February is my absolute favorite month. Although it’s the shortest month of the year I feel like it’s jam packed with the most celebrations. Not only is February my birthday month, but the Super Bowl, NBA All Star Game, and Mardi Gras happens during February. February is also Black History Month and the Month of Love thanks to Valentine’s Day. For all these reasons, I love February and try to celebrate it like it should. It’s now been 1 week since Valentine’s Day and we’re 21 days into Black History so I’ve decided to celebrate it through my now annual post on Black Love. Last year, I tried to be very philosophical but this year, I’ve decided to show what I think Black Love is instead of trying to dissect it. Black Love is a lot of things to many people. Here are just few of the things Black Love is to me.
Black Love is familiar …
The first place you learn about Black Love is in your home. This can be your grandparents, parents, cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles. You go from saying ewww every time you see adults showing affection to wanting that love as an adult.
Black Love is Iconic…
Martin & Gina (Martin)
Laura & Steve (Family Matters)
Quincy & Monica (Love & Basketball)
Dwayne & Whitley (A Different World)
Dionne & Murray (Clueless)
Darius & Nina (Love Jones)
Outside of your family, the second place you see Black Love is on TV. These are just a few of iconic Black Love Relationships that are posted throughout the year with #relationshipgoals.
Black Love is Legendary…
#FACT: Black love is real. See legendary actors and activists, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, who got married in 1948 and went on to share 56 years of marriage. Click the link in our profile to see a few more couples who proved that Black love can stand the test of time. #happyblackhistorymonth #celebratethefacts #knowthefacts #sharethefacts #blackhistorymonth #becauseofthemwecan
Ruby & Ossie Davis
Herbert Carter & Mildred Hemmon Carter
Samuel L Jackson & LaTanya Richardson
Angela Bassett & Courtney B Vance
Jackie & Rachel Robinson
John H & Eunice Johnson
These legends in their own rights have kept their vows to each other for decades. Their love is legendary
Black Love crosses the Line ….
Mildred & Richard Loving
Ruth Williams Khama & Sir Seretse Khama
Tamera Mowry & Adam Housley
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
David Bowie and Iman
Janet Jackson & Wissam Al Mana
These stories are not your traditional Black Love stories. We often overlook our multicultural and interracial couples when we talk about Black Love even though we highlight that the Loving couple’s case made interracial marriages possible during Black History month. While they may not look like your traditional Black Love, I still think it’s important to note this community.
Black Love is Fun …
Steph & Ayesha Curry
Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union
Ronnie & Shamari DeVoe
Tia Mowry & Cory Hardrict
David & Tamela Mann
Papoose and Remy Ma
Most people will tell you that they married their best friend. While some don’t believe this, I can say that from personal experience, even if they’re not your best friend when you get married, they’ll be your best friend in the end. And one of the main things that makes your best friend the best is that you can have fun together.
Black Love is our daily lives …
At the end of the day if you’re black and in love, Black Love is your daily life. It’s waking up in the morning to the person next to you and actively being involved in it through physical touch, acts of service, giving gifts, words of affirmation, and spending quality time together. Yeah I just used the five love languages but you felt where I was coming from.
We want to know what and who you think embodies Black Love. Share your Black Love posts with us by using #PRICELESSBLACKLOVE and #BLACKLOVEIS on social media.