If Paula Patton Is Looking for ‘Something New,’ We Can Help

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When news broke of Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s separation, our first thought was about who she might date next. So we put together a collection of white guys many black women swoon over. These guys have total crossover appeal. You’re welcome, Paula.


Simon Baker

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What black woman didn’t envision herself taking Sanaa Lathan’s place in Something New

Brad Pitt

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We get the feeling that Pitt is intrigued with black culture. His production company got the ball rolling on 12 Years a Slave. He has an adopted daughter from Ethiopia. Most important, he dated Robin Givens back in the 1990s. And ladies, we’re pretty sure he and Angelina Jolie haven’t tied the knot yet. So there’s still hope.

Channing Tatum

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Tatum burst onto the scene as the good-looking basketball player in Coach Carter and has been winning over females ever since. His experiences as a former stripper—yes, ladies—influenced his portrayal of one in the movie Magic Mike.

George Clooney

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What woman didn’t want to roll into that ER with Clooney as the attending physician? 

Tony Goldwyn

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We’ll take some of that Olivia Pope love that President Grant is dishing out. After he dumps his wife, of course.

Robert De Niro

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Whenever there’s talk about the notion that Italians love black women, De Niro’s 17-year marriage to Grace Hightower is pointed to as an example. They are a beautiful sight. He loves us and we love him.

David Beckham

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He’s sculpted like a Greek god and is GQ-ready at every turn. As long as he doesn’t speak, we’re good to go. 

Justin Timberlake

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The appropriation talk aside, his soulful voice and smooth moves win us over every time. 

Colin Firth

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Firth’s delightful accent and good looks make him a silver fox. 

Hugh Jackman

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The Australian actor has wooed us in every film—most recently in Les Misérables.

Johnny Depp

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Who doesn’t love Depp? He’s been at the top of our list for a long time, and we don’t see that changing.

Jon Hamm

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Hamm burst onto the scene as Mad Men’s Donald Draper. He makes ad men look very, very good.

Christian Bale

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If you had to be saved by Batman, wouldn’t you want him to look like Bale?

Liam Hemsworth

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It’s OK to admit that you watched The Hunger Games because of Hemsworth (another Australian!). We’ll just ignore the fact that he was once engaged to Miley Cyrus.

Matthew McConaughey

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McConaughey’s Southern charm gets us every time.

Ryan Gosling

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Gosling’s good looks have sparked dozens of memes. When you look into his eyes, you understand why.

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