Our Favorite Black Families of All Time

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Our Favorite Black Families of All Time

Family Matters.

Published October 21, 2016

What does a "good" Black family look like?

 recently published an article recounting the rise and fall of the Steph and Ayesha Curry in the eye of the American mainstream — at first beloved for their wholesomeness and photogenic appeal, and then ridiculed when Steph began losing, and Ayesha lashed out on social media in his defense. 

Though it's true the Currys tried our patience, and disappointed us, from time to time, they still represent great family values that are important for Black culture. But they're not the only ones. Here are a few of our favorite Black families:

  1. The Obamas
    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pose for a family portrait with their pets Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

    The most powerful family in the world has been held under a microscope since President Obama took office, but neither he, his beautiful wife Michelle, or their lovely daughters Sasha and Malia seem bothered by the scrutiny. It seems impossible that Barack would be able to be as present in his family’s life as he has been since taking the Oval Office, but it appears that this family is closer than ever as they get ready to say goodbye to the White House.

  2. The Smiths
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith attend VH1's "Dear Mama" Taping at St. Bartholomew's Church on May 3, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)

    Even before Jaden and Willow were born, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith were giving us life. But, as a foursome, the Smiths are unstoppable. From starring in big-budget films, to nabbing high-profile fashion deals and dominating social media, it’s clear that the world really loves this family. But the part we love best of all is the close relationship they all have to Will's son Trey and his mother Sheree Zampino. With all the baby momma and daddy drama rampant on social media these days, they set a great example for blended families.

  3. The Currys

    Steph Curry has it all: NBA MVP and championship, beautiful and supportive wife, and two incredibly adorable daughters. Each of the Currys is a star in their own right, but together they exude the power of a social media supernova. But despite their fame and money, it always seems like they're most content hanging out together.


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  4. The Wayans
    HOLLYWOOD - MAY 20: Marlon Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr., Kim Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and Keenan Ivory Wayans arrive on the red carpet of the Los Angeles premiere of "Dance Flick" at the ArcLight Hollywood on May 20, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
    (Photo: Jesse Grant/WireImage)

    The Wayans family has been both in front, and behind of the camera for nearly four decades. From classics like “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “In Living Color” to “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie,” and “Requiem For  Dream,” Damon, Shawn, and Marlon Wayans have charmed moviegoers for years, and now their kids, known on their BET reality show as the Second Generation Wayans, are carrying on the tradition.

  5. The Kodjoes
    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29:  Actress Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe and husband Boris Kodjoe arrive at the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment's 'Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar' at California Science Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

    Actor and model Boris Kodjoe and actress Nicole Ari Parker met and fell in love when they costarred in Showtime's Soul Food. It’s no surprise that the picture-perfect couple's two children, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe and Nicolas Nerdu Kodjoe would turn out stunning, but Sophie's diagnosis with spina bifida when she was born brought the entire family closer together. 

  6. The Mowrys
    SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 4:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Tahj Mowry, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry attend Tamera Mowry-Housley's baby shower at Casa Del Mar on April 4, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
    (Photo: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

    Tia, Tamera, and Tahj have been on TV since the 90’s in classics like “Sister, Sister,” “Full House,” and “Smart Guy,” to more recent hits like “The Real” and films such as “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” But now, the kids are all grown up with families of their own. Unlike so many child stars in Hollywood, these three seem as well-adjusted and happy as ever.

  7. The Harris'

    T.I. and Tiny Harris are definitely the King and Queen of Atlanta and have three adorable children together. The two have also brought in their children from previous relationships into their blended family, for a total of seven children under the Harris roof. Now that's a family hustle.

    #FamilyHustle #HarrisFamily #FamilyFirst #TIPandTiNYsRoyalBabyshower #Lucky7 👑💖🏆💜❇

    A photo posted by 👑TeamTamekaTinyHarris👑 (@tinyprettyhustle) on

  8. The Harts
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10:  (L-R) Torrei Hart, Hendrix Hart, Eniko Parrish, Heaven Hart and honoree Kevin Hart pose for a photo as Kevin Hart is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

    When comedian and movie star Kevin Hart announced his divorce with former wife, Torrei, it seemed like just another Hollywood romance gone sour. While these two have done their fair share of shading each other on social media, when push came to shove andKevin found love again with his new wife, Eniko, Torrei voiced her clear support that the father of her children had found happiness. At Hart’s and Eniko’s wedding, his two children, Heaven, 11, and Hendrix, 8, stole the show, with Hendrix even serving as his father’s best man. 

  9. The Carters
Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are photographed leaving the premiere of 'Annie' in New York City this evening with daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
Pictured: Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter
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    Everyone can agree that The Carters are American royalty. Their relationship began after she was featured on Jay Z’s track, “’O3 Bonnie & Clyde,” in which Bey appeared as the rapper’s girlfriend.  It wasn’t until 2008 that the two tied the knot in a wedding so private, they didn't confirm even happened until years later. Together the two have sold over a combined 300 million records, but we can assume that they would both agree that the most important thing both of them have done is created their adorable daughter, Blue Ivy, who was born in January 2012. Since then, the three have been seen all over the world and despite recent rumors, appear to be an incredibly happy and loving family. 

  10. The Broadus'
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30:  Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, wife Shante Taylor and children Corde Broadus, Cordell Broadus and Cori Broadus attend the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

    Snoop Dogg and his wife, Shante Taylor have been married ( and divorced, and remarried) since 1997. These two prove that relationships take work and obstacles can be overcome. The two have three children together, Cordé, Cordell, and Cori, and Snoop has always been a loving and committed father, even serving as head coach for Cordell’s numerous youth football teams. 

  11. The Simmons'
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14:  (L-R) Russell Simmons, Aoki Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons attend the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding Benefit on August 14, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

    Russell and Kimora were married for a decade and together have two gorgeous daughters, Ming Lee Simmons and Aoki Lee Simmons. But it seems they've never been tighter as a family unit as they are since they divorced. They've said numerous times that the count each other as their best friend, look out for each other and respect one another. Russell is even godfather to Kimoras sons Kenzo (whose father is actor Djimon Hounsou) and Wolfe (whom she shares with her current husband Timothy Leissner). Blended and beautiful.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Ayesha Curry via Instagram)


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