NEW YORK (PIX11) -- In New York City, all women seem to be empowered when it comes to dating.
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But those women still struggle with a perceived stigma.
“They will say the black community is very patriarchal so while black men sort of have carte blanche to date whoever they want to date, as black women we’ll get a lot of backlash.” But Kugel says the black women who are able to overcome their nerves are often able to find lasting love.
“Brown skin and darker skinned black women are actually getting asked out quite a bit by Caucasian men.” And it appears the trend is growing.
Kugel says there could be a number of reasons: shifting beauty standards, high profile couples and characters like Olivia Pope on “Scandal.” And even on the TV reality series “Love and the City,” Bershan Shaw found her true match expanding by her horizons.
“I realized I had to step out of the box because dating in New York City was hard,” she said. Shaw was a business owner, beat cancer, and was surrounded by great girlfriends – but to find the last piece to her puzzle she had to switch it up.
“I was dating African American brothers, and I love my brothers but it’s just that, it didn’t happen for me.
So I just said to myself let me date other and see how it goes.” And she found that by focusing on a man who would make a good life partner – regardless of his ethnic background. We’re all people, we’re all human, we all stem from the same thing.
Some people have to have the last word in every argument. The popularity of online dating hasn't reached that part of the world yet. I have created a Facebook fan page for the country of Kenya.
Here's an odd question that you've probably never been asked before: "If we were having a conversation a year from today, and you were to look back over the year back to today, what would need to have happened in your life for you to feel fully happy? I see there's a lot of you guys that live in African countries and online dating isn't working well for you.