American author, screenwriter, producer and director Felicia Pride is the creator of many highly acclaimed works. Pride has written six books, including the young adult novel Patterson Heights. She has written for the TV shows “Queen Sugar” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Pride co-wrote the artistic film Really Love, which is currently streaming on Netflix. We had a few questions about Black love for the talented filmmaker.
What was your aim in creating this film?
I was very much inspired by a few things. One that we hadn’t seen a romantic drama with Black people in quite a while. We had Love and Basketball, we had Love Jones, but we hadn’t seen one in quite some time. It’s one of my favorite genres — romantic dramas.
I was also inspired by wanting to show a range of Black people in DC. It’s like the perfect setting for that “coming of age” artist at DC at the time. It’s so rich with history and art and culture. It has its own music, its own sort of slang a very, very Black city. And then also just a range of Black folks. And so wanting to see a story that is rooted in love, not just romantic love, but love of community, love of self, love of family, love of arts, love of dreams, and have it be anchored by a range of Black people.
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