by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Word has it that black people are becoming more welcoming of offline and online dating services to help them find a black soul mate. The Chicago Tribune reports that more and more African Americans “are orchestrating matches on Twitter and Facebook. Some are hosting meet-ups and living-room gatherings for black singles to mix and mingle. Others are luring singles into their lounges for candid conversations about how to date and how to find true love.”
Paul Carrick Brunson, a matchmaker based in Washington, says that African Americans traditionally steered clear from professional matchmakers. He proceeds to say:
“I’m very, very excited and happy to see that African-Americans are finally receiving … dating services…There’s a strong reception now, and there are a couple of reasons why. Every ethnicity is obsessed with relationships. We all have the drive to love and relationships are an integral part of our lives. (African-Americans) are now embracing new strategies because of all the dialogue around relationships.”
Although Brunson does not explicitly state it, it is no secret in the black community that he is likely referring to those bleak black relationship stats. The Chicago Tribune even gives an example that reads something like “In Chicago, for every 100 single black women, there are 75 single black men.” As we all know, that is simply that one city out of the whole nation, so multiply the plight of the Chicago black singles by the number of cities in the country. That number is certainly worth pondering if your are a black single looking for a black mate, but fret not. It never hurts to investigate options outside of the old fashioned dating game. We jump on bandwagons for fashion and other trends. Why neglect jumping on the one for matchmaking? You can always hop right back off.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.