DEK: Find out what the characters from the classic hip-hop film are up to today
BYLINE: Crystal Tate
BODY: When it comes to our favorite Black romantic comedies, Brown Sugar is definitely at the top of our list. The film, which starred Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan, was released in 2002 and also received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture. In honor of the film’s 15 anniversary, here’s a look at where the cast members are today.
Diggs played the role of Dre, an A&R executive at a hip-hop label in Brown Sugar. Over the years, Diggs has played in several TV and film roles. Most recently, Diggs starred as politician Angelo DuBois on the hit show, Empire. He also starred in the Til Death Do Us Part movie, which just hit theaters in September.
In Brown Sugar, Lathan starred as Sidney a.k.a. Sid, the editor-in-chief at XXL magazine and childhood friend and eventual love interest of Dre. Earlier this year, Lathan starred as investigator Ashe Akino in the now-cancelled FOX drama, Shots Fired. Lathan is also playing the lead role in the romantic comedy Nappily Ever After, which will hit the big screen in 2018.
Rapper Mos Def was a cab driver/ rapper named Cav in Brown Sugar. Mos Def, who legally changed his name to Yasiin Bey, is most known for his music, but has had several acting roles. Although Mos Def announced his retirement from music and film in 2016, he is starring in the upcoming science fiction thriller, The Disconnected.
Nicole Ari Parker
Parker played the character of Reese, an entertainment attorney and Dre’s fiancée, in Brown Sugar. Earlier this year, Parker starred in the now-cancelled TV series, Time After Time. Parker is also currently filming HeadShop, and will play the lead actress in the 2018 movie.
Kodjoe was Sid’s boyfriend and NBA star Kelby Dawson in Brown Sugar. Kodjoe currently plays Dr. Will Campbell in the CBS drama Code Black, which will premiere its third season early next year. Kodjoe has also been married to Parker since 2005, and the couple share two children together.
In Brown Sugar, Queen Latifah played the part of Francine, Sid’s cousin. Since the 2002 film, Queen Latifah has had a successful career that spanned music, acting and even hosting her own talk show. Over the summer, Queen Latifah starred in the hit comedy movie, Girls Trip, and she also plays Carlotta Brown on the TV series, Star.
Pierce was cast as Dre’s boss at the record label in the movie, Brown Sugar. Pierce currently plays attorney Robert Zane on the popular legal drama TV series, Suits. Pierce is also starring in several other upcoming TV shows and films.
Marc John Jeffries
Jeffries played the younger version of Dre in Brown Sugar. Now that Jeffries is all grown up, he’s had TV and movie roles including a stint on the hit Starz show, Power. He’s also starring in Chocolate City 3: Live Tour, which hits theaters next year.
Weiner was Ren, a part of The Hip Hop Dalmations duo, in Brown Sugar. Since the movie, Weiner has played in roles on Boardwalk Empire and The New Normal. Most recently, Weiner has done voices for characters and written for the Adult Swim sketch comedy, Robot Chicken.
Evans had a smaller role as an older woman in Brown Sugar, but the now 70-year-old actress has had quite an acting career over the years. Evans recently had guest roles on popular TV series Girls and Master of None. In 2018, Evans will also guest star in the Netflix hit show, Luke Cage.