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Here’s One Web Series You Should Be Watching: ‘Young Black Love Series’

24 YEAR OLD BRITTANY NICHOLSON

Is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, multimedia personality, and content creator. “I currently run my own brand, Naturally BNicki. It consists of my own YouTube channel, entertainment news website and original content.”

Nicholson’s latest project ‘Young Black Love Series’ explores healthy relationships from the millennial perspective. It features a variety of couples offering a unique outlook on love and life. Brittany says “the ultimate goal of this project is to provide much needed, positive representation and hope that healthy, black love still exists.”

If you are a young, black couple interested in being featured on the YBL Series, please contact Brittany Nicholson at youngblackloveseries@gmail.com. New YBL Series episodes air each February!

Interested in watching the first episode? Click the link below.

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The New All-Women Web Series “195 Lewis” Showcases Queer, Black Relationships

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In “195 Lewis”, queer, black, and female cast navigate relationships in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy.

195 Lewis, a new web series premiering Thursday November 16, not only tackles the intricacies of LGBTQ culture but also offers an intimate look at the queer black community in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. Creators Rae Leone Allen and Yaani Supreme—both queer black women who lived in Brooklyn—carve out a space dense with complex LGBTQ women of color, and invite the audience to “feel like they’re at the party,” director Chanelle Aponte Pearson told Broadly. And from the show’s very first episode, 195 Lewis does just that.

 

But making this show wasn’t easy—largely bootstrapped, 195 Lewis was three years in the making. “At first, no one got what we were trying to do,” Allen explained, admitting that she felt the “impostor syndrome” that many women, especially women of color, can relate to. But during their first table reading when the words came to life, Allen said, it felt clear that they were on to something special that would require the effort and dedication of everyone involved.

As more women are stepping forward to unmask abusers in various industries, Allen says it’s clear that we need this kind of tenacity from traditionally marginalized voices more than ever.

“The only thing we need to take from white men is their audacity,” Allen explained with a slight laugh while remaining completely serious. “Women are different kind of creatures, we’re constantly asking questions and interrogating ourselves, we know we’ll be responsible with our art. We just need to get audacious.”

 

With the surge of African-American geared programming, its great to see that there are so many stories to tell. 

“We’re showing beautiful black women on screen loving each other and being themselves. That’s revelatory in and of itself,” Allen explained.

Jordin Sparks and Husband Dana Isaiah Expecting First Child

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At 17 years old Jordin Sparks won American Idol and now 10 years later, the talented singer and husband, model Dana Isaiah are expecting their first child. The couple secretly eloped in July and have confirmed their family will grow by one this upcoming spring to People Magazine. 

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“It’s amazing that that phrase “When you don’t look for it, that’s when it comes” … he just showed up at my door” says Sparks.

The two newlyweds came together by chance. Sparks met Isaiah’s family during an event Super Bowl weekend through her charity I’m M.A.D. Are You?  and the couple were connected through their mothers who added the two to a groupchat. Although the intentions were for Sparks to give Isaiah advice on moving to Los Angeles the two fell in in love.  After weeks on daily conversation, Jordin Sparks finally met Dana Isaiah for the first time, Easter weekend.

A couple days after we had actually met, I was like in my head ‘That’s going to be my husband! That’s my husband right there,’” says Sparks to People Magazine.

Sparks and Isaiah bonded over similarities such as their close knit families and religious beliefs and while vacationing in Hawaii tied the knot in the presence of close friends. Shortly after their ceremony, the two learned they were expecting late August.

Both are excited about adding a member to their new family. After two very public relationships and break-ups, Sparks finally finds peace as she begins a family of her own.

“I’m extremely grateful because life is nuts. This is the best part so far because I have [Dana] and I have this little one and I have a new family. I’m the most content I’ve ever been in my life.”

 

 

New Documentary “In Search of the Black Knight” Takes a Light-Hearted Look at Black Relationships @BlackKnightDoc

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Dating and relationships within the Black community have become an increasingly hot button issue within recent years. With Tyler Perry exploiting/exploring just about every dynamic within the culture of the Black family, to Steve Harvey’s best-seller and box office smash Think Like A Man, the coverage seems to be never-ending. With his new documentary, filmmaker Tamarat Makonnen takes a new, light-hearted but necessary approach to analyzing how African-American men and women are interacting with each other in 2013.poster_web

In the trailer which you can view below, the FIRST question asked is how long a woman should wait for a man to commit, and the answer given was….*drum roll*….seven years. Completely outlandish, and I’m sure an explanation will follow in the full-length movie, however this immediately grabbed our attention. The trailer then goes on to interview various women and what exactly they’re looking for in a man but does so in a way that shows the varied, and often times, conflicting sets of qualities that are women see as commodities. But it doesn’t stop there! Where the trailer wins at keeping my attention is how it alludes to looking at the underlying causes behind the current state of affairs with Black dating, and addresses topics such as the disproportionate numbers of Black women versus Black men enrolled in institutes for higher education; then goes even further by addressing the commonality of families being matriarchal as opposed to patriarchal and how that feeds a lot of what we see today in our adult life. In Search of the Black Knight is described as combining professional advice, street interviews and sketch comedy; this humorous and thought-provoking film will have you rethinking what you assumed about the opposite sex. For more info check their webpage here and there Facebook page where you can see where In Search of the Black Knight will be playing near you.

Oldest Living Couple on Earth Gives Great Relationship Advice

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Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina. They have been married 85 years (86 in May) and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple and get this…. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104.

The happily married couple teamed up with twitter this Valentine’s Day to answer some relationship questions. Check out their take on finding love, getting through hard times and more. Good read.

1. What made you realize that you could spend the rest of your lives together? Were you scared at all?

H & Z: With each day that passed, our relationship was more solid and secure.Divorce was NEVER an option – or even a thought.

2. How did you know your spouse was the right one for you?

We grew up together & were best friends before we married. A friend is for life – our marriage has lasted a lifetime

3. Is there anything you would do differently after more than 80 years of marriage?

We wouldn’t change a thing. There’s no secret to our marriage, we just did what was needed for each other & our family.

4. What is your advice to someone who is trying to keep the faith that Mr. Right is really out there?

Zelmyra: Mine was just around the corner! He is never too far away, so keep the faith – when you meet him, you’ll know.

5. What was the best piece of marriage advice you ever received?

Respect, support & communicate with each other.Be faithful, honest & true.Love each other with ALL of your heart

6. What are the most important attributes of a good spouse?

Zelmyra: A hard worker & good provider.The 1920s were hard,but Herbert wanted & provided the best for us.I married a good man!

7. What is your best Valentine’s Day memory?

Zelmyra: I cook dinner EVERY day.Herbert left work early & surprised me – he cooked dinner for me! He is a VERY good cook!

Herbert: I said that I was going to cook dinner for her & she could relax – the look on her face & clean plate made my day!

8. You got married very young – how did u both manage to grow as individuals yet not grow apart as a couple?

“Everyone who plants a seed & harvests the crop celebrates together” We are individuals, but accomplish more together.

9. What is your fondest memory of your 85-year marriage?

Our legacy: 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

10. Does communicating get easier with time? How do you keep your patience?

The children are grown, so we talk more now. We can enjoy our time on the porch or our rocking chairs – together.

11. How did you cope when you had to be physically separated for long periods of time?

Herbert: We were apart for 2 months when Z was hospitalized with our 5th child. It was the most difficult time of my life. Zelmyra’s mother helped me with the house and the other children, otherwise I would have lost my mind.

12. At the end of bad relationship day, what is the most important thing to remind yourselves?

Remember marriage is not a contest – never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win

13. Is fighting important?

NEVER physically! Agree that it’s okay to disagree, & fight for what really matters. Learn to bend – not break!

14. What’s the one thing you have in common that transcends everything else?

We are both Christians & believe in God.Marriage is a commitment to the Lord.We pray with & for each other every day.

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