Why OWN’s New Docu-Series Black Love Is So Important

If you’re anything like us, we’re sure you’ve perused the Black Love hashtag on Instagram many a bored afternoon and found your heart swelling with emotion. But as much as we love seeing two melanin-blessed individuals profess their affection for one another, none of us has any idea what it took for that pair to make their love work. That’s what the new docu-series, Black Love, airing on OWN September 2 will delve into.

What is the secret to making a marriage work? That’s the question the series created and produced by husband and wife team Codie and Tommy Oliver seeks to answer. And it’ll do so by getting some very famous pairs to open up about their love story. This season of the show will feature a variety of Black couples from Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, and Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict, to Flex Alexander and Shanice, and Erica Campbell and Warryn Campbell open up about the hurdles they’ve had in their marriages and what it took to stay together.

Despite the fact that, deep down, most of us know no marriage is perfect, in the Internet age we’ve come to take every IG pic and photo like as proof two individuals have a good marriage and belong together. And as much as celebrities love to bring us on the ride when things in their relationship are going well, whenever a married couple hits a very public bump in the road, we’re asked to not only respect their privacy but accept their reunion — if they manage to last — when they return to the public eye, no questions asked. Few couples are willing to be honest and open about the work staying committed to someone, particularly in the entertainment industry, takes and it’s high time we saw some Black faces do it.

Episode 1 airs Saturday, September 2 at 9pm EST.