Back in the biblical days, being equally yoked — or, having similar beliefs — was key to having a successful relationship. In today’s political climate, it’s all about being equally woke.
Sharing similar stances on issues that affect society as a whole and using your various platforms to raise highlight to your plight often separates the woke from those who aren’t.
Luckily for these celebs, they’ve found a better half that’s equally about the awareness. From newbies like Common and Angela Rye to vets like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, check out these ultra-woke celeb couples:
Former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama are the epitome of collective wokeness. Former POTUS brought the nation to tears as he discussed things like the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin, while his wife, former FLOTUS advocated for the education of young girls and fought to tackle childhood obesity with her Let’s Move initiative.
Will Smith’s 2015 boycott of the Academy Awards helped spawn the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite denouncing the award show’s failure to nominate a single Black actor for two consecutive years. Jada Pinkett Smith, a proud Black Lives Matter supporter, teamed up with her husband to donate $150,000 for Louis Farrakhan’s 2015 Justice or Else march.
Beyoncé created a firestorm of controversy surrounding her Black Panther inspired “Formation” performance at the 2016 Superbowl. Jay-Z has been known to spite rhymes calling out racial injustices, and most recently, he showed love to the LGBTQ community on his new track, “Smile.” The Carters have quietly given large donations to help cover bail expenses for protesters arrested at Black Lives Matter rallies.
John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen have been known to share their political views online and lend their assistance to those fighting in the streets. From being Chrissy Teigen being blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter for speaking out against his political views to John Legend winning an Oscar for his timely and uplifting single, “Glory” it’s clear that this couple wears “woke” as a badge of honor.
Whether she’s tackling it in her music or raising awareness online, Solange Knowles keeps the conversation of self empowerment and Black love going. Her husband, video director Alan Ferguson lends his support to the movement by spearheading equally powerful visuals.
Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest in tribute to the victims of police brutality led to him unofficially being blackballed in the NFL. His girlfriend, radio personality Nessa Diab took her boyfriend’s plight on air promoting his Know Your Rights campaign.
New Jersey senator Cory Booker has made racial injustice a large part of his platform. His leading lady, poet Cleo Wade is a board member of the National Black Theatre and a proud supporter of women’s rights.
This union is the fusion of an A-list actor concerned with civil issues and an equally talented international and civil rights attorney. Most recently, George and Amal Clooney donated $1 million to fight the “bigotry and hate” spewed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Common and Angela Rye deliver equal woke servings. Rye is a political news correspondent that gained notoriety for slaying and silencing rightwing conservatives, while Common has been very vocal things like mass incarceration and police brutality.