Black Love, Oprah Winfrey’s engrossing new show on the OWN network, rolls out tonight. Black Love‘s compelling series trumps negative stereotypes about black love and marriage, showing, instead, a positive view of some of the happiest black and African-American couples. The docuseries on OWN will air the stories in four-part episodes with a bevy of interesting celebrity couples, according to ABC News.
Featured on the Black Love TV series are Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon. Also making an appearance is Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin. Couples Erica and Warryn Campbell, along with Flex Alexander and his wife, Shanice, will also talk about their loving relationship, according to Broadway World.
OWN’s Black Love couples will recount how their love began, and how they keep their love alive. Long-married couples discuss what true love looks like after so many years, and how it is different than the television and movie depictions of love.
Black Love Has Always Existed. And Many Interracial Couples Are Included
Some say black women are the last to marry and that black men tend to marry white when they finally choose to settle down. Oprah Winfrey’s Black Love television documentary shows that black love and marriage is thriving in black communities and always has.
Though Oprah Winfrey’s new series discusses love between black couples, it also does something else. It defies the idea that black love can only be found between two black people. Black Love can and does include couples with only one black or African American individual.
The following interracial couples will make an appearance on Black Love
- Ashley and Bryan Chea, a black and Asian couple
- Chris Spencer and Vanessa Rodriguez Spencer, a black and Latina couple
Black Love on OWN is culturally aware and diverse. Despite its name, the TV series doesn’t seem to show the couples through an African-only- lens.
With racial tensions at an all time high, some want to know why the Oprah Winfrey Network is even focusing on black love. Some Oprah Winfrey Facebook commenters say they won’t support anything that doesn’t include showing love between all humans. OWN’s Black Love supporters believe the show is truthful and educative, and while blacks have always supported other television shows and networks, they also want to see some of their own stories.
Black Love is an in-your-face look at real marriage and real couples. It’s honest, funny, and at times, emotional. Black Love TV series is produced by Confluential Films with distribution provided by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Executive producers are Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver. Black Love airs tonight at 10/9 p.m. Central on OWN.
[Main Image via OWN/Ashley Sirah Nicole Chea/Facebook]