A scene from the 1997 Black love classic, Love Jones, starring Larenz Tate [l] and Nia Long [r]

It’s been 22 years since Chicago-bred actor Larenz Tate (a.k.a. Darius Lovehall) locked eyes with the beautiful Nia Long (a.k.a. Nina Mosley) inside a dimly lit spoken-word lounge in Chicago.

On Thursday, Tate hopped on Instagram to post a seemingly new photo of himself with Long, and to pop the question every Love Jones fan has been waiting for.

“Chemistry still strong! Queen NIA LONG! #WeMightNeedToDoASequel. Thoughts?” Tate wrote in the caption of his Instagram post.

Needless to say, Tate got the internet all geeked up. So much so that Power actress La La Anthony had to insert her thoughts on the situation. 

“ASAP‼️‼️‼️” Anthony wrote in Tate’s comments.

Love Jones, written and directed by Ted Witcher, hit the big screen in 1997. It instantly became a timeless Black love classic; one that also served as an ode to the Black Chicago that Witcher knew and loved.

Our editor-in-chief, Tiffany Walden, interviewed Witcher this summer for Complex Magazine article, titled “The Long, Complicated History of Black Cinema in Chicago.” In it, Witcher, a Columbia College Chicago alum, explains why it was important for him to film his debut movie in Chicago.

“The Wild Hare, that’s where I used to go to listen to bands just like the one in the movie,” Witcher said. 

In the 1990s, Chicago’s hip hop and poetry scenes were booming, Witcher said. They went to poetry slams, and the former Tiki Room in Hyde Park. He and his band, the Funky Wordsmiths, also used to play at the Hot House near the Wicker Park four corner.

“I was a part of it and thought that it was a colorful scene that no one was really hip to. I thought it would be great as a backdrop for some other kind of movie—like, a love story,” Witcher said.

What do y’all think? Should Witcher, Tate and Long give the people a Love Jones sequel?