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Mixing Nia / Love Isn't Always Black & White [VHS]
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Nia (Parsons), a young professional working at an ad agency in New York City, becomes incensed and disillusioned with both her job and her lifestyle when she is asked to come up with an ad campaign aimed toward black youths for a new beer. Nia, whose mother is black, decides that she wants to write the "Great African-American" novel, only to realize that she has completely lost touch with that side of her heritage. So, she quits her job and attempts to get in touch with her African-American heritage, causing a culture clash that teaches her more than a few things about being black in America. Product Details Number of Tapes: 1 Rating: R (MPAA) Film Country: USA Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound UPC: 000799408537
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When we meet up with the protagonist, Nia is leaning toward with her Black heritage and is trying to find some sort of authentic Black experience -- whatever that is. This leads her to quit her job with an ad agency that has assigned her to a campaign for malt liquor and to begin dating her writing instructor. The instructor (Isaiah Washington), who thinks that Nia is not Black enough, makes it his business to change her. She meets him in a class that she takes after she decides that she wants to be a writer. Nia is the product of an upper middle class home, has white friends, and has dated white men before. Washington decides that he need to counteract all that.
Washington is very good here as the dreadlocked, blacker- than-thou, race man. Fine though he is, I would not date someone who felt like he had to make me over. He even goes so far as to reorganize her books separating the works of Black authors onto a separate shelf. Washington's character treats Nia like a project instead of a lover, and you get the feeling that being with him is her way of doing pennance for her perceived sins. She even gets her hair braided to appease him.
In addition to being bi-racial, Nia is also a product of divorce, and her father (white and Jewish) points out to her that she identifies more with her mother and other African Americans than with him. This gets her to thinking about her life.
Ultimately, she makes peace with herself and kicks her domineering man to the curb. She stops worrying so much about trying to fit in and decides to just live. Kudos to Alison Swan for a well-developed film.
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