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'Love and Basketball' 10 years later

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's been a decade since the African-American classic film, "Love and Basketball."
The film, which boosted actress Sanaa Lathan's movie career and catapulted actor Omar Epps to leading man status, is garnering new attention since the new film, "Just Wright" piggybacks off the former's formula.
In "Love and Basketball," Epps took a turn as a romantic lead, a big turn for somebody who was mostly known for his role opposite Tupac Shakur in "Juice."
Back in 2000, a renaissance of black films was starting to take shape, fueled by the strong ratings of directors like Spike Lee and Matty Rich.
The songs of the time? Craig David was big (remember him), Alicia Keys had just come out with "Fallin" and Blu Cantrell had hit 'em up.
There was no national consciousness of Middle East terror, no wars.
My, have things changed.
So, where are they now? Epps has most recently finished a stint on the hospital drama "ER," while Lathan is still doing film. Both are considered big-time actors, thanks, in part, to "Love and Basketball."
Gina Prince-Bythewood, the UCLA alum who directed "Love and Basketball," (Spike Lee served as producer) most recently directed "The Secret Life of Bees."
The movie wasn't perfect, but it was just right. No, Just Wright.




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