Black love had a moment in 2016. From Magic and Cookie to Barack and Michelle, here are the absolute sweetest celebrity love moments of the year!
Nicole Ari Parker, Holly Robinson, Tisha Campbell and Their Hubbys Tried to Break the Internet
When this photo of Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, and Tisha Campbell and Duane Martin all smooching in a group shot on the beach hit the Internet, the world collectively swooned.
The President and First Lady's ESSENCE Spread Made the World Fall In Love With Them All Over Again
When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama graced the October 2016 cover of ESSENCE for the last time as POTUS and FLOTUS, it was a moment to remember for sure. But, when readers opened up the issue to find this epic photo of a tender moment between the Obamas inside, hearts melted across the globe.
Photo by Kwaku Alston for ESSENCE
Magic and Cookie Johnson Celebrated 25 Years Of Marriage In Style
To celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in a big way, Magic Johnson and Cookie Johnson jet-setted off to Monoco for a weeklong celebration with over 100 close friends and family, including many other famous Black couples we love. The moment was so sweet, we couldn't stop following all of the #EC25 fun on Instagram.
Photo by Charley Gallay
Courtney B. Vance Dedicates His Big Emmy Win To His Wife Angela Bassett
When Courtney B. Vance scored his first Emmy win, he couldn't help but thank the hottest woman in the game, his wife, Angela Bassett, for being the one for rocking his chain and always supporting him. Swoon!
Photo by 2016 Lester Cohen
Denzel Washington Shared the Love With His Family
When Denzel Washington accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 2016 Golden Globes, he brought his entire family, including his wife of 23 years, Pauletta, and three of their four kids, on stage with him and the moment was absolutely picture perfect!
Photo by 2016 NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Ciara and Russell Wilson Married In Surprise Wedding
Ciara and Russell married in a surprise wedding at the Peckforton Castile in Liverpool, England on July 6th, and their fans went wild. It was definitely a moment that brought a smile to our faces!
Photo by Instagram
Solange and Her Hubby Alan Ferguson Made Magic Together
Solange will always have a seat at the table reserved for the love of her life, Alan Ferguson. Not only did the carefree queen give audiences the Blackest album of the year (with her latest creation, A Seat At The Table) but she and her husband did it side by side, and if that isn't the power of love, what is?!
Photo by Instagram
Morris Chestnut Brought His Beautiful Wife Pam Byse Everywhere
In the past we didn't see Morris Chestnut and his lovely wife of 21 years, Pam Byse, together on the red carpet nearly as much as we hoped to, but during the Rosewood star's incredible 2016, they were practically inseparable and as sweet as can be. Cheers to long-lasting love!
Photo by Todd Williamson
Gabrielle Union Gushes Over Hubby Dwyane Wade's Shining Moment
When your man looks as good as Dwyane Wade does, you're definitely supposed to be all over him and super proud during his finest (pun intended) moments. For the release of Wade's ESPN Body Issue cover, Gabrielle was a gushing and supporting wife showing up and out for her man and his super hot bod. "Brown skin... You know I love your ...brown skin...," she captioned the photo of her man while sharing the body barring flick on Instagram. How sweet!
Photo by Paul Archuleta
Kevin and Eniko Had the Wedding Of the Year
All hearts go to the Harts in 2016! Kevin and his Jamaican "rib" Eniko Parrish, tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in August that gave us major wedding guest FOMO.
Photo by Jason LaVeris
Then Ciara and Russell Wilson Announce Their Expecting A Baby Too!
This year was full of love, marriage and a baby carriage for the Wilsons! Ciara and her new hubby announced they'd soon welcome their own little bundle of joy. It doesn't get much better than bliss like this!
Photo by Instagram/@ciara
Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert Tied the Knot At Home
Nothing says "I love you" like an impromptu trip to tie the knot in matching red leather motorcycle jackets! Teyana and Iman redefined wedding goals with a casual and yet completely swoon-worthy wedding and that is definitely one of the sweetest moments of the year.