When I reflect on what Black love means to me, I often think of strength, power and beauty. I envision black and brown bodies intertwined in a love dance that words could never convey but the heart can feel.
My most vivid memory of black love is my dad kissing my mom and tapping her booty when I was around 5-6 years old. I remember the smile on her face and the way he looked at her. That is burned deep into my psyche. To me, this is Black Love.
I think of the mighty African women who reassured her shackled man in the bowels of the slave ships. I can hear them whispers words of love and affirmation as they attempted to remain brave for their children. To me, this is Black Love.
I honor the dutifulness of the slave man who insists on jumping the broom with the woman who was chosen for him for breeding. I know he wanted to honor her and their union so their children would be legitimate in his eyes. To me, this is Black Love.
I feel the passion of my Black Panther sisters who stood side by side with the men they loved to bring about a revolution for their people. They worked together to feed neighborhood children and to protect their own. To me, this is Black Love.I remember when my husband offered to love and cherish not only me but my 7yr old daughter from another man. He chose to raise her and any children our union would bring forth. He was there in the middle of the night when I was in the hospital being told that both of our unborn children would be born early and die. He laid his hands on me and prayed. Those children are now 16yrs and 14yrs old. To me, this is Black Love.
I cherish the love of MY FOREVER PRESIDENT Barack Obama has for his wife. The love they displayed for each other for all the world to see. His loving words about and to her at his farewell speech, brought tears to my eyes. To me, this is Black Love.You will experience these same emotions and more when you attend The Black Love Experience. This beautiful and empowering event takes place Feb. 18, 2017 at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC. There will be live art demonstrations, music, poetry, spoken word, food and fellowship with those who love Black Love. We need to appreciate and celebrate Black Love. We need to acknowledge men taking care of their kids. We need to honor our elders who paved the way for us to marry who we want, when we want and the way we want. To me, this is Black Love.
I would love it if you joined me and Don there. Let’s celebrate Black Love together. Last year’s event sold out.
I am super excited to be an ambassador to this year’s Event. Use my special discount code RWIFEBLKLV to get $5 off admission.
A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit local charities.
24 thoughts on “Reflections on Romantic Black Love”
What a lovely project this is! I love LOVE and this is a fantastic demonstration of it.
Yes, I am super excited about it!
I know this will be an amazing event. I wish we had something like that in our city, I would definitely attend and support. I’m looking forward to the reading the recap of everything. Thanks for sharing!
I am so excited about this year. Last year I volunteered.
Wow! This sounds like a wonderful event! You are right – this narrative of black men who don’t care for their kids needs to be countered with some real life black love. I know more black men doing their jobs as dads and husbands than not.
All the men I know take care of their kids. I wish we could get more media attention on that.
This event sounds so dope! After my break up last year, I figured I would be in love again, but reading this gets me excited to experience black love once again.
Girl yes! Black Love is where it is at. One break up does not define you.
Unfortunately this is way too far for me to attend, but I’m sure it will be a great event to attend.
Oh no! If yu ever visit DC, it is definitely an event you do not want to miss.
Aw man this sounds awesome! Congratulations on being an ambassador as well!
Yes, I was so in love with the event itself. I walked around in awe all night.
This sounds like a really good time. I adore President Obama and FLOTUS Michelle as people but their love has been evident from the start. They get it right every time.
They set such a great example for us. I am so in love with them as a couple.
This event sounds like so much fun!!! I love the love that we see between our President and First Lady…you can tell its REAL!!!
All day, everyday we can see and feel that it is real. I will miss them so much!
Black Love is Everything! My parents are also my definition of Black Love! They were ride or die for each other. Love this event. I’m going to have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
Great! I hope you can make it out. I love that I got to see my parents love on each other.
This sounds like an incredible event. Black Love is amazing
Black Love is so amazing.
I love your visions of black love. They really touched me. I pray one day that I will be able to experience that kind of love first hand.
And I believe you can and will.
What a great project. I wish you much success in your upcoming event. We definitely need more celebrating of Black love now more than ever.
Thanks lady! I can’t wait to go to this event.