Black Love: Keisha and Forest Whitaker

Black Love: Keisha and Forest Whitaker
ESSENCE.COM May, 12, 2011

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Forest Whitaker first met his beautiful bride-to-be, model Keisha Nash, on a movie set. She was cast to play his girlfriend in the action-thriller, “Blown Away.” They soon began dating.

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Keisha and Forest tied the knot in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1995. They welcomed their daughter Sonnet in 1996, and True in 1998. Their other two children, Ocean, 21, and Autumn, 20, are from previous relationships.

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“I had seen him in ‘A Rage in Harlem,’ Keisha told Ebony of her husband. “Right away, I thought Forest had a gentle soul and a nice spirit.” Here Keisha and Forest celebrate his 40th birthday with Forest’s brother, Damon Whitaker.

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“What makes a good partnership or marriage is when you support one another,” says Keisha.

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Having a husband as busy as Forest Whitaker can be challenging, says Keisha. The couple stays connected by having date nights. “Maybe well just stay in town and maybe go to a hotel, order room service, watch movies and have like a date night,” says the model mom.

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So what makes a marriage work? “Plenty of respect and plenty of treats!" says Keisha.

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Besides being a busy mom and support system for her husband, Keisha also recently partnered with makeup artist A.J. Crimson to star a cosmetics line, called Kissable Couture.

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Forest and Keisha, a former model, attend a fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

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Keisha says she most values her marriage because it allows her to grow “and still be myself.”

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The Whitakers can always be seen out and about with their beautiful girls.

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The Whitaker’s take a stroll through Central Park in New York City.

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Keisha celebrated her 38th birthday with a star-studded soiree in New York City.

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Keisha and Forest share a tender moment during her birthday party.

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Clearly, Forest is smitten with his beautiful wife.

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A kid-free night can mean a trip to Las Vegas for this glam couple (pictured with Taraji P. Henson). Keisha and Forest brought in 2011 in Vegas.

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Forest takes his daughters Sonnet (left) and True (right) out for a night on the town.

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Keisha and Forest have a date nigth with Kelly Preston and John Travolta.

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Fifteen years after saying ‘I do,’ Keisha and Forest Whitaker are a shinning example of Black love.

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