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We just love, love, love couples in the public eye who seem to only have eyes for each other. Watching these couples interact is like watching a real live love story unfold right in front of us. Not only do we celebrate Black history in the month of February, but the lover’s holiday, Valentine’s Day, occurs as well. This month, EGL applauds Black love.

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[Obamas]. Retrieved February 12, 2016. Fromhttp://www.thesun.co.uk
    1. First Lady Michelle Obama relishes on what made her fall for President Obama “What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character. You hear me? It was his character. It was his decency, his honesty, his compassion and conviction.”
    2. Jada Smith said about 19 year marriage to Will Smith, “Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship…this means we have a GROWN one.”
    3. Tamia explained how protected her husband, Grant Hill made her feel. “When I was diagnosed, the first thing he said was, ‘What do we need to do to fight this?’ It’s good to have a fighter on your side.”
    4. Holly Robinson felt as though her courtship to husband of 20 years, Rodney Peete was, “a fairy tale, after the dream, inside the storybook.”
    5. Latanya Richardson summed her 35 year marriage to her college sweetheart Samuel L. Jackson, in one word, “Amnesia.”
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    6. Bishop T.D. Jakes who has been married to Serita Jakes for 34 years spoke on the institution of marriage. “A whole woman will always attract a whole man. And when they touch, they will fuse to create a whole marriage. Ultimately, when the time is right, they will produce whole children.”
    7. Tamela Mann got straight to the point last year about her milestone anniversary with husband, David, “Twenty-five years together….no separations…if I can do it, then you can do it.”
    8. Al Roker offered his take on roles in 20 year marriage to Deborah Roberts. “There are pressures no matter what careers you are in…I try to contribute as much as I can to try to make this more of an equal partnership.”
    9. Jackie Robinson left a legacy of insight into fairness with his spouse, Rachel. “But [only] having my way would constitute selfishness, as well as insensitivity to her needs as a person.”
    10. Ruby Dee spoke honestly about an astonishing 57 years of matrimony to Ossie Davis. “A trustworthy marriage has weathered temptation and anger and jealousy, resentment, self-righteousness and a little bit of selfishness. When you get over and get through that, then maybe you can see the light to love.”

There are many couples who are loving, supportive and encouraging of each other; the above are just a few. Couples who boast of more than 20 years of marriage are commendable and we are honored to highlight their milestones. What they face daily in the public eye should encourage other married couples to believe that, “For better or worse, in sickness and in health, til death due us part,” is absolutely doable.

Written By: Carla DuPont Huger

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