It’s hard out here for black people. Though much progress has been made since slavery and Jim Crow days, the reality is that our “post racial” society consists of covert and unfortunately overt forms of discrimination that hinder the strides we make. Gun violence, police brutality, incarceration rates in addition to mundane relationship experiences break down our black families daily. Thus, representations of strong and successful relationships are not only necessary, but desired, and is probably one of the reasons a second season of OWN’s “Black Love” was ordered.
The show presents stories of the highs and lows in both everyday and celebrity relationships. In its debut season, married couple Codie and Tommy Oliver, both of whose parents did not make it together, interviewed celebrity couples like Megan Good and DeVon Franklin, Tia and Cory Hardrict, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon and more in hopes of getting insight on the secrets that make marriage work.
Episodes covered how the couples met and fell in love, the effects of having or not having children can have on a relationship, issues that nearly resulted in their downfall, and in the final episode, they discussed lessons they’ve learned through their experiences and the tips they offer to other loving couples.
The debut was the most watched docu-series on OWN, and from the looks of the second season’s lineup, it will be just as great. The premise of the show remains the same while interviews will feature the love stories of “This Is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, actress Niecy Nash and husband Jay Tucker, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, NBA All-Star Grant Hill and wife record artist Tamia, RUN DMC’s Rev Run and wife Justine Simmons, gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy, comedian D.L. Hughley and wife LaDonna, former NFL-running back Eddie George and wife Taj of SWV and rapper Styles P and wife Adjua.
Love is far from easy, and its complications often result in failed, broken, and unhealthy relationships, but “Black Love” shows that it is possible. Using a variety of individuals from different walks of life, the show restores belief in black love, offers direct advice to married couples, and explains the ways they’ve personally managed to survive hardships. It’s what our black communities need to see because after all, love is healing and it conquers all.
The second episode of “Black Love” season 2 comes on this Saturday at 10pm on OWN. Take a look at this preview:
Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil