‘Love Jones’ Is Still A Classic 20 Years Later
This week marks the 20th anniversary of everyone’s favorite love story, Love Jones.
Love Jones, starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate, was released in March of 1997 and made $3 mil opening weekend. The film went on to gross $12 mil, but the impact it made in the lives of black people has proven to be priceless.
Twenty years ago Larenz Tate and Nia Long mesmerized us as Darius and Nina. We became so involved in their emotional, steamy and stimulating romance that we all wanted our own Love Jones story. Darius first won our hearts with his poetry and his persistence in pursuing Nina.
Nina was every girl, recovering from a bad relationship, trying not to be bitter and working towards her career. Women related to her and we understood when she both fell for Darius and when she had to stand her ground with him.
We all felt the awkwardness when Darius friends wanted to know what happened to him and Nina. We understood when he couldn’t quite explain where it went wrong or admit it was his fault and his friends had to just read between the lines.
Recently, it was even more evident how classic Love Jones was, when it was announced that it was being adapted as a stage play. The musical enlisted the talents of some successful R&B artists such as, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DaVaughn, Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius.
Til this day, fans are eager to see what happened to Nina and Darius and have been vocal about wanting a sequel to Love Jones. In the meantime, fans will just have to settle for snuggling up on their couch and watching it as if it’s the first time.
Pierrea Javon…I’m not perfect and I don’t feel like faking it.