Black love is passionate and inspiring. Iconic writer Zora Neale Hurston once said, “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” Here are the couples NewsOne has chosen that demonstrate the true essence of what Black love is all about. Happy Valentine’s Day!

1) Barack and Michelle Obama: Their love is authentic, and they are not afraid to show it. Despite the harsh realities of political life, their love works like a well-oiled machine. They are both card-carrying members of the mutual admiration society and each other’s rooting team. Although the Obamas have far too many public moments, they share even more private smiles. They have learned to successfully combine politics and marriage, typically a difficult feat, but they make it look so easy.

2) TD and Serita Jakes: Serita Jakes was once quoted as saying, “Our marriage vows say, ‘For better or for worse.’ We are supposed to honor those vows; they are our marching orders.” The couple that prays together, stays together and the Jakes are still going strong after 30 years and five children. They stand alongside each other as they serve their mega-congregation with zeal. It is apparent that the Jakes have dedicated themselves to each other and have made their home front their ministry, first and foremost.

3) Jay-Z and Beyonce: Jigga and Bey are two moguls who have managed to successfully juggle high-profile careers and the love that they have for each other. Despite being in a crazy business that is marinated in stress, the pair appears to have a picture-perfect union. Mums the words as far as their relationship, but we can see that their passion is off the charts. And now their new baby is a beautiful addition to a formula that works.

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