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Are Black Women Taking an L on ‘Love is Blind’?

On the Netflix hit series “Love is Blind,” Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton made it to the alter. Speed is one of the few Black women from the show to end up marrying her pod partner.

Netflix has been snapping lately with their original series. “Love is Blind” has trademarked itself to be a hit show since season one, where viewers witnessed Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton’s love story and have had high hopes ever since. Speed and Hamilton set a high standard indeed: Speed, as a Black woman in Atlanta, hadn’t experienced luck in her previous dating experiences. In fact, she hadn’t had a serious relationship in almost six years prior to the show – until she met Hamilton, a white man. The two instantly hit it off, and swooned viewers with their romance on and off camera.

Since Speed and Hamilton’s miracle, though, other Black women have not been able to enjoy the same fortune on the show. In the show’s most recent season, A.D. Smith and Clay Gravesande’s Black romance was a hot commodity because of their relatability; though Gravesande struggled with the idea of committing (yet decided to go on a show that required marriage within a month of knowing your partner), Smith trademarked her point about witnessing his red flags and “painting her nails red to match.” Indeed, Smith felt the burn of her red nail polish soon after, where she committed at the altar to be slammed with a “no” from Gravesande, who claimed that he was not ready for commitment. How, then, was Gravesande recently witnessed with OnlyFans star Celina Powell, where she posted a picture with him captioning it, “life lately 🔐”? You aren’t ready for commitment with a Black woman who gave you her all, yet you can commit to a white woman who, seemingly, has nothing to offer? Yeah, okay.

A.D. Smith and Clay Gravesande / Getty

The failed relationships for Black women within the “Love is Blind” franchise does not stop with season six. In season five, Aaliyah Cosby and Uche Okoroha seemed to be perfect matches in the pods, yet had an abrupt ending. Feeling like she had been forced off the show, season five details Cosby being blindsided by the recent past romantic experiences that a close friend she had made in the experience, Lydia Velez Gonzalez, shared with her dating partner, Okoroha. Outside of the pods and off camera, Cosby and Okoroha could not seem to get it right, to which Cosby shared with “Entertainment Tonight” that “Uche was not attracted to her”. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m tired of our worth not being translated into reality!

Why is it so rare that Black women are loved out loud? Even Speed, the girl that many people wished they were, clocked her tea about the “Love is Blind” franchise years back in a tweet. She expressed her dislike for “Love is Blind” saying that the show was “cutting all the Black women,” and how “85% of them couples be forced (just moving forward for entertainment purposes) anyway. Y’all could at least force some more sisters to move forward throughout the show.” You know it’s bad if the girl who met her husband on the show is just as dissatisfied with the outcomes for her girls!

All in all, there are Black women who have had positive experiences on “Love is Blind” throughout the six seasons. I just wish those experiences were more common. As Black women, we deserve to be loved out loud just as everyone else does, and shows like this should instill hope instead of fear. I am hopeful that the franchise can heed this advice and push for more Black couples to get to the finish line of the altar, because I don’t know if I can bear witness of more failed love stories for the Sistahs.

 

By Sullivan Anderson, North Carolina A&T State University Alumna

Instagram: @SullivanGrace_

 

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Written by Sullivan Anderson

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