My Parents Are Married, But My Dad Has a Mistress

A Black woman assists her elder father with his collar as they prepare for a party.

My parents met at a party in New York City during a double date in the early ’70s. The couples switched partners because my mother and father had better chemistry. Less than a year later, they married.

They are technically still married, but have been separated for over two decades. I assumed they loved each other dearly in…