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For some Black women, a man must be Black; first, foremost and always.At the end of a "The Nightly Show" segment, Larry Wilmore asked Jacque Reid a 'Keeping It 100' question that I have since adopted and asked of other Black women to see what motivates us when we think about our relationships.' I personally am open to the option but not since middle school has a man been attracted to me outside my race that I was also attracted to or aware of.Regardless of race there are certain attributes I want in a man that I'm in a relationship with; integrity and good character, nice teeth, confidence, self-respect, the ability to earn, provide, protect and a few other traits that my grandfather taught me a man should possess. Jones Statistically Black women and Asian men are the two most "single" groups of people in the United States.Often I have been asked by Black men and White women alike, 'why don't more Black women just date outside their race?
Jarrett: You have beautiful mixed babies out there that people are going gaga over. When we started dating, I was exposed to how a lot of Dominican women like to get their hair done. They go to a salon or at home, they wash their hair and put it in the rolos and they sit under a hot dryer. I wash my hair and let it air dry — put it in a bun, braid it.I asked Black women who are married, single, divorced and dating this question: You're being sent to a habitable planet and you're now 'Eve'.You get to take one man, 'Adam', with you to start a new civilization.Jill: Jarrett was the first black guy I ever dated. We vibed on the fact that we both have really crazy work ethics. The daily struggle — sometimes when we would walk into the room, I would be the only Latina or I'd comment to Jarrett, "You're the only black guy here."Jarrett: We are definitely both successful in our fields and able to pay our rent on time. Jill: I was a little bit wary of how my family would be toward him.Any guy I'd ever brought home was a Spanish-speaker. It was like, "Oh, my gosh, how is he even going to talk to anybody? I would have been praised for dating a white man because my babies would have come out with green eyes and "good hair." I know my family isn't ignorant, but I didn't want them to think he was a thug.