Love & Basketball

Women Directors Week: The Roundup

Women Directors Week The Roundup

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When Love Looks Like Me: How Gina Prince-Bythewood Brought Real Love to the Big Screen

Love and Basketball

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s choice to center these themes around a young Black couple shouldn’t feel as revolutionary as it does. But when you consider that “universal” is too often conflated with “white,” Love & Basketball feels like such a turning point in the romance genre. It was certainly a turning point for me because, for a moment, Black love and romance, as told by Hollywood, weren’t mutually exclusive.

Black Families: The Roundup

Tea, toast, and good times with the Ambrose clan and their extended family.

Check out all of the posts for our Black Families Theme Week here.

‘Love & Basketball’: Girls Can Do Anything Boys Can Do

Love and basketball and so much else

Prince-Bythewood’s ability to draw commentary about the Black family experience in America is so well-integrated we, as the audience, are able to enjoy the emotional ride the characters take us on without the feeling that we’re watching a heavy-handed representation of the social issues of the time.