Let’s state the obvious - being Black in America is not easy. There are so many obstacles to just live a standard lifestyle, let alone if you wish to go beyond the standard in any kind of way. From psychological to financial, Black folks have been manipulated, abused and disenfranchised. The historical scars are traceable and the pain runs super deep. A lot of times, we don’t even realize how far down the rabbit hole goes and the digging process is one of the most difficult journeys because so many people try to steer you in different directions, leaving you feeling confused, drained and frustrated.
So when two people in the Black community find love in these circumstances, it is truly a magical thing. No shade to interracial relationships because love is beautiful no matter the form but I would be lying if I didn't say seeing Black love in action holds a special place in my heart. Our experience is so unique from everyone else and part of that experience is the subliminal programming of dividing the Black family. Therefore, seeing two people who are willing to break out of that mindfuck with geniune love is empowering!
Furthermore, seeing Black love on display in the media is truly splendid because it is sadly a rarity and typically the opposite is shown in droves lately so when I saw the preview of OWN Network’s new show, Black Love on YouTube, I was like
Husband-and-wife filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver interviewed a solid group of Black couples from those who have been married for a short time like Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin to couples who have been married for years like Viola Davis and Julius Tennon. The married filmmaking duo dive into the complex layers of love, relationships, and marriage in a real and thoughtful way.
Watch an extended preview of the series below and get into the love and melanin!
The series will premiere on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network on August 29th at 10/9c. To learn more about the series, click HERE.