The Writer: Taryn Finley
Date first published: 15 October 2015
Former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
We love every form and expression of love, but something special tugs at our heartstrings when the couple expressing that love is drenched in melanin.
No relationship is perfect, but these couples model a love that is ever-evolving and always beautiful. So we gathered advice and thoughts about love from 24 of our favorite celebrity couples.
Take notes, folks.“One of the things that attracted me to Barack was his emotional honesty. Right off the bat he said what he felt. There are no games with him — he is who he appears to be. I feel fortunate as a woman to have a husband who loves me and shows me in every way. “ – Michelle Obama
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
After we had known each other for many years, we went out for dinner one night with mutual friends and I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man. We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance.” – Jada Pinkett Smith
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
“We were always best friends but we weren’t always present… The love was always there, but we couldn’t figure out how to be a partner at the same time and at the same rate. And then we could. It was just like, you’re my best friend in the world and I love you so intensely, let’s figure it out.” – Gabrielle Union
“We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.” – Beyoncé
Ice Cube and Kimberly
“Keep everybody out your business, that’s how you do it. And I mean everybody. It ain’t about having a relationship outside of the house. It’s about having a relationship within each other. When something go down, don’t be calling your sister or your mother; I’m not gonna be calling my brother or uncles. We’re gonna work it out.” – Ice Cube
Joseph (Reverend Run) and Justine Simmons
“Marriage takes patience.. (Marriage is our best last chance to grow up :)” – Rev. Run