Black love is a thick phrase that comes loaded with imagery. You can envision brown people curled in embrace, limbs locked in unity. You can see a couple, heads bowed in prayer with shared hope. You can see whole-hearted laughs and agile hips, dancing during family reunions and weddings. You can see comfort and head wraps, line-ups and loyalty–commitment baked into soul food.
Black love is “fight the power.” Black love is proud and gifted. Black love is music and a strong bass beat. Black love is a community covering.
Black love, in all its elegance and beauty, is defiant. A visual testimony of what it looks like to thrive when many pivotal moments in history were positioned against our prosperity. From the barbaric years of slavery to the modern day incarceration pipeline, Black love is a protest against systematic separation.
Black love is an example of what “don’t quit” looks like in human form. Black love was fought for before any couple who meets today even begins to journey together in this life.
In celebration, HelloBeautiful kicked off the pilot episode of our new series HelloBeautiful Presents: Black Love featuring three couples at three different stages in their relationships. Over cocktails and lots of laughs, the couples shared their memories of their first dates and first encounters. The series and the memories shared are a testament to the beauty of love in an often challenging social climate.
And that’s why it’s imperative that we continue to fight for it, nurture it and sop it up in its sweetness. Because it’s not as much about color as it is about community. Rebuilding foundations that were stolen from us and replacing them with a new story of partnership and growth.
Black love remixes the narrative. We are strong. We work together. We love together.
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BIVISIBILITY: These Stars Are Bisexual & Proud
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1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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