LaTanya Richardson Jackson and her husband, Samuel L. Jackson, were college sweethearts, having met at their alma maters, Spelman and Morehouse, respectively. The Hollywood power couple, who have been together for 39 years and married 29 years, attend the 2nd annual BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., in January 2009.
Richardson says one of the secrets to longevity in any relationship is learning to forgive. “You have to have the strength of Jesus to get through a lot of things you face as a couple,” says Richardson with a laugh. “And that’s a lot of strength!” The Jacksons attend the 23rd Annual American Cinematheque Awards with daughter Zoe in Beverly Hills, California, last December.
Richardson and Jackson share a tender moment for a ESSENCE cover shoot.
“We lived together for ten years before we got married,” says Richardson. “My grandfather was very ill and told me that he couldn’t believe I was going to continue to live in sin with this man before he left this earth, and I was like, Sam, you have to ask him for permission and then get on bended knee and propose. And he did!”
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LaTanya Richardson makes her Broadway debut with costar Ernie Hudson in August Wilson’s play “Jack Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theater in New York.
Richardson plays Bertha Holly and says she isn’t much different from today’s Black women who exercise a subtle strength to hold everything together.