Monday, May 17, 2010
Alicia Keys Tackles Interracial Relationships in a Song
Thanks to Meltingpot reader, Sandra, I discovered Alicia Keys' new video for her song Unthinkable (I'm ready). Go watch it here on YouTube or check it on here on the official Alicia Keys website, where you'll also get some background on the making of the video.
Did you watch it? I'll wait. Go watch it and then come back here and tell me what you think? I'm seeing a retrospective of interracial dating through the ages in the United States. And then the ending feels a little ambiguous. Does the Black woman choose her Black family (who it seems has a problem with her dating a White guy) or does she follow her heart? I kind of sensed that in the end she pulls back and stays with her family. What do you think?
And more importantly is this accurate? Is this what the interracial dating experience is all about? Obviously not, because it only explores Black/White romance and Black woman with a White guy, and I also sense a bit of working class drama in there as well. Which, if we're honest, plays a role in how interracial romance will play out. Still, it is an ambitious issue to tackle in a music video and obviously one near and dear to Ms. Keys' heart as her mom is White and her dad is Black. In a press release, Keys said she made this video to “capture…the torment and turmoil of a forbidden love that crosses racial and family ties” and “question…whether or not true love really conquers all.”
In 2010, a lot of online commenters are asking, do we even need to ask that question? Can love conquer all? Do you think this video is just a great history lesson, or is this a conversation we should still be having to help those dealing with "forbidden love?" I'm of course biased. I live this life of "forbidden love" every day and I live in a neighborhood full of forbidden lovers. As we approach Loving Day 2010, where are we on this topic? What do you think the state of Interracial romance is in the United States in 2010? Oh and do you like the video?
LATINO BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER
Thank you all for your entries. I admit that was a ridiculous question to ask for your favorite Latino author. It is such a wide-open field. But I like how you all interpreted the label in your own way.
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