What is Black Love?
What is Black Love? A simple woman like me would suggest that it is the love between a black man and a black woman. Perhaps that’s why there is such an uproar about Essence’s Black Love Issue with New Orleans Saints player Reggie Bush. For those of us not up on pop culture paparazzi news, the very handsome Reggie Bush is involved with reality TV vixen Kim Kardashian, who is not black.
Black women were offended and slightly miffed (to put it mildly). Me, I was slightly annoyed, but not offended.
For some black women, perhaps it was interracial dating overall. I don’t have a foot squarely in that camp.
For others, it was the suggestion that Black Love wasn’t necessarily between a black man and a black woman. You might have my interest on that point.
Over at the Black Youth Project, Tamara makes a key observation…how does one define Black Love? And are black women a part of that equation?:
If we continue to expand the notion of Black Love so that it includes interracial relationships, the concept begins to erode, particularly, for Black women. We are the ones who will be pushed to the margins if the concept is expanded. Men are privileged enough to tell us that we shouldn’t be so concerned about our fading presence in the Black Love equation which simultaneously pushes the idea that we aren’t qualified to be in the equation at all. Where does that leave us?
So are we hung up on a definition or hung up on being removed from the equation?