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The presence of Black love ignites an immense amount of joy that simply cannot be quantified. It reflects a deep admiration within the Black community for its intrinsic ties to our culture, our history, and, most importantly, an appreciation of the hard work needed to make things work.
Rooted in resilience and hope, Black love reminds current and future generations that finding your “person” to create that one-of-a-kind experience is absolutely attainable, even under the watchful eyes of the public. Ciara goal-setters, Angela Bassett and Issa Rae join a countless list of other relationship goal-setters who have stood the test of time.
Black love is revolutionary and is consistently being redefined. As the threats of online scrutiny, economic differences, and political divides continue, it’s important for us to have unity in our households with clear examples of how couples navigate these challenges and other realities together.
In the premiere episode of the second season of "AMERICA IN BLACK," CBS News Correspondent Jericka Duncan profiles “Tyler Perry’s Zatima” co-stars Crystal Renee Hayslett and Devale Ellis who play a fictional couple on the hit BET+ series.
Ellis and his real-life wife, Khadeen Ellis are also featured in the show to discuss the secrets to a successful Black marriage. Plus, a couple married for 52 years offers advice on how to balance love and life.
Who doesn't love Black love? Here are some of our current favorite Black couples who represent the power of love and an unwavering adoration through both good and tough times.
Halle Bailey and DDG
Our adored Disney Princess found her prince with rapper DDG. The pair recently welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Halo, at the end of 2023. Months passed as Halle Bailey ignored fan speculations and DDG denied rumors about the singer’s growing bump under billowy dresses, all to ensure a peaceful pregnancy and birth. The way this young couple remained side-by-side throughout the social media uproar is a testament to their unwavering love for each other and their newborn. 💔
Niecy Nash-Betts and Jessica Betts
Niecy Nash-Betts and Jessica Betts prove that true love still exists. Niecy surprised fans after waving her LGBTQIA+ flag and sharing photos of her tying the knot with Jessica in August 2020. They have since been one of the Internet’s favorite relationships to keep up with online. After making history as the first same-sex couple to cover ESSENCE magazine in 2022, the pair garnered immense support from fans in and outside of the community. They started out as friends, and that blossomed into the sexy union they maintain today. Niecy and Jessica remind us that no matter what, #LoveWins. 💔
Ryan Michelle Bathe and Sterling K. Brown
Actors Ryan Michelle Bathe and Sterling K. Brown stole our hearts in 2009 when they walked their first red carpet together. Since then, the delightfully down-to-earth couple has given us countless #BlackLove moments on social media, graced our TV screens as co-stars in "This Is Us,” and always speak so lovingly about one another during individual interviews. They’ve shared glimpses of their beautiful relationship that always leaves fans wanting more. Rough patches are no match for these lovebirds! Their 18 years of marriage are the blueprint for relationship goals. 💔
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
This teenage love story began in the ‘90s and proves that if it’s meant to be, it will happen. Acclaimed musicians Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean), married in 2010, are the proud parents of two sons but arrive as Team Dean with the blending of Beatz's three children from previous relationships. The two have come a long way from living in the center of social media drama, where the inception of their relationship was questioned and critiqued from all sides. Through it all, hip-hop's power couple continues to thrive, even more so professionally. The couple's “artists supporting artists” philosophy is on public display at the Brooklyn Museum with the debut of their “Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys." 💔
KJ Smith and Skyh Black
This dynamic duo broke the Internet with footage from their star-studded wedding in September 2023. The “Sistas” leading lady and her dashing co-star’s extravagant ceremony took “The Black Experience” to a whole other level. The luxurious attire, gorgeous designs, and endless videos of KJ Smith and Skyh Black dancing in celebration of their love throughout the night became a viral sensation that lasted for days. While the online chatter also drew Internet trolls, the newlyweds paid no mind to any of it and have continued to make their fairytale life come true. 💔
Devale Ellis and Khadeen Ellis
Devale Ellis and Khadeen Ellis are household names and have proven that the best marriages take hard work.The couple speaks openly about the highs and lows of marriage on their podcast “Dead Ass with Khadeen and Devale Ellis” and in their book, “We Over Me: The Counterintuitive Approach to Getting Everything You Want from Your Relationship.”
The transparency of their 20-year marriage has become the Internet's latest obsession, as Devale frequently shares unfiltered clips of their relationship and the realities of parenthood on Instagram. There is no denying the love that runs through the Ellis family. You only need to watch their interview on the February 6 episode of “America in Black” to witness the immense depths of their love for one another. Pass the tissues, ya’ll. 💔
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens
Simone Biles is the most decorated Olympic gymnast in history (she has 30 medals), but she gained the new title of “wifey” when she married her NFL husband . The athletes wed in April 2023 after meeting on a dating app nearly three years prior. Head over heels for each other, the duo have been open about their love story in interviews. Their honesty has unfortunately backfired a bit, with some fans finding Owens’ comments about his wife and the start of their relationship rather unbelievable. The social media outrage has not shaken their solid foundation. They’ve ignored the haters and continue to move forward lock-in-step, together in love. 💔
Jonathan Majors and Meagan Good
Sticking together through thick and thin is the actual embodiment of the relationship between Jonathan Majors and Meagan Good. We know this may be somewhat of a controversial choice, but they have been going strong since they were first spotted together on a movie date shortly before confirming their relationship status in May 2023. Good has shown she’s willing to stand by her man by showing up to court during the "Creed III'' actor's very public trial on assault charges. She’ll likely do the same during his upcoming sentencing. The decision to do so has made her a target for backlash. It seems like everyone has an opinion on why these two are together. Despite it all, Jonathan and Meagan remain anchored in their unbreakable bond and undeniable admiration. 💔
Halle Berry and Van Hunt
These two can’t get enough of each other, and neither can we! As one of the few couples to survive outside of 2020’s lockdown, Halle Berry hard-launched her relationship with in September 2020, confirming the romance rumors. They have been inseparable ever since, celebrating holidays and birthdays and showering each other with affection on Instagram. Despite weathering past relationship woes publicly, Halle remains the ultimate romantic. Wedding bells may be in the cards for these two as they continue to share their love with the world. 💔
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky
The two artists have been friends for years and dominated their respective music lanes before exploring a romance in 2020. Two years later, the pair welcomed their son,and then, in 2023, they set the Internet on fire again with the arrival of their second child, Riot. Rihanna and A$AP consistently raise the bar together, influencing music and fashion and setting trends year-round. They never fail to stand out in a crowd or match each other’s swag energy. Their originality sets them apart, making them one of the coolest parents and partners we know! 💔
For more stories on Black 💔 watch the second season of "AMERICA IN BLACK," premiering on Tuesday, February 6 on BET at 10:30 p.m.ET/PT. Episodes are available to stream on CBS News beginning on Sunday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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