Showing posts with label Brown Love Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brown Love Stories. Show all posts

The Quirky Things That Couples Love About Each Other

October 07, 2015
Black Love | The Quirky Things That Couples Love About Each Other
If you are an ooey-gooey romantic like me, you probably love reading about other people's love stories. Unfortunately, the love stories that are streamed from Hollywood are all about one specific type of couple, a type of couple category that most of my readers don't fit into (yeah, I'm looking at you Nicholas Sparks). Well, today you are in luck! I have an ongoing series called Brown Love Stories that features everyday brown couples and their quirky relationships. Check out the quirky things that these couples love the most about each other:
Black Love | The Quirky Things That Couples Love About Each Other
Bryanda & Matt (that's us!)
Bryanda: Matt has an alterego named Quick Flash, based off of the superhero Quick Silver in X-Men Days of Future Past. When he "turns" into Quick Flash, he is literally in his own little super world. Also, he goings longboarding in a motorcycle helmet.
Matt: Bree adds up every digit she sees until it equals a single digit (example: 709= 7+0+9=16= 1+6= 7) and her lucky numbers are 7, 9 and 4, especially from 13 (1+3=4). She is also always randomly twerking and making up songs in our house. It's not provacative or anything, but it's funny and I like it.

Black Love | The Quirky Things That Couples Love About Each Other
Danielle & Shel: Read Their Love Story
Danielle: He likes to pull pranks. His favorite is the sneak attack - when he carefully creeps up and startles me. He thinks it’s very funny.

Shel: Anything can make her cry - news stories, movies, puppy commercials, etc. It’s weird but cute at the same time.

Kriselle & Darell: Read Their Love Story
Kriselle:  I will do or say something really cheesy but sometimes Darell will go along with it and sometimes do it too! He works very hard to portray a certain image to the outside world that when he acts in these ways with me I almost fall in love with him more because it's different than how he normally is. He continues to surprise me every day.

Darell: Surprisingly she eats a lot despite her small size.

Black and Brown Love is Revolutionary (Guest Post)

September 09, 2015
Black Love | Quirky, Brown Love
Written by Jelisa Jay Robinson of Black Girl, Latin World

There is something about Black and Brown love that makes moves me. Perhaps, it is because I was always told to watch out for "those" people growing up. In the 9th grade, when you are the only Morenita girl in the Mexicana group, you see the truth in your loved ones warnings first hand.  Back-handed racist comments from can run wild in that situation.  Harsh comments about your hair, skin and culture surface.  And the sentiments run both ways: I've heard some pretty prejudice stuff come out of the mouths of Black people about Brown people too.

Let me clarify what I mean by "Black".  I am fully aware that there are Black Latin@s but for the purpose of this narrative Black is "African American".   "Brown" refers to non-black Latin@s. Now, that we have that out of the way...back to the narattive.

 In my high school's lunchroom, the division between was evident.  Sure, Black folks and Brown folks inteacted a bit in the classroom, but the lunch room was a version of Mean Girls that Tina Fey did not write.  The Brown kids met up on the south side of the room and the Black people were on the north side. I, and a few others, disrupted all of that by hanging out with whatever group we wanted to. Our pioneering ways were met with resistance from our respective communities and sometimes the communities we were trying to be a part of.

Black and Brown love is a revoluntionary act because Black and Brown people are stratigically divided. That division is lurks in  the hidden histories of Afrolatinidad and silencings of the shared connections that we have throughout history. I've been on dates with Mexican American guys who have yet to learn about African roots in Mexico.  Accident?  I think not.

Brown Love Stories: Tamara and Nathan

July 29, 2015
I am honored to introduce to you Tamara and Nathan. You may recognize Tamara from her popular blog and shop, Baydian Girl, her blogging network, Caribbean Girls Who Blog or perhaps from her articles on the Huffington Post. Tamara and Nathan have known each other since their freshman year of college. Please enjoy the wonderful and quirky-cool story of their love below!
1. Names (His and Hers) 
Nathan Sykes and Tamara Holder
2. Ages ( His and Hers) 
25 and 24
3. Length of relationship
3 years collectively
4. How did you two meet?
We met during his freshman orientation while we were playing a game of Capture the Flag.
5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
Since the quirks are what make you unique, we'd say that being complete opposites in personality, race, profession and culture sets our relationship apart. Nate is from Pittsburgh, PA where he grew up in a close-knit community and excelled in sports. In high school, he was a jock and he recently completed his college degree in Sports Management/Business. Tamara, on the other hand, grew up in Bridgetown, Barbados and migrated to the US. She was a tomboy and a nerd and not really interested in sports. Currently pursuing her MBA, she has a passion for fashion. Overall, our relationship is unique because we embrace our differences and support each other despite of them. What's even cooler is we have the similar names. His is Nathan and my middle name is Natania, which is derived from his name.
6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him? 
He is extremely good at financial discipline. It's quite intimidating actually.
7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
She changes her hair every month, literally.
8. What will the back cover or your love story read.
Second Chances.

Make sure to check out Tamara on her blog and shop, Baydian Girl and to follow both Tamara and Nathan on social media!
Tamara: Instagram | Twitter
Nathan: InstagramTwitter

The Festival That Celebrated Black Love in San Francisco

July 22, 2015
The first annual Black Love Festival was held this past weekend in San Francisco...and it was beautiful. 

The goal of the festival was to call "for international recognition of the importance of self-care, self-healing, respect for one another and collective efficacy in the black community.”

The festival featured live music, spoken word and art from local artists in the Bay Area. People from all over poured love into the cause, supporting the festival's tagline, "Using Love As Liberation".

You should already know how I felt when I heard about this festival. I smiled from ear to ear. 

Make sure to help this festival grow by supporting it on social media.

Brown Love Stories: 3 Things I Learned About Love (Guest Post)

July 16, 2015
We find love in the most unexpected places, in the most unexpected ways, at the least expected times.
All the quotes you see about strength, and pain, and love are true. Once you let go and let God, all things are possible. Put your faith and your hands in God and watch what happens. Your tears, your calls, and your prayers do not go silent. If it something He has also wanted for you, He will give it to you. Not on your time, but on His, which is always, always, always right on time. I often find myself asking, “How did I come from such a place of pain, turmoil, heartbreak, a place of consistent unhappiness, to being with the man I have always dreamed of in such a short span of time?” Here are the three things that I learned:
 1. God's plans are always bigger and better. I went to West Africa summer of 2014 with the goal in mind that I would improve myself as a travel and portrait photographer, teach photography, and immerse myself into a new country while meeting new people. Little did I know that this trip would end up mainly being a trip for personal discovery, personal growth and for personal relationships. Around the same time that I decided that I was going to be traveling to Senegal and The Gambia, I was connected with my husband to be on Facebook. We have mutual friends; his best friend is my close friend’s husband. Once I arrived to The Gambia, it was his family who took me in and gave me a place to stay during my one-month stay. It was he who helped me throughout my whole trip, taking me to the places I needed to visit to get the photos I wanted to capture, to learn about the history, and to make sure I was okay. We clicked the first day we met. Despite language differences (English is his second language; English was my best subject in school), we just get each other. I feel safe and comfortable with him, and we know how to have fun together and make each other laugh and smile. Everything after that was a whirlwind, but I can say we are both truly happy seeing all of this was a part of God’s plans.
 2. You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Long distance in any relationship is hard, but it is even harder with an immigrant spouse. I have witnessed the hardships of having a long distance and cross-cultural marriage but now it is my turn to experience it. The struggle is so much better with the right companion and support system by your side, who can be there for you if not physically, then spiritually. It is a simple feeling that just automatically gives you strength when the love is mutual and reciprocal. All I knew was that I wanted to be with a good man who understands me, who lets me be myself, who mutually wants a happy, adventurous, monogamous, and long lasting marriage, where we also build up each other to be a better version of ourselves. To find him halfway across the world in a country I barely knew anything about was very unexpected but I’ll take it!
 3. Lessons are always to be learned, every day. There is always room to grow. Every person is not perfect, but the right person is perfect for you. There is a reason why the one you are meant to be with is called your other half. The older you get, the smaller your circle gets. This is something you grow to realize as you move through the different chapters in life. Be careful who you trust and who you talk to. It is so easy to go from telling too many people about your relationship, to not enough people learning about your relationship. Not everyone will understand your relationship. It is manageable, especially in today’s world of social media. If you don’t remember anything else from this post… Be open to love, expect the unexpected, and be patient. If you are truly ready for love, and you love yourself, you will not know which direction it will come, your responsibility is to just be prepared.

Atlanta based photographer and travel blogger

Brown Love Stories: Drea and Von

June 03, 2015
Hello, everyone! Meet the wonderful Drea from So She Writes and her husband, Von. I came across this couple after visiting Drea's awesome beauty and lifestyle blog! What a beautiful example of black love. Check out their love story below. Enjoy!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Drea and Von

2. Ages ( Hers and His) 
29, 37

3. Length of relationship 
11 years, married 4 (on March 19, 2011)
4. How did you two meet?
Drea: We met at a football game my senior year of high school. Von says he was there lookinglike a million bucks, so I suppose his good looks swept me off my feet lol.He was there to see his cousin play, one of whom I was friends with. I knew of him... I had heard his name a lot around the way (which piqued my interest), but I had never met him personally. He was tall, had long hair, and was so charming. I played it off like I wasn't checking for him, but gave him my number anyway. After lots of talking back and forth on the phone and meeting up with each other, we started dating.

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique?
Drea: We are complete opposites. He likes to ride horses, play basketball, and watch the History Channel in his spare time. I on the other hand, don't even know how to dribble a basketball or ride a horse lol. Our hobbies and livelihoods are very different, but we always seem to find a middle ground. He watches K­Drama with me from time to time, and I host watch parties for game night with his friends.
Von: Exactly. We have each other's backs, but in different ways. [Drea] is definitely more verbal when it comes to letting people know what the deal is. I'm more easy­going. It takes a lot to get me worked up.
Drea: Von definitely keeps me grounded. He's always as cool as a fan.
6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him?
Drea: He is very observant and analytical. He can be completely quiet in a room and observe everything that's going on with everyone. Later he can give you the full scoop about who said what, who did what and how everyone was interacting with each other. And everyone that meets him thinks he's so shy. And don't watch a movie with him... He will point out every inconsistency, from the setting to the writing. I'm so used to it now, I just roll my eyes like "okaaayyy." Babe let's just enjoy the movie. Haha.

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her?
Von: She has a strange shopping habit­­­she can never have too many books or tubes of lipstick.Yeah, she has books and makeup everywhere. Lol. And she wants to know everything about everything­­very curious. If someone mentions something she doesn't know about, she is on her phone [google] to figure it out. If there is a book out about something she's interested in­all out of the blue, she has to read the book ASAP. And will spend all her free time reading the book until she's finished. She already reads so many books about so many different things as it is. She's random and eclectic. And I love it.
8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure?
Drea: During my freshman year at WSSU, Von and I had the bright idea to go to Myrtle Beach for Valentine's Day (mind you, the beach is our favorite place to be). Nevermind the fact that we were scheduled for some pretty horrible weather. Needless to say, we went down to the beach and had a ball. On our return to Winston, however, we got stuck in a crazy snowstorm. He was stuck with me for a couple of days, had to call out from work and everything. The roads were a mess and I thank God we made it back to Winston safely. It's ironic how we tried to escape bad weather by traveling to the beach, and got caught out there in the eye of it. Looking back on it now, I realize how dangerous that could have been.

9. What will the back cover or your love story read?
Drea: Our love met somewhere between a Tupac CD and a 90's slow jam. (That's good and cheesy, isn't it? Lol)
Von: Through all of the hustle and struggle, we made it. And we will continue to make it, with God leading the way.

Make sure to check out Drea's blog, as well as to follow her on social media!

Brown Love Stories: Stephen and Ayesha Curry

May 07, 2015
One of our favorite young NBA 'celebrity' couples is Stephen and Ayesha Curry. Matt made me put 'celebrity' in quotations because he actually grew up with the Currys and Ayesha was a good friend of his sister. Nonetheless, Stephen, Ayesha are adorable and I am excited to share with you this amazing family!
Stephen and Ayesha met in their church youth group in Charlotte, NC and had been dating since 2008. They spent their first date together running around Hollywood, where Ayesha lived to pursue acting and Stephen visited for a basketball camp. Years later, Stephen proposed to Ayesha at his parents house, the site of their first kiss, and they married in the summer of 2011. Now, the couple has a beautiful daughter, Riley and have another baby on the way in a few months!

Watch this couple for a few minutes, and you'll have no doubt that they were meant for each other. They both have an interesting sense of humor and appreciate each other's quirks.

You Won't Believe How This Couple is Spending Their Engagement Year...

April 14, 2015

Straight out of a movie, I'd stay, only this is real life. 

When you think of the engagement year, you most likely think of planning a wedding, bachelor/bachelorette parties and updating your friends and family online about the events leading up to your big day. I'm right there with you on that train of thought. Therefore, when I heard that a couple was having an engagement tour, I did not know what to expect.

My first thoughts when I saw the picture above: Is this a movie? What is an engagement tour?

Meet Antoine Kinch and his beautiful bride-to-be, Shaunte Otey. This couple is the prime example of quirky, brown love. Antoine and Shaunte are both 37, both engineers and both have a love for travelling. Therefore, they could think of no better way to spend their year before marriage touring the world to party and gather with their friends. As self-proclaimed "nomads" this couple's engagement is fitting of their adventurous personalities.

Where are they going and where have the gone?
The couple has been partying it up in Milan, Munich, Prague, Paris, China, oh and of course both coasts of the USA. In each location, they only spent a max of 2 nights before continuing on the the next location.

Why this couple is so amazing
I am personally so happy that this couple's engagement year has received lots of recognition, including from The Root and other publications. So many people are under the impression that Black people don't travel or are too afraid to travel, so it is so refreshing to see thing couple in love touring the world.

Want to travel vicariously through the Kinch's? Follow their hashtag #TeandToine on Twitter!

What do you think of this couple's engagement tour?

Brown Love Stories: Danielle and Shel

March 12, 2015
I am honored to introduce to you Danielle and Shel. You may recognize Danielle from her popular blog, Elle in Bloom. Danielle and Shel have known each other for over 20 years and have been married for 2 years. What a beautiful example of black love. Please enjoy the wonderful and quirky-cool story of their love below!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Danielle & Shel

2. Ages (Hers and His) 
36 & 37

3. Length of relationship 
We’ll celebrate our second wedding anniversary on March 15th. 

4. How did you two meet? 
We first met in the fall of 1996 through a mutual friend. We were young but had an instant bond and connection.  
5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
We’re complete opposites! I’m sensitive and idealistic while he’s analytical and practical. Yet that uniqueness between us draws us to each other, I think. We balance each other out.

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him?
He likes to pull pranks. His favorite is the sneak attack - when he carefully creeps up and startles me. He thinks it’s very funny.  
7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
Anything can make her cry - news stories, movies, puppy commercials, etc. It’s weird but cute at the same time.

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure?
At our wedding, the DJ played the wrong song for our first dance. For a minute we just stood and stared at each other (haha) but we let it flow and made light of it!

9. What will the back cover or your love story read? 
Meeting was fate. Becoming friends was a choice. Falling in love was beyond our control.

Make sure to check out Danielle's blog as well as to follow her on social media!

Brown Love Stories: Bianca and Ja'corey

March 10, 2015
I am excited to introduce to you an amazingly cool couple, Bianca, the writer behind Elle B Styles, and her mate, Ja'corey. Bianca and Ja'corey met during a physics class in high school and have been together for 6 years! What a beautiful example of black love. Please enjoy their story!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Bianca & Ja'corey

2. Ages (Hers and His) 
23 & 25

3. Length of relationship 
6 years in September

4. How did you two meet? 
Physics class in high school. Ja'corey sat next to me and would copy my answers :)
5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
I think our silliness and ability to be absolutely free with each other makes us unique. We're COMPLETELY open and comfortable around each other, sometimes too comfortable. We're goofy and take risks in our relationship. I am completely out of the box and Ja'corey is the exact opposite. My mind is always racing and thinking about crazy things that we can do and he keeps me grounded.

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him? 
He adds sugar to everything! He is literally eating his way to diabetes and it drives me crazy! We're working on cutting down the sugar though.

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
She doesn't like her food to touch and she takes a LOT of selfies.

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure? 
I don't think we have just 1 single "quirky" moment. We're very goofy people so there's multiple moments everyday. All I can say is that there's never a dull moment in our house.

9. What will the back cover or your love story read. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Make sure to check out Bianca's blog as well as to follow her on social media!

Brown Love Stories: Ashley and Darek

March 06, 2015
Hello, everyone! Meet the wonderful Ashley from FabEllis and her husband, Darek. I came across this couple after visiting Ashley's amazing beauty, fashion, natural hair and everything else that is 'fabellis' blog! What a beautiful example of black loveCheck out their love story below. Enjoy!
1.  Names (His and Hers)
 Darek & Ashley

2.  Ages (His and Hers)
29 & 28

3.  Length of Relationship 
2 Years & 6 Months

4.  How did you two meet?  
We actually met online.  Darek sent me a message months before to which I ignored and later, when I ran across his profile again, I liked his pictures and what he said about himself so I sent him a message.

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique?  
What makes our relationship "quirky" is we are both artists.  I love to write and he enjoys music and graphic art.  It allows for our relationship to be very creative and we're also able to give each other feedback on our projects.  As a blogger, my husband is a huge help to me whether it's being a DJ or designing images for projects.

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him?  
He prefers just cooked food to not be put in the refrigerator.  He also prefers to reheat items in the oven versus the microwave.

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her?  
The shower head always has to be facing down because I'm taller than her and towels have to be color coordinated.

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure?  
It would be during our honeymoon in Las Vegas when we met the Michael Jackson impersonator from the MJ Live Show at Rio.

9. What will the back cover or your love story read? 

Don't forget to check out Ashley's blog, as well as to follow her on social media!

Brown Love Stories: Tiffany and Joe

March 02, 2015
Hello, everyone!  I am excited to present to you a wonderful couple that I have had the pleasure of interviewing, Tiffany and Joe. I met Tiffany through BLMGirls and through her lifestyle blog, taste{FULL}. Their love story is one of true fate and perseverance. What a beautiful example of interracial love. I hope that you enjoy their story as much as I did!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Tiffany and Joe DeLangie

Brown Love Stories: Carissa and Darrick

February 18, 2015
Joyous day, everyone! I am honored to introduce to you the amazing couple, Carissa and Darrick. You may know Carissa from her insanely popular and inspirational blog, The Green Eyed Lady. I am so happy that I got the chance to sit down and interview their love story. What a beautiful example of black love. Hope that you enjoy!

1. Names (Hers and His) 
Carissa and Darrick

2. Ages ( Hers and His) 
Carissa is 30 and Darrick is 38
3. Length of relationship 
We have been together total of 6 years, and on May 26, 2015 we will celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary

4. How did you two meet? 
Darrick and I have known each other all our lives literally. We grew up together in the same church. But we started talking via Facebook…he sent me a message complimenting me on my blog and we hit it off from there. 

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
Our friendship…we truly are the best of friends!! We love to laugh and joke with each other, and during the hardest times these are the things that keep us going. 

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him? 
Darrick loves jalapeño peppers on EVERYTHING! If he falls asleep when we are talking he wakes up and apologizes…every time! His hats and shoes have to match…so whatever color his hat is, he has on the matching shoes. 

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
Carissa doesn’t like for her feet to be touched, she never has on matching socks unless she is wearing a pair of mine.
8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure? 
Darrick and I started off pretty quirky…we were talking on the phone before we went on our first date and we talked about meeting at Applebees for dinner and drinks. We discussed two locations, and the time to meet (not sure why I didn’t tell him to pick me up). So when I got to the restaurant I walked in and looked around the restaurant, I didn’t see him so I called and asked him where he was he said he was sitting at the bar. I told him I didn’t see him, he said Im sitting right here when you walk in. Something told me to ask him which location he was at, and he was at one location and I was at the other. He told me to sit there and he would be on his way. So I am often reminded of going to the wrong restaurant on our first date. 

9. What will the back cover or your love story read. 

Friends Forever…Lovers for Eternity 

Make sure to check out Carissa's blog, as well as to follow her on social media!

Brown Love Stories: Shamiya and Tevin

February 13, 2015
Hello everyone! I am excited to introduce to you an amazingly cool couple, Shamiya, the writer behind Miya Loves, and her husband, Tevin. Shamiya and Tevin have been together since Shamiya was in middle school and have been happily married for 3 years! What a beautiful example of black love. Please enjoy their story!

1. Names (Hers and His) 
Shamiya and Tevin

2. Ages ( Hers and His) 
21 and 23

3. Length of relationship 
8 Years
Us on Christmas eve night, TIRED! Worn Out!
4. How did you two meet? 
We lived in the same apartment community for 3 years and never once saw eachother until the 3rd year.  
He would come and meet his cousin at my bus stop..(I was in the 8th grade and he was a 9th grader) Eventually we started hanging out with the same people.

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
We have been together since we were 14, so we have grown up together, we have changed together.. We got married 3 years ago and we continue to grow with one another.We love to be funny ! We literally chase eachother around the house some days. Or we race eachother upstairs lol we are just weirdos who like to have a beer together and be laid back and comedic with each other. 

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him? 
Don't let this dude get the remote because he's either going to turn to FLIX,FX,FXX & He WILL watch the same movie like 3 times and say "I missed the ending.".or... "I missed the middle".or... "I missed the first 20 seconds"
The day we got married. My hair was a MESS after straightening it - I was a mess and he's being a goofball.
7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
She won't let me clean up! She's a stay at home mom and I work..If I try to straighten up the house she will most likely tell me "stop cleaning! I'll do it! This is what I do here!" It's our house but she's the Queen of the castle!

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure? 
This story could probably be rated R. A couple years back, we went to a resort with a few of his family members. We weren't paying for the resort so we actually had to share one small room with them. I was 19 years old so this was before I got pregnant so I was worried about me,myself and I! When we got to the resort it was beautiful! We started drinking and eventually me and Tevin started to argue and disagree with eachother because he thought me and his older brother were being too "turntup". So anyway, we argued.. I ended up getting SO drunk that I was walking around the resort by myself-mad. That could have been a disaster in itself. Eventually, I ended up falling asleep on a pool chair LOL. This was a big resort so I'm pretty sure 1,000 people saw me sleeping at 7-8pm. After a while my husband found me and we ended up making up. We went back down stairs to the pool/beach and we were the only ones out there. It ended up being sooo romantic and RATCHET!  We ended up going into one of those enclosed gazebo's and having the time of our life in that damn gazebo! We sat out on the beach and watched the water. We put our feet in the pool and talked. It was literally the most romantic, ratchet, fun, wild night of my life & obviously he enjoyed the night as well! 
Us 3 years ago when we got married on Feb 3rd 2012.. It was pretty chaotic (my hair & makeup) but we made it through.
9. What will the back cover or your love story read.
Me: What would the back cover of our love story say?
Him: ::Pelvic thrusts:: ... hm, I don't know.... "The Chosen Ones"??

..I guess it would say "The Chosen ones"

Make sure to check out Shamiya's blog as well as her social media sites.

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