Love Jones: Theodore Witcher Remembers the Beloved Classic

Unlike the gritty black films opening the 1990s like 1991’s Boyz n the Hood and 1993’s Menace II Society, 1997’s Love Jones depicted an artistic niche of African-American life. Instead of having his characters struggle with “the man,” Witcher wanted them to wrestle with themselves and their careers, as humanistic beings trying to get over their personal shortcomings. In hindsight, the first-time director created a mold from which many black romantic dramas draw and presented an idea of love that still lingers, like America’s undying affection for Cliff and Clair Huxtable.

The Root tracked down Witcher on the anniversary of his first and last film to find out what it took to create Love Jones and where he’s been all of these years.

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