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Thirteen Years Later and Still Got the Jones

This was the film where I first saw myself on screen. This was the film where everything was jazz, cool, yet real. This was the film that showed relationships as I came to witness and experience them.

I just wrote an essay for TheRoot about why this film has endured for so long. And how black writers and filmmakers must re-commit themselves to telling our stories on this level.

Take a look.

About Abdul Ali

I'm a fellow at American University studying creative nonfiction and poetry. I write across a few genres but it's all brought together by larger questions about culture.


One thought on “Thirteen Years Later and Still Got the Jones

  1. Dear Mr. Ali,

    I am an independent filmmaker of African America descent. I have studied filmmaking at the prestigious London Film School. I make quality short films (that is what I can afford to make through grants and donations). I want to make the kinds of feature films you want to see. I want to make sci-fi films, historical dramas, and intelligent romantic films with black folks. Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters in the business community who have disposable income choose not to fund black independent films. Investors first and foremost want a quick return on their investment, not a film that will affirm the complexities of black life. I believe quality films can recoup money over time, in the states and overseas. It is just hard to get black folks to take that kind of risk. If we can change the mindset, so that our business community sees the value of putting our history and culture in film, then you will see more films like Love Jones. There are many filmmakers out there like me who have good projects ready to be made into great films. Some of us are in Hollywood, but many of us are in Philly, New York, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Oakland, Chicago, etc. If black entrepreneurs are not interested in funding independent films, then it is up to people like you– who have a media platform– who can galvanize the community on the grass roots level to support an alternative cinema. If we take a page from Obama’s campaign, small donations from many people are just as good as large donations(or investments) from a monied few. Thanks for the post on ROOTS. Peace, N

    Posted by Nadine Patterson | February 16, 2010, 12:59 AM

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