We’ve Got Jungle Fever: The Best On-Screen Interracial Romances

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July 15, 2013 ‐ By Meg Butler

Brad and Jane

Remember when interracial relationships were taboo? Now Meagan Good is booed up with Will Ferrell and the president is booed up with a black woman. Hollywood has come a long way. And these characters helped pave the way. Let’s take a look at some of the on-screen interracial relationships that we remember most — and some that slipped under our radar.

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  • CC

    The move “O” with Julia Stiles and Mehki Phifer???

  • Kylie

    A Bronx Tale!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED that movie!!!! ^.^

  • Truth

    What no “MISSISSIPPI MARSALA” with Denzel Washington and Sarita Chowdary?! Evertime I see that movie I think of Curruy chicken and rice!!:)

  • Menina

    Too bad its not in English but one of the Best Interracial On-Screen Romances (I think) has to be 2004 Brazil’s Globo Novela Da Cor Do Pecado (The Color of Sin), that stars Tais Araujo-Ramos (The Halle Berry of Brazil) and Reynaldo Gianecchinni (The Brad Pitt of Brazil).

  • NoName

    Brad and Jane are HILARIOUS!

  • Vali

    Save the Last Dance and how can we forget Mississippi Masala.

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.banks.37 Courtney Banks

    I love Brad and Jane……..

  • Issa Lopez

    I love Darnell and Joy

  • Chanda

    A few other couples were missing but it seems as if you needed an excuse to show the Cheerios couple for some reason. People are/were still salty about Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball for that one scene over 10 years ago.

  • Shanice

    How did u forget something new with Sanaa Lathan WOWWWWWWW u better add that

  • HUgrad13

    As soon as I saw the article I was thinking of A Bronx Tale!!!

  • Bren

    Out of the movies presented, my favorites (as in those I would watch again and again) are Corina, Corina and A Bronx Tale. Also Something New, although it didn’t make the cut. There is this period movie called Unbowed which addresses a relationship between a black woman and a Native American man. I saw Brooklyn Babylon on Netflix and I liked the movie.

  • iHM

    I’m pretty sure Cece on New Girl is Pakistani…

    • Gymo

      No she is English, who emigrated to Canada.
      Simone was born in London, to a father of Indian origin and a mother of German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent

      • iHM

        Oh, okay. My bad then.

  • ted mikeal

    I got jungle rage not jungle fever right now !

    • Lisa

      Get therapy

      • ted mikeal

        Sorry… did i upset you ms. bed wench !

        I am sure you are one of those women who would help someone like george zimmerman in order to please your white daddy.

        Keep your self hatred to yourself and get help…

  • Gymo

    Someone just reminded me of one of the earliest TV interracial show on FOX.
    “True Colors” – Black male and white female married with family.
    Halle Berry “The Wedding”. – Very classy story of the early 1950s
    “The New Adventure of Old Christine” – Blair Underwood was the sex symbol who was dating Julia Louis-Dreyfus – it was a very funny show.
    “Parenthood” with Joy Bryant and Dax – the second most beloved couple on TV
    Grey’s Anatomy – Jackson and and Kepner – people are begging for them to get back together, especially those mainly white blogs where people just love this interracial couple.

    We should just stop counting it’s become the fashion to have an interracial couple on these shows, what I want to see, which would be different is two interracial couples on a show (black male&white female – white male&black female), and lets see them like fighting neighbors or some kind of conflict.

  • Bubbles

    A Bronx Tale! Love that Movie <3

  • Gymo

    There is another couple absent from this list, I think they were more important than most, because of who they were, where they were and what they were.

    Caroll O’Connor and Denise Nicholas in the TV adaption of “In The Heat of The Night”. in Sparta Mississippi, they were interracial senior citizens, who got married on the show.

    Also, remember Caroll O’Connor he was “Archie Bunker” the racist that America’s racists adored.

  • kickash

    I’m so glad you included Simon and Alisha from Misfits! I feel like nobody knows about that show!

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  • medpassion

    Brad & Jane were so fabulous! I will miss them ♡♥

    • Gymo

      Did you know that last year there was an Internet poll where they were votes the best TV couple?
      What was striking to me is that Brad and Jane weren’t voted the best interracial couple, they were voted the best couple of all couples on TV.

  • Zettai

    Disgusted with “Jungle Fever”. Grow up.

  • get real

    Right now is not the time for this worship of white people or interracial dating. Considering how high race relations are in this country right now.

    • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

      well u right. but i think the site wants to help by not harboring on it we all know what was done was wrong. But we i doubt they want to throw it in our faces like the media is doing.

    • Gymo

      I think you mean “low”.
      Perhaps this is the right time to discuss this. Didn’t you see many whites on the streets of America demonstrating with blacks against the Treyvon Martin verdict?
      A philosopher of religion and ethics in the 1960s once said “eventually all of mankind will be tan from all the mixing of the races”.

    • sasha

      I think fox
      News really wanted a race war, but in practice I don’t think it has happened. Many non black people (not all but i believe a majority) understand the anger many blacks are experiencing and want to see better treatment of young black men by law enforcement. Because it is disgusting that black men are too often treated as presumptive criminals. Wrong is wrong. It is not true that no one else cares. They may not feel it in the same way as us, but most others are not rejoicing.

  • Alexa

    I love a Bronx tale! One of my favorite movies.

  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    Y’all had me at Toni n Todd but Bronx Tale? OHHH Thats my movie! What about Fresh Price when Will’s Auntie got married to the white guy? Or Wayne and Kinu (?), Kim and the that white dude (i cant remember his name) from A Different World?

  • Purple

    Shanola Hampton and Steve Howey on Shameless are my fav interracial
    TV couple, their chemistry is amazing

    • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

      yeah thats a good1

    • IllyPhilly

      LMAO. They are a mess! Cant wait for new season.

    • Bren

      OMG, yes! I love Kev and Veronica. They are a HILARIOUS couple and Shameless is one of my favorite shows on tv. Can’t wait for season 4.

  • Michelle

    I’m so glad you mentioned Misfits! It’s an amazing show that isn’t well known here in the U.S. Absolutely worth a watch and they’ve had several interracial relationships!

    • Gymo

      The thing about British TV series is that they have a lot of episode guests and most of the black guests are in interracial relationships, it is quite unusual when you find a black man and black woman together on these shows, the one exception I can think of off the top of my head is “The Eastenders” where the Caribbean couple are together.
      Usually to me it’s, Black male and female is blonde or brunette, but never a redhead.
      Black female and male is usually Ginger or brunette, but not usually blonde.
      A bit strange???

      • sasha

        Merlin had a black chick and a blond white male couple. Not sure there is really a pattern here, except for as you said, not many couples with two people of color.

  • cherrybomb

    How did the movie Something New with Sanaa Lathan & Simon Baker get completely left off of the list? Come on, now…

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