Will We See Our First Black Bachelor?

by Dreux Dougall

ABC’S popular dating show, The Bachelor, is heating up for Season 17, with this season’s first African American bachelor from Portland, Oregon, Lamar Hurd.

The creator of the show, Mike Fleiss, began an effort last year to add more diversity to the show, but claimed that no one reached out.

But it seems like the perfect candidate has been waiting in the wings.

According to Entertainment Weekly,
A movement is afoot to crown Portland-based sportscaster Lamar Hurd as the first black Bachelor. According to his professional-looking audition video (click through to watch), Lamar’s assistant Tammy first came up with the idea to submit an application to ABC on behalf of her boss, whom she describes as “perfect.” While Lamar was initially resistant — “Let’s say I wanted to go on it, and was willing to do it, they haven’t even had a black Bachelor” — he ultimately warmed to the idea and agreed to apply for season 17.

Will you support Lamar?

Check out his audition video below!

  • The Taker

    Ummmmmmm…. no. I thought Bachelors had to be good-looking. *runs away.*

  • kissa

    Hmmmm Black bachelor…I see white woman in his future…The jury is still out..

  • Janelle

    Um yes!

  • Toppin

    *Dead* because I was thinking the same exact thing.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I don’t think anyone should be on that show. I have not watched in a long while but it made everyone that participates look creepy.

    I wish him all the best and hope he finds what he is looking for should he be selected.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    He is good looking!! Iunno what Taker is on about!!!

    -He seems to have a good head on his shoulder
    -It sounds like he is still very much in love and loves his ex-wife, eh…..

    Wish him all the very best.

  • Keep it Real

    Black women and white men don’t want to see this brother Bustin slob and dry humping white girls on national TV. :-)

  • Chnyere

    yea, the good looking thing was given up back around season 5…

  • Chnyere

    lol, thats the truth

  • overseas_honeybee

    Co-sign. He is a cutie but I don’t see him leaving with a sista either. We’ll see. Let’s hope everyone involved (him and the “contestants”) keep it “classy.”

  • omfg

    i will bet anyone that no matter how amazeballs a black woman on that show is, he WILL NOT PICK THAT BLACK WOMAN.

    ROFLMBAO.

    please. and, he lives in portland? um, there are hardly any black women there. doubltful he wants a black woman. i mean, he would not want to disappoint those white women slobbering all over him. he might get with whatever asian woman is on the show.

    i wonder how many black women will even be on the show. one or two?

  • overseas_honeybee

    LOL. I don’t think they’ll have too many sistas on there from the jump. That “quota” will be in full effect.

  • Reality Check

    LOL…I was thinking the same thing. Can we get an attractive black man at least?
    but I understand the struggle, smart black men usually don’t come in cute !!

  • MissAnn

    Is that something to brag about?

    That makes them look bad on national t.v., so how does this concern bw and wm?

  • flowerchyld

    i was thinking the same… i’m originally from seattle (not too far from portland) and its pretty normal for black men to date white women and visa versa black women with white men (nothing wrong with it) HOWEVER, for the first one on this show, i bet he will go with a white woman… maybe i’ll give him a chance and see what happens.

  • geek chik

    HAM!

    No he will not pick one of us.

  • Trishana

    He’s not good looking. Sorry.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    he’s cute! I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :)

  • chanela

    LMAO its hilarious how everybody is thinking the same thing. as soon as i saw “black bachelor” and saw his face, i just KNEW its not gonna be any black women on there.lol

  • OSHH

    These comments got me LOL.

  • Dalili

    Oh my sisters, such a jaded bunch! LOL! He may just surprise everyone and pick a black woman.

    As African Mami mentioned in her first post, seems there’s some unresolved stuff with his ex-wife.

    I don’t watch the show, but I doubt he makes the cut. LOL! I don’t think America is ready, not on prime time tv.

  • Pseudonym

    Ummmm…can someone slip him my #? I think he is ADORABLE!!!

  • http://www.blackgirlinaustin.wordpress.com C.Sheri

    You took the words right out of my mouth! She’ll probably be blonde and perky and let’s not forget she will have a sob- ass story attached to her as well.

  • binks

    No because i don’t watch The Bachelor so not interested

  • Ohboy

    I said the same thing as soon as i saw Blk bachelor! If he gets slected it won’t be a sista getting that ring!!! Lol

  • TypicalBlackWoman…

    took the words right out of my mouth…

  • Andrea

    Also any one who goes on the bachelor searching for love is not in their right mind. Black Bachelor hmmm I’ll pass, don’t care.

  • jess

    Exactly – they’ll just have a bunch of white women, and then put a couple of “crazy black women” on the show to justify why he should go white. plz. def not watching this crap. and he’s fugly.

  • MayDay

    You know what’s sad? That you even have to ask if a black man is into a black woman.
    That we now assume black males aren’t into black women.
    African Americans are doomed and won’t exist in 50 years. You will officially be erased. But at least you won’t be alone, look at British blacks 50% date none black women and 30% of the black women date none black men.
    Caribbean men won’t even look at black women, Guyanese men are the worst.

    Like I said, at least you won’t be alone. The only black people that will exist in the future are Africans…in Africa!
    You heard it here first (or did you?)

    (Black males do want to breed full black boys with you though, but they don’t want to marry you or actually BE there to raise the son(s) with you) My fellow black women, you can do better than that! Abandon ship NOW.)

  • jess

    fugly as hell

  • Ocean Blue

    I first heard about this yesterday on another site.

    At first glance, the guy doesn’t look too bad, but once I watched the video, I definitely saw that he wasn’t attractive [to me]. His nearly bald head and facial hair that doesn’t look to be well groomed along with the razor bumps turn me off A LOT.

  • jess

    i agree regarding american blackmen, even though it is not all of them, but a large percentage. but then they want us to cry for them when they get shot by the whites they love..oh well, c’est la vie. but it’s not all of them, that’s for sure.

    those who know how great black women are are the ones of worth,like obama. the rest are not worth anyone’s time. they’re too busy trying to erase themselves out of existence.

  • LiesAboutBlackMen

    Stop lying about black men, regardless of our status we mostly marry black women. If you see 9 black guys with a black woman, you will never remember them. If you see 1 black guy with a white lady, you will remember it for months. That’s how it happens, selective memory causes these lies. But enough opinions, thus says the data speak:

    Percent of black males with white wives:

    8% of black males who are living at or near poverty have a white wife

    9% of black males who are middle class or better have a white wife.

    12% of married black men with a personal income of more than $100,000
    83 percent have a black wife
    5 percent have a wife who is neither black nor white.

    6% of married black men who are high school dropouts have a white wife
    92% have black wives.

    10% of black men with college degrees have a white wife
    85% have black wives.

    22.2% of black male professional athletes are married to white women
    72.8% are married to black women
    5% are married to women who are neither black nor white

    Source: http://www.empowernewsmag.com/listings.php?article=2051

    Get it?

  • LiesAboutBlackMen

    Your stats are not real. If you look at the census reports, 85% of black males with college degrees or more have black wives. See my post below for the source.

  • MissAnn

    “If you see 9 black guys with a black woman, you will never remember them. ”

    OH YES I WILL!

    That kinda pairing is very rare nowadays. In my area, at least…

  • TypicalBlackWoman…

    Hmpf, he looks like a cutie to me.

    But again – I agree with all others that if he were picked, and I am willing to put money on this, he is going to pick a non-black woman. In fact, I would be willing to put a hundred dollars on it if he eventually made it to the show. I also expect that if he did make it, we would probably see another three to four articles on this bloke and black men and racial dating preferences. Oh, and I also project that if he were picked, one of the bacholettes would probably make some off-color racist remark that would get some shine time in the news media and serve as another national “healing moment” for race relations, or some BS like that.

  • LiesAboutBlackMen

    @MissAnn What city?

  • Ocean Blue

    “If you see 9 black guys with a black woman…”

    Damn, 9 Black men dating one woman?

  • Sue

    I agree with you! But I don’t think going on that show is a good idea for anyone, but then again maybe it’s just me.

  • LiesAboutBlackMen

    @Ocean Blue I’m not going to lie. I almost fell over laughing

  • pink

    If the show does happen I’ve got a sneaking suspicion it will involve lots of white women. I could be wrong; but he seems like the type that goes for white women.

  • grateful

    that’s because the only black-men-pairings you’re counting are the married black men, and we all know that compared to the other races black men marry far less. you’d have to include the ones that are shacking up with other races, and then i’d bet your numbers will be worthless…we know what we see…

  • golden_girl

    Amanda, Kimberly, Jayden, Kelly, SallyAnn and June-isha with the big ole booty will be his top picks.

  • MissAnn

    Omaha

  • Jess

    Tell these stats to the black men in L.A. Hah!

  • Jess

    exactly, grateful. thank you for the truth

  • LiesAboutBlackMen

    @grateful

    Do we really? Have you calculated the interracial dating rates for black men while controlling for geographic culture, income, family income, and upbringing? Have you even looked at that data? What if a racist said we all know that black people are less intelligent because I noticed that most of the top scholars are not black? What if that racist said that we all know that black people are more prune to crime because of their over representation in prisons? You know say well no, if you control for x, y, z, etc, you will find that ….

    If racist person justifies their opinion with “we all know …” suddenly everyone cries and moans that we have to consider what is beyond the surface. But when it is convenient for us to bash each other, all of a sudden anything can be justified with “we all know” or “we all have experienced”?

    Unfortunately, there is no reliable detailed data on interracial dating. But I’ll leave you with this, can you logically separate the way that you have concluded that most non-married black men are chasing nonblack women from the way that racist justify believing that black people are less intelligent students?

    Folks, if you ever wondered, this is how stereotypes are formed.

  • Alexandra

    These comments? Smh….
    Why does it matter if he picks a Black woman? I’d be happy if no Black woman was on this show; Black women on dating shows have never been anything positive.

    No he’s not that attractive, but what ABC bachelor is? Have y’all seen the White bachelors -_-

  • Pseudonym

    @Lies…

    yES!!!! There are a lot of personal hangups in these comments. Bitter and jaded- and not even based on facts. There are still more black men with black wives than not at every socioeconomic status.

    Sounds like you ladies need some counseling.

  • LuvIt289

    Its just a show, BUT ppl take EVERYTHING seriously so I do hope he will end up w/a real BW. Not a “flava of love” reject (-_-)

    P.S. If not, I got $ saying she will be anything but black or white! Prolly a Latina.

  • mzslick

    I think he gave a little TMI during this video. Lost me half way through.
    He’s going to need some grooming, Teeth whiting for sure.

    I watch the bachelor for comedic purposes; they choose a mix of genuine seeking, desperately seeking and psychotic. I watch for the drama between the women. It’s entertaining

    but I can’t see black women fighting over him or being so desperate to get “married” like the women they choose for the show.
    We’re riders but all that kissing other girls in our faces doesn’t work. once we’re turned off we’re done. especially on tv you gon embarrass us in front of our friends and family? oh hell no lmao

    but I’d watch regardless of race and who he chooses because majority of the bachelor relationships never last anyway…

  • Krisitan

    I am happy to see this show finally add some diversity after 17 seasons. I have not been a fan of this show simply because of its blatant lack of diversity. I am glad to see an African American Bachelor. I’m not necessarily concerned with who he chooses (whether she is black or another ethnicity). My question is, When will we have an African American or any other ethnicity Bachelorette?

  • Keep it Real

    That will Never happen.

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  • soulfullyreal

    I see him with an Olive skinned Latina…safe bet.

  • soulfullyreal

    I could see a Latina, they’re stereotyped as sexy and spicy (good tv) and attractive to everyone physically. Black girl? Not happening. Asian? Maybe.

    Also, I haven’t watched this show since like the 3rd season, so they may have already had a Latina/ Asian and I wasn’t paying attention.

  • jane

    The Bachelor is a show that reinforces the idea that any man is worthy of a woman demeaning and contorting herself for. It supports the idea that it is more important for women to compete against one another then to have true sisterhood. It falls into the false notion that we are only complete and worthy when we are “chosen” to be a wife. Despite being beautiful, interesting and talented all of the women fell into being desperate and insecure, tittering on any approval this so-called prince charmings farted in their direction. We are better then that, we can give life, be creative, brilliant and equal partners. I for one do not see a brother on the show a triumph or a sister chasing him like an thirsty idiot the bomb. i’d rather have a V8

  • Robbie

    Nope! I never watch any one of them and I am not about to start. Trashy tv at its best based on what I have heard and read. Some women would do anything for money.

  • modern lady

    It doesn’t matter, per se, if he has no Black bachelorettes. But, it would be a glaring omission, since none of the recent bachelors have had a single Black woman represented, much less Asians or Latinas. So why would there even be 1 white woman in the Black bachelors’ season?

    I predict the season being quite disastrous for another reason-correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think sistahs would sit idly by and watch their man slob down some other woman and just be fine and dandy with that-No ma’am!

    I don’t like the show anyway, however-b/c it’s a stupid premise: find the love of your life while making out with 20 strangers on TV? Yeah, okay.

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