Black love movies are officially back! Gina Prince-Bythewood returned to the screens to write and direct Beyond the Lights. I was invited to view the movie screening this week, and I left the theatres in awe and excitement.
Beyond the Lights focus on a new award-winning artist named Noni, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is about to break into stardom, but her life is not all glitz and glamour. Emotionally and mentally, her life is falling apart. She became so lost in her mother’s dreams that she lost herself. However, in mid-emptiness, she meets Kaz, played by Nate Parker, a young cop and aspiring politician, who rescues her and an instant eye contact reveals their individual stories. Can true love really save you? In this awesome film, it can. Kaz gives her the courage to find her own voice. Noni helps Kaz to realize that he needed to follow his own dreams versus his father’s expectations.
Prince-Bythewood shared an amazing depiction of love’s strength while capturing the social issues that individuals may face in the limelight such as social media, bullying, and industry pressure. One of my favorite movies is Love & Basketball, which is the writer and director’s most notable film, because of the story’s depth. It was more than just a love story. The movie focused on the life of basketball players, the inequality of women in sports, and family pressure.
I’ve always been a fan of black love movies since Love Jones, Love & Basketball and Brown Sugar. The creative team have the opportunity to introduce to the younger generation the story of black love at its finest. Despite the adversities, love still exists.
This weekend, Beyond the Lights premieres in the theaters. This film is a must see! Check it out this weekend for yourself, and tell me what you think. I loved every bit of it, but what can I say I’ve always been a sucker for sappy-happily ever after endings!