Published on November 17th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This “Top 10 List” features African American celebrity couples who have had the longest successful marriages. The list is ranked in order of years married.


10. Deion & Pilar Sanders – Married for 11 years





9. Will & Jada Pinkett Smith – Married for 13 years






8. Rodney Peete & Holly Robinson Peete – Married for 15 years













7. Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis – Married for 17 years




6. Barack & Michelle Obama – Married for 18 years



5. Earvin “Magic” Johnson & Earlitha “Cookie” Johnson – Married for 19 years



4. D.L. & LaDonna Hughley – Married for 24 years



3. Denzel & Pauletta Washington – Married for 27 years



2. Samuel L. Jackson & Latanya Richardson – Married for 30 years



1. Bill & Camille Cosby – Married for 46 years



Entertainment, Miscellaneous | Comments (14)

14 Responses to “Top 10 Married Celebrity Couples”

  1. Terrance Says:

    Very Inspiring List – seeing how i just got Married in Feb.’10

  2. Leon Says:

    Thanks Terrance!
    And providing inspiration to other couples was one of the main reasons why I did the list.

  3. Cedric and Shellye Lyons Says:

    VERY nice! And they all look happy! It’s about time we had some positive images of AA marriages. Thanks, Leon!!

  4. Shack Says:

    Don’t know how long they’ve been together but the Nixons (Debbie {Allen}& Norm) should qualify for this list.

  5. Leon Says:

    Thanks for the positive feedback Cedric & Shellye.

  6. Leon Says:

    You’re right Shack! Norm & Debbie definitely qualify. They’ve been married for 26 years.
    Thanks for bringing well deserved attention to this couple.

  7. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    This is a great list. I wonder what they say their secret to success is. Interesting to see the Obama’s on a celebrity lists. I guess they could be considered celebrities. How long has Magic Johnson been married to his wife? Aren’t they still married? LL Cool J and his wife have been together since high school, unless things have changed. Great list Leon!

  8. Leon Says:

    Thanks Lenora! And LL has been married to his wife for 14 years. That would definitely place him in the top 10.

  9. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    LOL! I missed Magic on the list the first time.

  10. rod moore Says:

    What about Tim & Daphane Maxwell Reid? Anybody remember their tv show “Snoops?” It was Undercovers of its day.

  11. Leon Says:

    Thanks for reminding me of Tim & Daphne Reid, Rod.
    They have been married for 28 years!

  12. Marcus Says:


    This is a great list. I commend you for the selection. I wondered at first if the choice was going to be the Obamas … but you made a wise choice with regards to the Cosby family … their marriage is a testament to sticktudituiveness, commitment, and longevity.

  13. Shack Says:

    What about the fantabulous Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance?

  14. Leon Says:

    Shack, Angela B. & Courtney have been married for 13 years. So, they definitely would crack the top ten.