On this date 25 years ago, the world was introduced to an amazing love story that would become a classic in Black culture and served as “romance goals” for so many couples after its release in 1997.

Written and directed by Theodore Witcher, Love Jones was set in the beautiful city of Chicago and followed the passionate – but at times tumultuous – relationship between the poetic Darius Lovehall and Nina Mosley, a talented photographer. The film would follow Darius and Nina as they fall in love and grow within themselves individually as well as together. What made this story special is that it showed how difficult having perseverance can be, along with the real power of Black love.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Honorees Bernadette Speakes, Theodore Witcher, Larenz Tate, Lisa Nicole Carson, Nia Long, Leonard Roberts and Isaiah Washington accept the Classic Cinema Tribute for ‘Love Jones’ onstage during BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Love Jones also gave us the poem, “Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina),” where Darius professed his infatuation with Nina upon their very first meeting saying the classic closer: “Who am I? Well, they call me brother to the night, and right now I am the blues in your left thigh; trying to be in the funk in your right.”

Starring Larenz Tate as Darius and Nia Long as Nina, the film had an amazing cast including Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, Khalil Kain, Lisa Nicole Carson, and Leonard Roberts.

Check out how the cast of Love Jones has grown since the film’s release 25 years ago.