Who doesn’t love love? Even if Valentine’s Day isn’t your preferred holiday, there’s something satisfying about watching Black couples show their love for one another in sweet ways in public places. It doesn’t have to be raunchy. Sometimes it’s something as simple as locking eyes and holding hands, or a nuzzle on the cheek. These star couples have displayed it all on the red carpet and more. Check out these sweet moments of PDA between your faves.
Grant Hill and Tamia
The pair, married since 1999, know how to keep things spicy, even on stage.
NEW YORK – MAY 16: Tamia and Grant Hill perform at The 2008 Soul Summer Series Starring Tamia and Jaheim on May 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Denzel and Pauletta Washington
A constant sight courtside at NBA games, these two packed on some rare PDA when caught by the popular kiss cam.
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 19: Actor Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta Pearson kiss for the ‘Kiss Cam’ during Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
They at one time rarely acknowledged their relationship publicly, but haven’t been afraid to pack on the PDA over the last few years, including while touring together.
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce and Jay-Z kiss during the “On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z” at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe
The sexy pair gave smoldering while on the red carpet for the BET Awards.
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 28: Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe arrived at the BET & Make A Wish Foundation Recipients BET Experience At LA. Live Red Carpet arrivals – Weekend Events on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Barack and Michelle Obama
Nothing was cute about the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. However, we have to say that President Obama kissing his wife’s hand in the middle of the chaos is still one of the sweetest things we’ve seen.
Former President Barack Obama (C) kisses the hand of former First Lady Michelle Obama (2R) beside US President Donald Trump (2L) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) before the Obama’s departure from the US Capitol after Trump’s inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
Married 10 years in 2023, the couple is very low-key. They don’t even do red carpets together. That’s what makes this moment between the pair so cute.
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Former football player Nnamdi Asomugha and Honoree Kerry Washington attend the Bronx Children’s Museum Gala at Tribeca Rooftop on May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Bronx Children’s Museum)
Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff
These two have been married since 1992 and are still going strong. We love to see them occasionally show some PDA.
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: BIG3 founder and recording artist Ice Cube sits with his wife Kimberly Woodruff during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert
These two are good for packing on the PDA, including in the middle of a nightclub as though they’re the only people there.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 29: Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor attend Reginae Carter 22 Hot Girl Birthday at Republic Lounge on November 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
Taye Diggs and Apryl Jones
Not only are they a funny pair, but Taye and Apryl are also getting more comfortable sharing a kiss and an embrace on the red carpet.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Actor Taye Diggs and Apryl Jones at The Grio Awards 2022 held at The Beverly Hilton on October 22, 2022 in Beverly Hills California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Variety via Getty Images)
Sterling Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe
These two got cute and cozy on the red carpet at the Emmys and it’s one of our favorite celeb PDA photos to this day.
Los Angeles, – September 17:Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe on the red carpet at the 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Michael Owen Baker/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Gabrielle and Dwyane are a couple known for keeping things both sexy and sweet, and they have no problem doing so in front of cameras.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 15: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union attend Stance Spades At NBA All-Star 2020 at City Hall on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Stance )
LeBron and Savannah James
Who doesn’t love these high school sweethearts? They play it safe in front of cameras a lot of the time, but we felt the warm fuzzies emanating from this photo of them looking very much in love at an event.
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 17: LeBron James (L) and Savannah Brinson attend as Remy Martin presents Beats Party on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
Nothing beats the warmth of a kiss on the forehead. Alicia’s face certainly says so.
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28: Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys poses at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Halle Berry and Van Hunt
Even on the red (or black) carpet, Van Hunt and Halle Berry only have eyes for one another.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Van Hunt and Halle Berry attend the 4th Annual Celebration of Black Cinema and Television presented by The Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images,)
Morris Chestnut and Pam Byse
Married more than 20 years, the hunky actor and his beautiful wife still look as in love as they did in the mid-90s.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: Morris Chestnut and Pam Byse attend a ceremony honoring Morris Chestnut with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 23, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
Ciara and Russell Wilson
They might have been out in the open at a tennis match, but that didn’t stop Russell from saying something Ciara certainly enjoyed hearing.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 30: Russell Wilson and Ciara laugh as they attend Day Four of Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts
Niecy and Jessica love to share a kiss at events, along with a big smile that shows how head over heels they are for one another.
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 13: Jessica Betts and Niecy Nash attend TheWrap’s 2022 Annual Changemakers List VIP Dinner at Santa Monica Proper Hotel on December 13, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett
Sure, it’s not a kiss or a hug, but there’s something very chivalrous and loving about a husband helping his wife look her very best in front of the world. We love to see it!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 15: (L-R) Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance attend the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Idris and Sabrina Elba
There’s not much to say about these two that this image doesn’t clearly show — they are clearly enamored with one another and look oh so good together.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 26: (L-R) Sabrina Dhowre Elba and Idris Elba attend the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/WireImage)