Snellville, GA


Sep 12, 2017

Black Love ~ Is it dead?


I was watching the show Black Love on Own a couple of days ago on OWN. The show features real couples and discusses their up and downs, joys and pains centered around being in a marriage in the black community. I was captivated because most mainstream media doesn't depict black couples in a marriage. Typically you will see the single mother or the divorced couple. Even in commercials I've noticed that you rarely see black couples together. Usually you'll see either the mom or the dad alone featured with the children.


My question today is do you feel that black love is dead? Why or why not? Are there things we can do to strengthen black relationships?


Janice B

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