Black love is officially in the air this year after a string of celebrities announced their intentions to jump the broom. From Sherri Shepherd and Vivica A. Fox’s significant others surprising their ladies with holiday proposals, to Amerie’s longtime beau popping the question in Paris, we’re warm and fuzzy just thinking about how excited they must be. While the world rejoices over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming nuptials, here’s a look at engagements we’re excited about.
Chris Paul and Jada Crawley
Perhaps inspired after attending his friends Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Vazquez’s wedding, New Orleans Hornets player Chris Paul popped the question to Jada Crawley, the mother of his one-year-old son, in September.
Vivica A. Fox and Omar “Slimm” White
To date, Fox and “Slimm’s” relationship has been on and off again, but the club promoter recently sealed the deal with a romantic proposal and an 8-karat ring over the holidays. “Slimm n I r very happy!” tweeted Fox.
Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally
TV writer Lamar Sally surprised Shepherd over the holidays by putting her engagement ring in a bowl of M&M’s. The two have been dating for the past year. “Kept it secret so long because I wanted my relationship to be strong…” tweeted “The View” co-host after making a public announcement.
Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson
Cole and her boo, Cleveland Cavaliers player Daniel Gibson, announced they would be tying the knot shortly after finding out she was expecting their first child. Since then, Cole has mentioned that she’d like a destination wedding, preferably in exotic Bora Bora. We’re not mad at that Keyshia!
Niecey Nash and Jay Tucker
“I was asked a very important question,” tweeted Niecey this past September. “I said yes!” The happy couple plans to wed in May. The comedienne/reality show host is also quite the matchmaker; she is the one who introduced her friend Sherri Shepherd to her fiance, Lamar Sally.
Monica and Shannon Brown
NBA player Shannon Brown popped the question in front of his and singer, Monica’s parents in October. He added a beautiful 10-karat ring to seal the deal. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this lovely couple.
Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada
Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada and football player Ochocinco announced their engagement just four months after meeting. Ochocinco later told Ryan Seacrest, "I think I found everything I’ve been looking for in one person. [She’s] everything I’ve been missing.
Michael Vick and Kijafa Frink
The Eagles quarterback has had a great year since returning from serving his prison term. Vick proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kijafa Frink in front of friends and family in Philadelphia, and plans to wed in 2011.
Zoe Saldana and Keith Britton
For a while Saldana never introduced Britton as her boyfriend because she wanted the focus to be on her acting, not her personal life. Things changed when Britton proposed in June. They’re keeping mum about the details of their wedding, but we’re sure with Zoe’s impeccable taste and designer friends we’ll hear about that wedding dress. Congrats!
Amerie and Lenny Nicholson
How romantic! Singer Amerie said “yes” to her manager Lenny Nicholson’s proposal during a trip to Paris.