The Return of Black Love Movies

I can remember as a teenager, when I was introduced to Monica Wright and Quincy McCall on the movie screen. Wright was so focused on shooting jump shots and the goal of becoming the first woman to enter the NBA. She bickered with her mother. The star wore the #32 like Magic Johnson. However, there was something she loved more than basketball—Quincy McCall. The duo represented young love at its finest, but more importantly they showed young black teenagers about black love. Granted, the movie was definitely a coming of age romance, it was still great to witness it. What girl didn’t think about playing basketball with her boo for his heart? During the late 90’s to 2000’s era, black love movies were epic. They told a story and young adults were able to relate easily. I’ve noticed a fall of the black love movies within the last 10 years. When I think of black love movies, I think of Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, The Wood, and The Best Man. However, there were some good black love movies recently, but the films were few and far in between.

Next month, the creators of The Best Man will reunite the cast for The Best Man Holiday. The synopsis, according to The Best Man Holiday’sofficial site, focus on the reunion after 15 years of college friends during the holidays who “will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.” I want the film to bring back the black love story or at least expand on the concept. I’m far from a relationship expert, but most individuals mimic what they see. Therefore, maybe, just maybe, it will encourage more healthy relationships. Last week, I blogged about a great love story by the way if you haven’t already checked it out, please do so.

After nearly two decades, will the black love movies return again for the new generation who are more consumed by reality television, ratchetness, and twerking? One can certainly hope so, but I digress. Black love, well love in general is a beautiful thing.

Will you be watching The Best Man Holiday? What was your favorite movie during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s?

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