all in an interview with Vibe Magazine. Does it bother you to have that salacious sort of gossip about you in the tabloids? KW: Have you ever been on a blind date in real life? I've since sworn blind dates off, because it turned into kind of a semi-stalker situation. SL: The scriptwriter's [Kriss Turner] inspiration was a Newsweek cover story from a couple years ago that said 42% of black women aren’t married. KW: isn't it unfortunate that it took till 2006 for Hollywood to get to this point?
There were only a handful of working black actresses during that time.And the critical acclaim continued for her work in The Best Man, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar and Out of Time. KW: Speaking of which, what interested you in this film? The difference is, it's usually the couple against the world.Lathan landed in the tabloids for the first time after rumors of a pregnancy as a consequence of a set romance with co-star Denzel Washington. SL: The thing that was so great about this film to me, when I read the script, was that we're so used to seeing this issue dealt with with a black man and a white woman, and this is one of the first times you see it on the big screen with a black woman and a white man. In this case, it's really my character's struggle with her own prejudices.KW: Have you ever been resistant to ’Something New’ like your character? They were in a wonderful relationship with a white man, but then it's time to go to a black event, and they don't want to take him. I think we all understand where that pressure comes from, a feeling of abandoning your people. SL: I think that, at this point, we should just follow our hearts and really not worry about what other people think. SL: Because we're climbing up the corporate ladder so much faster, and our male counterparts are either going to jail, dying, or dating outside the race. KW: Another study says Asian-American men and African-American females are the least likely groups to date someone of another color? We can't be satisfied, but we have to look at the fact that it is happening. SL: I'm developing a beautiful script with Gina Prince-Bythewood, who wrote and directed Love & Basketball, and Disappearing Acts. It's about a woman, married to a man in prison, who has lost herself, and how she gets back to herself.