‘Black Love’ picks up where JET Magazine’s wedding section left off
Why OWN’s ‘Black Love’ matters so much to African-American viewers
Writer’s note: This Medium post was originally published on August 27, 2019.
I judge myself every single Monday and Wednesday because I loyally tune into some of the most dysfunctional reality TV relationships ever. And many of them are women of color who are dealing with men with multiple wives, nonstop cheating, physical and mental abuse, and a whole lot of unprotected sex. But then I turn the TV off and go back to my “normal” life. I can go hang out with my parents, who have been married for 39 years (this coming Friday). I can call my brother, who married his high-school sweetheart and celebrated 20 years of marriage earlier this year.
And my grandfather and I often joked about his honeymoon at White Castle’s after he left the courthouse. He was married to my grandmother for 49 years, and those two traveled the world together. If I go off into more happily married African-American couples that are godsisters, cousins, friends and other relatives, this would be a pretty long post.
Before most of these couples even knew who each other were, I grew up flipping through the pages of JET magazine. I saw announcements for African-American couples getting married in every issue. And JET magazine lasted 63 years, so those announcements were showing up long before I was alive. While I have mixed opinions regarding a woman’s need to marry, I’m happy as hell to see a woman who wants to be happily married get her wish.