The Something New Interview with Kam Williams Kam Williams (KW): After you made Out of Time, some rumors started circulating about your having a set romance with Denzel. KW: So, you just wanted to put the rumor to rest once and for all. It could be about a relationship with someone from a different religion, or about dating someone outside of your class lines, like Kenya did, or dealing with anything when you step outside of your comfort zone. What do you think of the movie's theme in light of that statistic? KW: How come the black females in this movie are so intelligent and sophisticated, and seem so real? Focus Features is also responsible for Brokeback Mountain and other amazing films that are opening people's minds because they reflect the world that we live in, period.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?Love & Basketball was her breakthrough, but it didn’t put her in the A-list and it didn’t make her rich.“I got paid the lowest you could get paid,” she recalls.While the scenario sounds like it’s one of the several news headlines that fueled the Black Lives Matter movement, the series offers a different take.This time the officer is Black and the unarmed teen is White.There’s a huge, high-decibel construction project going on outside her modest L. home, and she keeps interrupting herself to giggle, sigh loudly, or apologize for the noise. “This is when I wish I had a 9-to-5.” Much of her early chatter is like this: funny, warm, but a little impersonal.In interviews, Lathan is traditionally guarded — many of her answers pour forth politely and fully formed, like she’s given them hundreds of times, and she evades questions about her internal and personal lives.
Anytime you’re out with her, people will be coming up.” Love & Basketball begat a series of charming, mid-aughts films told from the shamefully rare black female perspective, starring Lathan as various intelligent, independent women impervious to love until a Diggs or an Epps or a Wesley Snipes or a Simon Baker comes along and tears down her walls (sometimes literally, because they’re in the businesses of landscaping and construction, jobs that are very sexy in the movies but not when someone is performing them loudly outside your window).She then caught the industry's eye after an engaging performance as the adorable fianc’e of a Vietnamese immigrant in Catfish in Black Bean Sauce.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.Peep the synopsis from Fox: When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down.Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart.Why did you go to Vibe now to deny such a stale story? SL: I learned early on in the business, that when you're in the spotlight on any kind of level, people are going to talk. [laughs] But after doing this movie, maybe I'm going to be a little open. You realize when you're in the situation that sometimes you have your own prejudices and your own issues that come up that you never knew you had until you're in that situation. SL: I've had girlfriends who've dated interracially call me. KW: Did you know that in 2005, 13% of all African-Americans who got married, married someone of a different color? KW: What explanation did it offer for the phenomenon? And 42.4% was actually her original title for the movie, but we didn't think anybody would be able to remember it. SL: Why not be positive and just focus on the fact that it's happening?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. Sanaa Mc Coy Lathan was born in New York City on September 19, 1971, but was raised bi-coastal following the divorce of her show-biz parents, Hollywood director Stan Lathan and Broadway actress Eleanor Mc Coy.So, Sanaa found herself shuttled back and forth till she matriculated at Berkeley with plans for a legal career.She’s in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher.Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison ARLEN COX (Academy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, “The Goodbye Girl,” “Jaws,” “Madoff”), is pulled into the case, as LT.