“It’s a part of my cultural history.”
These are the words of MC extraordinaire MC Lyte when asked about her opinion on the 1997 black romance film, Love Jones.
I feel you, MC.
The film, written and directed by Theodore Witcher, and released in 1997, was transformed into a stage play last year starring singers Chrisette Michele and Raheem DaVaugn, and narrated by MC Lyte.
Two thousand seventeen marks its 20th anniversary.
I’ve spoken in past posts about how much of a hopeless romantic I am. Love Jones, was a dream come true for the black, female, hopeless romantic. Real, provocative, gentle, poetic, raw, love.
I decided to write a list of 20 reasons why Love Jones is my favorite movie
- Poetry. Between Darius’ poem, “A blues for Nina” and Nina’s original poem “I am Looking at Music”, I was almost inspired to become a young Maya Angelou. Almost. Like Darius said, “poetry is the possibility of language.”
- Rawness. The language used in this movie was provocative, and realistic. The characters did not hold back, whether it was on stage at The Sanctuary, or sitting around the table chatting with the homies; the dialogue was so real.
- The soundtrack. Dionne Farris’ “Hopeless” and Lauryn Hill’s “Sweetest Thing,” to name a few, were some of the soft melodies. I’m a fan of slow r&b, and the track list encompassed everything rhythm & blues.
- The black friend group I believe solid friendships, specifically black comradery is necessary.
- “they’re just other topics…” The night Darius met Nina, he was unafraid to express his sexual desires for her, but she was quick to remind him the importance of other topics of conversation – such as love.
- Vulnerability Not only did Darius quickly think of a poem to perform for Nina, he pursued her the following day. He didn’t care how crazy he looked, how “pressed” he may have seemed, he was going to get to Nina if it was the last thing he did. And in the end, succeeded.
- Date night The reggae club outing? Name a black girl who wouldn’t enjoy that. I can’t think of one either.
- You snooze, you lose. Nina’s ex boyfriend thought he could just pop back into her life and be ready for a relationship again?! Nah…
- Respect for artists Nina and Darius were artists (both sensitive about their sh*t) – a writer and photographer, both madly in love with one another’s craft.
- Inappropriate cab ride (Uber) conversations are so real Josie and Nina’s cab ride? Every girl can attest to the filterless juicy stories during the Uber rides, even if you’re just going down the street. The eavesdropping driver is always so entertained.
- Black people – This was an African American film, strictly about love, with brown characters. It doesn’t get any better.
- Art & Culture Saxophonist Charlie Parker, the Isley brothers, Al Green, playwright George Bernard Shaw all received mention #fortheculture
- Quotable lines “Say baby, can I be your slave?”….”Right now, I’m the blues in your left thigh, trying to become the funk in your right.” …”Romance is about the possibility of the thing.”…”This here, right now, is all that matters to me. I love you. And that’s urgent like a motherfucker.” And that’s the greatest line in a romance film to date.
- Chemistry Tate and Long need to, at some point before they retire, do another movie together. The chemistry was absolutely impeccable.
- Bromances The love between black men is an extraordinary type of love. #blackboyjoy
- Girlfriends “Love is played out like an A-track. You did say that, didn’t you?” Nina and Josie’s relationship reminded me of me and my best friend, which brought me so much joy. How about you? #blackgirlmagic
- Black love
- Black love
- Black love
- Black love.