The creators of the show teamed up with the Hollywood Confidential screening series to host a star-studded discussion about the first episode with several cast members.

Rachaell Davis
Aug, 30, 2017

ESSENCE is no stranger to celerating the unique connection between Black couples on a daily basis, so you know we were tuned in for the premiere of OWN's new documentary series, Black Love.

The Tuesday night debut of the highly-anticipated new docuseries drew in a record 1.2 million viewers and spurred much discussion on social media. The premiere edpisode of the show, which chronicles the real life experiences of several high profile celebrity (and everyday) couples, was preceded by a series of advanced screenings in various cities across the country.

Arnold Turner
Arnold Turner

Partnering with Steve Jones and the Hollywood Confidential screening series, Black Love creators Tommy and Codie Oliver tapped Insecure star Yvonne Orji to host the final preview of the show at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Arnold Turner
Arnold Turner

Following the preview, a handful of couples featured in the first episode joined Orji for a quick panel discussion.

Arnold Turner
Arnold Turner

Participating couples on the panel included actress Meagan Good with husband/minister DeVon Franklin, Gospel songstress Erica Campbell with husband/music producer Warryn Campbell and Actor Neil Brown Jr. with wife Catrina Brown. Creators Tommy and Codie Oliver also joined the conversation.

Arnold Turner
Arnold Turner

For more on the Black Love docuseries, including how the premiere took over social media with endless dialogue about Black love, click HERE.

Photos by Arnold Turner