Black Love: How These Iconic Couples Met

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  • Grant Hill and Tamia Hill
  • Eric Holder and Sharone Malone
  • Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
  • Beyoncé and Jay Z
  • Dennis Rodman and … Dennis Rodman?
  • Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
  • Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil

"Can we cut the bullsh-- and get on about the business of living a life together?" This is the question Salim Akil asked Mara Brock Akil after their first dinner date. The Hollywood producing power couple met at a café in Los Angeles while she was a staff writer on the UPN hit show Moesha. They married in 1999 and went on to create Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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