Brown Sugar is one of my favorite movies. Not only because it has some of my favorite actors and actresses in it. But the story.
Back in 2002, when it came out, I felt like it paralleled a lot with me and my best friend.
At the time we were only 21. We had known each other for 8 years or so, but experienced so much already.
Sitting in the back corner of Ms White Reimers language arts class, the new boy behind me.
He was quiet. Kinda cute. Not sure if I liked him or not.
I was intrigued by his silence and the fact that he was so content being back there alone.
Something about him was different but I didn’t know what.
What developed from me turning around aggravating him by pulling the hair on his arm I could have never been convinced would happen.
A friendship I never would have imagined.
Every guy that I dated knew about him. They knew he was my best friend. They were put on notice that he would not go anywhere as a result of whatever we were doing. Take it or leave it.
My 8×10 was present and on display in his bachelor pad. Making the same statement to any one he had over.
Our friends on the outside looking in, didn’t believe we were just “friends”.
Apparently we were more. we just didn’t know.
Today, I call him my homie lover husband. Contrary to the popular “homie lover friend”.
He couldn’t have been my husband without being my friend (homie). And he has shown to be a lover of all parts of me. The good bad and ugly. All the same. All the time.
Our love story reminds me of Dre and Sidney from Brown Sugar.
It’ll forever be one my favorite movies because of that. There are so many underlying themes of that movie that makes me feel like it was made about us.
My favorite line from the movie is when Dre tells Sidney she is the perfect verse over a tight beat.
When I saw that I immediately thought of my homie.
We’ve watched each other grow through our teenage years, we graduated together, and now we have a family.
We’ve went through some interesting seasons. But when we have been together it always just felt like love.
Not in a ramping on the sheets kind of way. But more in a soul connects kind of way.
A connection between two people that is tied to more than just love and an acquired feeling.
It’s the evolution of something timeless and real. Like hip hop.
Forever and always my old man will be the perfect verse over a tight beat.
The way that the universe brought us together has been the greatest blessing.
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