While I 100 percent agree with the words of the legendary Maya Angelou, it’s pretty hard to these days. Trying to date in 2015 is more like engaging with robots, as people are more than likely to opt for a text message emoji of a hug or kiss than a real one.
Being single can arguably be one of the best times of your life, but depending on how you look at things, you could be headed down the path of no longer believing that finding love is possible. Here are five Black movie scenes that will renew your faith in love.
Jason’s Lyric [Riding Off Into the Sunset]
Yes, the lovemaking scene in that random Texas bayou was wonderful. But the real love rested in this 1994 classic’s final scene. After what could easily be described as a clusterf*ck of incidents leading up to Jason (Allen Payne) and Lyric’s (Jada Pinkett-Smith) departure from their hometown, the two finally depart for a new life. I’m not sure if it was Lyric’s patient understanding of Jason dealing with his demons (killing your father is a pretty big deal), or his tolerance for her “thugged out” brother. But these two made it work despite the odds. Love is about seeing your mate’s flaws and choosing to stay if you can deal, and Jason had quite a few.
Love Jones [Kissing in the Rain]
Classic, classic, classic! As if declaring your love for one another after a yearlong separation isn’t enough to make you believe that true love never dies, that rain scene… boy! Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and Nina Moseley (Nia Long) renewed hope for thousands across the nation in this timeless 1997 work. From the epic chase through Chicago’s Union Station to the well-crafted poem during his set at open mic night, Darius let the world know how he felt about Nina. The rain scene in the final few minutes of the film was the culmination of what we all knew: these two belonged together.
Claudine [Their First Date]
Aside from deviating away from mainstream media’s Blaxploitation era, the 1974 hit Claudine was a pretty accurate display of love, commitment and determination. After accepting Roop’s (James Earl Jones) invitation for a date, Claudine (Diahann Carroll) is not only late to her home where they’re supposed to meet, but introduces him to her six kids, who are anything but pleasant. Despite observing this struggling single mother fuss and fight with her argumentative and often rebellious children, Roop still insist on taking her out.
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