Love Jones: About The Cast

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In the last four years LARENZ TATE (Darius) has played a succession of memorable characters ranging from the out-of-control, trigger-happy O-Dog in the 1993 release Menace II Society to the teenage Drew, who battles his own emotions in the coming-of-age drama, The Inkwell, and the aggrieved Vietnam War veteran in the critically acclaimed 1995 hit Dead Presidents.

In addition to his feature film credits Tate has made television appearances on "The New Twilight Zone," "Family Matters," "Matlock," "21 Jump Street," "The Wonder Years" and "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." By 1991 he was a regular on the CBS series "Royal Family," starring Redd Foxx and Della Reese.

Tate drew praise for his work on NBC's "New Attitude," and starred in the Fox Television drama series "South Central." A Chicago native, Tate was the ideal choice for the role of Darius Lovehall. In preparation for the role, he visited local poetry readings and studied countless poets.

A working actress since age nine, NIA LONG (Nina) was most recently seen in the smash hit comedy Friday, starring opposite Chris Tucker and Ice Cube. Long established herself as an actress in the 1990 John Singleton sensation Boyz `N the Hood. She also starred with Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson and Will Smith in Made in America.

On television, Long has made guest appearances on such shows as "227," "Silver Spoon" and "My Two Dads." Her performance as Katherine Speaks on the CBS daytime serial "Guiding Light" earned her a 1993 Image Award nomination. And her recent role as Lisa, Will Smith's fiancee on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", has catapulted her to teen idol status.

A recent host of the hit video/interview show "MTV Jams" and current AT&T spokesman, BILL BELLAMY (Hollywood) was selected from a pool of thousands to appear on the HBO 15th Annual Young Comedian Special hosted by Dana Carvey. His popular Showtime Special "Booty Call" was one of the network's highest rated specials.

Bellamy began performing by entering a series of amateur competitions while he was studying economics at Rutgers University. This set the stage for him to begin showcasing his talents at an impressive round of comedy clubs including The Comic Strip, Catch a Rising Star and The Original Improvisation in New York.

Bellamy made his national television debut as a featured guest on "Showtime at the Apollo." It was this appearance that brought him to the attention of Bernie Brillstein and Russell Simmons. Shortly after, he appeared on the highly popular HBO special "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam." His love of music and winning personality landed him a spot as guest correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight." As the "MTV Jams" host, he scored a major coup by getting the first exclusive interview with Janet Jackson for her "janet" release.

Bellamy made his feature film debut in New Line Cinema's Who's the Man and will also be starring in How To Be A Player from Island Pictures.

ISAIAH WASHINGTON (Savon), is Darius' surrogate older brother. It marks the second such association between Tate and Washington, who were teamed as brothers in the critically acclaimed 1995 hit Dead Presidents.

Washington's film credits include four collaborations with Spike Lee: the highly acclaimed Get on the Bus, the provocative Girl 6, the searing urban drama Clockers, and the semi-autobiographical Crooklyn. He also played roles in Strictly Business, Stonewall and Power: The Eddie Matos Story. His television credits include "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," "Law and Order" and the daytime serial dramas "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live."

On stage, Washington has appeared at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in their production of Skin of Our Teeth and in such regional theatre companies as The Playwrights Horizon, The Crossroads Theatre Company, the Atlantic Company, The Long Wharf Theatre, The National Black Theatre Festival and the Howard University Theatre.

LISA NICOLE CARSON (Josie) followed her feature film debut in Jason's Lyric with a co-starring role opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress. Currently appearing on television's number one drama "ER" as the love interest of Eriq LaSalle's character Dr. Benton, Lisa's next feature film appearance will be opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Eve's Bayou.

Theatre-trained, Carson has performed with the Negro Ensemble Company, the Apollo Theatre, Collaborations Productions, Gateway Playhouse, West Beth Theatre and the Young Playwright's Festival. For television, she starred in the highly acclaimed Fox presentation "Divas," and she appeared as a cast member on the syndicated comedy-sketch show "Apollo Comedy Hour."

BERNADETTE CLARK (Sheila) is a versatile actress who has performed in a number of theatre productions, including the Steppenwolf Theatre, the Black Ensemble Theatre, Victory Gardens, the Illinois Theatre, the Chicago Actors Ensemble, ETA Creative Arts and the Crossroads Theatre.

On television she has appeared in To Sir With Love II starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich; Face to Face and Blackout. Her film credits include Robert and Rande, Steppin' and The Connection.

KHALIL KANE (Marvin) made his feature film debut playing the sensitive Raheem in Ernest Dickerson's critically acclaimed Juice. He also played a soldier in Penny Marshall's Renaissance Man. Kane's television appearances include Fox-TV's "Living Single," the highly acclaimed drama "Divas" and the title role in the production "Zooman."

A founding member of the Black Poets Group Production, REGGIE GIBSON, whose poetry is used in the film, has produced and directed such works as "Neptune's Reich" at the Herrenhauser Gardens in Germany. He lectures and performs his original works throughout the United States and Europe.

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