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For the love of Black women

It’s an especially exciting moment for all the little Black girls who get to grow up with a real-life Black princess at the center of her own romantic fairy tale.

One of this year’s biggest moments for Black women’s love stories was Rachel Lindsay’s historic season of the Bachelorette, which represented the first time the franchise cast a woman of color as the lead. During Lindsay’s season, which also featured the most diverse cast in the franchise’s history, millions of viewers across the country got to witness a Black woman being adored, wooed, and desired. ERIC, RACHEL LINDSAY’ width=”1024″ height=”683″>

(ABC/Thomas Lekdorf) ERIC, RACHEL LINDSAY

Lindsay’s season exposed the franchise’s viewers to some valuable but often ignored conversations about race and dating – such as when she discovered that one of her suitors wasn’t romantically attracted to Black women despite being a Black man himself, or when she expressed the pressure she was up against as the first Black lead in choosing the “Right” kind of man. Though the season wasn’t without some backlash from fans – notably, Lindsay wound up choosing Bryan Abasolo over fan favorite Peter Kraus – but her season will go down in history as one of the seminal pop culture moments where Black women got to enjoy being the romantic lead.

Markle and Lindsay were hardly the only Black women celebrated for pursuing their romantic happiness in 2017. Respecting his wife, Black women, Black queer women, and ultimately himself is a legacy worth leaving behind.

The Emmys showed the love for important Black queer stories as well, such as Lena Waithe’s remarkable Thanksgiving episode of Master of None and the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror.

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