Not Strictly Business: Couples Who Work Together

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  • Mariah Carey/Nick Cannon
  • Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe
  • Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
  • Ice-T and Coco Austin
  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
  • Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons
  • Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
  • Beyoncé/Jay Z
  • Magic & Cookie Johnson
  • Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
  • Kanye West/Kim Kardashian

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil

This behind-the-scenes dynamic duo (Mara writes, Salim directs) is responsible for some of our favorite entertainment, from TV shows such as Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends, and The Game to movies like Sparkle. But it took forging out on their own with Akil Productions to get Hollywood to realize two doesn't come for the price of one. "If you want us both, you have to pay us both," Mara says. Still sounds like a deal to us. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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