How BET Blew Us Away With the Love Jones Tribute at the 2017 ABFF Awards
By Elizabeth Barrera
“Talk that talk honey. Walk that walk honey.”
What better way to close the 2017 BET American Black Film Festival Awards than to honor Love Jones. Not only did Omari Hardwick recite A Blues For Nina (Brotha to the Night), a poem Darius recited for Nina in Love Jones, but ABFF also celebrated the film’s excellence and representation of black love. Then, we were moved by the musical tribute to the film through Dionne Farris and Maxwell’s Soul R&B music.
All this #abff magic reminded us that to this day, many women are inspired by Love Jones, but why?
Love Jones, one of the greatest black films of all times, now considered a classic, demonstrates the true meaning of not just black love, but love in its full essence. It’s the kind of love that never loses its passion, whether it be in moments of distraught or happiness. During her award acceptance speech, Nia Long made sure to remind us that “love is who we are and what we personify.” Love Jones taught us that timing is inevitable and essential, but when something, such as love, is real, then it’ll eventually find its way back home.
Check out the original recitation of A Blues for Nina (Brotha to the Night). Don’t blame us if you melt! Viewer discretion is advised -