Love is a universal language that we all define in and on our own terms. When we add the extra ingredient of our blackness, love can take on a unique power that is shared through an ancestral lineage rich with traditions and customs that have been passed on through each generation, and shaped by our own views on life.

Join us in NYC on October 13 for the first-ever ESSENCE Black Love gala! Click here to get your tickets today!

To take a deeper look at Black love as we know it today, we asked 10 couples what “Black love” means to them and what makes their love work. Prepare to feel the love and to find inspiration in your own unions.