"Black Love" Flourishes in Chicago

(left to right) Trey White from 107.5 WGCI, Taj George, Eddie George, Codie Oliver, and Tommy Oliver.

(left to right) Trey White from 107.5 WGCI, Taj George, Eddie George, Codie Oliver, and Tommy Oliver.

Last year, Black Love became the highest rated documentary series on the OWN network. The documentary series highlighted black couples (including some famous ones) who shared their experience on love, marriage, hardships, and what they’ve learned in their marriage. After the season one finale, the conversation of black love and what it looks like continued thanks to the documentary’s official social media accounts and the fans of the show. Recently, OWN has announced that the series will be coming back on May 12th. With new interviews for new black couples, fans are excited to learn about the new highs and loves and healthy black relationships. 

Chicago was the first of the five city "Black Love: Clips and Conversation tour. Chicago fans got a chance to see exclusive clips at the historic DuSable Museum and talk to the creators of the documentary series (who are also married), as well as Taj (from the girl group SWV) and former NFL superstar Eddie George, who will be featured in the series. Moderated by WGCI’s Trey White, the crowd was eager to learn about the process of making this series and how both couples met and became one (before the impromptu jam session of SWV’s classic ”Weak”).

Made In Stone founder Kelsey Stone with Taj and Eddie George.

Made In Stone founder Kelsey Stone with Taj and Eddie George.

Both Taj and Eddie, along with creators Tommy and Codie Oliver, both started the conversation off by telling how they met their respective partners. Both Taj and Eddie agreed to do the show because they loved the concept of the show, and Codie and Tommy talked about why they decided to do the show. As a married couple, Codie explained she wanted to create the show because there were so many myths and reports on how black women are the least desirable, and she, along with Tommy, wanted to change that narrative. Codie and Tommy wanted to showcase more healthy examples of black love, as an alternative to Love & Hip-Hop and Basketball Wives. Codie also explained that the reason why she found Taj and Eddie’s story so interesting was that their story showed that love doesn't have to happen at first sight; considering several times they've met they didn't hit it off. 

Throughout the conversation, sneak peaks were shown to the crowd, some of which featured emotional topics that still brought Taj tears. Other topics were brought up such as how to deal with in-laws, dealing with kids, and even giving advice during the Q&A session on how to keep black love alive. 

Attendees left with free gifts from ORS Oil, who sponsored the event, as well as getting a chance to meet the creators, Codie and Tommy Oliver, as well as Taj and Eddie George.

You can watch the new season of Black Love on OWN May 12th and get updates on the OWN site. You can also find out more using the hashtag #blacklovedoc.