Oh Where, Oh Where Have You Gone Dear Black Romcoms?
In the midst of planning for a midweek movie night, I had an epiphany.
As a self-proclaimed movie buff whose wardrobe contains pieces mentally marked “cinema attire, ” and whose movie must-haves include the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the lesser-known Disney classicPolly, I couldn’t help but offer a sigh of lament and irritation to the movie Gods upon taking inventory of my latest viewing options — a former slave turned bounty hunter, dwarves on a 166 minute mission to slay a dragon, and the marital woes of a 40-something white couple. And just as I was resigning myself to a night of DVR’d television, it hit me; I miss black romantic comedies.
Not just any romantic comedy that boasts a handful of black actors, but real black movies with real black casts, highlighting real black love and made for real black people. Classics like Love and Basketball, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and the holy grail of black romcoms, Love Jones. The days of Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Boris Kodjoe, Gabrielle Union and two of the original chocolate drops, Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs. Oh how I miss those days. The days when finding a culturally relevant movie somewhat reflective of my everyday life and with a decent soundtrack (who doesn’t love “Hopeless” by Dionne Farris?) didn’t require flipping through the “African-American” or “Urban” film categories on my Netflix, or happening to stumble upon the TV version of one of the aforementioned on BET.
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