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21 Famous Couples Who Exemplify The Beauty Of Black Love

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It's the week of Valentine's Day, and it's also Black History Month -- what better time than now to celebrate the beauty of black love? Black love can be beautiful, inspiring, even radical -- from couples like Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee to Will and Jada Smith, it's proof that we can endure and support each other no matter what comes our way.

Below are 21 famous couples who epitomize what makes black love so beautiful:

  • Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, 1963
    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were movie icons and black Hollywood royalty.
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    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were movie icons and black Hollywood royalty.
  • Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, 2001
    Davis and Dee were married for 57 years, up until Davis's death in 2005.
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    Davis and Dee were married for 57 years, up until Davis's death in 2005.
  • Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr., 1956
    After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is freed from jail under a $2000 appeal bond, he is greeted by his wife Coretta and childre
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    After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is freed from jail under a $2000 appeal bond, he is greeted by his wife Coretta and children, Marty and Yoki, at the airport in Chamblee, Georgia.
  • Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr., 1965
    The couple at the culmination of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965.
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    The couple at the culmination of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965.
  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, 1998
    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, arriving for the European premiere of his film, "Enemy of the State" in 1998. The couple m
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    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, arriving for the European premiere of his film, "Enemy of the State" in 1998. The couple married in 1997.
  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, 2015
    Smith and Pinkett Smith express their love, 20 years later, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Focus."
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    Smith and Pinkett Smith express their love, 20 years later, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Focus."
  • Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles, 2002
    Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles during "Spankin' New Music Week" on on MTV's "TRL."
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    Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles during "Spankin' New Music Week" on on MTV's "TRL."
  • Jay Z and Beyoncé, 2015
    Jay Z and Beyoncé during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif
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    Jay Z and Beyoncé during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Remy-Ma and Papoose, 2013
    New York rappers Remy-Ma and Papoose married in 2008, while she was serving a a 6-year prison sentence.
    New York rappers Remy-Ma and Papoose married in 2008, while she was serving a a 6-year prison sentence.
  • Remy Ma and Papoose, 2014
    The couple in 2014, shortly after Remy-Ma's release from prison. 
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    The couple in 2014, shortly after Remy-Ma's release from prison. 
  • Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, 2002
    Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker began dating in 2001 after they met on the set of "Soul Food: The Series."
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    Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker began dating in 2001 after they met on the set of "Soul Food: The Series."
  • Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, 2015
    The couple has been married since 2005, and have two children together.
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    The couple has been married since 2005, and have two children together.
  • Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, 1996
    Actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance first met in 1980.
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    Actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance first met in 1980.
  • Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, 2015
    The couple, who both starred on FX television series this year, have been married since 1997.
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    The couple, who both starred on FX television series this year, have been married since 1997.
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin, 1995
    Actress Tisha Campbell and husband Duane Martin attending the 1st Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards on August 6, 1995.
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    Actress Tisha Campbell and husband Duane Martin attending the 1st Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards on August 6, 1995.
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin, 2015
    The couple have been married since 1996.
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    The couple have been married since 1996.
  • Earlitha 'Cookie' Kelly and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, 1992
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson, center, wife Cookie and baby Earvin Johnson III, at a basketball game in August 1992. Cookie Johnson
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    Earvin "Magic" Johnson, center, wife Cookie and baby Earvin Johnson III, at a basketball game in August 1992. Cookie Johnson famously stood by her husband's side after he revealed he was HIV positive in 1991.
  • Earlitha 'Cookie' Kelly and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, 2015
    The couple, married for 28 years, are now HIV awareness advocates and entrepreneurs. 
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    The couple, married for 28 years, are now HIV awareness advocates and entrepreneurs. 
  • Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, 1993
    Director Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lewis Lee attend a Knicks basketball game on May 2, 1993 at Madison Square Garden in New Yo
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    Director Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lewis Lee attend a Knicks basketball game on May 2, 1993 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, 2016
    The couple at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, in Park City, Utah.
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    The couple at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, in Park City, Utah.
  • Denzel and Pauletta Washington, 1990
    Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta Washington during the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1990.
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    Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta Washington during the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1990.
  • Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington, 2015
    The couple arriving at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. 
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    The couple arriving at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. 
  • Oprah and Stedman, 1989
    Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham attending the 9th Annual National Conference For Women in 1989.
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    Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham attending the 9th Annual National Conference For Women in 1989.
  • Oprah and Stedman, 2015
    The couple has been together since 1986, and has famously never married. 
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    The couple has been together since 1986, and has famously never married. 
  • Carmelo and Lala Anthony, 2005
    NBA player Carmelo Anthony became engaged on Christmas Day 2004.
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    NBA player Carmelo Anthony became engaged on Christmas Day 2004.
  • Carmelo and Lala Anthony, 2015
    The couple were married by&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Eric_Dyson">Michael Eric Dyson</a> on July 10,
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    The couple were married by Michael Eric Dyson on July 10, 2010. 
  • Omar and Keisha Epps, 2004
    Omar Epps and Keisha Epps married in 2006.&nbsp;
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    Omar Epps and Keisha Epps married in 2006. 
  • Omar and Keisha Epps, 2015
    Keisha is a former member of the R&amp;B group Total.
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    Keisha is a former member of the R&B group Total.
  • Rev. Run and Justine Simmons, 2004
    Rev. Run and Justine Simmons have been married since 1994.
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    Rev. Run and Justine Simmons have been married since 1994.
  • Rev. Run and Justine Simmons, 2015
    The couple have three children together, who have appeared on the family's hit MTV reality show "Run's House."
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    The couple have three children together, who have appeared on the family's hit MTV reality show "Run's House."

 

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