black_love_art~~element1285We’ve all heard the expression”black love is dead” coming from disillusioned individuals who either never experienced black love or never witnessed it. Captured with words, in photographs, or in paintings, it is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

To dispel the myth, several websites and Instagram pages have been started to display the beauty of black love in pictures. Below are 16 particularly outstanding images of black love.

Kerry-Washington-Versace-Dress-Oscars-2016Her character “Olivia Pope” is known for ‘handling’ (pun intended) sticky situations well; and Kerry Washington handled last evening’s Oscar Red Carpet interview beautifully.

The Scandal actress told ABC anchor Robin Roberts that she chose to show up at the Oscars instead of boycotting because she wanted to make a point about diversity.

SizzlaBack in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Jamaican artist Sizzla Kalonji influenced an entire generation with his infectious and haunting reggae/conscious musical offerings.

Like Garnet Silk before him, the young performer with the distinctive voice chose to promote black consciousness and peace through his lyrics, as opposed to lyrics that encouraged gang-related violence; the order of the day at the time he made his debut.

isiah 2“It doesn’t matter if you’re small, it doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.”

In his own words, Isiah Britt summed up the good deeds he has been doing; he is a tiny boy performing great acts of generosity.

According to The Detroit News, the 7-year-old Gainesville, Virginia native has raised over $10,000 to purchase hand sanitizer for elementary schools in Flint, Michigan, where pupils are afraid to wash their hands with lead-laced tap water.

kevinhart2902aGood Monday morning, Soulreflectionz fans. So everyone’s going off on Chris Rock this morning. But I didn’t come here for that. I’m only going to say a few things about Chris Rock before I move on to something more positive. Chris Rock had a golden opportunity as host of the 2016 Oscars, the most controversial academy award show in history. He had the opportunity to give voice to the complaints of all those who chose to stick to their convictions and boycott the Oscars, and he completely wasted that opportunity, choosing instead to troll his own people in exchange for a few laughs from an audience that was at least 85% Caucasian.

nickcannonIf Nick Cannon had his way, we’d be celebrating Black History Month all year round. Not just that, but we’d be creating black history every day of the year, too.

In a recent interview with Huffpost Live the America’s Got Talent host expressed his enthusiasm over celebrating his heritage.

testament 6Stereotype. This one word has been a thorn in the side of black men for centuries. This one word has been an excuse for every racist; every gun-wielding white supremacist, to literally get away with murder. This one word is the reason why today is the fourth anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.

Now, one photographer is attempting to challenge, and possibly shatter the stereotypes attached to black men with a new empowering photo series.

Erykah-Badu-Bashes-Iggy-Azalea-She burst on to the music scene at a time when the music industry wasn’t ready for an artist like her. But that was exactly why the music industry NEEDED an artist like her: because they weren’t ready.

Erykah didn’t come for the waist-length weaves or the barely-there get ups. She didn’t come for the highly sexualized  lyrical content offered by some of her industry peers. She came to stand out; to be different, and different she was. She had us in our feelings with songs such as “Tyrone” and educated us with hits such as “Bag Lady.” She had the critics picking their collective jaws up from the ground with controversial videos such as the “Window Seat” video.

fullsizerender15The best way to repay a great teacher who shaped your life is to honor his/her legacy.

This is the belief of musician Blanche Burton-Lyles and Jillian Patricia Pirtle, both of whom have been heavily influenced by the late contralto singer Marian Anderson.

Marian_AndersonShe is deemed one of the most gifted contraltos of her time, and was the first African-American to perform with the new York Metropolitan Opera in 1955.

Marian Anderson, born February 27, 1897 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania,  was recognized as a gifted vocalist early in life. Her impoverished parents were unable to afford formal training for their little girl who was happiest when she sang, so members of her church congregation spent one year raising funds for her to attend music school; a move that would prove to be fruitful in years to come.