It’s been two decades since Love Jones made its public debut and the Bellamys are celebrating. Kristen took to Instagram to share her excitement over the twenty-year anniversary of the film earlier this week.
“Tonight our kids got to see their dad, godfather and Auntie Nia in the classic,” Kristen wrote online. “#Lovejones It’s where they all met and they’ve been family ever since. It was so nostalgic to see this love story after 20 years. Thank you to Cheryl Boone Isaacs and @TheAcademy for honoring such a trailblazing film. #lovejones20thanniversary.”
Love Jones challenged the notion of African American families being broken during a time when many films in Hollywood perpetuated the stigma. Larenz Tate and Nia Long were star characters in the film and did a wonderful job of bringing the essence of what many deem “black love” to the forefront.
“We look back and realize this stereotype-breaking, genre-redefining cult classic delivered a powerful message—without a lecture,” Boone Isaacs says. Larenz Tate also discusses his role in the smash hit film.
“I love the idea that these people spoke differently to each other, I love the idea that it was romantic,” Tate shares. “It was going to be in Chicago and we hadn’t seen anything in my hometown quite like it.”
Bill Bellamy wed Kirsten four years after Love Jones made its public debut. The couple have two children, Baron and Bailey, together.