President and First Lady Photo Credit: Pete Souza
As a young Black woman, I always find it discerning that when I turn on the television or any form of mass media, I rarely see positive depictions of black love. The entertainment channels are bombarded with false images and generalizations of Black love and the lack thereof. Reality TV is definitely the main culprit for the negative imagery, uncontrollable to the viewers, but nonetheless―viewed by them.
Mass media feeds off of the inferiority and stereotypical perception of the “broken Black family.” The single parent home without a father involved, the unhappily independent Black woman “bitter and lonely,” and the ratchet superficial damsel looking to marry rich. These are not everyone’s story.
As I reminisce on how love used to be broadcasted, it saddens me knowing that I haven’t seen a Black love story shown in a positive light in too long of a time. Generations to come will never understand how much Martin loved Gina or how long Mr. and Mrs. Huxtable were together. Think about it, when was the last time we truly enjoyed a show about Black love, that didn’t have any internal relationship drama?―What happened to Black people being in everlasting love? What happened to Black people with less dramatized normal lives?
It makes me extremely uncomfortable to see love being tarnished. To glorify this façade as if it is a normality in Black culture, is a discrace to all of us. As the offspring of parents who have been together over 30 years, I feel responsible to be an advocate for a different display of a Black union. Because PYNK is in full support of making the Black image more positive, we’ve compiled 30 flawless photographs of Black love fluctuating across Internet mediums. Here are the #PYNKGirlApproved pictures we chose.
All Photo Credit(s): Instagram