Authors of a recent study declared the Obamas the official replacements for Cliff and Clair Huxtable. Bizarre as the idea is that we’re allocated one-high profile black couple per generation, it’s true that the openly affectionate — and by all indications, mutually supportive — partnership is fast becoming a national reference point for what happens when love and success combine.
Insights into their bond are all the more treasured by African Americans, who, in the age of Love and Hip-Hop and alarmist stories about black marriage rates, have to look a little harder for positive portrayals of love.
But are the Obamas really all that unique? We think not. And based on the up-and-coming black power couples on our radar, there are plenty more where Barack and Michelle came from. This Valentine’s Day, check out just a few lesser-known young marriages in which both spouses are making their marks on leadership, law, politics and, of course, love.