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Black & White

Costner in Boston promoting his movie Black & White, responds "I had no problem with romantic scene with beautiful co-star Whitney Houston"

One of the first questions asked of Kevin Costner at his recent movie premier of Black & White in Boston was how he felt about romantic scenes with Whitney Houston, his African-American co-star from The Bodyguard. Was it awkward? To which he responded, "Why should it be, I had no problems..Whitney was an extraordinary person, very talented and a very beautiful woman."

I am not sure why questions like this still arise, but it made it all the more clear to me why Costner's new movie Black & White is so timely and relevant.

As a star-struck school girl, yes I swooned (almost to the point of hyperventilating,) when I met Kevin Costner recently at the premier of Black & White. First of all, Costner is even more handsome in person than onscreen, secondly, his humility & vision are noteworthy, and finally, did I say handsome? Anyway, let me focus for a moment.

Recently, Octavia Spencer (known for her academy award-winning performance in the movie "The Help") and Kevin Costner (known for his iconic career, starring in films such as The Body Guard, Hatfield & McCoys, Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Dances with Wolves which won seven Oscars) were guests at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention held at the Sheraton, Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The NABJ Film Festival featured a private viewing of the movie Black & White at the Loews Theater in Boston's Theater District. The atmosphere was electric with anticipation to not only meet this great man but experience what was in store with is new movie, Black & White.

Co-produced by Kevin Costner and Terence Blanchard, and Directed by Mike Binder, Black & White takes the viewer on a journey of race related topics and taboos that some found controversial. "When his wife dies in a car crash, Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner) fields another blow: the realization that he must raise his biracial granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), alone. However, the child's paternal grandmother, Rowena (Octavia Spencer) feels that she is better equipped to take care of the child, and sues for custody. With Eloise caught in the middle, both Elliott and Rowena are forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness and understanding."

Now you and I both know that it is impossible to summarize race relations in America in a few sentences. However, I admire people like Costner who at least try to broach the subject. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said "We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools." Before we can change any situation, we must first change our minds. The only way we can change our minds is to communicate with each by exchanging thoughts, ideas and opinions.

Personally, I enjoyed the movie Black & White. There were a few stereotypical portrayals in the film, but that was the whole point. Costner urges us to stop seeing each other as video bits and talking to each other in sound bytes. Real communication comes at a high cost. It often requires soul searching and painful exposure of our innermost fears. Unfortunately, some of the greatest growth is accompanied by fertilization and all that it entails. But in the end, growth is good.

I did not get a kiss from Kevin Costner, but I did get a hug. So, its all good.

I recommend you see the movie Black & White for yourself.

Your life will be changed, even if it merely inspires you to introduce better.