There are movies that we will never get tired of. Movies that’ll make us laugh, scenes that are memorable, and the 90’s nostalgia that we all miss. Pynk Magazine is here to take you on a trip down memory lane with some of our favorite movies that remind us of the era that we love so much! These powerful and provocative women set the tone for movies like Save The Last Dance, The Wood, and The Best Man.
In 1997, we were blessed with Love Jones, directed by Theodore Witcher. This classic invites us into the world Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate), a poet from Chicago who falls in love with a photographer Nina Moseley (Nia Long). Who else remembers the stimulating open mic night where Darius seduces Nina’s mind with his words? Or that innate moment when Nina’s BFF guesses that Nina and Darius slept together, we would want the tea too ladies! We all knew that it was more to them “just kicking it.”
Robert Townsend directed B.A.P.S, a favorite for all of us. We all are Black American Princesses, right? Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle Reid are two best friends who go to LA to become dancers but ultimately ends up scamming a dying millionaire. The Emmy Award–winner Halle Berry had America laughing uncontrollably with her dance moves in the scene where the two are in line to be extras in a music video. B.A.P.S pioneered some of the trends that we see today like the platinum blonde hair color, coffin nails, and patent leather outfits.
Set It Off is a movie that will never get old. Four best friends plot to rob a bank in Los Angeles until their trust in one another dwindles. Queen Latifah went out with grace as LAPD shot her car up. Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise all played amazing roles in this award-winning movie in 1996. F. Gary Gray won Best Director at the Acapulco Black Film Festival for the movie.
Waiting to Exhale is one for the books! Based on Terry McMillan’s novel, we are introduced to four women and their experiences in their relationship directed by Forest Whitaker. Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, and the late Whitney Houston brung the novel to life with their conception and execution. Every woman can relate to this movie and forces us to consider the power that we all have. Who can forget that amazing moment when Bernadine set her husbands car and clothes on fire after he admits that he will be leaving her after 11 years. The soundtrack was in sync with Mary J. Blige’s Not Gon’ Cry and Whitney Houston’s Waiting to Exhale.
Soul Food is a star-studded movie directed by George Tillman Jr. Big momma kept the family together no matter what until she passed away. Family comes first and big momma knew exactly what to do to keep the peace. Soul food kept Nia Long, Vivica A. Fox, Vanessa Williams, and the rest of the family connected after the rock of their family rested in peace. The movie was nominated for 6 awards and won two from the Image Awards and Acapulco Black Film Festival.
Double Platinum is a gem that many of us don’t know about. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, Diana Ross and Brandy Norwood made the perfect mother and daughter duo. The two were reunited after Diana Ross left her daughter as a kid. Have You Ever was a part of this soundtrack that made this movie well worth viewing!
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