I’ve been a fan for some time (see my writeup of Love and Basketball here).
Something New kind of came and went, barely making a ripple, which is a shame.
Henson in his recent movie, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself"; in "The Princess and the Frog" featuring Disney's first black princess, the prince's indeterminate racial origins inspired commentary; and there was the 2006 movie "Something New," in which characters played by Simon Baker, who is white, and Sanaa Lathan, who is black, fall in love.
Whoopi Goldberg has talked about interracial dating on "The View," saying you date whom you are around.
This is obviously an inversion of the typical rich-lady-falls-in-lust-with-the-help storyline, not to mention the fact that minorities are often used in these cliched storylines as objects of lust and agents of sexual freedom.
It's a performance that could have skated the surface but goes more deeply.Something New (2006) Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance Grade: C I really wanted to like this movie more than I ultimately did.Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard are favorite actors and the plot promised more than the usual rom-com. Single black women with college degrees outnumber single black men with college degrees almost 3 to 1 in major urban areas such as Washington, according to a 2008 population survey by the U. It's Econ 101 for the single, educated black woman. Waiting for a "good" black man, with the same education level to marry them. Even when they know the odds are stacked against them. Given those numbers, any economist would advise them to start looking elsewhere. "The solution is to find a new market for your commodity.