The entertaining, amusing and emotionally-charged docu-series “Black Love” returns to OWN for a third season, premiering Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, “Black Love,” created by newlywed filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver, highlights love stories from the Black community and seeks to answer the question, “What does it take to make a marriage make a work?” The enlightening program pulls back the curtain on how love begins while showing the reality of what lifelong love looks like, and offers proof that while it can happen for everyone, it isn’t a cakewalk.
Season 3 features comments from committed couples including Terry and Rebecca Crews, the charismatic David and Tamala Mann, Grammy Award winner Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson and LeToya Luckett and Tommicus Walker, as well as “everyday couples” from all walks of life.
“Black love is everything. It’s unbreakable,” newly engaged singer and “Greenleaf” actress LeToya Luckett said during Season 1 of “Black Love.”
“And even though it’s not perfect, it’s imperfectly perfect, and there’s so much that we can relate about. There’s so much of our stories that connect in such a way, because of our ancestors. I love the way we love out loud, in our own way as well, but it makes sense!
In the Season 3 premiere titled “How Love Begins,” couples, including Terry and Rebecca Crews, Salli Richardson and Dondre Whitfield, Tommicus Walker and LeToya Luckett, Kevin and Melissa Fredericks, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Chris and Mattie James, and Quincy and Deondray Grossfield share the moments, ranging from workplace romance to a long-distance relationship, that marked the beginning of their love stories.
“More people would be terrified when they walked down the aisle if they understood exactly what marriage was about,” Oprah Winfrey said during a revealing preview of the series. She has made a mutual decision with her longtime beau Stedman Graham not to marry.
Winfrey’s point was made in Season 2, when an amazingly candid Kirk Franklin with his wife of 22 years, Tammy, shared their painful, yet inspiring story.
“Tammy and I hit a really interesting spot in our marriage, about five years into our marriage,” Franklin said. “The first five years of our marriage, it was touring and traveling and international and kids. It was big! Then one day, when my career was changing, and things were going in another direction, we went to dinner. It was 2001, and we went to dinner. It was a restaurant downtown, and we sat there like ... it was very eye-opening for us like, ‘Who are you?’
“We don’t even know each other, because we’d been so much on the road! And then, when I’m now home for a long period of time, we’re like ships passing each other, not even knowing the language of how to communicate, and it was very scary. We went to counseling, and we were in and out of counseling for about four years, and it was beautiful because your career can really be intrusive. It can also become like the other woman or the other man.”
“To sit across from my husband and be that couple that we didn’t ever want to be — that couple that you see when you’re in a restaurant and they’re not saying anything to each other. We had become that couple,” Tammy added. “The thing that I am so grateful for is that we both were willing to put in that work.”
While it was sometimes painful, the couples truly enjoy sharing the intimate details of their relationships, and last season, “Black Love” was ranked No. 1 in its Saturday night time slot across broadcast and cable with African-American women 25-54 and women 18-49.