Friday, November 5, 2010

fine man friday... love jones

Say baby, can I be your slave
I've got to admit girl, you're the shit girl
And I'm diggin' you like a grave
Now do they call you daughter to the spinning pulsar
Or maybe Queen of 2,000 moons
Sister to the distant, yet risin' star
Is your name Yemaya
Oh hell nah, it's got to be Oshun
Oooh, is that a smile me put on your face child
Wide as a field of Jasmine and Clover
Talk that talk honey, walk that walk money
High on legs that'll spank Jehovah
Shit, who am I?
It's not important
But they call me Brother to the Night
And right now
I'm the blues in your left thigh
Tryin' to become the funk in your right

He was O-Dog in Menace II Society - the street hustler that we all hated and loved... Drew Tate in The Inkwell - the potential arsonist who comes of age in Martha's Vineyard... Anthony Curtis in Dead Presidents - The Vietnam Vet turn armored truck robber ... but when he played Darius Lovehall in Love Jones... his character was oh so sincere and sexy...

This week's fine man Friday is....
Larenz Tate

I didn't see Love Jones when it came out in 1997. I must have been busy or something because I didn't get a chance to see the flick until I bought the DVD in 2008... right when my last relationship ended... right when I was seeking solitude and balance... right when I needed my faith in love restored...

This is a quote from LT's facebook page:

"Whether in a mainstream film or cult classic hit, I try to stay true to my personal mission of striving for excellence. As an actor, writer, and activist, I apply that same dedication to every aspect of my life."

Larenz aka LT has played in quite a few movies, but nothing touches me like Love Jones... the fact that the movie has a sweet combination of romance, intellect and sexiness makes this a Friday-night-I-have-no-plans, Nothing-good-is-on-cable, 3rd-date-let-me-feel-this-man-out-and-see-if-he-also-digs-this-flick kinda staple. And Larenz, hands down, delivers one of his best performances...

The link below is the Loves Jones flashback from this year's BET Awards... could Larenz be even more finer? Wheeew!





7 comments:

KayC, The Quiet Storm said...

That is a great photo of him. I LOVE that film, one of my absolute favorites. Filled with laughs, tears and mistakes.

mrstdj said...

Nice selection. I love little Larenz!

Don said...

Almost forgot that Tate starred in The Inkwell. Man, that was such a long time ago.

Of course Love Jones & Dead Presidents are favorites of mines and Larenz Tate will forever be remembered through the Brother To The Night prose.

The True Urban Queen said...

I like Larenz Tate. He is handsome just too short for me.

Rich Fitzgerald said...

Larenz is a good actor. I enjoyed him as Frankie Lymon as well. The last thing I saw him in was some flick with Vin Diesel I think. It's a shame he doesn't get more roles. I wonder if it's because he is a short guy.

MsKnowitAll said...

@Rich... it is a shame that he doesn't get more roles and it could be because he's a shorty because he certainly does not lack acting ability. I watch him on "Rescue Me" with Dennis Leary but his character isn't very strong.

@Don... The soundtrack for Dead Presidents is so hot and I loved him in that movie.

@The Ladies... Thank you! I like this sexy black n' white of him... I really wanted to post a pic of him smiling... he's one good looking dude!

Love Jones is such a classic and his recitation of Brother To the Night just makes me swoon and fan.

Mizrepresent said...

Good one, love me some Larenz Tate, love his styling, acting ability, quite attractiveness, good boy/bad boy vibe. Loved him in Love Jones, and Dead Presidents, but as "Old Dog", he pissed me the hell off.