Celebrate Black Love With ‘Represent Black Love’ Movie Marathon #RepresentBlackLove

by Gina Williams

February 1, 2021

TV One celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special Represent Black Love lineup featuring classic movies and shows hosted by Erica and Warryn Campbell. On Sunday, February 14, the network will air A Different World starting at 6A/5C and The Best Man airing at 11A/10C. Then settle in for a night of romance with three of the most iconic films in cinematic history starting at 4P/3C with Mahogany, followed by Carmen Jones, and rounding out the marathon with Claudine.

Throughout the romance-themed night, The Campbells, who made sweet melodies together during their nearly 20-years of marriage, will be on hand to provide little-known facts about the films.

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Check out the Represent Black Love line-up:

A DIFFERENT WORLD

Watch a special marathon of A Different World showcasing Dwayne and Whitley’s epic love affair. Attending a historically Black college and finding love there, what could be better?

A Different World: (l-r) Jasmine Guy as Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne and Kadeem Hardison as Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (Photo: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)

THE BEST MAN

Catch back-to-back airings of the 1999 film, The Best Man. the romantic comedy-drama was written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, with Lee’s cousin, Spike Lee, serving as producer. The film stars Taye Digges, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Reginal Hall, Melissa De Sousa, and Harold Perrineau.

The Best Man Cast: (L-R) Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, and Melissa De Sousa visit BET’s ‘106 & Park’ at BET Studios on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo: D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET)

 

MAHOGANY (1975)

Struggling Chicago fashion design student Tracy (Diana Ross) goes from rags to riches when a chance meeting with hotshot fashion photographer Sean (Anthony Perkins) in the department store where she works leads to a runway life as a model in Rome. Tracy’s overnight success and strong ambitions bring her professional success as a designer, but her diva antics may destroy her relationship with social activist Brian (Billy Dee Williams), as well as her respect in the fashion world.

Mahogany: Diana Ross; right from top: Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont, 1975. (Photo: LMPC via Getty Images)

 

CARMEN JONES (1954)

The tale of the cigarette-maker Carmen and the Spanish cavalry soldier Don Jose is translated into a modern-day story of a parachute factory worker and a stalwart GI named Joe (Harry Belafonte) who is about to go to flying school. Conflict arises when a prize-ring champ captures the heart of Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) after she has seduced Joe and caused him to go AWOL.
Carmen Jones:Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge perform in a scene from the movie which was released on October 28, 1954. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

 

CLAUDINE (1974)

Claudine (Diahann Carroll) is a single mother in New York City who endures an exhausting commute to the suburbs where she works as a maid for wealthy families. In one carefully tended white community, she meets Roop (James Earl Jones), a charismatic but irresponsible garbage collector. Romance quickly ensues, but Claudine doubts that their relationship is good for her six children, and Rupert, despite his good nature, is reluctant to take on fatherhood.
Actors James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll in a scene from the movie Claudine, 1974. (Photo: Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
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