We live in a time where couples are getting divorced as quickly as they marry. The fallout of these break-ups has quickly become fodder for reality show storylines. But OWN’s Black Love is giving us some much-needed insights on how to keep love alive.
Famous and not-so-famous married folks have spoken frankly about how they have handled everything from dating and parenting to surviving infidelity and financial ruin. Created by husband and wife team Cody and Tommy Oliver, Black Love answers the burning question: What is the secret to making marriage work?
The first installation just concluded and we have heard honest and very personal anecdotes from Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Cory Hardrict, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, Flex Alexander and Shanice, Erica and Warryn Campbell, Vanessa Bell-Calloway and Dr. Anthony Calloway, plus several other couples.
The Ups And Downs
Erica and Warryn opened up about overcoming his infidelity. Tia and Cory shared how becoming parents completely changed their relationship dynamic. And we laughed at Julius’ response to Viola’s unfounded worries about having bad credit when they first starting dating.
Other cast members talked about struggling with being in an interracial relationship, handling long-distance courtships, and becoming parents. One challenge that most couples agreed on is that most of us get caught up in the fairytale side of romance. After marriage, reality sets in and the ideal “happily ever after” becomes seemingly out of touch for a time.
“Your marriage doesn’t start when you say ‘I do,'” Viola said. “Your marriage starts when you look over at your partner and you want to kill them. You’re looking at them going… I cannot believe I married this human being, they are driving me crazy, and the next minute you say, ‘I love them more than anything and I’m sticking with it.”
Who’s On Next Season?
Because Black Love is OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut to-date, the network is going to continue the conversation with more episodes. The docuseries has tapped Tina Knowles-Lawson and Richard Lawson, Rev Run and Justine, NBA’s Grant Hill and Tamia, Kirk and Tammy Franklin, plus D.L. Hughley and LaDonna among others.
Black Love offers some very valuable lessons that can apply to all kinds of romantic relationships. The new lineup is sure to not disappoint. Will you be watching?