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Tika Smith to Black Women in Interracial Relationships: ‘We Do Not Need To Protect’ White Men

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WESTWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Tika Sumpter attends the LA Special Screening Of Paramount’s “Sonic The Hedgehog” held at Regency Village Theatre on February 12, 2020 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

*Actress Tika Sumpter, who is also in an interracial relationship, says Black women should never feel uncomfortable talking about race with their white partners. 

In a tweet, Sumpter wrote, “Dear Black interracial couples with a significant other who is white (raises hand), we DO NOT need to protect them. I promise, they will be A. OK. They need to continue to fight for us. If they get offended when you talk about racists, you have a bigger problem on your hands.”

Her comments come after rapper Eve opened up about the difficult conversations she’s having with her white husband, Maximillion Cooper, about racism and the civil unrest across the nation over the killing of George Floyd.  

Eve added her voice to the chorus of Black women who, as of late, have been hitting up social media lately to whine about the challenges they are having trying to explain to their white husbands/boyfriends what the Black community is feeling right now.

“I am in an interracial relationship. I am having some of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations I think I’ve ever had, and vice-versa with my husband,” she explained on an episode of “The Talk”, per The YBF. “But, at the same time, it’s a beautiful thing, because…I don’t know his life through his eyes. He doesn’t know my life through my eyes. All he can do is try to understand and try to ask the questions, and he wants to understand…but we have to be okay with being uncomfortable so that we can get to a solution.”

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Meanwhile, Sumpter is engaged to fellow actor Nicholas James, whom she met on the set of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” in 2016. They share a 4-year-old daughter named Ella

In related news, Serena Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian recently announced that he is stepping down as a board member for the company he co-founded, Reddit, and he wants a Black person to replace him.

In an Instagram video, Ohanian said, “I’m saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his Black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?’ So I have resigned as a member of the Reddit board. I’ve urged them to fill my seat with a Black candidate and I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the Black community, chiefly to curb racial hate. And I’m starting with a pledge of $1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. I believe stepping down can actually be an act of leadership for people in power right now. For everyone fighting to fix our broken nation, do not stop.”

As noted by MadameNoire, in a follow-up message, Alexis and Serena made clear that his decision was not made at her urging. “A lot of people might think I told you to do something, or I forced you —He doesn’t listen to me, ever,” Williams said.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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