14 great moments of black love
With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s definitely a great time to cherish and celebrate the appearance of black love on TV and in cinema. The Black Hurricane came up with these 14 moments of black love to bring tears to your eyes, warm your hearts, and brighten your smiles on this day of romance. Enjoy!
#14: ATL (2006)
Remember when T.I. used to act? El oh el, me too. In ATL, he is a teen living in Atlanta, Georgia and struggling to hold things together for his family. He and his friends are also a skate crew, known as "The Ones", on Sunday nights at Cascade, a skating rink where local teens hang out. While there, Rashad catches the eye of New-New (Lauren London), a round-the-way girl with a mysterious background and a messy romance unravels from there.
#13: How Stella got her groove back (1998)
This movie came out 20 years ago, but Angela Bassett still looks as bad as she did back then. Black never ever cracks. Anyway, Stella is a very successful 40-year-old stockbroker raising her son, Quincy, who is persuaded by her best friend from college to take a well-deserved, first-class vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a handsome young islander, Winston Shakespeare, who is twenty years younger. His pursuit of her turns into a blossoming romance.
#12: Jason's Lyric (1996)
Jason's Lyric is a 1994 erotic romantic drama film, featuring an Allen Payne, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Jason (Allen Payne) is a responsible young man who has a job in a television repair shop and lives at home with his hard-working mom. When Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) walks into the shop to buy a television, Jason meets his perfect match. She has dreams of escape, and inspires Jason to do romantic things like borrow a city bus to take her on a date. Their relationship continually grows and blossoms into love.
#11: Coming to America (1988)
#TheRoyalPenisIsCleanYourHighness ...Eddie Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who comes to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry and unexpectedly falls for Lisa (Shari Headley).
#10: Carmen Jones (1954)
Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, set during World War II. The story focuses on Carmen Jones, a vixen who works in a parachute factory in North Carolina. When she is arrested for fighting with a coworker who reported her for arriving late for work, foreman Sgt. Brown assigns young soldier Joe to deliver her to the authorities, much to the dismay of Joe's fiancée Cindy Lou, who had agreed to marry him during his leave. It’s clear that the relationship takes a romantic turn that neither of them expected.
#9: The cosby show (1984)
Prior to the rape allegations and perverted memes, Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show was the pinnacle of upper class black folks. It aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.
#8: Think like a man (2012)
A romantic comedy starring half of Black Hollywood: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco and Gabrielle Union. Their dysfunctional relationships are titled:
~"The Mama's Boy" vs. "The Single Mom"
~"The Non-Committer" vs. "The Girl Who Wants the Ring"
~"The Dreamer" vs. "The Woman Who Is Her Own Man"
~"The Player" vs. "The 90 Day Rule Girl"
#7: Love Jones (1997)
Love Jones is a 1997 American romantic drama film set in Chicago, where Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) is a poet who is giving a reading at the Sanctuary, an upscale nightclub. Shortly before his set, he meets Nina Mosley (Nia Long), a gifted photographer who recently lost her job. They exchange small talk, and Darius makes his interest clear when he titles his love poem "A Blues For Nina". A mutual attraction is sparked between them.
#6: Beyond the lights (2014)
Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Noni) and Nate Parker (Kaz), Noni Jean is a hot new artist who has just won a Billboard Music Award and is primed for superstardom, but the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life. She is saved by a young police officer, Kaz Nicol. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard.
#5: Love don't Cost a thing (2003)
A teen comedy film starring Nick Cannon and Christina Milian. He’s got the brains and She has the popularity; two things that are never supposed to mix. But when the pair discover that they are better together, they do just that and end up falling in love along the way.
#4: Martin (1992)
A staple of the 90's. This sitcom follows the daily shenanigans of Martin Payne and his beautiful girlfriend-turned-wife Regina Payne. If this isn't 90's black love, I don't know what is.
#3: Poetic Justice (1993)
Two black icons of the early 90's, Janet Jackson (Justice) and Tupac Shakur (Lucky), co-star in one of my favorite films. Justice writes poems which she recites throughout the movie and meets Lucky through a strange turn of events, ending up travelling across the country with him. They get close through the common thread of tragedy and eventually fall in love, though the road is rocky.
#2: A different world (1987)
One of the few gems that came from The Cosby Show (no more Bill Cosby shade, I swear). The series originally centered on Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional historically Black college in Virginia. It was inspired by student life at Spelman College and Howard University. Most of the series is focused on the romance between Southern belle, Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) and math whiz, Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison).
#1: Love and Basketball (2000)
Love & Basketball is #relationship goals for every ni--...I mean black queen on social media. It's a romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall (Epps) and Monica Wright (Lathan), two next-door neighbors in Los Angeles, California who are pursuing their basketball careers before eventually falling for each other.