If you were Black or even had a lil' bit of soul in 1997, you surely saw the movie Love Jones
(if it was playing in your area -- the widest release the film had was 821 theaters). It was a film that resonated with young people of color. While the "'hood" movies of the '90s were important in their own way, Love Jones
was refreshing, new, and spoke to a generation. Fourteen years ago today, Love Jones
opened in theaters nationwide. The cast included Bill Bellamy
, Lisa Nicole Carson
, Isaiah Washington
, Nia Long,
and Larenz Tate
Based in Chicago, Nina Mosley (Long) was a struggling photographer and Darius Lovehall (Tate) was a poet and aspiring novelist. After meeting at a poetry club, the two eventually connected and had a romance. The film was written and directed by Theodore Witcher
—his first and only feature-length film.
captured a time in the lives of 20-something African-Americans when neo-soul was just about to explode and the thug image was passé. The amazing soundtrack featured songs from Maxwell
, Cassandra Wilson
, and Lauryn Hill's
first solo single, "The Sweetest Thing."
grossed over $12 million at the box office and is considered a classic in the African-American community.