In 2007, the Los Angeles Times documented a startling trend in Hollywood cinema: the rise of the Black BFF. Funny enough, it’s a trend that hasn’t gotten out of style. On one hand, movie executives get to inject some flavor into their scripts by adding a sassy Black female character to play the right hand of the main heroine, but on the other, it seems to render it acceptable for Black actresses to always occupy the sidelines (not the lead). I’m not sure if I feel any type of way about it. I certainly don’t believe some of these fictional friendships but I’m not mad that this trend gives Black actresses a chance to play a role in a major movie. Here are a handful of movies that represented for this obvious Hollywood trend.
This classic movie definitely kickstarted this new Hollywood trend. But Clueless definitely provided one of the more believable portrayals of an interracial friendship. Cher and Dionne had chemistry, and were hilarious together in their sarcastically posh roles.