"I have no doubt that I'm going to find the love that I want.

Who somebody else is dating doesn't pertain to me," she says.

"Every time some famous man is on display with his White woman, a lot of my friends will have something negative to say or something that seems like they feel betrayed, as if that man is a representation of all Black men," Brooks says.

Thankfully, she has armed herself with the data that more than 70 percent of Black men are married to Black women.

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.

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.

"He told his family, "I am marrying this woman, so either you're on board or you're going to have to watch from the sidelines,"" says Meador.

You have the right to love Next year will mark 50 years since the United States Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the case Loving v. Richard and Mildred Loving, a White man and Black woman, fell in love in the midst of the civil rights era. C., returned home to Virginia and were arrested in the middle of the night five weeks later—charged with violating the state's antimiscegenation law.

In January 1959 the Lovings pleaded guilty and were sentenced to a year in jail.

"I knew we were going to have struggles as an interracial couple. He was willing to give up those relatives."Eventually some relatives came around and even danced at the wedding. They didn't attend the marriage ceremony, and Michael hasn't spoken to them in two years.

Things may be improving: The Meadors celebrated their first anniversary in August, and Michael's mother has invited them to spend Christmas in Mississippi with the family.

Stories about the number of Black women who are single have made headlines for years, and many of us are tired of hearing them.