where the quirky title character, played by Aubrey Plaza, asks her Batman-obsessed landlord (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) on a date.
As they sit across from each other at a luau-themed restaurant, it seems likely — expected, really — that at some point in the scene, the pair's different races will be discussed.
Ingrid will make a corny joke in an attempt to be "down," or Dan will mention something about his history with white girls. While that fact feels notable, perhaps it shouldn't be all that surprising.
But then, something surprising happens: Race never comes up. In the past year, more movies and TV shows have been featuring interracial couples without focusing on their race — or even acknowledging their skin color at all.
But we're finally starting to shift toward taking chances on lesser-known names, which gives us more room to shy away from what a traditional romance or storyline looks like.
And Hollywood has no choice but to accept that it's working: Just look at Of course, off-screen there are plenty of politics, opinions, and obstacles that come along with being in an interracial relationship, so it's only natural that entertainment still depicts these challenges.
This is a pattern that I have observed in my professional life for years: successful black men pairing up with white women, but now that the practice has come home to roost, so to speak, I cannot help but admit to feeling a bit demoralized.
I wish my male relatives luck and joy in their relationships, but I also feel a pinch when I watch them with their girlfriends.
“The reality is we’re not in a post-racial world yet, so we do need stories that address those problems head on.But it's also important to have lighthearted entertainment that’s fun and whimsical.Just like we need beautiful projects like It's refreshing to see pop-culture begin to normalize these stories instead of ostracize, and it looks like things are getting even better.This fall, Julia Roberts’ daughter in the guaranteed-to-be-a-tearjerker "It's everyone's duty in this industry to step up to the plate, and we're slowly getting there," says Boast. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I cannot help but dwell on who might be coming to dinner.