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Love Is Black Podcast

Love Is Black Podcast

By Karese & Harvey Laguerre
Weekly podcast about the many joys and struggles of black love and relationships. Intertwining laughs, healthy debate and mutual respect as we delve into love within the culture.
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Ep. 18 Love Is Adventure?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we take a journey through committed black love with That Black Couple, Jenn and Daren Jackson! On this episode they discuss: Fried chicken and Brian McKnight starting a love story; The black experience at a fake HBCU in a PWI; Planning a future on a spreadsheet; Marriage while asexual and queer; What is a black feminist; and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FWvsJYxP6sU Bio: Jenn is a queer, Black feminist from Oakland. Daren is an asexual nerd and novelist from Southern California. Together, they are thirty-somethings who have been married since for over a decade and the couple behind the That Black Couple podcast. This is an accidentally funny podcast covering the absurdity that is navigating life as 30-something Black married millennials whose “American Dreams” look more like an episode of “Living Single” than a Taylor Swift music video.   Their goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody doing adulting differently. We're all just trying to figure this ish out, but they believe that not being beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, allowing queerness to be fluid and present in the ways they show up in their relationships and in the world, and built-in community with other 30-something Black folx is the way to make it through. Connect, follow and support That Black Couple: www.patreon.com/coloredconvosmedia https://thatblackcouple.com/  http://coloredconvos.com/  www.facebook.com/ThatBlackCouple  www.twitter.com/ThatBlkCouple  www.instagram.com/thatblkcouple  www.stitcher.com/podcast/that-black-couple  podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2…gcQ9sEGegQIARAD
01:04:09
January 20, 2022
Ep. 17 Love is Accountable?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join Harvey this week as he hosts a very special episode with our guest, Jeff Ponders II! This episode is just about men and we discuss: Why is vulnerability such a powerful word? Do men know what intimacy really means? What should we black men aspire to be when we "grow up" and more! Watch this episode on YouTube:https://youtu.be/15DMM3uc2YI Learn more about Jeff and his products: www.jeffponders.com Bio: Jeff Ponders II is a modern-day Batman. By day, he invests in high-growth entrepreneurs as a VC investor and consultant. By night, he performs across the US as a jazz saxophonist. In between, he's the host of The Becoming Better podcast and helps unfulfilled professionals ditch their contrived corporate personas to be their authentic selves every day as a speaker and author.   A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff resides in the Detroit area with his family.
54:22
January 13, 2022
Ep. 16 Love is Explicit?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into sex education with MeYonna SwaVaye! On this episode she discusses: Why sex information in the black community is essential; the influence of religion on sexuality; learning from the experiences of others in group teaching; and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EbR3McfX0ko Find more on Raw and Explicit on the website: https://rawandexplicit.com/ Bio: MeYonna SwaVaye, owner of Raw and Explicit, is a certified Sex Educator whose passion has been instilled since childhood. MeYonna started Raw and Explicit to help promote sex education in urban communities to help reduce the stigma on the conversation of sex and sexuality.
43:52
January 06, 2022
Ep. 15 Love is Toxic?
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we deep dive into signs of toxic partners. On this episode we discuss: 15 signs of a toxic person; Key traits to avoid at all costs; Why you should never ignore a red flag; and more! We reference an article you can find here: https://www.powerofpositivity.com/toxic-man-red-flags-reveal/
44:54
December 30, 2021
Ep. 14 Love is Motivating?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into motivation with Kimmie Reed! On this episode she discusses: The origin of the "Relationship Motivator" moniker; the importance of a man's perspective in a relationship; how can one be divorced 3 times and married once; and more! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-HzCly48OBU Follow Kimmie on social media: TikTok -  @kimmiereed IG - @KimberleyLReedRelationship  FB Group - The Relationship Motivator Group  Email - kimmiereed1@gmail.com Order her books: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kimberley+Reed+book&ref=nb_sb_noss Bio: Kimmie Reed, affectionately known as the Relationship Motivator is on a mission to help people see the self-destructive patterns they are creating in their love life so that they can attract the ideal partner…and keep them.  Kimmie is the author of three books. “Get Your Woman - Keep Your Man, Marriage is Easy-People are Hard, & The Kaleidoscope of Kimetry.   Divorced THREE Times - Married Once, which will be her 4th book is digging deep into what led to three failed marriages & her current 22 year relationship with her husband of 19 years. Kimmie decided to take her love for relationship motivation to TikTok on Feb 28th 2021 where her main focus has been on the hearts of men. Showing men that their feelings, needs and desires matter & giving them a safe place to be vulnerable.  Kimmie’s love for sharing body and skincare tips with women has also played a huge role in her growing following due to her Beauty Shouldn’t Be A Secret series! She believes that there is enough health, wellness and beauty for everyone! She’s single handily emailed thousands of women and hundreds of men DIY recipes for hair, & skin and list of supplements that have helped her maintain health and wellness. She’s not shy about putting her age out there either. At age 56, she understands that every year is a blessing so it’s crazy to stress about age when she should be enjoying it.    Kimmie’s following quickly grew to nearly 300K in a 7 1/2 month period due to several viral TikToks, which have been shared all over Instagram and Facebook as well.    Kimmie is often joined by her husband James in her Relationship Motivation group sessions, varies speaking engagements and podcast. She calls James her “secret weapon” & if you’ve ever seen them together you’ve seen why. Kimmie is currently enrolled in a certification program for Life Coaching & Law of Attraction Coaching.
54:04
December 16, 2021
Ep. 13 Love is Passionate?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into erotic literature with PassionPoet! On this episode he discusses: How bad luck with women led to his future as a poet His respect for women and what men should get from his words Writing erotica as a male from a woman's perspective and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/O6zQwKorA2A Links: Website- www.PassionPoet.com Podcast- https://bit.ly/TheWettSpotLinkPage As mentioned in this episode, if you need help publishing a book, he's your man! Contact him at passionatewordseditingservices@gmail.com  Bio: PassionPoet is a writer, poet and performer. In fact, he has loved words from as far back as he remembers. From writing his first book of poetry at 14 he has grown into an internationally known, award winning poet and author, with six books of poetry under his belt: EROTIC, SEDUCTION, OFFERING, QUOTES OF PASSION, PASSION: THE GEMINI PROJECT, MAKE IT RAINE. He's also an entrepreneur, running Passionate Words Editing Services since September 2020.
45:44
December 09, 2021
Ep. 12 Love is Standing?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into couple competition with Omar and Aaron, the creators of Last Couple Standing! On this episode they discuss: Going from the mental sphere to the game world; A dangerous but alluring card game they invented; The benefits of being open in collaborative competition; Advice for aspiring creators and entrepreneurs; and more! Watch this episode on YouTube:https://youtu.be/l-YgjkNlp54 Order your Last Couple Standing card game pack today here for 10% off: www.shop.lcsgame.com/discount/loveisblack About: "A couple that plays together -  STAYS TOGETHER!" That's the light bulb moment that inspired the creation of "Last Couple Standing." It's a bit of a long story, but the gist of it is: we're jokesters, and we realized having fun and being goofy with our partners is what keeps the spark ignited in our relationships. So, we (along with our partners Adelle & Sheryl) set out to create a game for couples. A game to help folks bond with each other and their friends, while making unforgettable moments in the process.
43:23
December 02, 2021
Ep. 11 Love is Baecation?
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33:56
November 25, 2021
Ep. 10 Love is Eternal?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we celebrate a lifetime of love with Charles Duke III! On this episode we discuss: The Marriage Mantra for a successful marriage; Take the position of husband seriously; Coping with life as a widower; and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/InO3N5vMtGM Bio: Charles Duke III is a writer, author, journalist, and musician who has written and edited extensively for trade, music, and non-profit publications. His book, My Life with Blanche: Elements of a 30+ Year Black Marriage, focuses on what it takes to build a successful long-term marriage, raising a son and daughter in an already-made family, and how to deal with and survive trials and tribulations as a married couple from an African American perspective.   Born and raised in New York City and a New Jersey resident for over 40 years, Charles is the president of Bonetown Editorial Services and Bonetown Publishing. He also writes a blog, The Soul of Charles Duke, focusing on his thoughts regarding love and relationships, music, and today’s sociopolitical landscape. Get his wonderfully written book My Life With Blanche
01:09:36
November 18, 2021
Ep. 9 Love is Deep?
Welcome back to The Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into love revival with Michael and Shavon Ballard! On this episode they discuss: Finding love after trauma; The problem with being a counselor in your relationship; Failures of the justice system; Love after divorce; and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LALb7KbrcAY You can find the Ballards and reach out to CoachMyLove here: https://coachmylove.kartra.com/page/linktree Bio: Michael and Shavon Ballard met in 2007 have been friends since 2010. They both were in toxic marriages during that time and divorced before becoming intimately involved in 2015. They were married on June 25th, 2016, and began growing their coaching practice shortly after.   After finding out they were excepting their first child and moving from Chicago to L.A., their marriage was in a downturn, and they ended up filing for divorce in March of 2020, just as the covid-19 pandemic began. They went from divorce court to a happy home with God's divine intervention and developed Agape Coaching, using God's Love to turn failing relationships around.  They have a combined history of over 20 + years in the film and television industry and relationship development. Michael is trained as a counselor for both the secular and religious fields. Shavon has worked in the medical field for over 10 + years and has survived domestic violence; and is now a D.M. advocate and specializes in toxic personality disorders.   They've produced an award-winning independent film called Friends, Family, and Lovers in 2019. Under God's orders, they moved their Coaching practice from Chicago to Miami Beach. They now produce and host their own YouTube show and Podcast, both under the title L.O.V.E. Chat. They provide massive value by providing Free Coaching and Free Relationship Advice on several social media platforms. They are both authors, producers, speakers, coaches, and entertainers.   They specialize in using the Love of God to transforms relationships. They take a holistic approach to relationship coaching using entertainment, proprietary coaching techniques that are practical, boot camps, transformational vacations, and Cupid Cruise. They also create films and television shows centered around relationships.
01:07:32
November 11, 2021
Ep. 8 Love is Emotion?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we delve into the intricate world of polyamory with Jaida Cutino, Mickey Pagan, and Joel Forchue of Throuple Trouble!   On this episode they discuss: Individually falling in love with a couple and falling in love as a couple; Remaining God fearing while polyamourous; What is love? and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3AU6ESxLSYg Bio: We are a young, thriving, fun Throuple. A throuple is a relationship with 3 partners. We want to educate people on polyamory and our journey into becoming entrepreneurs/social media influencer's. Of course, everyone has their story, and we have our own. Our story includes our romance and the trials we face in life as a throuple. Read their media article we discussed in this episode here: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/throuple-disowned-family-being-ungodly-25062252   Follow them on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCrvWq1YXNq1ka7hTJgIGQ_A   Follow them on Instagram: https://instagram.com/_throupletrouble?utm_medium=copy_link   Follow them on TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR7vsc78/
48:26
November 04, 2021
Ep. 7 Love is Organic?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we take a walk on the wild side with Taylor Sparks! On this episode she discusses: Why chemicals in personal products are detrimental to health; How lactose intolerance impacts your condom choice; Materials that the best sex toys are made out of; Natural alternatives to traditional erectile dysfunction options; Being responsible for your own happiness; and more! Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dHK8qwu1iTs Find all things Organic Loven at www.organicloven.com (USE EXCLUSIVE CODE LOVEIS10 to save 10% off your order!), and Subscribe to the sexiest podcast around at www.anchor.fm/sistersofsexuality Bio: Amongst many things, Taylor is a passionate erotic educator and sex goddess, certified in both holistic aromatherapy and human behavior.  With over a decade of experience in the natural skin care/cosmetics industry, Ms. Sparks launched OrganicLoven.com, one of the largest BIPOC owned online intimacy shops.  Organic Loven specializes in improving adults’ sexual health/wellness and enhancing their sex lives via their organic intimate body products, body-safe sex toy materials, sex-positive books and erotic educational seminars. Ms. Sparks’ expertise has contributed to articles in Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, Oprah, Shape, Women’s Health magazines and more.  Taylor has become renowned in the adult travel industry and is a powerful public speaker both nationally and internationally. Her flagship seminar entitled,” How To Make Good Pussy, Better”, is extremely popular and focuses on the benefits of organic intimate body products and body safe sex toys.  Social and environmentally conscious and a strong supporter in all things organic, natural and eco-friendly...including Love.
01:09:30
October 28, 2021
Ep. 6 Love is Fatherhood?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into fatherhood with Jamaal Peeples! On this episode we discuss: Expanding the perception of the black father; Raising daughters as a single father; The current dating scene for a single parent; and more! Watch this episode's interview on Youtube: https://youtu.be/LWD5WTdYEVo Bio: My name is Jamaal and I am the proud father for two little girls who live with me full time, Ayanna and Amanyi. I've been a single full time father since 2012. I started a blog because a couple of years ago, I went online to find other stories of Black men who raise their kids full time as single parents. And... ...I found zip. Zero. Nothing. Surely, there were other men out there like me who raise their kids full time. We all know the stereotypes of Black men as fathers. And this can be no further from the truth.  So, I started my blog to tell my stories. And in the couple years that I've been writing these blogs, I've found that my experiences are just like the single parent experiences of everyone else. Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/Single-Black-Dad-Jamaal-Peeples/dp/B088N7YX6J/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=single+black+dad&qid=1590626078&sr=8-1
40:33
October 21, 2021
Ep. 5 Love is Mutual?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this this week as we discuss men’s vulnerability. On this episode we discuss: Apprehension to share with women due to fear; Why it’s important to know if you need to listen or help problem solve; Can women be accountable for inducing these fears?; and more!
44:57
October 14, 2021
Ep. 4 Love is Honesty?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into the world of polyamory with Kiara and Eddie Ruff of RuffTalk! On this episode they discuss: The importance of buying your significant other an appliance; What polyamory brought into their marriage that monogamy lacked; The difference between polyamory, swinging, and open relationships; and more! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/GILwAplWNm0 Bio: We are the Ruffs, married for 9 years together for 10 and Poly for 5. We love differently than any other couple you've ever come across but we still manage to keep our foundation solid. Connect with them: https://drum.io/rufftalk247
59:50
October 07, 2021
Ep 3. Love is Strength?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast!   Join us this week as we get the history behind the best-selling couple's workout Strength of Seduction!   On this episode co-founder Daniel DiPiazza discusses the idea behind the hit collection, how working out together can strengthen couples, and what the future holds for the brand.   Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pZfxTkFdpL4 Daniel DiPiazza is a bestselling author, serial entrepreneur and martial artist living in Portland, Oregon.   The Strength of Seduction brand is his most recent project and it's specifically designed to help the Black community. You can learn more and order at www.strengthofseduction.com
40:56
September 30, 2021
Ep. 2 Love is Impenetrable?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast!   Join us this week as we discuss familial love and dedication with Chyrel Jackson & Lyris Wallace!   On this episode they discuss: Growing up as close siblings, Sisterly bonds through adulthood, The importance of black authors,  and more!  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/G_r-ZTUw3K8 Connect with them and find their products here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737046601 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0973C2VPJ    https://amzn.to/2VMCLNU    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1723998346 https://www.amazon.com/dp/BO7Y5SQN4T    https://www.facebook.com/DSOTSC    https://sistersrocnrhyme.com    https://meanmysister.blogspot.com    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0bFeDN3tzgYUpsg4hlxsaQ    https://twitter.com/chyrel_j?s=01    https://www.instagram.com/chyrelj.jac/   https://instagram.com/luvoreos50?igshid=169lnh0v6t2bv    https://www.facebook.com/lyris.wallace
54:09
September 23, 2021
Ep. 1 Love is Expectations?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss relationships and societal expectations! On this episode we discuss: Does the first date determine the trajectory of the relationship? Can a good personality make up for a cheap date? What do women bring to the table that mean are incapable of providing for themselves? and more! Follow us on Instagram @loveisblackpodcast Watch episodes on YouTube this season by subscribing to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiAuEZLZ8MrvuzpPgD_3iiA
54:03
September 16, 2021
Ep. 30 Love is Hindsight?
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we look back on the season of black love stories! On this episode we discuss: Major takeaways from each of our guests' stories; Updates on some of our couples since their episode aired; Our personal advice to young couples; and more! Watch us doing this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/zwor_wNkfHc Karese's blog on disparity in healthcare: https://airwaymatters.blog/2020/05/04/the-growing-disparity-and-poor-affordability-in-airway/ E&J's Opinionated Reality podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4K65a9UCLCQlQuuOoG48iC
01:11:02
July 15, 2021
Ep. 29 Love is Destined? Part Deux
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we regroup and delve into building deeper family bonds with our special guests, Marjorie and Vishnu Bhimsain!  They were so good the first time, we brought them back! On this episode, they discuss:  The effects of adoption on a ready-made family, The benefits of therapy during the adoption process, How marriage is tested during adoption  and more!  Marjorie and Vish were previously featured guests on Episode 4 of Season 2 (Love is Destined?). There they told us their love story, this time we delve into the dramatic change in their lives. 
01:05:44
July 08, 2021
Ep. 28 Love is Solid?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we dive into maintaining first love with Gabby and Tom!  On this episode they discuss:  Transitioning high school love into college love,  Navigating resistance to their interracial relationship,  Eloping out of the country,  and more! Follow them on Instagram, Youtube and TikTok: @gabby_and_tom
43:54
July 02, 2021
Ep. 27 Love is Bizness?
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we delve into the "Bizness of Marriage" with our special guests, Samuel and Tova Jones! That is also the name of their podcast, available at Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify.  A male checklist prior to marriage Seeing the essence of the other What not to do after marriage Learning how to communicate and grow during a pandemic And more! You can communicate with our guests on Instagram at @samjones0608, @tovajones. If you are interested in counseling go to @wisdomcentercounseling for more information on Instagram. You can join the discussion on the Facebook page @meandmrsjonestv.
01:18:52
June 24, 2021
Ep. 26 Love is Worthy?
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into black love and adoption with our special guests, Earl Adams and Kelvin Knuckles! On this episode they discuss: Discovering love in putting support behind each other's endeavors, Learning when you care about someone you invest in them, Creating family through fostering, Remembering to put each other first in love, and more!
01:10:28
June 17, 2021
Ep. 25 Love is Ours?
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we welcome our special guests Phillip and Amber White. On this episode, they discuss: Emotional barriers extending friendship with benefits Getting the color back into life Learning to lean on each other during a young marriage, childbirth, and the disparities of the medical system And more! Connect with them on Instagram and Facebook @blaqlove4life and congratulations to Phillip and Amber on their new website and e-book: www.blaqlove4life.com www.blaqlove4life.com/ebook
01:09:54
June 10, 2021
Ep. 24 Love is Smooth?
Welcome back to the Love Is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we discuss commitment and mental health with our special guests, Brittany and Donald Telfair! On this episode they discuss:  College love at Walmart, Moving after marriage, Breast cancer trials and thrivival, Grape juice vs. Moscato,  and more!  Follow them on social media @melanatedwithluv on Instagram
49:36
June 03, 2021
Ep. 23 Love is Connection?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we take a trip out of the friendzone with our special guests, E&J, hosts of the Opinionated-Reality podcast! On this episode they discuss: is it a good idea to date someone you work with? was E ever in the friendzone? who said those three little words first? how does our experience growing up affect relationships and parenting? and more! On Opinionated Reality, E and J bring to light their daily casual conversations. They question everything from why you're single to the importance of college. They use their podcast to raise questions and believe they have the answers, so they say, and that's their Opinionated Reality. You can find them on the gram at @opinionated_reality. If you want to see a glimpse of E & J living with their twins, check them out on YouTube @allthatjass.
59:01
May 27, 2021
Ep. 22 Love is Vulnerable?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive back in the well of the Laguerre family with Pierre Eddy Laguerre and Jacqueline Brutus-Laguerre. On this episode they discuss: Is prevention rejection? Realization of the best thing around; Adaptation to marriage after long-distance dating; Why marriage and safety don't mix; and more!
01:31:18
May 20, 2021
Ep. 21 Love is Like?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we delve into the secrets of maintaining an overall grade A marriage with our special guests, Reggie and Doreen Vail! On this episode they discuss:  The beauty of marrying while young and dumb,  Date night on a budget,  Overcoming the loss of a child and reentering parenthood,  and more!  To connect with Reggie on Instagram, follow @vailhousevisuals  To connect with Doreen on Instagram, follow @therealdoreenvail and on Facebook at Doreen Vail  Learn more: www.Doreenvail.net Download the song and find the coloring book: http://www.doreenvail.net/greatandiknowit/index.php 
01:19:10
May 13, 2021
Ep. 20 Love is Maturing?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we dive into the beauty and growth of queer love with our special guest Cee and Dee a.k.a. Lady Bois and Baby Boy!  On this episode they discuss:  How friendship became love, Dating while living together, Growing up together as a couple,  and more!  Be sure to follow this beautiful couple and their family on social media @ladyboisandbabyboy on Instagram and Facebook.
01:01:09
May 06, 2021
Ep. 19 Love is Natural?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss fresh and fast love with Mike and Adefunke. On this episode they discuss: Second chances Letting go of the past and respecting someone who overcomes past trauma Verbalizing your feelings for your significant other and more!
01:00:13
April 29, 2021
Ep. 18 Love Is Everything?
Welcome to the Love Is Black podcast! Join us this week as we hear another great love story with our guests, AV and Jan.  On this episode they discuss: How distance affects a potential relationship Dating does not have to be about finance, but spontaneity How long should a couple wait before starting a family and more!
56:20
April 22, 2021
Ep. 17 Love is Intentional?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss long-lasting love with our special guests, Clifford and Joselle Laguerre! In this episode they discuss: Platform shoes and floor-length furs being in style, The keys to having a long marriage, Challenges faced letting the family know they were getting married And more!
01:20:60
April 15, 2021
Ep. 16 Love is Progression?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into young love with our special guests, Aleca Davis and Kesley Remy! On this episode they discuss: Do actions really speak louder than words? Can a love last in secret? Does makeup to breakup lead to a long lasting relationship? and more!
01:19:47
April 08, 2021
Ep. 15 Love is Powerful?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss Blk love and empowerment with our special guests, Shannaine and Marchello Eans! In this episode they discuss: Finding love in NYC, The struggles of celibacy, The importance of displaying black love, and more! From our guests: "We're the EANS TEAM, a family of seven here in Dallas, TX. The two of us are educators and entrepreneurs. We spearhead a movement currently through our brand I LUV (BLK) apparel. Our mission is to propagate (BLK) love globally during a time where it's needed most. We make conscious attempts daily to inspire through our lifestyle. We can be found at @eansteam on IG and FBook. Also our site is www.EansTeam.com to join the movement."
01:21:57
April 01, 2021
Ep. 14 Love is Choice?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into the conscious choice to remain at your destination with our special guests Dr. Jameson and Herdyne Mercier! On this episode they discuss: Do you really have awareness of your classmates growing up? How the struggle was better than the peak, Can you love someone yet still want a divorce? and more!
01:23:32
March 25, 2021
Ep. 13 Love is Healthy?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss developing a healthy relationship with our special guests, Doug and Vanessa Cupid! On this episode they discuss: The friendzone that lasted years, What exactly hooking up means, How long can a situationship last before you speak up about what you want, and more!
01:00:01
March 18, 2021
Ep. 12 Love is Rhythm?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into a rhythm of love with our special guests Lin and Lavar! On this episode they discuss: Finding love in the club, Casual meetings of family, How they celebrated big moments, and more!
58:42
March 11, 2021
Ep. 11 Love is Deciding?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we go on a rollercoaster of emotions with our special guests, Andrae and Lysbeth Ricketts! On this episode they discuss: Exactly how early should one arrive at the airport to catch a plane? How praying in a car can get you in trouble, Pre-engagement counseling successes and failures, and more!
01:35:23
March 04, 2021
Ep. 10 Love is Balanced?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as our special guests make love look easy, in our conversation with Dr. Wesley Willis and Derrick Vaughan! On this episode they discuss: What happens after you slide into the DMs on Instagram, Long distance love and dedication, An epic announcement of their relationship, and more!
01:05:17
February 25, 2021
Ep. 9 Love is Resonating?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we delve into blending families and love later in life with our special guests, Dominque and Ray Lewis! On this episode they discuss: Learning to love yourself after heartbreak, Blending families, Developing the right pace for a new relationship, and more!
55:30
February 18, 2021
Ep. 8 Love is Winning?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dig into the secrets of a 25 year strong union with our guests, Erica and Billy Richardson! On this episode they discuss: Cafeteria love blossoming Why the Billy mobile was the place to be How to ignore external pressure on a relationship Reuniting after a breakup and difficult co-parenting and more!
01:06:55
February 11, 2021
Ep. 7 Love is Kismet?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we listen to another amazing love story featuring our guests, Vladimir and Nisha Laroche! On this episode they discuss: How a "setup" got them set up, A moment of realization about not repeating family patterns, Why friendship helps communication in a relationship, An unsurprising, yet surprising engagement, and more!
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February 04, 2021
Ep. 6 Love is Evolving?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss the evolution of our special guests' relationship, Justin Gilkes and Samia Penalver! On this episode they discuss: How Justin broke free from a long time in the friend zone, How their relationship survived long distance for years, Overcoming the struggles of juggling a career and a relationship, A dope ass time at Justin's a.k.a. J Gatsby's album release party and more!
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January 28, 2021
Ep. 5 Love is Faith?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss the complexity of love and marriage with our guests David Jr. and Karena Noel! On this episode they discuss: Love at first drunken blackout If you tell someone not to fall in love with you, does it work? Can you have a relationship where you talk and don't communicate? and more!...
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January 22, 2021
Ep. 4 Love is Destined?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss a love story with our special guests Marjorie and Vishnu Bhimsain! On this episode they discuss: How they found love in the club Can a career in nightlife negatively affect a relationship What was the key to their 20+ year longevity together and more! Follow DJ Mega a.k.a. Vishnu on Instagram @kingsbridgemusic  or  @djkingmega
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January 14, 2021
Ep. 3 Love is Theatrical?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we reveal some of our favorite black couples from film and television. On this episode we discuss: How does black love differ from film and television? What are our favorite black love stories? What couple tops our all time favorite list? Did Annaliese Keating ever commit a murder or did the writers just murder her black love story with Nate? and more!
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January 07, 2021
Ep. 2 Love is Reflective?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss the top 10 golden rules of manhood! On this episode we: Breakdown the "10 Golden Rules of Manhood" list Discuss whether a man should raise another man's child Get to the root of whether men are able to discern one woman from another when it comes to sex Reflect on the year 2020 and more!
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December 31, 2020
Ep. 1 Love is Merry?
Welcome to The Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we open season 2 with an introspective discussion on long distance relationships. On this episode we answer: What have we been up to since season 1 ended? How do we keep the spark alive when we are apart? Have we ever been in a long distance relationship? Does sexting get boring after awhile? and more!
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December 24, 2020
Ep. 30 Love is Patient?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss the virtue of patience! On this episode we discuss: What situations require patience from a partner? How can you display patience when combining homes? What are some tips to maintaining patience when blending families? What kind of relationships survive the struggle or the come up? and more!
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November 05, 2020
Ep. 29 Love is Reminiscent?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we get a bit nostalgic and chronicle our backstory. On this episode we explain: How we met Our journey into marriage and living together Why we bought our first home Our biggest challenges in that home and more!
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October 29, 2020
Ep. 28 Love is Settling?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we discuss the concept of settling in relationships. On this episode we answer: When you have been single too long, is settling an option? Does settling lead to a long marriage? Can you be happy if you settle? Does the men who are settled for feel secure in that position? and more! Article referenced: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/03/marry-him/306651/?fbclid=IwAR3RazQY4uQvIHOhB3lJIPkPLMQfGuqc6MSgEyFXBUbA_IEZDVSIiPQcuaU
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October 22, 2020
Ep. 27 Love is Camaraderie?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss the impact of friends on a relationship! On this episode we answer: When is a good time to introduce your significant other to your friends? What should you do when your significant other's friends don't like you? What should you do when you don't like your significant other's friends? Is it ever okay to date your friend's ex? and more!
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October 15, 2020
Ep. 26 Love is Oblivious?
Welcome to the Love is Black podcast! Join us this week as we discuss being the middle man/woman. On this episode we answer: Should you say something when you see a friend's significant other cheating? Does the messenger always get shot? Is posting your breakup on social media tacky or nah? Would we want to know if the other was cheating? and more!
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October 08, 2020
Ep. 25 Love is Therapeutic?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we get in depth about therapy with our guest, The NurseDoc, Dr. Wesley Willis! On this episode we get answers to: Is overcoming cheating healthy? Why is the black community hesitant to go to therapy? Has the events with BLM, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor affected black intimacy? What does "lifestyle medicine" mean? and more! Dr. Willis' bio: Wesley began his career with an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) with major in Nursing obtained from Central Alabama Community College in 2000.  He went on to earn a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) from Alabama State University (ASU) in 2002 and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from The University of Alabama in 2003.  Upon completion of his MSW, he moved to NYC to create a career bridging his Nursing & Social Work education.  The first part of his career was focused on administration and case management.  He obtained his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D) in 2009 from Argosy University at Arlington and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Herbert H. Lehman College in 2011.  Wesley is Board Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses; Case Management by The Commission for Case Manager Certification; Critical Care Nursing by American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; Board Certified Diplomat (BCD) in Clinical Psychotherapy by The American Board of Examiners (ABE).  He is licensed as a Registered Nurse, Clinical Social Work and Psychology in multiple jurisdictions.  Wesley was the 2013 recipient of the New York Black Nurses (NYBNA), Nurse of the Year Award; New York City Assemblywoman Inez Dickens – Community Service Award.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN) and Board of Directors for the New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers (NYSSCSW).  In 2010, Wesley founded RHIO Wellness…Reflective Healing & Inspiring Outcomes that he currently manages until today.  He is the Co-Founder of “Safe Hands,” an NGO in Nairobi, Kenya working to address the mental health and wellness of children and adults throughout Africa. Dr. Willis' website: www.TheNurseDoc.com
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October 01, 2020
Ep. 24 Love is Social?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss sweeping generalizations of men and women in relationships. On this episode we discuss: What 3 things annoy men about women What 3 things annoy women about men Do men have more collectively than "the audacity?" Do men marry for stability? and more! Link for post discussed:  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10214911588931128&id=1469963691&sfnsn=mo&extid=iiGbCB0JVXzfBNkH
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September 24, 2020
Ep. 23 Love is Combative?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we discuss fighting in relationships. On this episode we answer: Why do fights happen? What does it mean to fight fair? Is fighting good for a marriage? Does anybody ever win in a fight? and more!
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September 17, 2020
Ep. 22 Love is Within?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss self-love with our special guest La'Keisha "Coach Keisha" Haley. On this episode Coach Keisha answers: What is the difference between self-love and self-care? How can you be your own motivation? How can you better yourself in preparation for a relationship? How does self-love differ between men and women? What is the IF movement and how can it change our outlook? and more...
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September 10, 2020
Ep. 21 Love is Bond?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we delve into the uncomfortable topic of finances. On this episode we discuss: Important money topics to discuss at various stages of relationships Do your spending habits matter when you are dating? How do we really feel about prenups? Should couples have two separate bank accounts? Why is the topic of children a financial one? and more!
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September 03, 2020
Ep. 20 Love is Impactful?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive into the impact of childhood trauma on adulthood and relationships. On this episode we have a featured guest and expert on childhood trauma, Ereena George.  Ereena George is an International best selling author, speaker, facilitator, Life Coach and Counselor. This Brooklyn native was gifted with the ability to help others, in addition to, giving back, both inherited from her paternal grandmother. She has worked as a mentor and advocate for youth within her own community as well as several surrounding communities. Ereena holds a Bachelors degree in Child Advocacy & Policy from Montclair State University. She is a wife and proud mother of two children. Find her published works on her Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Ereena-George/e/B010W3Q6WK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 Get your FREE tickets to the Orgasmic Explosion Event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-bk-virtual-orgasmic-explosion-tickets-116290974435?aff=ebdssbeac
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August 27, 2020
Ep. 19 Love is Inquisitive?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discover how well we know, or don't know, each other. On this episode we answer: What cheers us up when we are sad? What do we like the most about each other? If we could bring back to life someone famous, who would it be? What are our biggest pet peeves? What one thing wouldn't we want to admit to anyone else? and more!
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August 20, 2020
Ep. 18 Love is Cancelled?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we delve into the topic of breaking up. On this episode we answer: What is our most memorable breakup? How should you communicate a breakup? Is ghosting wrong? Are you obligated to give an ex closure? Can one realistically be friends with their ex? and more!
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August 13, 2020
Ep. 17 Love is Demystified?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we talk about common misconceptions about marriage. On this episode we bust myths about: Does being married make you now a unit and no longer individuals? Does having children make your marriage stronger? Does getting married prevent problems with trust and infidelity? Should you want to change your spouse? Does getting married change them? and more!
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August 06, 2020
Ep. 16 Love is Simple?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we break down 7 simple tips for maintaining a healthy loving relationship/marriage. On this episode we discuss: The importance of picking your battles Being a supportive partner The importance of observation and taking mental notes Why getting out of the routine is good for the relationship The importance of occasional separation What is a #spouscation? How can you meet big life needs of your partner when compromise is not an option? and more!
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July 30, 2020
Ep. 15 Love is Complex?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we dive deep into the must have topics every couple should discuss. On this episode we answer: What topics are required conversations prior to committing to marriage or long term commitment? How do you handle a spouse changing their mind or views on one of those major topics? Is politics a deal breaker in our relationship? Does Harvey hate Jesus? Is it a good idea to check in with your partner about these issues periodically? and more!
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July 23, 2020
Ep. 14 Love is Entanglement?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us as we dive into the muddy conversation of August Alsina and Jada Pinkett-Smith's entanglement on this episode. During this episode we answer: Does revealing private matters make them any better? What should or shouldn't occur during a separation? Is unconditional love practical? Why does Harvey dislike Will Smith so much? and more!
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July 16, 2020
Ep. 13 Love is Feminine?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! On this episode of The Love Is Black podcast, we welcome a communication specialist, beautiful soul, and one of our favorite Laguerres: Joelle Laguerre to the show!  Joelle LaGuerre is an HR professional with over 15 years of experience in workplace learning and development. Currently, she serves as a freelance consultant and coach, specializing in leadership and career development. A student and practitioner of positive psychology, Joelle is passionate about helping individuals and organizations find and facilitate meaningful work. In addition to being an expert in communication, Joelle is an eligible bachelorette. She joins us on this episode to discuss the feminine perspective on dating in the culture. In this episode we answer: What are the challenges with online dating in this modern society? What are common communication issues that occur in a modern messaging era? Do men desire "easy" relationships? Should women prepare to date? Was Harvey a hoe in the past? and more!
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July 09, 2020
Ep. 12 Love is Languages?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss Dr. Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages. In this episode we answer: What are our love languages? Do they match up? Does having different love languages impact a relationship? Can your love language change with relationships? Which love language is for suckas? And more!
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July 03, 2020
Ep. 11 Love is Masculine?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! On this episode of The Love Is Black podcast, we welcome our first guest, Bertrand "Coach B" Ngampa. Mr. Ngampa discusses 1% Man, his manifesto that speaks to the kind of men we need in today's society and climate. We delve into the physical, mental, and financial attributes men need to perfect before they date. Betrand Ngampa is a best-selling author, speaker, coach, and high performance consultant with over ten years of experience. While serving in the US Armed Forces he won several awards. Ngampa has been featured on Thrive Global, Good Men Project, Thank You Heartbreak, Peridot Imagery, Medium, SickBizBuzz, True Toast Online Magazine, and the Washington Post. You can join Coach B's mailing list here to hear more and connect with him: http://eepurl.com/cYzOMX In this episode we answer: Should men be prepared prior to dating? Are there benefits to celibacy? How beneficial is therapy for a single man? We referenced: B Simone's Nick Cannon interview snippet: https://youtu.be/84U7LvTwmr4 
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June 25, 2020
Ep. 10 Love is Monogamy?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast!  Join us this week as we talk about cheating and infidelity. In this episode we answer: Which form of cheating is worse, emotional or physical? Who cheats more, men or women? Are statistics on cheating accurate? And more! Bonus life tip at the end ; )
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June 18, 2020
Ep. 9 Love is Consumation?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join as this episode as we discuss sex in marriage. In this episode we answer: Within marriage, who initiates sex more, men or women? How often should couples spice up their sex lives? Is porn for couples? Is masturbation cheating? and more!
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June 11, 2020
Ep. 8 Love Is Fornication?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! This week we're talking about sex and dating. In this episode we answer: Does Steve Harvey's 90-day rule matter when dating? To what degree does sex matter when dating? Is it important to know your partner's body count? What should you say after a bad sexual encounter?
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June 04, 2020
Ep. 7 Love Is Musical?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss our love of music in the culture. That's right, R&B, Hip Hop and Rap. In this episode we answer: Is it wrong to judge artists and their music in social media posts? Are #Verzuz battles a celebration or a competition? What artists would win in various hypothetical #Verzuz battles?
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May 28, 2020
Ep. 6 Love is Traditional?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss: traditions in dating, weddings and marriage. In this episode we answer: Should men have to be prepared to take care of a woman before attempting to date? Do traditional gender roles in relationships apply to current times? Are gender roles only for dating or do they evolve for marriage? What role does tradition play when raising children?
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May 21, 2020
Ep. 5 Love is Identity?
Welcome to the Love Is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss black identity. In this episode we answer: What does it mean to be black? How does your identity impact relationships? Are we comfortable in our blackness?
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May 14, 2020
Ep. 4 Love is Entertainment?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss black media and the portrayal of relationships on big screens. In this episode we answer: Where does the line come in when we consider the need for acceptance of black media? Is there enough range and character development in roles for black men? Does making media for the audience and not the industry produce the best quality of work? Are black relationships portrayed with enough balance between functional and dysfunction?
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May 07, 2020
Ep. 3 Love is Negotiable?
Welcome back to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss deal breakers and pet peeves.  In this episode we answer: Are deal breakers set in stone or can they be modified? What is the line between a pet peeve and a deal breaker? Can a pet peeve turn into a deal breaker? Does it matter if your family is not supportive of your relationship?
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April 30, 2020
Ep. 2 Love Is Variety?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss whether dating has changed in the 12 years since we were last on the scene. In this episode we answer: Is it more difficult for black women to date now-a-days than black men? How are dating apps like Tinder and Bumble changing the game? Has dating changed or have we?
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April 23, 2020
Ep. 1 Love Is Ageless?
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Join us this week as we discuss whether age ultimately matters in relationships. Harvey and Karese are 10 years apart in age, and often were asked in the beginning of their relationship about it. In this episode we answer: Has the age difference impacted their relationship? How has difference in age impacted past relationships? Is there any benefit to dating someone older/younger?
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April 16, 2020
Love is Black Trailer
Welcome to the Love is Black Podcast! Please join us weekly as we discuss love in the culture and go through various topics and issues that impact relationships. Love is many things, but this good love is black!
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April 14, 2020