From Love Is

Love stories as told by Black storytellers.

Dequi Kioni-Sadiki Odinga

Name: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki Odinga Hometown: The People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York Age You First Fell in Love: I don’t how old I was [when I first fell in love] because I loved my grandmother. Love Is: Love has many faces and dimensions of it. It was the last day of Atlanta’s annual A3C Hip Hop Festival…

Jayell

Name: Jayell Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Age: 25 Age You First Fell in Love: 16 Love Is: That infatuation, you can’t do without it. You know what I mean? You can’t do life without it. Jayell: The first time I like, fell in love, like love-love love? I would say 16 or maybe 23. Monique: What…

Mike

Name: Mike Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Age: 20 Age You First Fell in Love: 16 Love Is: It’s partnership, knowing when you’re on your back, you’ve got someone there to help you Monique: And what about your love for hip hop, what do you love about that? Mike: I love how it’s a culture, it’s for…

Astro

Name: Yung Astro Hometown: San Diego, California Age: 24 Age You First Fell in Love: 12 Love Is: Um, love is. . . That’s a hard question (laughs). It’s deep. I feel like love is something you have to feel. First of all, everyone has a connection in the world that we go by and…

Kayla

Name: Kayla Hometown: Oakland, California Age: 18 Age You First Fell in Love: 18, about two months ago. Love Is: Living on one vibrational energy. It’s an acronym Living. on One. Vibrational. Energy.

Black Baron

Name: Black Baron Hometown: Marietta, Georgia Age: 24 Age You First Fell in Love: 16 Love Is: Loyalty, passion. Just that genuine bond and that genuine wanting to see each other succeed. And to see each other parallel with one another in a positive aspect. Black: Black stands for Believer Liberating Affirmative Cultural Knowledge Monique:…

Chris

Name: Chris Hometown: Newark, New Jersey Age: 31 Age You First Fell in Love: How old was when I first fell in love with hip hop? I have to say I was around 7 or 8, it’s been forever. You gotta blur out my age, don’t let nobody hear that. Love Is: Good planning, respect and…

Kanz

Name: Kanz Hometown: Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York Age: 29 Age You First Fell in Love: That would be very hard [to answer], I would say 16 Love Is: You don’t know until you actually finish the whole thing. Monique: And what is love to you? Kanz: Matter of fact, I’m going to say twelve. I…

Cookie

  Name: Leathia aka Cookie Hometown: Westhampton, New Jersey Age: 25 Age You First Fell in Love: 22 Love Is: (squeals and laughs) Um love is. . . Monique: (laughs) I always catch people off guard. They always say, “I need like a day to think about this.” Cookie: It’s hard to condense it; love…

Christine

Name: Christine Hometown: Waukegan, Illinois Age: 26 Age You First Fell in Love: 24 Love Is: I think love is being able to do nothing with somebody and it feels like you didn’t miss anything. Monique: And was there a time that you thought you were in love before twenty-four? Christine: (Pauses and laughs) Yes.…