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Saturday night while you were busy laying out your church clothes (Lol, joking–kind of), our bestie in our heads, Sanaa Lathan, was enjoying a night out on the town with Diddy and French Montana.
In footage uploaded to Instagram by the Bad Boy Records founder, the trio can be seen partying it up at the Playhouse nightclub in Los Angeles. Judging by the footage, it seems obvious that they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Interestingly, the group left the club together. In a follow-up Instagram post, Sanaa appears to be sitting on French’s lap while stroking his face as Diddy releases a drunken cackle.
All parties involved are grown, unattached and free to do whatever they please; so there’s definitely no judgement here. But we have to say that we were a little surprised to see our girl letting her hair down and turning up like this.
Check out the clips and weigh in below.
Sanaa Lathan is every homegirl’s homegirl right? Which is why we’re quite excited to present her as our Woman Crush Wednesday. We’ve hollered and cried right along with this sweetheart through Love & Basketball and The Best Man (both of ’em) and we’re looking forward to checking out her latest film Perfect Guy with Michael Ealy and catching her in the upcoming Omar Tyree flick: Flyy Girl.
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Black girls rejoice.
Codeblack is moving forward with a film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl book trilogy that includes For The Love of Money and Boss Lady, and our beloved Sanaa Lathan is at the helm of the venture.
Wednesday, the Lionsgate-affiliated film company, announced that Lathan snagged the leading role as the iconic novel’s protagonist Tracy Ellison. The Perfect Guy actress will also serve as an executive producer for the project.
“I’m pleased to executive produce and star in Lionsgate and Codeblack’s incredible adaptation of Omar Tyree’s iconic Flyy Girl trilogy,” the beauty said in a statement. “So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film. It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”
We’ve been hearing whispers about a Flyy Girl movie for years now, but some pretty big names are being dropped, which makes us hopeful that this version of the project will actually come to fruition. According to Variety, Dear White People producer Effie Brown has been hired to produce the project and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Geoffrey Fletcher, who penned the script for Precious, will be writing the treatment.
“Both Sanaa Lathan and Geoffrey Fletcher are welcome additions to this project and we could not be happier to have them on board to help us bring this story to life,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Lathan’s star power paired with Fletcher’s nuanced script work – we’re confident that Flyy Girl will prove to be a classic.”
I can still remember the day that I finally got my eager hands on a copy of Flyy Girl. My tenth grade English teacher Miss Greene left it sitting on her desk, and I would not leave her alone until she agreed to let me borrow it.
Hopefully, Lathan and the folks over at Codeblack do this book justice. A film adaptation of this classic novel is long overdue.
I’m all here for diversity in Black film. While I love the classic Black rom coms like Love Jones and the coming of age stories like Boyz in The Hood, I’m also excited for Black actors, writers and directors tapping into other genres.
Last year, Taraji and Idris had No Good Deed and now, three of our faves: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut are starring in another put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat flick called The Perfect Guy.
Movie Insider described the movie as follows:
Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave (Morris Chestnut), her long-term boyfriend loves her. And yet, at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up.
Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems Leah has met the perfect guy. But if it seems too good to be true… Soon Carter’s protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him.
If you aren’t convinced, check out the trailer for the film in the video below.
When it comes to love stories, Love & Basketball is one of my favorites. I could watch Quincy McCall and Monica Wright’s relationship blossom over and over and over again. I’d also like to consider myself a fan of Omar Epps. But the fact that he would destroy my favorite fake couple’s relationship, if given the chance, is completely unacceptable!
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the coming of age tale, Epps, and his co-star, Sanaa Lathan sat down with Essence, which is when he dropped the bomb that has me questioning his humanity.
“Instinctively I would show the other side of love, like how Monica and Quincy didn’t make it—to me it could be more interesting,” he shared. “It’s all opinion, some people want to see left, some people want to see right.”
Yeah Omar, because America’s alarming divorce rate isn’t placing a big enough damper on real life; you’d like to ruin fictional marriages as well. What’s next? Cinderella and Prince Charming? Jasmine and Aladdin? No? What about Ariel and Prince Eric?
But maybe I should get out of my feelings. Perhaps it would be awkward for the 41-year-old to partake in love scenes with his real-life ex-girlfriend, considering that he’s now married to someone else and all. In that case, I guess I can understand why he’d want to drive a steak knife through our hearts by splitting Monica and Quincy up.
Of course, the chances of a Love & Basketball sequel actually happening seem slim to none these days anyway.
“I’m not sure if the director Gina wants to do a sequel,” Lathan shared. “I think Love & Basketball is perfect the way it is.”
Ironically, Lathan says that she still encounters women who are on the lookout for their “Q.”
“It’s so cool and amazing that it has become this beloved film that people love,” she shared. “Just last night I went out to dinner and these two girls came up to me and said they grew up on the movie and they are looking for their ‘Q.’ Who knew, when I was shooting it, I had no idea.”
Little do they know, the man who brought Q to life is lurking in the shadows waiting to shatter their dreams.
Within the last 15 years a Black romance movie seems to not exist unless it stars Taye Diggs, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, or Sanaa Lathan (Paula Patton could also be included in this). It’s true. We know this and for the most part aren’t bothered because we still go to the movies to see them. Last week I pit Poetic Justice against Love Jones in a debate for the superior romance film. They weren’t two films one would necessarily think to compare; but it made sense. Going into Valentine’s Day, we’re doing the same for two that are even more similar: Brown Sugar and Love & Basketball.
Essentially, this is the debate of romance with a subject being the driving force of the story. I didn’t think about it at first; but this Throwback Thursday debate could also be dubbed the “Which Sanaa Lathan Movie is Better?”
Throwback Thursday Debate: Love and Basketball vs. Brown Sugar
Sanaa Lathan just scored a major lead role.
The gorgeous actress is set to play FBI Agent Natalie Austin, in Now You See Me 2, the sequel to the thriller Now You See Me. Lathan’s character will be on a hunt for the magician troupe known as the Four Horseman.
According to Deadline, Now You See Me 2 will follow the magician troupe the Four Horseman a year later as they become embroiled in a new dangerous heist spearheaded by a new enemy. The first installment earned over $350,000,000 at the box, making it a huge box office success.
Black actresses are often overlooked when it comes to roles like this. Therefore landing the lead role of Natalie Austin is a huge deal for Lathan.
In addition to Now You See Me 2, Sanaa has signed on for Best Man Wedding. Her next film, The Perfect Guy starring Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy will hit theaters next year.
Last month, many began to wonder if there was something romantic going on between Tyrese and Sanaa Lathan. The rumors began circulating after the pair was seen leaving The Cheesecake Factory last month. Some have also claimed to have witnessed the two of them during another romantic outing at Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood. Tyrese’s refusal to answer questions regarding the status of his relationship with the beauty only seemed to add fuel to fire. But as we know, things aren’t always as they appear.
Sanaa recently set the record straight about their relationship and according to the actress, they’re nothing but friends.
“We’re friends,” she told Hip Hollywood. “We were having dinner and you know how they do.”
She went on to say that she’s flattered that fans want her to find love so badly.
“I mean, I love that people want something to happen with me. That’s great. I mean, you know, bring it on!”
Well, I guess that’s that.
Here is something we wouldn’t have expected. TMZ is reporting that R&B singer turned actor Tyrese and actress Sanaa Lathan are romantically involved. TMZ’s cameraman caught Tyrese leaving the Cheesecake Factory on Wednesday night. And he asked Tyrese if the two were indeed an item. Tyrese seemed annoyed walking to his car and in response to the videographer’s questions kept saying “C’mon man.”
But sure enough, as he pulled out of the parking lot, we see that Sanaa was riding shotgun.
Apparently, this wasn’t the first time they’d been out. Sources told TMZ that the two went out to dinner in Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood on Monday and then again on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Sanaa uploaded a picture of herself later on Instagram, showcasing her new jeans, and more sources claim it was taken inside of Tyrese’s house.
Can’t say I ever…evah thought she and Tyrese would be a thang. But stranger things have happened.
Watch the video of the two leaving The Cheesecake Factory below and the picture of Sanaa allegedly in his house.
What do you think about the speculation? Are these two an item?