The movie was the fifth film written, produced and directed by the then-burgeoning Brooklyn filmmaker.
Recognized as an irreverent voice of the new pack of Hollywood filmmakers, Lee pushed the envelope with the movie’s interracial love story subject matter.
Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Quinn also appeared in the film – along with Lee.
“I just remember it was hot, it was really hot,” Latifah shared with ABC News. “It was summertime in Harlem. I had this tiny little [dressing] room. I just remember being nervous and I didn't really know what I was doing. And I had a little bit of a cold so I kind of did what I could and got my feet wet."
During her scene, which was shot at Harlem’s world-famous soul food spot Sylvia’s, she portrayed a sassy, turban-clad waitress who takes the interracial couple to task for publicly flaunting their relationship.
“It was like a really memorable scene in that film at the time so it was kind of fun to do that,” Latifah said.