Thursday, January 12, 2012

Whither Cliff and Clair of the modern TV age?

Roc and Eleanor Emerson of the 90s sitcom Roc.
I've mentioned before how much I have enjoyed speaking with black women, as part of my Black Women and Marriage Project,  about how they love and are loved by their significant others. It has highlighted for me how erased black love is from the cultural landscape. And perhaps because it is rendered so invisible, all those reports of black relationship dysfunction stick to public consciousness more easily.

Just consider the small screen. When I think of loving black TV couples, the ones that immediately come to mind are characters from old, now-defunct shows like Roc or The Cosby Show. (My buddy blogger Pamela Kemp suggested Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) and her partner on the now-canceled Law & Order mothership.) 

But where are the examples of functional black relationships on TV TODAY? And since I am inclined to focus on how black women are treated in the endless discussion of black relationships--Where are examples of black women as desired objects of affection and love interests?

Leave your suggestions in the comments. I'd really like to analyze this for a future post.


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