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Single Black Female

Does having black skin put you at a disadvantage when looking for love? Bridgitte Tetteh explores the hurdles faced by single black women navigating the world of romance.

"I don't date black women." This is a phrase Bridgitte Tetteh has heard many times. Black, single and searching for Mr Right, she was even told by one man that he was looking for a white wife "to help him progress in society".

Shifting attitudes towards love and romance is a huge topic of debate among black British women with many discussions taking place about colourism, fetishisation, stereotypes and changing relationships with black men.

Bridgitte hears frank and lively discussion from both men and women in the community - including Kuba who describes herself as black, fat, and exhausted at the amount of racism she faces while dating online. Subrina, who dreams of having a black baby, wonders why black men reject her, and the poet Natural ponders why none of her brothers have settled with black women, while Haytch says black women are far too independent.

Does having black skin put you at a disadvantage when looking for love? Bridgitte is the single black female on a mission to find out.

Produced by Bridgitte Tetteh
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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28 minutes

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Wed 2 May 2018 11:00

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