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May 14, 2011 / admin

Sanaa Lathan Says Loving Non-BM a Non-Issue


Here’s an excerpt from an interview with the lovely Sanaa Lathan, whose off-broadway play,  By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, opened on Monday evening. In the play her character dates a White Hollywood star.

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“Over the years, Sanaa has performed in a variety of cinematic roles, with her characters being involved in interracial relationships with all kinds of men.By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, is a stage production, but there is a similar theme present in it. The character of Vera is a dating a white guy who’s a Hollywood star.

In movie roles over the years, including Something New and Wonderful World and in her recurring role during one season on the TV show Nip Tuck, Ms. Lathan has been one of Hollywood’s black actresses who has found herself in onscreen, romantic relationships with men of all racial backgrounds. She believes it’s time for everyone to accept that people should be able to date whomever they want.

“I think that at this point, 21st century, it’s like time to get on with it. I think there’s nothing wrong with dating interracially. There’s nothing wrong with dating your same gender. I think that at this point people should be able to love who they love, love is a blessing. I feel fortunate that I’ve gotten to play characters who happen to love. They love black men. I play a character that falls in love with a Vietnamese man. I played a lesbian character. I played a character that loved a white man. So, I just think that it shouldn’t be an issue anymore. It’s sad that it still is an issue to me. You know what I mean?”

See the rest of the interview by ChrisYandek here

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