Over two decades later, we’ve got more Black love stories onscreen, but there’s something about Love Jones
that still keeps Black audiences rapt. Maybe it’s the fact that this movie is
so small and niche; it’s just a simple story about two people, their messy relationship and their opinionated friends, all set against the backdrop of Chicago’s dark and bluesy poetry scene. What other film is giving us iconic and chaotic lines like “I’m the blues in your left thigh trying to become the funk in your right”? (For the record, that would have absolutely worked on us.) Recently, the Netflix account Strong Black Lead
asked fans’ about their favorite Black love story, and Love Jones came out on top
as the undisputed champion. However, we also know that some of our classic movie couples
don’t exactly hold up when we look back at them with fresh, grown-ass eyes. So, in this column, we’re going deep on the scenes in the best onscreen Black love stories — the good, the bad, and the thirsty — to see if all these years later, they still live up to the pedestals we’ve placed them on. From grand gestures to big movie-ending kisses, we’re analyzing it all. Sure, some of these scenes are beloved, but would we really
want a love like this?