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Brown Sugar

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Produced by Magic Johnson
Peter Heller
Written by Michael Elliot
(story & screenplay)
Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay)
Starring Taye Diggs
Sanaa Lathan
Mos Def
Nicole Ari Parker
Boris Kodjoe
Queen Latifah
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) October 5, 2002
Running time 109 minutes
Language English
Budget $8,000,000 [1]
Gross revenue $28,316,452 [2]

Brown Sugar is a 2002 romantic drama film, written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa, and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. This movie stars Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. This film is the story of a hip-hop record executive and a magazine editor (who have been friends since childhood) becoming more than friends despite the fact that they're both involved in other relationships. The story is based on the song, "I Used to Love H.E.R.," by Common, a story of how a relationship with hip hop connects to a relationship between a man and woman. This title of the film was named after D'Angelo 1995 song of the same name.

The movie was released in the US on October 11, 2002 and ran for 16 weeks, grossing $27,363,891 domestically and $952,560 in the foreign sector for a worldwide total of $28,316,452.



Brown Sugar follows the evolving relationship between Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), an attractive young woman who has just been appointed the editor-in-chief of the hip-hop magazine XXL, and Dre (Taye Diggs), a record producer who has been bound to Sidney since their early childhood. The news that Dre is going to be married to Reese (Nicole Ari Parker), a successful attorney who happens to be stunningly beautiful, sends Sidney into a subconscious tizzy. Suddenly, she doesn't seem to know how to behave around Dre anymore, and an impulsive kiss on the eve of his wedding sends fissures of doubt cracking in every direction.


cameo appearances

Awards and nominations

2003 NAACP Image Awards (nominations)

  • Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture — Taye Diggs
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture — Sanaa Lathan
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Mos Def
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Boris Kodjoe
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Queen Latifah
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Nicole Ari Parker


A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on September 24, 2002 by MCA Records. It peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.


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