White Men in Hollywood that Woo Black Women
If you look at many black men in Hollywood, sports, music or hell, just the black men in the world around you, you’ll find that a lot of them have dated white women, and done so proudly–which they should, it’s your life, and it’s a free country. But on the opposite end of the color spectrum, there aren’t many white Hollywood men you can think of off the top of your head running around snapping photos arm-in-arm with African-American women. Maybe that’s why it’s so surprising, or dare I say, exciting, when you find out that someone with heavy Hollywood clout is courting a black woman. But you’d be surprised to find that a number of high profile figures of the whiter persuasion in music and film have a track record of dating, are currently dating, have dated, and love them some sistahs. Here’s just a few.
One of the sexiest men alive (People’s words not mine, though I don’t disagree) has dated a couple of black women in Hollywood, and both were surprises in my book. Way back in the late ‘80s, Pitt dated singer Sinitta (what is a Sinitta?), but supposedly the two didn’t last because of long-distance issues. He also booed up with actress Robin Givens in 1989 while she was estranged from husband Mike Tyson. That allegedly didn’t sit too well with Iron Mike, but it doesn’t matter because the fling didn’t last very long. Upon the beginning of “Brangelina” Givens said in 2007 that she doesn’t find Brad to be that fascinating. In simpler terms, he’s not all that, yet he was all that when they were dating. Someone sounds a little bitter…
Noth, best known for his work on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Good Wife” and of course “Sex and the City,” (you know that face!) TV’s “Big” truly doesn’t have a love for skinny white women with Manolo Blahnik obsessions. He actually prefers a mellow sistah with some class and some curves. Noth’s future co-star for life is the beautiful Tara Wilson, a fellow thesbian. The twosome, currently engaged, first caught eyes after meeting at Noth’s New York Bar, The Cutting Room, in 2004. Together the couple have a baby boy–Orion Christopher Noth–born in 2008.
De Niro and actress/model Toukie Smith
Robert De Niro
I think it’s common knowledge that Bobby De Niro loves him some black women. Have you seen him with anyone else? The acting legend and Academy Award winner’s first big relationship (that we know of at least) with a black woman was his marriage to singer and fellow actress Diahnne Abbott (see page 1 photo). The two actually had a son together, Raphael, and De Niro adopted Abbot’s daughter from a previous relationship, Drena. He also dated model/actress Toukie Smith in the ‘90s, and the two had twin boys (Aaron and Julian) by a surrogate. But the lady currently holding Bobby’s arm on the red carpet is his wife, Grace Hightower, whom he married in ’97. And while their relationship has gone up and down (they both renewed their vows and filed for divorce in 1999), they have remained booed up, and have a son together, Elliot, born in 1998. I guess De Niro can attest to the fact that once you go black…
Surprising, right? Justin Chambers, best known as Dr. Alex Karev on “Greys Anatomy” is married to a sistah named Keisha. I love it! Anywho, the two met while Chambers was modeling for Calvin Klein, and when Keisha was a model agency booker at the time. They married in ’93, and have five, count ‘em, five beautiful (black) children together.
Dublin-born actor Colin Farrell had a lot of women’s collars hot with an almost too care-free strut and a racy vocabulary when his career took off full steam at the beginning of the new Millenium. And while Farrell stayed on the dark side compared to his Hollywood counterparts, he literally stepped to the darker side when he dated Playboy model Nicole Narain back in 2003. While the relationship didn’t last any real time, an intimate tape between the two definitely did, as in 2006, the a sex tape between the two leaked on the Internet. Farrell sued Narain as he believed she had something to do with the release of the tape–but the two reached a confidential settlement soon after.
Can’t leave out everyone’s favorite vanilla crooner–sorry Justin. Thicke has proudly stated before that he loves black women, and the son of Alan Thicke of “Growing Pains” definitely has coveted one of the prettiest black women out there in wife Paula Patton. The two are high school sweethearts, and Paula is definitely an influence on his music not only lyrically, but visually, appearing in the video for one of his most popular hits, “Lost Without You.” One of my favorite couples by far. The two recently welcomed the addition of son Julian in April 2010.
Transformers star Shia LaBeouf had him some high profile brown sugar back in 2007, when he dated currently red head “S&M” singer Rihanna. And by dated, I mean one date. But at least they tried! While LaBeouf was definitely crushing on the singer, they only partook in one dinner date in Beverly Hills because he admitted in 2009 that the chemistry wasn’t flowing between them. “We weren’t passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends.” Is it just me, or has Even Stevens grown up very nicely?
Everyone’s favorite, and most reliable “thumbs up” movie critic not only likes a good film or two, but a chocolate woman to watch the movie with. At one time, Ebert briefly dated the queen of talk, big mama Oprah, and she even credits him with encouraging her to let ABC syndicate her talk show. And while he nowhere near wifed up the most powerful woman on the planet, he did marry attorney Charlie “Chaz” Hammel-Smith, who can be found by Ebert’s side a majority of the time. Chaz is now the vice president of the critic’s company, Ebert Company, while he focuses on writing post his battle with thyroid cancer. Because behind every successful man, there just has to be a black woman!
After meeting in 1990, the electronica meets glam rocker married supermodel Iman in 1992. Bowie supposedly found himself quickly sprung by Somali-born Iman, and they admit to connecting at first based on their shared sense of humor. From the outside, the couple hasn’t seemed like the most natural pairing (Bowie is 64 and Iman is 55 by the way, and he is pretty eccentric), it’s a rarity you see the two separate from one another, and they always have a smile on their faces on the red carpet. But if you had Iman (male or female, don’t lie) you’d probably be full of glee too. The couple also have a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, born in 2002.