Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Friday, May 30, 2008

    Sex and the City is in theaters today and New York City is on fire. All of the wannabe Carrie Bradshaws are buying their tickets in advance—of course they don't want to admit they are actually more of a Samantha... these tramps kill me saying, "I'm Carrie!"

    So are you looking forward to Sex and the City?

    I've had some conversations with people who are anti the show mainly because it's based in Manhattan and you rarely see black people. I normally ask—well, have you ever watched a couple episodes? The answer is usually, “No!” For some reason, the lack of black folks on the show never bothered me. These are four rich white women, who live in an insular world; actually, if they had a token black friend I think I would be more offended. Also, if I didn't watch a show or see a movie because of the lack of black folks -- I would be limited to Tyler Perry movies and former UPN shows!

    New York is actually a very segregated city. While we have all different types of folks here, most New Yorkers stick to their group, especially based on class.

    Originally, I wasn't a fan of the show until an old friend gave me the DVD a year ago. I said, "I'm not interested in a show that is full of materialism, shallowness and pretty people running around Manhattan. If I want to see a show about four white chicks I would watch The Golden Girls." Honestly, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte don't want no parts from The Golden Girls!

    After watching one show I was hooked. The writing was excellent, the commentary on relationships was priceless and even though there was too much product placement -- the characters still had soul.

    Who couldn't love Charlotte saying, "I've been dating since I was fifteen! I'm exhausted! Where is he?!"

    Samantha declaring, "I will not be judged by you or society. I will wear whatever—and blow whomever—I want as long as I can breathe and kneel!"

    Miranda Hobbs: "Who would've thought an island that tiny would be big enough to hold all our old boyfriends?"

    And Carrie: "Are we simply romantically challenged, or are we sluts?"

    Well, according to the latest reviews, some are not sold on the movie version, which is "what happens when you find love?" Hasn't there been about a million films with that plot line? Maybe it's just all the box-office poison romantic comedies that Sarah Jessica Parker has starred in since Sex and the City ended. Manohla Dargis described the flick in her New York Times review as, “vulgar, shrill, deeply shallow". Ouch.

    Also, this time around they do throw in a black character. Jennifer Hudson plays Carrie's assistant who comes to New York from St. Louis, "to find love." Ugh. Poor Kelly Rowland got beat out for the role, that girl just can’t get a break! By the way, did you know she re-released Ms. Kelly this past Tuesday?

    So are you going to see Sex and the City or were you never a fan of the show because of the lack of color, excess of labels, or just never gave it a chance?

    Posted by Clay :: 10:55 AM :: 10 comments

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