"These are professional people who work with all races and ethnicities. They were supportive in the end, but we still have issues today."Meador, who describes herself as a "chocolate, thick girl with locs," says she and her husband, Michael, 31, have clashed with her pals.She and her best friend even stopped talking for a month over a disagreement about something Michael, a Republican, had posted on Facebook."[My friends] said, "Asia, you were so down for the cause." I'm like, "I'm not down for the cause anymore?My struggles as a Black woman leading a legal department of a multistate corporation have just gone away? "It was almost like they treated it as if I had switched sides, and I was no longer down for the cause because I married a White guy. It's also not fair to him."Initially a few members of Michael's family were not supportive of the relationship.

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The Memphis attorney had always talked about finding the Cliff to her Clair and having brown babies for a real-life Cosby Show family.

So when she met a White accountant from Mississippi online in 2013, got engaged to him in 2014 and married him in 2015, her friends were shocked."When he proposed, they were like, "We didn't know it was that serious. " I had people question if this was what I wanted," says Meador, who serves as general counsel and vice-president at a nonprofit.

So it's no wonder we're thrilled for Black women who have found love—no matter the ethnicity of their partner.

Though Black men are still twice as likely as Black women to date outside their race, it seems more and more of us are becoming open to dating beyond the color line.

The prospect of wearing train tracks seemed bad enough when I was a teenager.

After all, no one wants to have their first snog with someone whose mouth closely resembles a cheese grater.

But for me, whose vampire-esque teeth meant the only option was 18 months of metalwork, the single life ahead seemed pretty grim – especially considering that I didn’t intend on taking a vow of celibacy in the meantime.

Having now spent almost a year with my own less glamorous version of a grill, I’ve certainly had my fair share of ups and downs in the dating game.

Having been doing it for a year now, I’ve learned that the only way date with braces is to OWN. After all, I’d managed to drop the whole ‘bashing teeth’ snogging technique around age 13 and was pretty confident that my kissing skills were hot. ”), but others seem to develop what can only be described as a look of abject horror as I attempt to move down south. Then you might also be interested in: How To Get Out Of A Date You Don't Want To Be On Who Foots The Bill?

So for now, I’m busting out my wider repertoire of killer bedroom moves and looking forward to that day in six months time when I can finally put my skills to use again.

Go inside the minds of men Harvey Hargrove, Jr., 41, a sales representative in Sacramento, California, knows the pushback that can come from relatives when we marry across race lines.