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What's Love Got To Do With It?

What's Love Got To Do With It? by Donna Franklin Simon and Schuster, August 2000, $25.00, ISBN 0-684-81851-5

Almost twenty pages of quotes and notes still do not separate fact from opinion. It's hard to pinpoint Franklin's intended audience. Black males are tired of hearing these statistics. People in positive relationships don't need this advice. Young, hopeful couples may be right to see it as too negative and it will come too late for those already in bad relationships. It could be written for women who are looking for excuses for their lack of relationships. For this is what Franklin has most in abundance--excuses, rather than hard, helpful advice.

In the chapter "Breaking the Silence" Franklin asserts "that African Americans, especially African American women, have been unwilling to expose any internal conflict that might reflect negatively on the black community." Has the author had ever heard of Essence, Honey, Black Elegance or any of the other magazines geared toward black women?

Franklin also discusses the legacy of slavery on black relationships and interracial marriages, and gives tips on healing, trotting out purported experts who don't make the subject any more interesting.

If the author thinks a good man is hard to find, she may have to agree that when it comes to advice on black relationships, so is a good book.

Anthony C. Davis is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia Tribune, and BET Weekend Magazine.
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Author:Davis, Anthony C.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Sep 1, 2000
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