Today he’s talking about Love & Basketball, writer-director Gina Prince-Blythewood’s first feature, produced by Spike Lee and Sam Kitt.
It’s more prevalent now in the 2000s, because there are more women getting into positions of power, and not just because it’s a movement, but because they’re the better person for the job. And I’ve seen people become more accepting of art, coming back to that auteur mindframe.
So this movie comes right around that time, when that’s a discussion that people are having. Hollywood is based on money, so whatever makes dough, that’s what they’re going to duplicate, whatever doesn’t, they’ll shelf.
It’s a new slice of African American life, with basketball as a backdrop.
It’s refreshing in that it’s part of that new movement in black films, looking at the middle class, both the kids come from two-parent household, so it’s not against all odds, or basketball or die.
At 26, the graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts already has an impressive 10-year career, including his debut in Ernest Dickerson’s Juice to John Singleton’s Higher Learning, Charles S.
Dutton’s HBO film, First Time Felon, and The Wood (not to mention his memorable turns in ER and Scream 2).
There’s so much that’s out of our control, as actors.
But for viewers, what used to be word of mouth is now word of keypad.
It's one of those things that happen once in a while.
Not very often does a film speak to different generations across cultural and gender lines."Epps added, "I think it's sort of that fairytale love story for women.
Hoopers and movie fans alike will be especially pleased to see that former onscreen couple Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan reunited with the rest of the cast from their 2000 popular flick yesterday to celebrate the film's—wait for it—15 year anniversary!