Whether it was their style, their music, their films, their actions, or just their ethnic swag, something about these non-Black celebrity men made us believe that they would be down with the swirl, but to our surprise, in what's known of their dating history, they have not been seriously linked to African-American women. Check out this list and see if you agree.
Disclaimer: This slideshow has not been created out of any racial prejudice. It has not been created to alienate Black women or White, Hispanic, or Asian men, nor to make them appear racist. We in no way form or fashion claim that these men are disinterested in Black women nor do we claim that they have never had relationships with Black women because we understand that it is impossible to know the intricacies of a person's private life. In fact, the purpose of the slideshow is to point out that these men have showed signs or possessed qualities that would indicate an interest in Black women. This slideshow is merely an observation based on perceived public knowledge/evidence, documented to address thoughts that many have had, and published purely for entertainment purposes.
1. Justin Timberlake
Justin was undoubtedly a favorite amongst the Sistas back in his "N Sync days. He grew up singing in church down south, wore cornrows at one point (CORNROWS!), and brought swexy back with his smooth urban Pop/RnB sounds. Justin even admitted crushes on Halle Berry, Beyonce and Janet Jackson. There was no doubt in our minds that this dude would turn up with a Black beauty on his arm. From girlfriend Britney Spears to wifey Jessica Biel, it was clear that Black women only occupied his fantasies.
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Though the Detroit rapper has been a major player in the Black-dominated rap game, and obviously identifies more with African American culture, he has yet to be seriously linked to any African American women. And before you go there, the only thing serious about his booty calls with Mariah Carey was the musical feud that ensued between them afterwards.
3. Vanilla Ice
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Undoubtedly the most popular and mainstream White rapper of the 80’s/90’s, Vanilla Ice (real name Robert Van Winkle) sported the same style as the rest of the hip-hop community but was never linked to any Black women that we can find, but one's private life was easier to keep private in those days.
4. Adam Levine
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Maybe it’s the way he infuses soul, funk, and hip-hop into his music, or the tatted up bad boy image, or the fact that he did a music video with Rihanna, but something’s got a us thinking that Adam Levine might enjoy a romance with a Black woman. We know that Adam definitely has an appreciation for African American culture, as he's stated before.
5. Adrien Brody
When he played the lead in the 1998 film Restaurant which involved an interracial relationship with Elise Neal’s character, unexpectedly kissed Halle Berry at the 2003 Oscars, starred as a love interest to Beyonce’s Etta James in Cadillac Records, and made it known to the world that he created “dope hip-hop,” we knew Adrien had love for the Sistas. But did that reflect real-life romance? Not so much.
6. Quentin Tarantino
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Tarantino often includes ethnic characters in his films (his popular Blaxplotation film Jackie Brown is a notable one). He seems to have knowledge and respect for the rawness of Black culture. In his film Pulp Fiction he plays a character married to a Black woman, but in real life he has only been linked to actresses like Mira Sorvino, Sofia Coppola, and even Margaret Cho.
7. Benicio Del Toro
Something about Benicio leads us to believe that he would be open to little Chocolate loving, but he has only been linked to White actresses in Hollywood. Although, he did do some flirting with Howard Stern’s African American radio co-host Robin when visiting the show to promote The Wolfman back in 2010, and when Stern questioned if he’d "ever had a black woman," Del Toro responded "Yeah."
8. Benjamin Bratt
The Hispanic actor played opposite Erika Alexander (Maxine from Living Single) in the 2009 film La Mission. In the film the two had a complicated interracial romance but in real life Bratt has been married to Latino actress Talisa Soto since 2002, and prior to that was in a long-term relationship with actress Julia Roberts.
9. John Leguizamo
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The Colombian American actor is no stranger to the urban lifestyle, growing up in Queens. He wrote his memoir entitled: Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life” in 2006, so we know he’s got the lingo but Leguizamo has not been notably linked to an African American woman.
10. Mark Wahlberg
The former Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch front man grew up tough as nails and used to make hip-hop music (though he’s now completely embarrassed of "the bunch") so naturally we’d wonder whether he’s open to dating Black women. Since he’s married with children, it’ll all have to be speculation at this point.
11. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is like that one goofy, wise-cracking White friend in the group of all Black dudes who are a little riff-raffy. You instantly feel like you know him, and you probably knew a guy just like him. He's got that urban swag.
12. Dante Basco
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You know you watched Fakin’ da Funk back in the day. Remember? The movie where Dante’s character is adopted by a Black family in the hood and he attempts get with Tatiana Ali. Got us to thinking that Dante was into that Asian-Black swirl. Not sure if he's dated Black women but we know that the dancer/poet/hip-hop artist definitely could have.
13. Hugh Jackman
When Hugh Jackman starred in Swordfish as a love interest to Halle Berry, the wheels in a lot of Black women’s heads got to turning. Halle Berry herself has remarked how enthralled she was with Jackman and expressed her disappointment since he’s married. We'd like to think that if he wasn't married Hugh would totally be all over a sista. Jackman’s adopted son is half-black.
14. Paul Walker
The Fast and the Furious kinda got us to thinking that Paul Walker would be down. He's just got that laid-back, your-homeboy's-best friend-kind of vibe. He’s close friends with Tyrese since they starred in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and that’s enough to make us believe.
15. Justin Bieber
The Biebs is all over the urban culture, dipping into the hip-hop pool for his style and his music. He’s also been more than open about lovin’ him some Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. Justin is still so young, so while he’s not been linked to a young mocha beauty yet, we know he has it in him!