Review: Episode 1 of OWN’s ‘Black Love’

*Episode 1 of OWN’s new series Black Love aired for the first time Tuesday, 8/29 and is already off to a great start. Black Love is now considered to be the network’s highest-rated unscripted series debut in more than four years streaming in 1.2 million total viewers.

Filmmaker’s Codie and Tommy Oliver set out to capture love stories from the Black community in hopes of answering the most asked question, “What does it take to make a marriage work?”

The two rounded up 10 of Hollywood’s influential couples to share where their love began.

Tia & Cory: Married 9 Years
Tia and Cory shared the initial pressures surrounding marriage. They met on set of a movie they starred in together called “Hollywood Horror.” Cory knew he wanted to marry Tia, he just didn’t feel ready. He mentioned that he heavily leaned on his faith to step up and make an honest woman out of Tia. Cory didn’t have the means for a nice ring and felt others would have something to say about the frugal find. But he didn’t let it stop him. He knew he found a good thing and wasn’t going to allow his current situation to alter his lifetime expectation. Tia’s advice for a successful marriage is to have a realistic perspective. The two shared how various challenges throughout their relationship arose from their different upbringings. Nevertheless with the strength of each other both managed to learned to make it work “their” way. Together Tia and Cory use each other’s strengths and weakness’ to push through their marriage day by day.

Meagan & Devon: Married 4 Years
In the beginning, Devon wasn’t interested in Meagan. It wasn’t until the two met up again years later on set of Jumping The Broom where the two got to know each other on an intimate level; however, Meagan had eyes for Devon all along. Devon shares that marriage is a life saver. “So many times as a man you’re taught, oh it’s about the career. it’s about the money. It’s about conquering the world and then you find the right woman that then can fit into your world because in reality is what we really need is love. What we really need is commitment. What we really need is accountability.” “As a single man I was good. But as a married man I’m great! And it’s because of marriage. It’s because of her love that now there’s a completeness.”

Erica & Warryn: Married 15 Years
Erica opened up by sharing that she and Warryn got together shortly after the end of her second engagement. Warryn considers Erica to be his one and only girlfriend whom is now his wife. The two went onto share more about their chemistry in the beginning of their relationship. They had a lot in common and that allowed them to connect on the surface. Erica said what she loved most about herself from the start of their relationship was her being able to feel comfortable to open up to Warryn about how she felt about anything whether it be good or bad. She used the first time she said I love you as an example of her being open about however she felt about Warryn regardless of his feeling/response.

Diane & Jason: Married 10 Years
The two met on set in New York. Diane wasn’t looking for much of a commitment at the time. She talked about her first date with her now husband. Jason was two hours late and was new to the area so Diane had to pick the location. Due to Jason’s tardiness Diane was over the date from the start. As the date progressed, they got so caught up in each other’s company and lost track of time. They ended up moving in together “temporarily” shortly after, so Diane thought. One day she goes to check her mailbox at her place, Jason wrote his name on her mail box to indicate that he now lives with her since he was always at her place. From that moment on, that event solidified the two were officially ‘going steady’. Diane shared in a successful relationship you can no longer be selfish. Initially she felt marriage was going to be figuratively painful; however, overtime she’s learned for the most part it can be easy going.

Andre & Latoya: Married 7 Years
Andre & Latoya were both getting out of troubling relationships. At the time, Andre was newly divorced while Latoya was married and looking for a way out. They started off as friends with benefits or their term ‘Fun Buddies’. The arrangement lasted 3 weeks until Andre imposed the idea of a exclusive relationship to Latoya. She was apprehensive about his offer and instantly said no. Deep down Latoya knew she wanted to be in a relationship with Andre when he left to Africa. He had Latoya to house sit for roughly 4 or 5 months. In that moment she was in awe that he trusted her to attend to the needs of his most pride possessions. Of course Latoya lurked while he was away on a project in Africa; however, Andre remained calm the entire time because he was confident in himself in the relationship. He had nothing to hide.

Anthony & Vanessa: Married 28 years
Vanessa & Tony had a memorable first movie date. Tony had eyes for Vanessa’s beauty and hands for her legs. At the time he was finishing up medical school around the same time her character was written out of ‘All My Children”. Anthony asked Vanessa to move in with him and from the beginning she was apprehensive. She was 30 and asked her mother’s permission out of respect to move in with her now husband. Anthony vowed that he’d marry Vanessa by the end of that year and so he did. Vanessa mentioned the importance of being clear with her intentions in the beginning of their relationship. She believes that helped the flow of their relationship. It gave Anthony a blueprint of what she wanted out of life and she want planning to settle for anything less. In the end, he kept his promise and and asked Vanessa for her hand in marriage in December of that year.

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SOURCE: EUR Web, Chelsea Rhym