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Love. *cues Musiq Soulchild* As a hopeless romantic, I get my “love fix” from binge-watching romance films. This weekend, I cozied up and watched Angel Kristi Williams' Really Love, a slow-burn Black romance film that stories the dichotomy of finding love and keeping love. Isaiah, an emerging artist, and Stevie, a driven law student, share a brief flirtatious exchange at an art exhibit in Washington DC. It might have been faith or pure coincidence that led to the pair being reacquainted soon after, at a go-go party, by way of mutual friends.
Isaiah and Stevie enmesh in a way that feels effortlessly magnetic. From their passionate lovemaking to their shared appreciation for Black art, the couple shares a deep soul connection that goes far beyond physical attraction. As they fall deeper into their feelings for each other, we witness their careers, families, and unsaid expectations cut directly into their honeymoon phase.
Isaiah is committed to securing his first solo show and proving himself to his family, peers, and potential agency. Stevie is focused on balancing law school, her social life, and establishing a partnership with Isaiah, who seems to put his work before the relationship. Their stubbornness and pride eventually lead to their ending. A year after their breakup, Isiah and Stevie meet again, only to be left at the same crossroads… is love really enough?
Really Love reminded me that it takes more than strong feelings to sustain a fulfilling relationship. As Bell Hooks eloquently states, in All About Love, “To truly love we mix various ingredients-- care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication."
Similarly, I believe real love in romantic relationships is attained through finding a personalized recipe that works for a given couple--which takes trial and error. It requires being seen, heard, and appreciated in ways that make you light up on the inside. Just as there is a recipe for success there is a recipe for love.
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