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Hmmm, I'm Not Sure Why This Myth About Black Couples Exists

Don't worry, this isn't another one of thosestories predicting doom and gloom in the love department.The folks in this video open up and talk candidly about the complexities of marriage in the black community and why some stereotypes are still lurking. It's informative. It's fun. And it's definitely not 100% doom and gloom.

Hmmm, I'm Not Sure Why This Myth About Black Couples Exists

Fact Check Time:

While Census figures from 2009 say that “70% of black women ages 25-29 have never been married" as mentioned in the video, our fact checkers did confirm that figure falls to 13% of black women age 55 and older who have never been married (not age 53+). It's unclear whether that number includes same-sex couples who may not be able to marry in their state.


Another figure mentioned is “There are 25 blackwomen to every one black man.” Despite high incarceration rates for black men, our savvy fact checkers say that 25:1 ratio is a grossexaggeration.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.