The first sassy black friend recorded in romantic comedy history was Mr Hollywood Montrose in Mannequin.
There are some exceptions, but even those instances require some form of neutering. Dave Chappelle in You've Got Mail, for instance, has absolutely no existence beyond hanging out with Tom Hanks. They work together, walk on treadmills together, and scope out Tom Hanks's date together, but somewhere around the middle of the movie Dave just disappears and is never heard from again. In Two Weeks Notice, Hugh Grant has a sassy black friend with "sage" advice about women that involves something about how chess have rules but women don't; this guy isn't a friend, though, so much as he is a chauffeur who is obligated to talk to Hugh Grant. And Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Dwayne the bartender is obsessed with watching sea creatures fuck, making him bizarre and sexually non-threatening.
|Even Jason Segel is a credible romantic option, compared to this guy.|
|I curate art museums. But no, you're right. Your assistant job is WAY more interesting.|
Movies notable for their complete lack of black characters, from 1990 to the present:
Sleepless In Seattle
Four Weddings and a Funeral
My Best Friend's Wedding
Bridget Jones's Diary
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Life As We Know It
Conclusion: Julia Roberts doesn't care about black people.