Black Love: Alive and Well
Shantella Y. Sherman | 8/27/2009, 5:36 a.m.
em>Entertainment Weekly magazine recently released their editor€s €Top 25 Romantic Films€ of the last 25 years, ironically, neither African American films nor films that depict Black couples made the list. Does Black romance exist on screen? Of course! After several debates, a few screenings, and a couple of revisions, the editors of the Washington Informer selected their €Top 25 Black Romantic Films.€ Check them out and send your comments to email@example.com.
Washington Informer 25 Most Romantic African American Films:
1.€Nothing But a Man€ (1964)
2.€To Sir With Love€ (1967)
3.€For Love of Ivy€ (1968)
4.€Lady Sings the Blues€ (1972) €" Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams in the biopic of blues Billie Holiday. There is an exceptional on-screen chemistry between Ross and Williams that cemented them as romantic interests in €Mahogany€ three years later. Both films were directed by Motown Records€ Berry Gordy.
5.€Super Fly€ (1972)
6.€Claudine€ (1974) €" Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones star as a welfare mother of six and a garbage man who fall in love despite opposition from welfare case workers, her rebellious children, and the pressures of poverty.
7.€Mahogany€ (1975) €"
9.€Purple Rain€ (1984)
10.€Coming to America€ (1988)
11.€Mississippi Massala€ (1991)
13.€Jason€s Lyric€ (1994)
14.€Love Jones€ (1997)
15.€How Stella Got Her Groove Back€ (1998) €" Featuring Taye Diggs in his first starring role and Angela Bassett, this is a story of love defying the limits of age and proves that a 20-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman can make beautiful music together.
16.€The Best Man€ (1999)
17.€Love & Basketball€ (2000)
18.€Disappearing Acts€ (2000)
19.€The Brothers€ (2001) €" Told from a male€s point of view, Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley and Bill Bellamy explore the perils and joys of life, love and marriage.
20.€Brown Sugar€ (2002)
21.€Love, Sex & Eating the Bones€ (2003) €" Hill Harper battles an addiction to pornography that threatens the health of a new romance with Marlyne Afflack. Harper and Afflack are witty and charming, as they negotiate romance against sexual taboos.
22.€Their Eyes Were Watching God€ (2005)
23.€Diary of a Mad Black Woman€ (2005)
24. €I€m Through with White Girls: The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks€ (2007)
25.€Why Did I Get Married?€ (2007)