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20 Years of ‘Love & Basketball’ Gave Us a Blueprint for Female Success

The iconic film turned the Hollywood damsel in distress trope on its head

A still from the movie ‘Love & Basketball.’ Monica and Quincy embrace on a lawn.

I didn’t play team basketball when I was growing up, but not because I didn’t try. I snuck out the house and secretly hooped because my mom, just like Monica’s mom in Love & Basketball, wasn’t too keen on me playing sports…



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Ronda Racha Penrice

ATL-based Ronda Racha Penrice is a writer/cultural critic specializing in film/TV, lifestyle, and more. She is the author of Black American History For Dummies.