“Raising this age in an analysis eliminates age groups we don't really expect to be married and gives a more accurate estimate of true marriage rates.” Toldson and Marks found that 75 percent of black women marry before they turn age 35 after examining census data from 2005 to 2009.Moreover, black women in small towns have higher marriage rates than white women in urban centers such as New York and Los Angeles, Toldson remarked in the Getting a college degree is the worst thing a black woman can do if she wants to get married, right? News stories about black marriage often mention that more black women pursue higher education than black men—by a 2-to-1 ratio, by some estimates.But what these pieces leave out is that white women also earn college degrees more than white men do, and this gender imbalance hasn’t hurt white women’s chances at matrimony.What’s more, black women who finish college actually improve their chances of marrying rather than lower them.“Among black women, 70 percent of college graduates are married by 40, whereas only about 60 percent of black high school graduates are married by that age,” Tara Parker-Pope of the reported. In 2008, 76 percent of black men with a college degree married by age 40. -- Former Kentucky star Rex Chapman told a newspaper that school officials tried to stop him from dating black women or at least "hide it" rather than inflame fans."There were certain aspects of my time there that were really ugly," Chapman, who is white, said in a story published by The Courier-Journal on Monday."I don't know how it is today, but that's how it was 20 years ago."Chapman said scrutiny of his private life by athletic department officials, boosters and others hastened his departure from Kentucky.In reality, black marriage isn’t reserved for the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama.
"People were bothered by the fact that sometimes I dated black girls. "The 37-year-old Chapman is now director of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns and is working as a television analyst during the NBA playoffs.
He left after two seasons and entered the NBA draft in 1988.