Black Loves Matter
The history of movies that break the color barrier in the bedroom is, sadly, a short one.
Mainstream cinemas didn’t get movies about black people falling in love with each other until the 1954 musical Carmen Jones (no coincidence that the man who got it made was Hollywood powerhouse Otto Preminger who had a long running affair with its star, Dorothy Dandridge).
Not until the recent releases of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk have black loves mattered at awards time or at the box office. There’s still a long way to go but here are five movies that introduced colorless love to Main Street cinemas.