In an age when a reality show about a rapper’s ten babies mamas almost makes it on air, it’s great to hear from the perspective of a black man who values marriage and the traditional familial unit.
Laz Alonso spoke about his desire for children one day to Jet Magazine, saying:
“I want kids— just not out of wedlock… Because my father died when I was young, I’m extra cautious about not creating a single-parent home.”
His comment didn’t come off as a dig at single parent homes in my opinion, but rather an acknowledgment of his personal preference. It’s rare that you see black men in the media profess that they want to be married before having children and express their desire for a two-parent household.
Laz also opened up about relationships and being viewed as a “heartthrob”:
“I don’t take it too seriously because looks fade. We all are going to get older and that whole heartthrob label will go to someone else… Regardless of how you look, the way you make a person feel, that’s eternal […] When dating somebody, I like to see them laugh and make the times we spend together more fun than they could ever imagine.”