Imani’s Song

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Imani Wright

Celebrating our children and increasing their love awareness from a young age, we used 14-year old Imani Wright’s original audio track for the new African American Matchmaking Commercial.   Congratulations, Imani and keep up the good work!  Check out the video:

Black Love is Black Wealth

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki-Rosa

By Nikki Giovanni b. 1943 Nikki Giovanni

childhood remembrances are always a drag
if you’re Black
you always remember things like living in Woodlawn
with no inside toilet
and if you become famous or something
they never talk about how happy you were to have
your mother
all to yourself and
how good the water felt when you got your bath
from one of those
big tubs that folk in chicago barbecue in
and somehow when you talk about home
it never gets across how much you
understood their feelings
as the whole family attended meetings about Hollydale
and even though you remember
your biographers never understand
your father’s pain as he sells his stock
and another dream goes
And though you’re poor it isn’t poverty that
concerns you
and though they fought a lot
it isn’t your father’s drinking that makes any difference
but only that everybody is together and you
and your sister have happy birthdays and very good
Christmases
and I really hope no white person ever has cause
to write about me
because they never understand
Black love is Black wealth and they’ll
probably talk about my hard childhood
and never understand that
all the while I was quite happy

Nikki Giovanni, “Nikki-Rosa” from Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment. Copyright © 1968, 1970 by Nikki Giovanni.

Source: The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni (2003)

Single Black Men Want Commitment

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A  poll was conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health yielded some interesting findings. Their results about the dating lives of single African Americans (respondents 18-49, widowed, divorced, or never married)  recently found that single Black men were much more likely to say they were looking for a long-term relationship (43 percent) compared to single black women (25 percent).

There are many possible explanations and theories about these results.  Maybe the benefits of long-term relationships are obvious.  The bottom line is:

Question your assumptions about Black relationships.  Stereotypes and myths prevail and this is just one more piece of evidence to demonstrate the fact that Black men desire loving, long-term relationships, too.  Maybe even more so than Black women.

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Love Improves  Your Health
Commitment