Black Love Matters is an in-depth qualitative analysis that focuses on a diverse group of adult black men and their attitudes towards behavior in marriage and romantic relationships. To give voice to the men’s narratives, Black Love Matters follows the men for four years, chronicling the experiences and the circumstances shaping their relationship trajectories. Highlights include discussions related to the roles that sex, infidelity, intimacy, trauma, family of origin, masculinity, and environmental factors play in the men’s attitudes and behaviors. Given the dearth of literature on black men featuring first-hand accounts from them, Black Love Matters makes a significant contribution to the existing literature that seems to be disproportionately focused on implicating black men in discussions of what ills their families and communities.
Armon R. Perry is professor at the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work.
Chapter 1: From Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man to 4:44
with Siobhan Smith
Chapter 2: Setting the Stage
Chapter 3: Let’s Talk about Sex
with Cheri Langley
Chapter 4: Trials, Tribulations, and Trauma
with Azaliah Israel
Chapter 5: A Change Gonna Come
Chapter 6: Love and Manhood
Chapter 7: Reflections and Recaps
About the Authors