Black love is beautiful in all forms — romantic, friendship, familial and as a collective. We learn and relate to different kinds of relationships over the years through our childhoods, unique experiences and through the images of relationships portrayed in entertainment and the media.
So, when did you fall in love…with love?
Better yet, what are some of the lessons (good, bad or ugly) you've learned from the best Black love movies of all time? It's amazing how certain scenes or sayings are completely relevant to our own personal lives after all these years — these films are timeless! Here are some of the Blavity team's favorites:
1. Love & Basketball
"I'll play you."
2. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
"This from the guy who makes a midnight run to the video store and comes back with Booty Call and the Lion King!"
3. Boyz N the Hood
“Of course you took in your son…And you taught him what he needed to be a man, I’ll give you that, because most men aren’t man enough to do what you did. But, that gives you no reason – do you hear me, no reason – to tell me I can’t be a mother to my son. What you did is no different from what mothers have been doing from the beginning of time.”
4. Love Jones
“I love you. That’s urgent like a muthaf*cka.”
5. The Best Man
"You have to live for today not for what was or what could've been."
6. Jason's Lyric
"I've never flown in a plane before."
"Sometimes, you don't need a plane to fly."
7. Brown Sugar
"You are the perfect verse over a tight beat."
8. Poetic Justice
"I think you kind of fly. We could start with your phone number."
9. Two Can Play That Game
"The CIA ain't got nothing on a woman with a plan."
"What do you know about love? What could you possibly know about love? You know, I'm sick and tired of men using love as if it's some disease you just catch. Love should have brought your ass home last night."
"Let me tell you something… Success is nothing… NOTHING!!! Without someone you love to share it with."
"You know why I avoided success? Success brings enemies and I want people to love me."
13. Beyond the Lights
"The truth is the only safe ground to stand upon."
14. Waiting to Exhale
"I give you 11 f*cking years and then you leave me for a white woman?!"
"Would you be happy if she were black?"
"I would be happy if YOU were black!"
These are just a few of many! What did we miss? Sound off with your favorite Black love movies and quotes.