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Does 'Sex and the City' Reflect Reality?

Jennifer Hudson

Women of all ages are eagerly awaiting the return (to the big screen) of their favorite fashion-obsessed gal pals. The Sex and the City movie opens this Friday, May 30th and features the entire original cast from the popular HBO series. Some complain that the film's characters only reflect a small slice of the urban experience; namely, affluent white women. Yet among the film's surprises is a small, but pivotal, role played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

AOL Black Voices interviewed Ms. Hudson about her follow up to Dreamgirls, and the rising star just seemed excited to be involved:

"I definitely wanted something without any singing involved, and then I didn't want to pick something that I was biting off more than I can chew; so I think this was like the perfect part. It wasn't too much and it wasn't too little, but it was just right to get my feet wet in the door with just acting. And then it's 'Sex and the City.' What else could you ask for?"

Last week, News & Notes spoke with Twanna Hines of about what it's like to be black, sexy, and single in the big city. Which point of view suits you best?



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Sent by KALW Country | 2:41 PM | 5-28-2008

I'm a black woman and I LOVE Sex and the City and like many women across America I'm counting the days to see the movie. I don't see just color since SATC's four main characters are white women. The women were talking about a universal theme - Love.

Also, they never shied away from controversial subjects such as interracial dating with a couple of their characters among others. So what they were affluent? They were women who were successful in their careers but they were not snooty with their success.

Perhaps that (not being snooty) was the reason women of various backgrounds could relate to them. They may not all be able to afford Manolo Blaniks, Gucci, etc, but they could find a way to look fabulous in whatever they wore. Oh, and the storylines were cool too.

Sent by Moji | 5:06 PM | 5-28-2008

Concerning today's discussion about blogging at the Democratic National Convention:

Lea Gilmore is not known primarily as a blogger, but she will be blogging from Denver for the Maryland team (Center for Emerging Media) in the state pool.

Lea Gilmore:

Sent by count | 8:45 PM | 5-28-2008

One of the nicest things about living in a big city like NY is it's diverse culture. It's impossible for any one vehicle to adequately reflect every perosons urban experience. These are fictional characters who may or may not reflect a small segment of city dwellers. Lighten up already. Can't we just enjoy it for the superb writing, acting and not to mention fabulous clothes. Umm, this from a guy....a gay one...but still :)

Sent by Tim Bryant | 5:37 PM | 5-30-2008

The movie I'm sure, is a good-enough ending (havn't seen it)to a supurb show chronicling educated woman in America. All of these women represent a segment who had aspirations to have-it-all, falling short (?) in the love, marriage and dating department. A struggle any urbane woman understands. That is why the characters are raceless. All women who aspire success in life have these types of problems like the Sex in the City women. I loved that show, tried to live that show and fell short of my goals to be a truly liberated woman.

Sent by Leslie McCloud | 7:14 AM | 5-31-2008