If you’re a Black woman of dating age on planet Earth, we guarantee you’ve been told at least once or twice in your life to relax your standards a bit, date a man who’s a work in progress, help build a brotha up…

Sound familiar?

Well, on the other side of those statements is the implication that men are lagging behind, they’re not up to par, and it’s women’s responsibility to reach back and pull them up to their level. Is that fair? Better yet, is that even true?

We asked the fellas of Ask a Black Man LA about this, questioning whether Black women really have decent options on the dating scene or if it’s true they have to date down in order to find a man. Hear what they had to say.

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