Monday, June 02, 2008

Kinky in the Midwest and A Question @ Blair Underwood


Because I know that there are about 400 of you who regularly read The Meltingpot, I thought I'd announce that me and my "Kinky" self will be heading to my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin this Friday June 6 for a reading at Scwartz Book Store in Shorewood, my old stomping grounds.

It's going to be weird reading in a place that I kind of diss throughout the pages of Kinky Gazpacho but I hope folks know that I still have love for Milwaukee. It just wasn't an affirming place for a little Black girl with Big dreams to thrive. After Milwaukee, I'm off to the Windy City to participate in the Chicago Tribune Printer's Row Book Fair on Sunday, June 8. I'm speaking on a memoir panel with three very Meltingpot authors, Rachel Sontag, Jian Ping and Daniel Tommasulo. If you're in the area, please come by and say hello.

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Now about Blair Underwood. Just a question. I happened to catch an old episode of Sex in the City last night and Blair Underwood was on playing Miranda's boyfriend. Not so long ago, I caught him making out with Julia Louis Dreyfus on that show, The New Adventures of the Old Christine. So my question is, "Is Blair Underwood the new go-to guy to play the Black man who dates White women on prime time television?" There's no malice in the question, I'm just wondering how an actor gets that reputation? And does Underwood embrace the role? Is he just happy he is working in very White Hollywood and not solely dependent on Tyler Perry vehicles? I'm just wondering? And should his appearance on these very "mainstream" shows as the object of desire of White women be thought of as progress? I don't recall hearing a lot of hoopla about Underwood being cast as "the boyfriend" so maybe it's a non-issue.

Thoughts? And does anyone know if he shows up in the Sex in the City movie? I'm not a fan, but I'd like to know.

7 comments:

glamah16 said...

He doesnt show up in Sex and the City. He's alos on that new drama on HBO with Gabriel Byrne. Same scenario. To bad I wont be able to catch you in Chi Town. I will be just leaving for Sweden.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

No he is not in the movie. He also romanced a white woman on DIRTY SEXY MONEY on ABC. He plays a billionaire who grew up in Russia (?!) so his race seems to be a none issue.

meredith said...

I was just coming to post the same thing, that Blair Underwood gets with a white woman on DIRTY SEXY MONEY. His first wife is Black, though-- I think she's some sort of African princess, even.

Who did he get with on LA LAW back in the day?

meredith said...

His first wife in the DSM storyline, I mean. I don't know anything about his personal life!

Me said...

Ladies,

Thank you for your comments about Mr. Underwood. I def. see a pattern, but don't know if I or anyone else should care. But duly noted.

Glamah girl, sorry I'll miss you in Chi-Town. Have fun in Sweden.

Carleen Brice said...

I'd go with "happy to be working." He was also Mr. Not So Right in Something New, in which he was rejected by a black woman in love with a white man.

AP said...

Hi Lori! I couldn't believe my ears when I heard a commercial for your appearance on WUWM. I finally had a chance to listen to the podcast, and it was so enjoyable to hear you and to hear about you. I wish you so much success with everything and I can't wait to read your book!

Ann Perkins