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Director and writer, Gina Prince-Bythewood, best known for writing and directing the forever loved movie, “Love and Basketball,” went on to direct additional popular movies like “Disappearing Acts,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” and much more. She graduated from UCLA and went on to write for many well known shows like a “Different World,” the short lived show, “South Central,” just to name a few. Prince-Bythewood, is back in theaters for her new movie, “Beyond the Lights,” which stars Nate Parker, Gugu Mbatha -Raw, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. When asked about her inspiration for “Beyond the Lights,” her response was simple: “I wanted to make another love story.”




In a candid and very personal interview with VERSED Online, Gina Prince-Bythewood opened up about her process of finding her biological mother, and the impact this has had on her life; explaining that communication has ceased between the two. Briefly touching base on racism in Hollywood, Prince-Bythewood discussed her thoughts on the Sony leak, and expressed her thoughts on why this was of no surprise to her. According to Prince-Bythewood, “Love and Basketball” was rejected numerous times before being picked up by a studio, and so was “Beyond the Lights” being rejected twice before being picked up by BET as a financial supporter.

Although she is thrilled by the response this epic movie received [and still receives] years after, we are here to report that there will not be a sequel to “Love and Basketball,” but she has plenty in store. Check the full interview below to hear her personal and professional experiences, and her advice to aspiring directors, writers, and producers:

Interview by: Deb and Ballahmoni


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