Who are we?

The "hopeless romantic"

Marcie Leemore

Thirty-two and fabulously single, Marcie’s a native Atlantan making another go-round in her hometown.  She’s a “hopeless romantic,” but only inwardly. On the outside, you get an in-your-face realist.

No fairytales here

Garrette Smith

At 35, she’s found love and happiness with her husband. But the Cincinnati resident wants other women to know that wedded bliss ain’t no crystal stair. “In order for ‘Black Love’ to continue to prosper, we black women need to let go of the fairytale way of thinking,” she writes. “I hope to give the perspective of a married black woman, mother, sister, cousin, co-worker, BFF.

The Optimist

Kira Dunn

Kira’s 30 and living happily single in Cincy, but she hasn’t given up on the idea  of true love or at least a healthy dating life that’s not full of drama. Despite disappointments, she says, “You can’t stop loving or wanting to love because when it’s right, it’s the best thing in the world.”

The Southern Belle

Elois Berry

28, single and wrapping up grad school in Lexington, Ky. Elois (that’s E-Lois, not Eloise) believes there’s a path to bliss that many of us simply haven’t found. “Healthy, successful black relationships do exist, but the specific ingredients and recipe have eluded many of us. Why is that? What do both sides need to give or give up to make it work?” she says.

The 20-something

Gerilyn Sampson

A single 25-year-old in Cincinnati, Gerilyn has a unique take on the value of black male-female relationships:  “I think of Black Love/Relationships like a Black Pearl. Black Pearls are 100x more rare than White Pearls, so they are that much more valuable, or should i say Priceless. An investment I’m definitely willing to save for, wait for, and make.”

The Single Dad

Keith Reed

A 32-year-old writer, magazine editor & blogger living in Cleveland (by way of Pittsburgh, DMV, Boston & Cincy). With two sons and a hectic schedule, he tries to balance optimism and cynicism about relationships. “I think most people, myself included, are our own worst enemies in relationships. We’d all do better to recognize that.”


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