Love & Basketball

124 mins.
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
PG-13
2000
Wed, 6/19
7:00 pm

Introduction by Aneeka Henderson, Associate Professor of American Studies, Amherst College.

This Juneteenth screening is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the box office only on a first-come, first-served basis, either in advance or at the door.


Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps star as basketball-obsessed next-door neighbors who find love over flirtatious pickup games, fall apart under the strain of high-pressure college hoops and families, and drift in and out of each other’s lives as they pursue their twin aspirations of playing professionally.


About the speaker: Aneeka Ayanna Henderson is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. Her first book, Veil and Vow: Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture, critically examines representations of Black love and was selected as a finalist for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora’s 2021 Outstanding First Book Prize and as one the Best Black History Books of 2020 by the African American Intellectual History Society.


This program is supported in part by grants from the Amherst Cultural Council and the Leverett Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.