Quincy and Monica, Love and Basketball
Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan charmed a generation of Black moviegoers with their compelling portrait of childhood friends and rivals who grow up to become lovers and husband and wife — with their basketball careers serving as the centerpiece of the 2000 movie. Who could forget the game of strip Nerf basketball in Quincy’s dorm room at USC?
Nina and Darius, Love Jones
Nia Long and Larenz Tate gave voice to a new generation of poetry-reading, neo-soul listening, urban Black intelligentsia, who set the style standard for the 1990s and who definitely saw themselves personified on the screen in these two beautiful, talented performers struggling to make it work in this 1997 film.