“I’m not desperate to get married,’’ said Jacque Reid, who co-hosts the “New York Live” lifestyle show on WNBC-TV News Channel 4, serves as a correspondent for the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” on the radio, and is the editor in chief of Singleand Living I’ve met some bad men and dated very bad men,” laughed Reid, a fitness enthusiast and never-married Atlanta, Ga., native who lives in Manhattan with her pet Shih Tzus — a boy named Sugar-Shane and a girl named Zoe.
“I’m happy being single,” said Reid, who declined to give her age.
Reid had talked about the challenge on the radio and publicly accepted the service’s offer.
She agreed to be featured in a news release announcing that she would go on a series of blind dates with four New York-area bachelors of all races, including African-Americans. In this day and age, some people are vehemently against the idea of a woman of color going out with men of other backgrounds.
If this is the first time his friends have hung out with a black person, the interracial learning curve can be steep.
Image Source: Sometimes your crew doesn’t do any better. So why not try out “N***a” in a rap song or join you when you complain about how “black people are always…” But even several years in, things can get awkward pretty quickly.
(Think swirled ice cream on a cone.) Mixed ethnicity families are on the rise in the UK (source: BBC), and according to The Guardian, nearly 1 in 10 people in England and Wales are in inter-ethnic relationships.
So, as you’re getting to know this woman, be sure to keep the following in mind: 1.
Be Open-Minded About Racial and Cultural Differences Race is going to come up in any interracial coupling, but please do not say “You’re pretty/intelligent/well-spoken/whatever for a black woman! ” That may seem like a compliment, but what we’re actually hearing is “I think all black people are [negative adjective], but you are the exception.” These are perfect examples of microaggressions.
Dating is tough; and interracial relationships come with their own special type of drama.
Whether you’re currently dating “outside the team” or just curious about what it’s like, we’ve got some gripes that sistas in this situation will probably understand.