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Black Love: The Interviews

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Black Love: The Interviews

Tommy Oliver, Codie Elaine Oliver, Black Love Podcast Network

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“Black Love,” from filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver, displays “the other side of love that exists, that no one is showing”. Focusing on real couples from all walks of life and celebrity couples, the docu-series shares honest, emotional and sometimes cringe-worthy always-true love stories. The couples talk about how their relationships began, the road to the altar, life after children and all of the other obstacles they may have faced to make their marriages stronger than ever. ...
 
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Carmen and Michael first met when they were both in highschool, and while they knew each other nothing really came from it. They sort of stayed in the same circles as both attended the other's wedding, but there was no sign that their love was in the cards. It wasn't until they had both separated from their spouses that their love story would begin…
 
When Diann first met Damon in 1995 it wasn't by chance. Damon's friends were insisting that he had to meet her. Now, it wasn't love at first sight or anything like that. What did come from it was a great friendship. Diann was a single mom and entrepreneur who was really trying to get things off the ground, plus every guy she found herself dating wa…
 
When Kakia and Adonis first met it was in a shared lunch space at the Google offices. A virtual friend request would soon turn to romance. In this 2015 interview for Black Love Doc Adonis and Kakia share what the path has looked like for them, how each other's family dynamics played in their relationship, and their tips for making it last. ========…
 
When Miriam first laid eyes on O'Neal he was walking off of an elevator with two large white poodles.... yeah fam, you read that right. In this 2017 interview for Black Love Doc, the two share how their love journey took them from being strangers, to acquaintances, to co-workers, to something more. What were the struggles that came with the blendin…
 
When actor Michael Beach first met his now wife Elisha, neither were looking for anything serious. Michael who was in his 40s had just gotten out of a marriage and had four children. He was using his newfound singleness to live his best life. Elisha, who was in her 20s at the time, was also casually dating and not looking to settle down. However, a…
 
CW: Substance Abuse Ricky Bell of New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe, and his now wife Amy had been running into each other for a while before they were formally introduced via a friend. However, they were nothing more than friends for a very long time. They went on a few dates here and there, but nothing much had sprung from it. It wasn't until a trip…
 
CW: Domestic Violence When asked about how their relationship began, Quincy joked that it’s “the longest one night stand in history.” He said their love is a “one night stand that turned into 21 years.” Quincy and Deondray's love journey started as the two men were working closely together on the same set, with Deondray as an actor and Quincy as hi…
 
Kandi first met Todd on the set of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was (of course) the talent and he was a producer, but everywhere she went Kandi kept hearing about just how cool Todd was. Granted she had no idea who Todd really was, but it was going around the set. After a chance hangout, the two quickly bonded and have been together ever sin…
 
Full disclosure - Codie and Thembi have been friends for a quick minute, but as the two of them are busy busy, it's always good to catch up! So let's get into it. Thembi Banks is a filmmaker, storyteller, wife, and mama. AND when she and Codie had this conversation she was getting ready to make her feature film directorial debut (after having C-19 …
 
Isa and Lizzy initially met while they were both working as models, but their love journey would pull them out of the modeling world and into being entrepreneurs. Listen in to this 2018 interview for Black Love Doc as Lizzy and Isa share just how soon they knew the other person was "the one" (you'll be surprised). Plus how their growing family shif…
 
While Karli and Ben had been in the same circles for a bit, she never figured that he would be "the one" at first sight. After a few dates and a random sickness in Los Angeles, things were all but determined. In this 2018 interview for Black Love Doc, #teamraymond share what their early long-distance relationship looked like, why marriage counselin…
 
Welcome Back BFFs! Codie first met Jessica through her husband. After watching their life through the lens of social media, she knew she had to have a conversation with them for Black Love Doc. Little did she know just how much she would connect with all the things that Jessica embodies. In this conversation, Jessica shares everything about her new…
 
When Travis first met Jackie, she was a college student and he had just graduated. He was an aspiring Gospel singer and she had a love for the Lord. In fact, the one thing that she knew she wanted in a partner, was someone who loved God wholly. Travis checked off that box for her. In this 2018 interview for Black Love Doc, Jackie and Travis share w…
 
Attorneys Goldie and Michael have very different how we met stories, but not because neither of them can remember it, but because it starts at different points. Here's the consensus: they're first conversation was in an out of the way dinner in Atlanta. Listen in to this 2017 interview from Black Love Doc to hear their dating journey. From a break …
 
Janessa would first lay eyes on Lanaya at a finance conference. There was definitely a spark, and due to the intervening of a mutual friend, she was able to actually meet her. The same friend also insisted on putting together a dinner for the three of them. It was from that point that their love story would begin. From dinner and drinks to texts th…
 
From radio to real estate Egypt and Mike's love journey has been anything but typical. Egypt had a hard time trusting Mike and Mike never gave up on trying to affirm Egypt. From problems with exes, to the building of a family, to working together, Egypt and Mike have found ways to navigate it all. Even though it isn't perfect, their love has guided…
 
When Codie's husband, Tommy Oliver, was tapped to direct the new Juice WRLD documentary "Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss" she self admittedly knew very little about the global superstar. However, she was quickly pulled into the world of the rapper and his story. As she came to know him she also wondered about his mother, Carmela Wallace, and her story. …
 
Todd and Alicia's 30 year love story started while they were both in high school. Todd just saw Alicia and knew he had to get to know her. After a brief dating period the two would quickly get married. However at 21 and 19 years old, neither truly knew what being married meant. Todd and Alicia had very different ideas as to what marriage looked lik…
 
CW: Abuse, Drug Use. This episode deals with heavy topics as noted in the content warning. Please do not listen to this episode if you find either of those topics triggering. --- April and Troy come from very different backgrounds. Troy was heavily involved in the drug game while April was involved in church. Even when everyone tried to convince Ap…
 
Shirley and Bernard's love journey started in 1963 in the height of the civil rights movement while they were both students at FAMU. Bernard always jokes that he an Shirley came together as she was getting out of jail. Both were active in the movement, but that was only a part of the story. In a love story that spans over half a century, the Kinsey…
 
Today Codie's New BFF is a mom, entrepreneur, speaker, curator, and brand marketer... Marty McDonald! Marty and Codie dive into making strides for their brands, family, and inner wellbeing before, during, and beyond the pandemic. Marty shares her journey as a mother building a brand and making strides in the face of adversity. Make sure you check o…
 
Richard and Tina have been friends for many years, each in there own marriages for majority of their friendship. When the marriage came to an end, Tina was in a place where she didn't know if she could find love again. Years had gone by and after rekindling their friendship, Richard and Tina started dating and eventually tied the knot. Tina struggl…
 
When it comes to the love story of Styles P and his wife Adjua, it's holds true that opposites attract. Adjua met Styles P while he was recording in the studio and from that moment they started a relationship that lasted 10 years before marriage. Over time, the two discovered that a difference in perspective does not have to cause a rift within the…
 
When Justine first met Rev Run they were both teenagers. He was performing at a Kurtis Blow concert and Justine and her friends went backstage to meet him. After a memorable evening, Justine reached out to Rev (who was just Joseph at the time) and while they talked for a bit, they eventually both went their separate ways. Who knew that years later …
 
Hey Friends! This week Codie has one of her actual good friends with her, Mel Jones! Mel is a multi-talented producer, writer and director who came into Codie's life after Codie made a lifechanging decision. In this conversation Codie and Mel go deep about Mel being adopted, raising a child as a single mother in the film industry, and what Mel has …
 
In this 2017 interview Kirk and Tammy Franklin tell us the story of how they met and what it was like to combine not only their perspectives on what they wanted their marriage to look like, but their parenting styles as well. Throughout their love story, the Franklins noticed that they were somehow always a part of each other's lives and with Kirk …
 
Actors Sterling K Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe almost seemed destined to be together. They were born in the same hospital, grew up in the same city, ended up at the same university for undergrad and grad school! So how exactly did their love story come to be? Listen to this 2018 interview from the second season of Black Love Doc to hear how two pe…
 
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and today Codie has two people near and dear to her heart who have been affected by such. Porsha Summerville, Codie's long time friend from their time at Howard, lost her son Josiah at seven months old. It was this loss that motivated Codie into searching for resources for not only her, but other…
 
Devale and Khadeen have known of each other since they were kids. However, it wasn't until they were both getting ready to depart to college that either of them, well Khadeen, made the first move. Devale and Khadeen having been riding hard for each other ever since, and there have been some low lows. In this 2017 interview for the second season of …
 
The one and only Anita Baker was the original matchmaker in Grant and Tamia's love story. It was during a reception for Isiah Thomas where Ms. Baker would start inquiring as to why Grant was single. She would soon do the same to Tamia at the Lady of Soul Awards. From there the two would have another chance meet-up via a phone call and soon the two …
 
Hey Friends! Codie is back with a whole new season of My New BFF! Today Codie starts off the season with someone who is a veteran both in front of and behind the camera and is an all-around Marketing Guru. You might’ve caught her conducting interviews with Essence, XO Necole, and The Recording Academy to social justice pieces for BET. It is the one…
 
Don first met Tanya while she was working in a medical office. He was there for a visit, but was smitten by Tanya. Don insists Tanya was being fresh with him, Tanya insists she was just doing her job. From sickness, to emotional cheating, military deployment, and homelessness Tanya and Don's relationship has been through it all. All the while, they…
 
The first time Shaun saw Rai they were in teenagers in Sunday school. He was 16 and she was 15 and they were both dating someone else, but they knew that they had a crush on each other. Neither of them could have predicted being together for the rest of their lives. How did Rai and Shaun go from a first date at a Taco Bell, to college sweethearts, …
 
2x Super Bowl Champion Aaron Ross and Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross first met as students at the University of Texas-Austin. While we wouldn't call it love at first sight, it was definitely like at first sight! 17 year old Sanya wasn't going to take any chances. She walked up to Aaron and asked him out on a date and the rest was history…
 
Film director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Caple Jr was first introduced to costume designer Ciara Whaley through a photo her cousin showed him. It was 2004 and they were both in high school at the time, but he knew two things: first, she was baaad. Second, he had to find a way to meet her. Their love story would begin after a chance meeting …
 
In 1982 21 year old Jo-Ann Turman was sitting in Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles eating a combo number 9 when 34 year old actor Glynn Turman first laid eyes on her. Jo-Ann knew exactly who Glynn was, but also thought that he was a married man and wanted nothing to do with him. After Glynn set the record straight (in an unforgettable way) Jo-Ann knew he …
 
Rebecca and Jai first met while Rebecca was a student at Howard University and while they never dated, they always seemed to find themselves in the same circles. 10 years would pass and chance meeting at a pool party would bring them back into each other's lives. After one long brunch later, Jai and Rebecca would find themselves talking to each oth…
 
When actors Rochelle and CJ first met in 1998 it was just in passing as two students attending the same college in New York. Their love story wouldn't truly begin until over a decade later when they would reconnect in Los Angeles as they both were pursuing their dreams. An overly awkward first date didn't make the situation any easier. After CJ rea…
 
Mark and Julie met in the church but Julie wasn't paying any attention to Mark. Both were coming back to the church and both really wanted to be married after they had experienced failed marriages. After two years, and a ride in an old '65 Cadillac, Julie and Mark would start dating. Their early relationship was uneventful, but Mark was hiding a se…
 
When they first met neither Eddie nor Taj were ordinary people. Eddie was a star running back for The Ohio State University and Taj was 1/3 of R&B group SWV. Their first meeting in 1994 Taj didn't give Eddie the time of day. Their second meeting in 1995 didn't fair much better. What did it take for these two to finally come together and what hardsh…
 
When Bobby and Danelle first met in 1984 they both were smitten with each other. Even though they were both only 19, they knew that the love they shared was something special. However, their relationship would come to a screeching halt when Bobby's father found out that his son, a white man, was dating a Black woman. Soon after that, Bobby and Dane…
 
When actors Gillian White and Michael Jai White first met at a party they knew that they liked each other but neither were ready to pursue a relationship. Instead the two would become friends and would keep in touch throughout the years. In this 2018 interview from the second season of Black Love Doc, Michael shares how an unfortunate experience wi…
 
Hi friends! This week Codie's new BFF blew her mind from the moment she met her because of her high energy and loving spirit. She is an entertainer, author, former adult actress, transgender woman and the star of the TS Madison Experience on WeTV - TS Madison! And y'all TS Madison kept it 💯 for real. Listen in as TS Madison gets vulnerable about he…
 
When D.L. first laid eyes on LaDonna he knew that he was going to marry her, but first he had to convince her to talk to him. From their early beginnings working at the LA Times to his rise in comedy and the building of their family, nothing has come easily or without conflict. In this 2018 interview from the second season of Black Love D.L. and La…
 
Ashley Chea has been a BFF of Codie's for a while, but there is one topic that they have never sat down and truly talked about - Grief. Too often people don't realize how grief has intertwined with their everyday lives. Or, people are too afraid to talk about it because of the pain involved with remembering someone we lost. Listen in as Codie and A…
 
Mike and Robin met each other in their childhoods and neither could stand the other. So how did that turn into a long lasting marriage? In this never broadcast 2017 interview, Robin and Mike share what it was like growing up with each other but never really knowing each other, the MOVE organization, and how Mike's parent's being in prison since he …
 
When is the time to walk away and when is the time to commit? Vanessa knew that she liked Chris, but he wasn't ready to commit. How did their early days of working together blossom into a (at the time) 10 year marriage? In this 2016 interview from the first season of Black Love Doc Vanessa and Chris share their love story and the ups and downs that…
 
Influencers, entrepreneurs and sisters; enter Mattie James and Maya Elious! Mattie and Maya have both built separate phenomenal careers and are just getting started. In this episode, Mattie and Maya give the inside details about how they started, what they continue to struggle with now, and of course, tell us who taught them the most about love. Th…
 
When Melissa and Allessandra first met at Georgetown, they didn't care for each other. Little did they know that their paths were destined to cross again. Years later Allessandra and Melissa would find themselves working for the same non-profit and 6 hours plus 175 questions would (unbeknownst to them) be the beginning of their relationship. From t…
 
cw: sexual trauma Today Codie's New BFF is an unapologetic sexologist, and organizer who is constantly exploring the intersectionality of sexuality and social justice: Michelle Hope! In this conversation Michelle gets real about growing up in the catholic church, the truth behind hyper sexualization, and how to talk sex with the people you love. Mi…
 
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