Joshu and Marleny met online in 2011. After a potentially disastrous first date, they hit it off and eventually got married in 2014. They now live in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.
Joshu is white and Marleny is black and was born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up speaking Spanish the fact that Joshu is a fluent speaker helped him quickly and easily integrate into her immigrant family. In this episode of the Loving Project podcast, Joshu and Marleny talk about how their relationship has helped them better understand everyday racial dynamics and their experiences in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.
David and Belinda were part of each other's worlds before they even met. David would ride his bike to and from work in Pleasantville, NJ and Belinda would occasionally wave to him, a passing stranger, as she drove by. It so happened that they worked for the same company and later met at a training event at work.
Although Belinda was initially reluctant, they eventually began dating and then got married in 1985.
The couple has 3 children; the two oldest are from a previous relationship of David's and the youngest is Belinda's biological daughter, whom David eventually adopted.
In this episode of the Loving Project, David and Belinda discuss the ways in which their relationship has broadened their understanding, what they've learned about cultural differences, and how their unique personalities and backgrounds come together to create a balanced relationship.