On November 13, Black Love docuseries creators Codie and Tommy Oliver hosted their Fourth Annual Black Love Summit in Los Angeles, Ca. The husband and wife duo teamed up with Target to offer both an in-person event and a live-streamed experience for their growing audience of singles and couples across the diaspora.
Since 2018, the Olivers have gathered dynamic couples from the series along with talent from the Black Love family to talk about everything from self love and dating to sex to parenting and the importance of cultivating a marriage village. Featured speakers and moderators included Codie and Tommy Oliver, matchmaker Devyn Simone, Grammy-nominated recording artist MAJOR, actor Michael Jai White, gospel singer and songwriter Erica Campbell and more.
The theme of this year’s summit was “We Love Us” because Black Love is devoted to the Black community being the healthiest versions of our selves. The commitment to this year’s theme was demonstrated in a series of honest conversations such as “Don’t Settle: Dating With Intention and Courting Your Partner” and “Black Love BTS” to “Loving More Abundantly” and the signature “The Wives” and “The Husbands” panels.
“Black love is black liberation,” Codie Oliver said. “Black love is loving each other with abundance loving each other fully for all of who are are.”
This year’s moderators and speakers were unafraid to show their full selves and welcomed tough conversations about self love, finances, community, grief and healing.
“It’s so important to hear how other people have not just succeeded but failed in their relationships. I feel like you hear so much about ‘this is the perfect example of my perfect love and my perfect life’ and not too much of the real things that go on,” event panelist and newly engaged entrepreneur, BreAnna Jones said. “I think [Black Love] does a really great job of not just illuminating the roses but also the thorns and the strategies you can use to have a lasting relationship.”
Along with conversations designed to cultivate a space of joy and take a realistic look at Black Love and partnership, the summit included music, interactive photo booths, food trucks, Black Love marketplace shopping and fun.
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