Loving the One You're With Strong and Long

Cynthia Greene, MHR, Marriage & Relationship Visionary Strategist

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As we look forward to celebrating National Couple Appreciation Month and National Romance Month in April, we first celebrate love. During the month of April, we will celebrate very special love for couples who don't mind telling the world how great their love is. Love is desired by everyone even when they don’t openly express it. Black love has always been considered a special kind of love. Black couples love hard. Since the very beginning, they have had a ‘ride or die’ type mentality. Women of color often say ‘I stand by my man’. And black men are quick to say, ‘this is my Queen’ and I am her ‘King’. Their bond in a relationship is like none other.

Black couples are a vital part of society because they provide diversity and represent different experiences, cultures, and perspectives. The term "black couple" is ambiguous because it can refer to all kinds of relationships between black people and other races, such as interracial marriages. Positive Black couples are still a rare sight in today's virtual society. It is hard to find positive, successful black couples on TV, in films or even among friends, compared to the way society portrays white couples. The lack of representation of high-achieving black people in the media leads to feelings of low representation and frustration among black individuals.

Love among black lovers

Black couples are more likely to have a long-lasting relationship than their white counterparts. They also are more likely to stay together even through tough times. Black couples tend to be more affectionate and intimate with each other and have no problem with public displays of affection (PDA’s). They tend to have longer-lasting relationships and have fewer divorces than their white counterparts.

Black love isn't a trend; it's a must in our culture. Black love is inextricably linked to black history. It is a love for our forebears and foremothers since most times love was their only means of survival. We show our gratitude for the value of black love as we continue to remember black history. On February 13, 1993, civil rights activist Ayo Handy Kendi launched National Black Love Day. Many of us were unaware that this day existed, but it is never too late to mark the occasion of black love. One could be perplexed as to why black love is such a thing. Of course, love is for the whole human race, but just as black lives matter, so makes black love.

Black Couples Through History We Adore

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If you have not yet noticed, we are a little bit fascinated with the subject of love around here. Everything about a wonderful love tale leaves you with the impression that the world is ultimately a place where love triumphs over everything. That is why we are spotlighting some great black love tales today, stories that will both inspire and pleasure the reader at the same time. Because black love should always be honored and treasured, no matter what the circumstances.

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were one of the most well-known couples in the world. They married in 1948 (over 57 years until his death in 2005) and had three children together. Ossie Davis was a well-known civil rights activist, while Ruby Dee was an actress, who appeared on Broadway as well as in various films such as "A Raisin in the Sun" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." They were both very active in their work, but they also spent time with each other. They would vacation together and spend time with their children.

Marcus Garvey and Amy Euphemia Jacques Garvey

Amy Euphemia Jacques Garvey was the wife of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican activist, and leader. She stood by her husband when he as imprisoned and helped to maintain his image to the world. Marcus Garvey and Amy Euphemia Jacques Garvey couple is a very strong story of how a woman stands by her man during difficult times.

Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz

Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, who were married in 1958, played a pivotal role in the civil rights campaigns in the North. Despite Malcolm's killing, she maintained the effort by publishing many of his talks, which helped to raise his profile. During all of their trials and tribulation they maintained a healthy and loving marriage.

Barack and Michelle Obama

President Barack and his wife Michelle have been dubbed, ‘the role model for black couples and marriage’. All of the world saw their love, unity, and determination during his 8 year run in the White House. The world has seen no greater love between two married people and no greater commitment. They were and still are the epitome of black love. We need more positive depictions of happy, successful, long-standing marriages like theirs in the public eye more often.

Love is…..a difficult term to explain. Webster describes it as, ‘an intense feeling of deep affection’. The bible describes it in 1 Corinthians 13:4 as patient, kind, not jealous, boastful, proud or rude; doesn’t demand it’s own way; not irritable and keeps no record of wrong; doesn’t rejoice over injustice but rejoices when truth wins; love never gives up, never loses faith, always hopeful and endures every circumstance. I think we all agree, there is nothing better on this earth, than love.

Our company has started a Marriage Movement for Marriage Builders who want to stay 'winning' in their relationship. We have so much to offer to help make a difference in how everyone sees marriage portrayed today. We want to celebrate you. Couples can get a free image to shout to the world that they are happy and in love. Simply submit a picture and we do the rest. All during the month of April, we in recognition of Couple Appreciation and Romance Month, we will celebrate amazing couples who are In Love and Loving It!!!!! Stay excited. Stay encouraged. Stay always building to have the best marriage ever!!!!!

Forever building!

Cynthia Greene, Marriage Visionary

"If you build it, it will last"

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Cynthia Greene is a Certified Professional Life Coach, Prolific Speaker, Best Seller Author & has a Masters in Human Relations. She has been helping others with creating strategies to build successful marriages and relationships for over 20 years.

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