Why have a reality show called #BlackLove with interracial relationships on the rise?

Posted by Sidney, 11 Dec 15

Black Love is a new reality show on FYI channel which features five successful and attractive African American women in their search for love and their journey of self discovery. And delivering this advice that is meant to change the lives of these women hence change their destinies, is relationship expert and psychotherapist Jack Daniels.

The show under the hashtag #BlackLove premiered on Tuesday, December 8 and Daniels along with certified dating coach and author Damona Hoffman are expected to help these women understand love in a bid to find it, nourish it and keep it.

What is the whole idea behind #BlackLove? Is having such a show relevant in this age and era where interracial relationships are on the rise and are becoming the norm?

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Going by the name and the women featured, #BlackLove seems to be a show for Black women. The big question is: Are they being assisted to find love exclusively within the Black community or is the search also going to include finding interracial love?

One other thing about the show is that love is love and calling it #BlackLove seems to give the impression that love is different for different races. Its also giving the vibe of non-inclusiveness. So what one is left to wonder is: Is the advice exclusively meant for black women or can women of other races apply it in order to find and sustain meaningful relationships?

Lets face it: Interracial relationships are becoming the norm. So is having a show dubbed #BlackLove relevant to such a society? Let's hope that the show will somehow find a way to accommodate any-race relationships, because most millennials and teens just see love as love and not Black love, White love, Asian Love or Hispanic love. Love can't be categorized by race. You either got it or you don't.

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  1.   vboydwash says:
    Posted: 29 Jan

    I am black my ex is native American we were together for fifteen years We are still the best of friends Iam still looking for a beautiful man white or native american

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  2.   Zindiso says:
    Posted: 02 Jan

    Hmmm, Is the show relevant? Wow! Interesting how no one is talking about WHITE PRIVILEGE! At the end of the day, people who are unable to step out of their privilege to understand the experience and perspectives of excluded or oppressed people, will always find things that are not directly reflecting or speaking to their own experience irrelevant. As a black woman who is open to dating anyone whom I find a genuine connection with, including someone of the same sex, I can honestly say that I have RARELY met a white person who even when filled with good intentions and being a fierce anti-racism and anti-oppression ally, was able or willing to step out of or use their privilege to redress inequality when they encountered it, witnessed it or inadvertently contributed to it. However, I have found LGBT folks, Native, Aboriginal and Indigenous people, Asian, Latino, and other members of equity seeking communities who could absolutely relate to my experience and offer proper support when and where needed. And, that matters above all when you start to think about how you will negotiate and navigate raising children who will have a unique combined exclusion--privilege experience that your white privileged ass won't be able to fathom! So, Yes I make no apologies for being predominantly and primarily attracted to potential suitors from my own race. And if you are that white Unicorn who thinks you can provide the support described above that my sisters and brothers from all of the other racialized communities readily do, than be my guest! Go ahead, woo me; I'm perfectly fine with that too. But You have to prove that you can do it. You can't just expect white privilege here too. Remember Rachel Dolezal? Alright then!

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  3.   passion204 says:
    Posted: 31 Dec 15

    Interracial relationships are on the rise but are far from 'the norm'. Norm implies a significantly large part of the population and IR just isn't there yet. The show is about 5 black women. The show may or may not delve into IR but it sure looks like some of the characters have a mixture in their heritage (from appearance). True, love is love, but different races and ethnic groups have different issues and those will vary with the characters, their upbringing, their baggage and their heritage. Is this the right time to draw credit away from a show about Black love as if it's a threat to IR? Is this the time for a show about IR? Let's applaud that television is giving this topic a place in its programming and hope for a successful outcome!

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  4.   jimbrowski says:
    Posted: 29 Dec 15

    I guess Ill have to watch the show but the vast majority (+80%) of African men are married or in relationships with African men just like ANY other race primarily dates their own race, its called the natural order of being human. For the "black women that claim that waiting on an African man is limiting yourself; thats the most maniacal thing Ive heard in a while. If you have a masters degree in nursing you seek a job in nursing not engineering because the opportunities would be few. And ask yourself, how many times have you been married? How long have youve been looking for an interracial relationship and how many times have you been in an interracial marriage?

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  5. Posted: 28 Dec 15

    Let me ask you all this, if there was a show called #GayLove, would you question is relevance or would you say hey gay people just got the right to marry so it's great to see them looking for love? I am straight, not bi nor gay but I see the relevance of that show if it were to ever happen. The majority of my dating life has been interracial. I do however know that you are attracted to whatever you are attracted and there are a lot of black people who are attracted only to black people. And the black family is pretty much extinct. There are lots of black babies being born to lots of single black mothers. So yes black people need an outlet to help them find love in their community if that's where they choose to date exclusively. Don't ever forget that just because something isn't relevant to you doesn't mean that it's not relevant for others. Love, peace & blessings, K. O.

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  6. Posted: 28 Dec 15

    Well, one lady on the show is dating a white guy.

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  7.   Passion678 says:
    Posted: 26 Dec 15

    I liked the message Sidney posted, I couldn't have said that message any better. Sidney, litterally took the words right out of my mouth.Ditto for me!

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  8.   dancelvr says:
    Posted: 26 Dec 15

    First, this title is grammatically incorrect. (sorry) That being said, I was very excited when I saw promos for this show. Then I watched. smh. I will not watch again. Although they are supposedly being guided by experts, at least two of these women have no business trying to be in another relationship, including one who just came off reality show Married at First Sight and another who is still married. Both imo have personal issues that need to be dealt with before they try to start another relationship. One girl is already dating and another starts a relationship in the second episode. Wait a minute! What's wrong with this picture? The girl already in a relationship is dating interracially, it doesn't drive this show as article implies, it is secondary. Also from previews of future episodes, it appears they break up. In all great concept, good idea, poorly executed. Calls into question the "experts"

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  9.   Mosiah7 says:
    Posted: 26 Dec 15

    Personally, I don't see a problem with this show. Just because I'm interested in dating interracially doesn't mean everyone else has to do the same thing if they don't want to. There are still plenty of black people who're only interested in dating/marrying within their race. And contrary to many of the negative comments here about black men dating outside the race, I still know a lot of brothers who prefer dating sistas. That isn't racism; that is their preference just like interracial dating is my preference. What are we going to do next....try to shut down the blackpeoplemeet.com website? How about you do you and let others do themselves in whatever way they want to?

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  10.   lynne78 says:
    Posted: 25 Dec 15

    I think it is hard dating in general. Especially once you reach a certain age...I'm a BW and I date whomever I find attractive. I have noticed that the older I get the smaller my dating range gets.

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  11.   Briannayes says:
    Posted: 19 Dec 15

    This show promotes mammying. Will not watch.

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    • blackbelle01 says:
      Posted: 19 Dec 15

      I will not be watching this show either. I have no desire to date/marry a BM and I feel that BW that limit their options waiting on a BM is stupid. I am going to date/marry the man that is best for me regardless of his color

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  12.   SVWFMS2015 says:
    Posted: 17 Dec 15

    In my opinion interracial relationships should not be a big deal because love knows no color.

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    • THISISU2313 says:
      Posted: 19 Dec 15

      For sure and yes they don't push white men dating black ladies they want no part and black guys love dating white girls but don't like white guys dating black women crazy

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  13.   tallbrneyes says:
    Posted: 13 Dec 15

    I think that black women have challenges that make finding love often difficult. One relates to the fact that black men are more likely to date outside of their race. Black women have the challenges of dealing with the smaller pool of men to choose from within their race for many reasons. Black women are often placed at the bottom of the list as a choice by even men from other races. This can be even found on this site. It's been a slower process for Black women with men from other races being comfortable with dating black women. I do hope that they help them to consider the possibility of dating outside of their race.

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    • Briannayes says:
      Posted: 19 Dec 15

      Literally no to all of this. Black women don't have it hard. Black women who only date black men have it hard. They know black men are the least likely to marry compared to any other race of man and they still only want them. Black women do it to themselves.

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  14.   jaggers1 says:
    Posted: 13 Dec 15

    I honestly have not seen the show so I can't speak on its content but from just the title of it gives off a vibe that it's not including other races or interracial love. If it does include interracial dating/love then another title would be better. I know I most likely won't watch it mainly because I don't watch that channel.

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    • blackbelle01 says:
      Posted: 19 Dec 15

      This is just another ploy to keep BW from expanding their options and looking for quality men of any race. I will not be watching this show and hope that other BW will not fall for the okie doke.

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  15.   sendmeonly1 says:
    Posted: 13 Dec 15

    I think that is wonderful having a show like this. I am colored blind, I believe if a person has so much in common, why does it matter who we are. The real treasure is finding someone you enjoy and enjoy life with. Life is to short for haters!!!! It is hard to meet people now days, I do not understand why. I would love to be on this show to find someone!!!!

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