Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah

Nia Long, Love Jones (1997)

Set in arts-centric Chicago, this film has passion and poetry to spare. As smart and sexy photographer Nina Moseley in this time-tested love story from 1997, Long was the poster girl for the modern, educated and bohemian Black woman. Although she already had a long film career before this romantic classic, Love Jones officially made Ms. Long a star. 

(Photo: New Line Cinema) 

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