In honor of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, we interviewed two experts on the topic of single African-American women in America.
There’s a highly referenced statistic that more than half of black women are single. It comes from data from the 2009 census, which states that 70.5 percent of African-American women between the ages of 25 and 29 are unmarried. What is often not mentioned is that the same census reports that only 13 percent of women over the age of 55 are not married. This points to the fact that African-American women are getting married later in life.
Brande Victorian, the managing editor of MadameNoire, told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga that the 70.5 percent figure “started this hysteria that black women don’t get married.” She continued, “Dating and relationships is an issue across all cultures.”
Watch the conversation on Yahoo! News Live.