Black Love: How These Iconic Couples Met

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  • 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
  • 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

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, highlights prominent African-American couples and the stories behind how they fell in love. Some stories may surprise you. — Natelege Whaley (@natelege

Sometimes you just have to take a chance. When Michelle Obama met Barack Obama in 1989 their work relationship stopped her from accepting his dates. She was an associate at a Chicago law firm and became his adviser while he was a summer intern. The two eventually fell in love and on Oct. 3, 1992, married. Their love has reached the White House and beyond. (Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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