Most of us have come to expect reality television stars to be anything but real. Yet Lauren Speed, 34, and Cameron Hamilton, 29, Atlanta-based newlyweds who became breakout stars on the hit Netflix dating show, “Love Is Blind,” have proven to be the real deal. Since their TV debut earlier this year, where they got engaged sight unseen, the couple have become YouTubers, producing content for their show, Hanging with the Hamiltons, which has more than 600,000 subscribers. In recent weeks, Ms. Speed, a digital content creator and former model, and Mr. Hamilton, a fireman turned artificial intelligence professional, have had to tackle tough conversations about racism, while also navigating the obstacles that come with being an interracial couple.
Getting Comfortable With the Uncomfortable
The days following the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, and the preceding deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Aubrey, led to protests around the world, including in their hometown Atlanta. None of this makes for a sexy conversation with a spouse, but the Hamiltons are figuring out how to discuss these important events.
“They’re just real conversations we have to have,” Ms. Speed said. “This is nothing new for black people. This whole grief, this sadness, this frustration has been going on since we’ve been in this country. Right now it’s so important for him to just listen. That is what black people want. We want to be heard. We want you to hear how we feel.”
Mr. Hamilton is listening, and together they use their platform to share resources, donate to relevant organizations, and contact politicians to demand policy reform. “I can’t pretend to understand what it’s like to be black and go through this,” Mr. Hamilton said. “I ask myself, ‘What is it that I can do to be of service?’ I’m constantly reminded that listening is one thing I always need to practice. Listening and understanding what I can do to help.”