Judi Love posted this picture to her Twitter ahead of the show / Picture Credit: @1JudiLove/Twitter
Judi Love posted this picture to her Twitter ahead of the show / Picture Credit: @1JudiLove/Twitter

With Black History Month well underway, ITV's Loose Women made some history of their own when they introduced the show's first-ever all-black panel.

Newsreader Charlene White joined Kéllé Bryan, Judi Love and Brenda Edwards on the panel, for one of the most groundbreaking episodes to ever make it to air.

Aside from the historic move, the show itself was business as usual, with controversial topics such as disciplining your children with smacking on the table for debate.

The ladies got into respectful and passionate discussion, in one of the most well-mannered episodes the series has ever seen.

What really struck a chord with viewers however, was when Edwards performed a rendition of Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love to bring the episode to its conclusion.

Love was visibly emotional at the end of the performance, with the panel erupting into applause when Edwards expertly hit her final note.

Some may say that this "positive discrimination" approach isn't the way forward. Others may claim reverse-racism.

What we need to realise however is that the excitement some see because of an all-black panel, is due to the lack of it happening in the past.

The reaction would be entirely different with an all-white panel, in that it's expected. There wouldn't be an outpouring of love because it would simply be the norm.

Hopefully, in the near future, seeing a panel made up of entirely black people won't be a shocking or monumental move. It'll simply be expected, as are all-white panels; that'll be when we know real change has been made.

Reaction from the majority on social media was positive; though one user did note that the show should go further in the future to represent other minorities.

They wrote: "The fact I notice there are four black women on #LooseWomen today, shows it's never happened before.

"We shouldn't notice it, as it's just four women but it's nice and refreshing to see.

"Hopefully it all becomes the norm. Also need more Asians and others but one step is better than none."

Another left smiling said: "LOVE seeing four beautiful black Queens dancing on TV to Tarrus Riley, something I never imagined seeing.

"Yes to ITV for embracing the beauty of black women."

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV.

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