While Valentine’s Day is still months away, it’s never too early to spread some love around. Every love story is different, and a Black love story comes with its own set of challenges. These films represent some of the diverse expressions of love that are not always seen on screen.
Black Representation In Hollywood
To start, it’s a struggle to get Black actors cast and when it does happen and a phenomenal job is done, the actors are not rewarded the accolades they deserve. Even if you’re not a frequent film or television watcher, you most likely heard about the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in 2016 when no Black actors were up for acting awards for two years in a row. It was an outrage in the film community, and it struck a nerve with audience members as well.
Since then, things have slightly changed. Well, at least Black actors were getting nominated and awarded at least once per Oscars ceremony. In 2018, Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Green Book. In 2019, Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. In 2020, Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor in Judas and the Black Messiah. In 2022, Will Smith won Best Actor for his role in the Venus and Serena Williams’ father’s biopic King Richard. Ariana DeBose, who is of Puerto Rican, Black and Italian ethnicity, won Best Supporting Actress for her role in West Side Story.
The Importance of Modern Black Romance Films
It’s no secret that social media has changed the dating game. Everything is overanalyzed. On X (formerly known as Twitter) there is a constant conversation over how to fit “traditional roles” in relationships during modern times. The romance in dating is often overshadowed by these conversations, and these films bring back the “first date” feeling, unrequited love, and self-discovery in the process.
Take a look below at some modern Black romance films to stream now: