Ever look around in our generation and feel like you don't have hope for love? While being amidst of failed relationships and broken homes sometimes you simply lose hope.
Growing up in a black household (whether broken or not) you looked up to the 'Huxatables' as having the ultimate #relationshipgoals and now Barack and Michelle Obama. However, these role models are far and few in-between on TV screens and it is so refreshing and necessary for OWN's Black Love to exist.
Black Love created by husband and wife filmmaking duo, Codie Elaine and Tommy Olive is a docu-series answering the noteworthy question, What is the secret to making a marriage work? Black celebrity couples like Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Cory Hardrict, as well as everyday couples, reveal their honest and insightful account of true love and its highs and lows.
This is much more than having something to hold onto for hope, it is about representation. Especially in today's world, where minorities continue to be stereotypes and targets of police brutality and or murdering. It's refreshing for society to see what real #blacklove looks like instead of the Love & HipHop or Basketball Wives drama. Black Love shows the dimension of marriage and that it is not easy.
I'm not saying love should be all struggles, but that the good outweighs all the bad. The first episode featured about a dozen couples focused on how their love began. It was the particular nuances you notice when meeting someone and then think I met my match. Each episode focuses on a particular topic and the second was about hurdles or the hiccups that happen and how they overcame them. Learning to work through the hiccups that life throws at you is incredibly important to growing as a person in your personal and professional life.
While having an open conversation about love and the ups and downs of it are great there is, of course, the naysayers about #blacklove. Unfortunately, some people will always see negativity whether they think it is propaganda to hold the black woman down to limit their reach to only the black man or an all love matters reference. By seeing and feeding all the negativity, people miss the point that honest and positive black couples are far and few in between in mainstream media and society. And whether you like to admit it or not representation does matter.
I don't know about you, but I'm going to continue supporting my new ish, Black Love. Tune in on OWN, every Saturday at 9 pm EST