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Whether it’s true or not, there are some Black men who’ve developed a reputation for only dating White women. No matter how hard they protest, it only takes about two White or racially ambiguous girlfriends before Black women decide to at best, place the brothers in a box and at worst cancel them entirely. In case you’re drawing a blank, there’s Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Kobe Bryant and singer Maxwell.

In fact, back in 2013, Maxwell had a pretty open and heated exchange with fans who questioned the absence of Black women on his Instagram page, particularly when it’s been Black women specifically who have floated his career over the years.

He said:

“sick if[sic] som of you chiming in on my friends and Insulting them with racists comments you know nothing you assume everything and you should know better and worship is for GOD not me so sit down”

“I don’t give a f**k I’m putting ever[sic] type a girl in my Instagram go f**k yourself if you’re a racists[sic] a**hole!!!!

Then there were other moments that seemed to suggest that Maxwell had somehow lost touch with the people…like the time he made some strange comments about Black History Month before calling a Black woman a b*tch for criticizing his last album. It’s been rocky, to say the least.

But this weekend, Black Panther hit theaters and it’s got Black folks feeling a way.

And Maxwell was one of them. He found himself particularly taken with Danai Gurira, who played the role of Okoye, the Dora Milaje general, in the film.

On the red carpet for a New York screening of the film, Maxwell said:

The woman I would want to wine and dine from the film is Danai Gurira, but she might be taken. I used to watch her on ‘The Walking Dead,’ so I do have a bit of an obsession with her — and we share the same barber, by the way, so it could actually work out.”

When asked if he preferred women with the shaved head look, Maxwell said, “I don’t care. I just love women.”

He continued, “Danai is so badass. I have not seen the movie, so I am walking in blank. I am just happy that there is a movie celebrating our culture.”

Black Panther, uniting us all…in more ways than one.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.
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