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Angela and Courtney let the world know how real love is even after 19 years of marriage. During his two major award wins in 2016, including the Emmys and the Critics Choice Award, he wouldn't help but thank Angela for being his biggest cheerleader and greatest love whill collecting his wins. That's love.
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When 25 years of marriage looks like this, it's worthy of all the applause! Magic and Cookie Johnson are definitely a couple we love because their love has withstood the test of time.
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This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown and his wife Ryan Bathe are as cute as they come! The married parents of two have quickly become one of our favorite couples this year. After Brown scored his first Emmy win, the actor shouted his wife from the mic and melted our hearts a million times!
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When aren't the Wades having the best year ever?! 2016 was great for both of them--particularly on the magazine front. Dwyane finally loved the skin he's in and stripped down to cover the ESPN Body Issue. Of course Gabrielle was his biggest fan upon it's release just as he was when she slayed yet another ESSENCE cover in November 2016. When you have a bae by your side, you always have yourself very special cheerleader!
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When life handed Jay-Z and Beyoncé lemons, they made some really good lemonade! While their love hasn't always been perfect, it's one that's always been heartwarming to watch.
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The Harvey's are always here to stay and slay! Each time they step out its a show that we can't help but watch. They ooze love, style and all things fab. Keep on winning!
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The reign of the Currys continues! Even though Steph and the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ayesha was by her man's side cheering him on and with the successful launch of her first cookbook, The Seasoned Life, Steph returned the favor. This love and basketball couple are always in it to win it!
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Just call these two the king and queen of the court. LeBron and Savannah James are definitely one of the NBA's hottest couples and as the Cleveland Cavalier secured his third basketball championship and finals MVP award, Savannah was close by to root her man on. Crowned the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year for the second time in 2016, Mrs. James couldn't be more proud of her Mr. and it was the sweetest thing!
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The Hart's are defintely on the list as one of the couples who had the hottest year taking the 5th slot in our ranking. With a laughter and love filled Santa Barbara wedding in August, Kevin, Eniko and their wedded bliss has only just begun and we can't wait to watch the rest of their forever unfold.
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What's love and hip-hop without Remy Ma and Papoose?! These two are Black love goals redefineed having had an unstoppable year that has steadily been going all the way up. Having held Remy down during her 6-year prison stint--waiting with open arms upon her release--these two had the wedding of their dreams and it was everything.
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Ciara and Russell are a fan favorite for their love went to all new heights in 2016! After tying the knot in a surprise July affair at a castle in England and annoucing that they are expecting their first child in October, it seems like there is no stopping the Wilson's for winning at this thing called love.
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Tying a close second for hottest couple of the year goes to the Shumperts! Teyana Taylor and her basketballer hubby Iman served Black love goals when we didn't know we need them in 2016. Their daughter is precious, they grabbed biker jackets to swap vows for forever and support each other on the biggest stages of their respective careers. What can't they do?!
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Drumroll please...the hottest couple of the year is Mr. and Mrs. Obama! As we all prepare to say goodbye to the First Family as they leave the White House, we can't help but applaud the President and the First Lady of his heart for being excellent, shining and unapologetic examples of Black love over the past 8 years. In 2016 alone, these two have been what being a fan favorite is all about and they will forever and ever reign as the best of the best when it comes being in love while being Black.
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