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Eve tackles interracial dating for new ABC show

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The lovely Eve is coming back to TV with a semi-autobigraphical (and yet we hope not a reality) show. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the Grammy-winning beauty will serve as star and non-writing executive producer on the upcoming ABC show, which will be loosely based on her relationship with Gumball 3000 founder Maximillion Cooper. The twist isn’t that he races cars across Europe using only public roads and she’s a rapper: the twist is, he’s white, and she’s black. The couple has been together since meeting in London in 2010, and recently were engaged.

Cooper has four children from a previous marriage. Their engagement was announced by Eve herself via Twitter Eveon New Year’s Eve. Whether the show will feature street racing or kids remains to be seen. But interracial dating will likely be a major plot point, as the rapper has spoken out about her experience with just that.

Back in 2012, the gossip site Bossip captured Angie Martinez and DJ Enuff over at Hot 97 radio interviewing Eve about the very subject of loooove, and grabbed some quotes.

On her fans and critics reaction to her dating a white man:

“I need them to stop [caring about interracial dating]. What year is it? Like, stop. Seriously. Trust me, I gotta say, it is weird for ME that I’m with a white dude. Trust me.

I look at him sometimes and I’m like, ‘You are so white.’ Seriously! Yeah, I mean, we gotta be real like that. I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with, so we are learning. Trust me, he’s been through ‘Weave 101 … we learn a lot about each other.”

On whether or not she still likes black men:

“People came at me like, ‘I can’t believe you’re dating a white dude and you don’t like black dudes no more.’ I’m like, ‘I love black men, it just so happens that my heart went this way right now. I mean, who knows? I’m happy.’”

On what her family thinks about her boyfriend:

“I had to tell my mom and my stepdad, who still like, follows Farrakhan and all that so…it’s crazy. “My family is happy, though. [My pops], he’s cool with it. He still keeps calling him ‘my friend.’ He’s always like, ‘How’s your friend?’ I’m like, it’s been almost three years [laughs]. But, it’s good.”

Read more of Bossip’s coverage here.

No stranger to the small screen, she filmed 66 episodes of the eponymous Eve, then went on to film a slew of movies. In fact, some of her roles – such as her sweet, too-brief cameo in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and her tougher role alongside Vin Diesel in XXX –­­ may have been a precursor to being a partners with a guy like Cooper.

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