In its fourth season, the Black Love docuseries continues to share positive representations of healed love, second-chance love, and everything in between. As a quick refresher on season 2, it primarily focuses on the start of relationships, while diving deeper into each couple’s journey to finding love.
One common theme was the importance of communication, which is essential in meeting your individual needs and helping you to be better connected in your relationship. Here’s a look back on seven of my favorite moments from season 2.
Ryan and Sterling K. Brown
College sweethearts Ryan and Sterling take viewers on a journey, sharing how their love developed from young adults to a married couple with kids. I learned that sometimes the key to a person’s heart is stealing their bike, so they know how much you like them! But honestly, the best takeaway for me was learning how extended family members can get in the way of a happy relationship. Which is why boundaries are essential to preserving the sanctity of your relationship. Boundaries are basic guidelines that people create to establish how others are able to behave around them. You have to teach people how to treat you, and that’s a fact.
Devale and Khadeen Ellis
Actors and YouTube stars, Devale and Khadeen, found that over-communicating and brutal honesty allowed them to truly express their feelings while also maintaining a strong connection. Their strong connection transitioned into the bedroom as well because they also credit that having a healthy sex life helped them resolve issues and release pent-up aggression. While sex can’t solve relationship issues, it can help with intimacy. Marriage-guidance counselor, Michele Weiner-Davis, thinks having sex, even if you don’t feel like it, is the foundation of a happy relationship because it creates a win-win situation for both parties. I think Devale and Khadeen are on to something!
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DeWanda Wise and Alano Miller
“Let’s get married tomorrow.” Before leading roles on She’s Gotta Have It and Cherish the Day, they played a supportive couple and after only four months of dating, these lovebirds tied the knot. DeWanda found openness and vulnerability were two of Alano’s best qualities. While some may find marriage to be hard, they found it quite simple because it doesn’t take much time or effort to be thoughtful.
Rev Run and Justine Simmons
“I feel like you should only get married if the other person is like you,” says Justine. She speaks about the importance of finding a partner who shares the same vision and values and because of this, you’ll be less likely to hurt each other. Any relationship where ego plays a jealous role can cause anger and resentment but Rev Run and Justine prove their love is worth protecting. While Rev Run’s celebrity is undeniable, he makes it known that his wife holds the key to his heart and her unwavering love anchors him.
Richard and Tina Lawson
“At 59, I moved to a new city, got a new man, and a new life,” says Tina. These two are a prime example that love can be found at any age, and falling in love after heartbreak the second time around is possible. But you have to be willing to remove any negative feelings of doubt and put the focus on healing yourself first and foremost.
Gillian and Michael Jai White
Actor and martial artist Michael Jai White shared an endearing story about how he confessed his love to his wife while dealing with sleep-deprivation. It’s a hilarious story but also super sweet, and it is a perfect depiction of their union. Because laughter and a dose of transparency is the key to their relationship’s success.
Bart and Starr Scott
“I used my fame and money as an excuse to do some of the wrong things that I’ve done.” Accountability, openness, and growth from Bart allowed healing within the Scott household. When couples stop playing on the defense, they can come together as a team, stronger than ever. I think we can all learn something from the Scotts.
Be sure to catch After Love, the official Black Love after show, following each season 4 episode. Hosted by the series’ director Codie Elaine Oliver and featuring couples from the show, each episode continues the conversation started in the latest episode of Black Love. Click here to start watching now!