Author Eyes African-Americans' Love and Marriage Issues

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Is black love in crisis mode? Not necessarily, says Atlanta author Gil L. Robertson IV, but it has hit a rough patch.

"We're not connecting in the same way we've seen in previous generations," said the author of "Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community" published by Agate Bolden (240 pages, $16). Indeed, 45.2 percent of black households were married couples in 2012, compared to 80.1 percent for non- Hispanic whites, according to U.S. Census figures.

"People have a very transient way of looking at relationships today," Robertson said. If they are broken, many couples are not willing to invest the time and resources to make it work.

"I write about the things that are important to me and I definitely have a passion for a critical examination of the issues that define black culture in the 21st century," said Robertson, who taps into what makes relationships work. "Where Did Our Love Go" is divided into three sections: single, married and divorced.

Q: What conclusions can you draw about what makes a relationship work - or not?

A: It's amazing that we spend countless years in school preparing for our careers and great amounts of time in the gym trying to perfect our bodies, but most people don't spend any real time or investment in their relationships. Like everything else in our lives, people need to really be prepared to put the time in when it comes to doing what it takes to make their relationships work. …