Watch OWN’S Black Love Documentary, It Tugs At The Heart

Hey Cuties,

I’ve told y’all before that I’m a TV junkie. Like legit addicted to the tizzube. I watch a variety of TV, documentaries, movies, sitcoms, reality shows, ratchet TV you name it. What I have been adoring lately is the OWN: Black Love Documentary. They make you experience all of your emotions while watching.

Photo Credit: OWN

Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, what is the secret to making a marriage work? Husband and wife filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver present real, honest, emotional and sometimes cringe worthy love stories from some of the most successful people in business and entertainment as well as everyday couples.  Featured couples include Oscar® winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Hollywood power couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, NAACP Image Award® winner Tia Mowry-Hardict and actor Cory Hardict, NAACP Image Award nominee Flex Alexander and Grammy® nominated recording artist Shanice, gospel singer Erica Campbell and music producer Warryn Campbell, NAACP Image Award nominee Vanessa Bell Calloway  and Dr. Anthony Calloway, and many more each offering a unique take on love.

Filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver (Photo Credit: IG @producertommy

It is a 4 part series, and each one is even better than the last.  These couples are everyday people as well as some of our favorite celebs. No one is immune to the struggles that come with building a relationship, working on a relationship and having a marriage. Don’t ever think it can’t be you… It is always easy for us to say what we won’t do when we aren’t faced with the situation.

I love, love. I’ve always been this way since I can remember. I don’t know when it started but I do. Oddly enough I don’t watch a ton of love stories, the Notebook just isn’t my cup of tea. However, I do enjoy a good documentary and I’ve watched plenty on some odd topics but this one hit home. Backstory: I fell in love at 16, and got married at 18 (judge your mother) and left my marriage at 22. I have no regrets, I don’t hate my ex-husband or anything. I am who I am and he had a hand in that. I’m amazing!

For two years I was single for the first time in my adult life and I was sewing my royal oats. That came to a crashing halt when I met Babe. I was 24 years old and well, in less than a month I will be 38 years old. We are not married but have been together almost 14 years.


Established in 2004 – Our first picture together

These couples vary in age and how long they’ve been married. From 3 years of marriage to 68 years of marriage.

Episode 1: Where Does Love Begin

“My husband was always special, in terms of his honesty, his sincerity, his compassion for other people.  Cute is good but only lasts for so long.  And then it’s like, who are you as a person? And that’s who I saw.” – Michelle Obama

It’s loving, like a movie-loving; you get the backstory on how these couples got together. You are feeling like OMG this is so sweet. I want this type of love and its real don’t get me wrong, but it feels very fairy tale like although all beginnings weren’t love at first sight.

Episode 2: Tripping Over Hurdles

You aren’t going to love everything about your mate. Yet you have to figure out how to coexist. You won’t agree on everything, yet you have children to raise. Once you get past the honeymoon phase now what. Respect has to be a top priority.

Episode 3: Fall Down
“Love does not begin and end the way you seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is war, love is growing up.” – James Baldwin

Oh, the couples really get into the things that happen to break their marriage. Y’all these are earth-shattering things. Real things! It reminded me that struggling is natural and it will rear its head in your relationship at some point. It is up to you how you deal with it.  They let you all the way in and they share how it played out to where they are now.

Episode 4: Getting to Forever

Your marriage doesn’t start at I do, it starts when you look over and want to kill them. – Viola Davis.

What systems and or habits do you put in place to make sure you get your forever? Do you schedule sex or date night? Do you promise to put your spouse first and everyone else second? The couples talk about how they sure up their marriage. The great thing is they all have a different approach. Protecting your love and preserving your relationship is essential for growth. They have a couple that has been married 60+ years and they are so cute. Not perfect but yet they are.


I watched all of these on my own. Now Babe and I are watching together. We are going to be a better couple after watching together. I have my own takeaways but we will discuss as we watch.

filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver #BlackLoveDoc

Season 2 is on the way!

Watch OWN'S Black Love Documentary, It Tugs At The Heart #BlackLoveDoc

Have you watched it? What were your takeaways? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

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MimiCuteLips® started in 2010, it’s a place to come and share life experiences. Mimi is a lifestyle blogger, a mother of two, an Operations Manager by day, the business owner of From Mi To You and a naturalista. She blogs about life as she sees it, lives it, and loves it (or not)! The purpose of this blog is to share her voice. Like many others, she lives a life that requires her to wear multiple hats. From DIY projects, parenting, business adventures, love, travel recaps and more.

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  1. Sheena Steward

    I LOVED this series!!! My and I would put away phones and fully commit to watching the show together. We’d often pause it and discuss something that happened. It was great to see black love on tv and it was so real. I can’t wait for season 2.

  2. Kemkem

    Hah! I love the story of you and your love. Just goes to show you one doesn’t really need a paper to cement the love. I also love the fact you don’t hate your ex. I always think it’s a good sign. After all, you saw something nice in them to begin with. They don’t show this over my way, but it sounds nice :-).

    • MimiCuteLips

      You know I keep it real, we were young and it wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t all bad. Like you said I picked him. I don’t do bitter, it doesn’t look good on me.

  3. Daria

    I’ve seen one episode and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I need to check out the other episodes as well. I know it’s a tone of valuable information that I need to hear. The advice given is real and makes you evaluate your own relationship. I have also watched it on my own, but I do believe me and my fiance should be watching it together, when time permits. I’ve been married once and now I’m taking my time. Thanks for sharing!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I like that Daria, it is a ton of valuable information that is FREE. The minute I started watching I immediately began to evaluate my relationship. Taking it slow is good, especially the second time around.

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