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The Short Version: There’s so much advice out there; it can be challenging to find something that speaks to your unique situation. For educated, cultured black women, that’s where BlackLoveAdvice.com comes in. The blog creates content for those who want honest advice that can show them how to live their best life. In addition to articles, BlackLoveAdvice also features high-quality videos designed to inspire, enlighten, and even add a little humorous levity to the ups and downs of dating. Readers often engage with each other on social media as well, creating a close community of supportive black women to lean on. BlackLoveAdvice is an ideal place for helping black women learn how to get into the relationships they deserve.
Dating can be difficult for everyone, no matter one’s gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. However, black women often find that dating can be more difficult for them. Jasmine Diaz, professional matchmaker and dating strategist for a client list that is 95% black and 85% women, talks about this phenomenon:
“I hear from single women with high-ranking jobs and who are highly intelligent on a daily basis, and many of them fear that men will be intimidated by them,” she said. “But having more and being successful is a part of who we are as black women in America today. Education is valued, so many of us are going to college, getting advanced degrees, and excelling.”
For educated black women looking for specialized, thoughtful dating advice, BlackLoveAdvice.com is the place to turn to. This popular blog offers tips on every topic under the sun and fills a void in the dating industry.
BlackLoveAdvice is an authority that caters to a predominantly black female audience. It provides the best vetted and original content, and the experts talk in a straightforward way about relationships and how to decode the sometimes hidden problems that stop people from being satisfied with their love life.
Executive Editor Victor Trammell told us more about the inspiration behind the site: “The Chief Digital Marketing Strategist of the site, Quentin Witt, started off as an author. One of his books titled “Secrets Revealed: The Uncut Truth That Will Change Your Love Life Forever” was a best seller. Quentin’s books are about men and how to help women understand men as far as what drives men’s behaviors when it comes to infidelity, and what they feel on the inside when they aren’t able to express themselves. I think that’s what the perception is. Women have a higher emotional intelligence, and the downfall of men is their inability to show emotions.”
BlackLoveAdvice helps women understand men, in general, but, even more specifically, how to deal with the men in their lives. Curated outside articles and videos, in addition to original content, give a full spectrum of personal experience, professional expertise, and diverse attitudes.
While the majority of women who use the site range from ages 18 to 34 and are African-American, the content is relevant for women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Victor said, “Black women are pursuing motherhood and careers at a rate that was not seen in the 1950s and ‘60s. So that’s what it’s about. It’s inclusive content, but it speaks especially to black women.”
The articles don’t mince words. Instead, they’re honest and, at times, practice tough love. For instance, “9 Signs Your Relationship is Over (But You Don’t Realize It Yet…)” comes with truths like “You feel lonely even when you are together” and “You fantasize being in a relationship with someone else.”
While no one wants to think about a breakup, through his article, Victor gives you the warning signs you can’t ignore with a gentle reminder that an unhealthy relationship wastes time and takes away joy. As he suggests, why not just address the elephant in the room and move on?
Articles cover many other exciting topics as well — including how to increase your love vibes by feng shuing your home and how to gauge if you’re really ready to be in a relationship. While many dating advice sites will tell you to what you want to hear, BlackLoveAdvice tells you what you need to hear.
The video section of the site is great for people who prefer to watch advice rather than read it. Here, you’ll find tips from relationship experts and celebrities alike. While some videos are serious (like understanding the link between engagement ring size and divorce), others are more lighthearted and fun (like how to know you’re “The One”).
Victor told us about one of his favorite video content creators: “Some video content that is really popular is by Shanny and Steve. They do these really comedic videos about things like what to do if your significant other snores. It’s really funny and engaging. They post about twice per month on their YouTube Channel, which is linked to our network.”
In terms of celebrity news, you’ll see videos like the secret to Will and Jada’s marriage and the best relationship advice Taraji P. Henson has ever received.
In addition to the website, BlackLoveAdvice has a thriving social media presence. Victor said, “Readers have an opportunity to contribute to the site. Who is better than the people who use the service to participate and grow it?”
Readers can also weigh in on community questions in the Polls section. Someone will send in a problem or situation to which a BlackLoveAdvice writer will respond to with advice, and then fellow readers can share what they think by voting on a poll question. Polls not only give multiple perspectives but also build community. This is one area that Victor also mentioned is part of the future plans of the site.
“Having people talk about their life situations is another idea we are developing going forward. It will positively utilize those who are engaging with us on social media,” he said.
Soon, readers will be able to offer others support and advice based on their experiences and perspective. It’s a great way to get several different options when dealing with everything relationships can throw at you.
The team at BlackLoveAdvice is focused on bringing ideas like these to fruition because they’re passionate about what they do. Victor said, “It’s very liberating to help others. There’s no amount of money that you can put on the opportunity to inspire people in their search for love.”