The Jungle: Modern Dating As A Black Woman

The Jungle: Modern Dating As A Black Woman

Has dating gotten worse since lockdown or is our tolerance for rubbish just getting less?

Black Ballad’s 2024 Reader Survey revealed that 40% our audience are single and not dating at all. This tracks with general population data from the 2021 Census that shows that more and more women are remaining single, with the adult population of people who have never been married and are not co-habiting increasing.

“The jungle”, “the ghetteaux”, “the streets”, whatever term you use for the dating scene right now, the general sentiment seems to be that it’s a struggle – and if you’re a Black woman who dates men, this struggle seems to be particularly acute… at least that’s what the streets are saying!

For Valentine’s Week 2024, we’ve curated a collection of articles on the dating experiences that many of us are dealing with. Whether you’re trying to dodge Red and Black Pill-ers on the apps, or working your way through heartbreak, hopefully one of our articles will connect with you.

Wherever you are in your journey, this week reminds us that it’s a completely personal one, so embrace yourself in all your delicious complexity first and foremost and secondly…good luck!

"The Jungle"

The Jungle: Modern Dating As A Black Woman

Nobuhle Nyoni

How Coloured Pills Are Shaping Black Women’s Dating Experiences

Tuesday 13 February 2024 8:00 AM

Jamila Pereira

How To Reclaim Your Power After Heartbreak

Wednesday 14 February 2024 8:00 AM

Hena Bryan

I Don’t Want Children. Does That Make Me Undateable?

Thursday 15 February 2024 8:00 AM

Beryn Orera

How Black Disabled Women Have Learnt To Embrace Their Sexuality

Friday 16 February 2024 8:00 AM

Illustrated broken heart sweet with Black Ballad written along the side.

Keturah Kendrick

Unmarried & Unbothered: Black Women Who Prefer Autonomy Over Marriage

Monday 6 September 2021 10:30 AM

Royalty Purity

Are Black British Men Really The Least Romantic?

Monday 14 February 2022 9:00 AM

Kuba Shand Baptiste

Dating As A Fat Black Woman

Saturday 13 January 2018 9:04 AM

Harmony Knight

Clueless: What I Learned From Dating (A Lot) Of White Boys

Friday 24 September 2021 9:00 AM

Sarah Olowofoyeku

Dating And Family Planning As A Sickle Cell Trait Carrier

Monday 12 April 2021 10:30 AM

Mary W

Why White People Have To Pass A Quiz Before Dating Me

Wednesday 13 July 2022 8:00 AM

Jaydee Seaforth

How Black People With Anxiety Are Navigating The Dating Scene

Monday 23 May 2022 8:00 AM

Rochelle Rodney

The Reality Of Dating As A Single Mother

Monday 20 April 2020 8:00 AM

Illustrated broken heart sweet with Black Ballad written along the side.

And if you're tired of centring romance...

Courtney Daniella Boateng & Renée Kapuku

How To De-Centre Romance & Build Lifelong Friendships

Friday 2 February 2024 8:00 AM

Black Ballad

Black Women On Their Friends Who Became Soulmates

Sunday 13 February 2022 8:00 AM

Henrietta Shirazu

Making New Friends Is Hard, But Here's How I've Done It

Thursday 9 December 2021 10:30 AM