This weekend, summer loving is having us a blast on The Carlos Watson Show. That’s why we’re bringing you five lessons on love from some of the biggest names on the planet. They may not be your typical relationship gurus, but their advice is just as valuable.
First up, this nugget from acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
“What I’ve learned is it doesn’t work if you’re not happy with yourself . . . That self love is a powerful thing because once you love yourself, it’s like The Wizard of Oz. The whole thing turns to color and you’re Dorothy. As soon as you love yourself, it all goes to Technicolor.”
Billy Crystal has been married to his wife, film producer Janice Crystal, for over 51 years. So there ought to be value in his tips for a healthy relationship.
“Keep learning, keep listening, keep laughing. I didn’t realize those are three L’s. Don’t take anything for granted and keep loving. And I was fortunate, I was 18 when I met Janice for the first time and I feel like I keep meeting her, like there’s this new stuff to learn, there’s new stuff to love.”
The Good Place actress, provocateur and activist Jameela Jamil is used to facing criticism. How does she find the self-love and support she needs to continue making a difference?
“It is imperative that you check your ego and your pride at the door. There is no space for your desire to be loved or liked or approved of in this work . . . And so you just have to be willing to know that you have your set group of people who love and respect you, who you love and respect.”
As one of the world’s most influential philanthropists, Darren Walker is a deep thinker. Here are his thoughts on the power of love.
“I think what love can do in your life is transformational. I think I’ve experienced that, and I think I know the power of it because with love also comes grace and an ability to, in many ways, be made better than who you are . . . Love is also necessary for grief, as I have learned. I think the reason I was so grief-stricken about the loss of [my husband] is because I loved him so much.”
Did you know that Good Morning America host Michael Strahan set sportscaster Erin Andrews up with her husband? After years of being unlucky in love, what has she learned about having a successful marriage?
“First of all, communication. You just have to communicate. You would think somebody who does that for a living would be able to do that with their husband, but communicate. The other thing was . . . looking at other families and who we would like our family to maybe emulate.”