For years we’ve reminisced lovingly about our favorite black RomComs of the ‘90s and early 2000s and wondered when we’d see more on screen. Despite several qualms over the book, Think Like A Man impressed audiences across the country, raking in $100 million at the box office, and cracked the door open for Hollywood to once again showcase black love on screen.

While Hollywood has been slow to promote black films, and particular black romantic comedies as of late, this hasn’t stopped filmmakers from writing and directing their own stories. We’ve showcased many of them here over the past year and the latest film to put on your “must watch list” is Dui Jarrod’s Lesson Before Love.

Lesson Before Love follows four singles on their path to self-discovery.

Check out the official synopsis:

Eric, Alexis, Cullen and Janae are all single and unsatisfied living their monochromatic lives. The contentious, first time meeting between on-line chat buddies, Eric and Alexis, brings about a torrent of emotions as they and their friends all meet up for a night on the town. After which, they begin to experience love lessons that force them to search their own hearts and lost passions for the love that has long eluded them.

The film has been wowing audiences and winning awards at film festivals across the country, and will open in limited nation-wide release in October.

Check out the trailer for ‘Lesson Before Love.’

Will you be seeing the film? What’s your favorite RomCom?

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  • Jade

    I saw this film in Brooklyn!!!! AMAZING!!! Definitely a must see! Tyler Perry who????

  • African Mami

    no. I couldn’t get through even watching the trailer. Storyline has been explored multiple times. Oh well. not impressed. sorry.

    • Jade

      Girl. I thought the same thing before seeing it. It was WAAAAAY deeper that what you know. I can’t lie, it was good as hell!

    • African Mami

      oh really? The trailer then fails its objective. Will keep an open mind then. Thanks for the heads up!

  • All Writey Then

    I saw this film. It was poorly written, acted, directed, lit, costumed…shall I go on? There were moments that were clearly meant to be serious and/or provocative that left the packed audience, laughing, arms flailing hysterically in disbelief. And what was really painful? Seeing the young film makers not only admit they hadnt studied film (and I don’t necessarily qualify academics as the only form of study) or having made an investment in learning the craft of filmmaking, sit chest out at their achievement. (did they not hear the audiences reactions of disbelief and dissapointment?) was obvious that these young men had no mentoring or guidance and it appeared that they could care less. It was not a flattering or even authentic depiction of Black women. It seems the only concern was that the actors “looked good”. It was subpar but by the almost clueless tone of the filmmakers in the talkback, they created something masterful. I just wish more filmmakers would “study” the craft and by that I mean watch great filmmakers (of any race) who’ve come before you. Some Black film festivals leave me wanting more as many of the dramatic narratives were either ill-conceived or poorly executed. And with some films its quite obvious their shooting scripts went through just one rewrite. I just wished we put in more craftwork, that we respond to films critically as well as viscerally or visually and stop celebrating mediocrity.

    • I’m actually the filmmaker that wrote and directed this piece. I don’t often respond to such, as obviously people hide behind the internet with their opinions. One thing I would say to you is, to truly understand what we did, you would have to have experience our journey. You have no idea the hardships we experienced to get this film done, the paltry budget we had and the difficult to get anywhere with a project aimed to inspire. If we didn’t win your support with the project, that’s fine – we know we can’t please everyone. BUT to say we cared nothing about the image of black women is unfortunate. While we may not understand the nuances of all women, I think we accurately captured the beauty of two. As black men, we could have completely ignored your story, but YOU (black) are our story. And yes, we did make an effort for them to be seen how we see them beautiful. Last, HELL YEAH we sat on EVERY stage we had with joy and excitement for what we did, there were no delusions as we knew the film is a perfect, but YEP we are very proud of what we did and we did with little to no help and THAT is to be commended. Its sad that your answer was to come on here and beat the filmmakers down with your high level of film acumen. To me, you are the problem and people like me is the solution. Find your own journey to be inspired by, and hopefully you can inspire me in the process.

      Dui Jarrod

  • choklitgirlwonder

    Go Peyton Coles!!!! Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but as someone who works with one of the cast members (the lighter dude), to see the fruits of his labor is rewarding because I see his struggle to do what he’s passionate about. Good on everyone involved.

  • Mademoiselle

    I’ll give it a shot. Filmmakers don’t always start out great. A lot of them work their way up to greatness. That’s why I support new artists (as long as there’s actually something promising about them).