For those looking to date outside of their race, an Interracial Dating Convention will convene Oct. 14 in San Francisco, sponsored by the Society of Single Professionals. Dating expert and author Deborrah Cooper will discuss the pros and cons of intimately mingling with another race.

As keynote speaker, Cooper, who wrote “Sucka Free Love! How to Avoid Dating the Dumb, the Deceitful, the Dastardly, The Dysfunctional & The Deranged,” will explain why Black churches keep African-American women single, how media negatively impacts views of Black women and expose racial stereotypes such as “Asian women are submissive” and “Black men are sexual studs.”

“Interracial dating is neither superior nor inferior to dating within your own race,” said Cooper, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. “There are advantages and disadvantages, as well as special challenges to each. People who exclusively date a different race usually have a fetish for that race, which is no less foolish than refusing to date a particular race because of unfair stereotypes.” Cooper is a dating advice columnist for Examiner.com and has appeared on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Rev. Al Sharpton Show, CNN and more.

Admission to the convention is $20; the doors open at 7 p.m. with a dance party from 9 p.m. to midnight. Hotel rooms are available for a discounted rate of $139.

According to an August Gallup poll, 96 percent of Blacks and 84 percent of Whites approve of Black-White marriages. When Gallup first asked about the interracial union in 1958, only four percent approved. Approval did not exceed the majority until 1997. Blacks have always been more accepting of Black-White marriages, according to previous polls, but recently the gap in approval ratings has significantly narrowed.

For more information about the convention, visit www.thepartyhotline.com.