Viola Davis & Julius Tennon
Who doesn’t love Oscar winner Viola Davis and husband, Julius Tennon. After their initial meeting, Viola waited an entire month before calling her soon-to-be life partner. After dating for four years, the couple tied the knot in 2003, and 17 years later, the rest is history. “After my first date with Julius, my life got better,” the How to Get Away with Murder star said. If your significant other contributes to your growth, that’s a sure sign you have a winner on your hands!
Meagan Good & DeVon Franklin
When you scroll through Instagram and search for #relationshipgoals actress Meagan Good and hubby, award-winning film and TV producer, DeVon Franklin are sure to pop up. You’ll come across images, memes, and videos of the pair living up to the hashtag’s true meaning and providing relationship advice to help others “find the one.” DeVon isn’t shy about expressing his love and gratitude for his woman. He said, “As a single man, I was good, but as a married man, I’m great. Get the right woman, and then you can conquer the world.” Fellas, take notes!
Aonika & Sean Patrick Thomas
Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, for these two lovebirds, this was definitely not the case. Aonika wasn’t totally convinced about Sean. In fact, she believed he was rude for talking on the phone when they were introduced. Fast forward, and the couple share more commonalities than each other’s last name like singing together. Who doesn’t love a husband and wife duo that can harmonize duets together to rapping Biggie lyrics, “It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine.”
Shanice & Flex Alexander
Singer Shanice and actor Flex Alexander jumped the broom back in 1990 and have had their shares of ups and downs, including financial hardship. Ironically, in this time of uncertainty, it ultimately brought the celebrity couple closer together. Flex admits, “[It was] our anniversary, and I couldn’t do anything for you. And Chris [Spencer], he gave me $350 so that I can take you out. I say that because you really find out who your real friends are when things are bad. When things are great, everybody loves you.”
Chris & Vanessa Spencer
Actor and comedian Chris Spencer and his wife Vanessa had some ups and downs and a lot of back and forth before making it down the aisle. At one point, Vanessa even told Chris, “I love you, but I gotta let you go.” Although it was not an overnight process, 14 years later and their union has proven that it’s possible to get through the hurdles but only if you’re both committed to the commitment.
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Tony & Vanessa Bell Calloway
Vanessa and Tony’s first date was the movies, and from the moment they met, they knew it was on, and after 32 years, I’d say they got it right. But a bit of hesitation crept in when the veteran actress said she was unsure about moving in with her now-husband Tony before marriage. His response was simple, “By December, we’ll be planning our wedding, or we’ll be breaking up.” It’s safe to say a breakup wasn’t in the cards because their love has stood the test of time.
Bryan & Ashley Chea
The beauty of Black love is that it comes in all shades and complexities and in this series, the show’s creators are committed to show Black people finding love whenever and wherever we find it. Before meeting and marrying the love of her life “Chea,” Ashley pictured herself being with a Black man, “I felt like I was going to have a brown sugar.” But the heart knows best, and she soon realized that her feelings and connectedness with Bryan were undeniable regardless of race. “I can’t pass up this good soul because it’s not packaged the way I thought it would be.”
Tia Mowry & Cory Hardrict
Before rushing into things, Tia and Cory took their time to get to know each other and build a genuine friendship. The first time the two hung out together, they weren’t alone; instead, it was with a group of friends, including Tia’s twin sister, Tamera. They courted each other for one year before taking things to the next level in their relationship. Two kids later and 12 years of marriage, that solid foundation and friendship has since evolved and continues to strengthen over time.
Erica & Warryn Campbell
Despite high profile music careers, reality TV, and having a long-distance marriage at one point, Erica and Warryn Campbell have been married 16 years. Warryn said he knew Erica was the one because, with her, something was different. Also, she was his first official girlfriend. An important question that cemented his true feelings was, “Do I love you when I don’t agree with you?” The answer was, of course, yes. Not only are the duo winning in their careers, their winning at creating their very own love story as well, while successfully turning trials into triumphs.
Neil & Catrina Brown Jr.
Neil Brown, Jr. and his wife, Catrina, started dating in high school and married very young, but have continually stayed committed to doing the work that it takes to fall back in love time and again. Marriage has many seasons, and this couple has been through A LOT. Neil admits, “All love is is work. It’s not easy. Love is work, compromise, sacrifice, and a whole lot of laughter in between.”
Arthur & Reva Lewie
Before Arthur’s passing in 2019, Black Love was honored to have had the opportunity to be in the presence of the love he and his wife Reva shared for 70 years! “She takes extra good care of me, and I take extra good care of her,” he affectionately said. He was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, a devoted father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather and their union created an incredible legacy.