The Best Black Love Stories in TV + Film

It’s officially February which means it’s black history month AND Valentine’s day is right around the corner. To get us in the spirit for both, I’m going to share some of my favorite black love stories, and where you can find a few to stream.

Love Jones

Love Jones (film) - Wikipedia

Some consider this 1997 film too slow for their taste, but I think the simplicity relaxing and a great watch for a night in with wine and popcorn.

Stream it on BET+ and HBO Max

A Different World

A Different World (TV Series 1987–1993) - IMDb

If you’re a Simply Syd veteran you know this television series is an all-time favorite. Dwayne and Whitley are an iconic sitcom couple who will always be top 2 (and they’re not number 2).

Stream it on Amazon Prime

Southside with You

Southside with You - Wikipedia

This movie is a recreation of America’s favorite couple, Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date. It just kind of good vibes.

Stream it on Amazon Prime and Pluto TV

Insecure

Insecure (TV Series 2016– ) - IMDb

This one may surprise you, but I don’t think love always has to be pretty, sometimes it’s messy. Also, who doesn’t love Issa?

Stream it on HBO Max

Just Wright

Just Wright - Wikipedia

I love Queen Latifah, she is perfect, this movie is perfect just find it and watch it please.

I couldn’t find this on the general streaming apps but maybe that will change in time for Valentine’s Day

Love Don’t Cost a Thing

Love Don't Cost a Thing (film) - Wikipedia

This one is for the lovers of teen/coming of age films. Be warned, you will want to dance with Nick Cannon in the beach party scene.

I couldn’t find this on the general streaming apps but maybe that will change in time for Valentine’s Day

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar (2002 film) - Wikipedia

In what is personally my favorite Taye Diggs performance of all time, Brown Sugar is an underrated classic.

I couldn’t find this on the general streaming apps but maybe that will change in time for Valentine’s Day

That’s So Raven

Raven and Devon Divorced for a Good Reason

This is for my childish people, just watch the episodes with Raven and Devon. It’s the definition of black love.

Stream it on Disney+

Honorary Mentions

Beyond the Lights

I cannot in good faith recommend you stream this film due to Nate Parker’s history, but if you have the DVD dust it off and find somewhere to use it because it’s definitely one of my favorites and I couldn’t NOT mention it.

Wake of the Wind

The above are not movies or TV shows (if any executives, so it doesn’t technically qualify for this list, BUT I love this story and it’s honestly just a beautiful book about the story of blackness in the United States period.

What are your favorite black love stories? Let me know in the comments!

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