While reading the article about this week’s Power Couple Marc Clarke & Allison Seymour on BMWK this week, I started thinking about what it means to be a “power” couple, and what the alternative would be. I then googled other black power couples and I found Director Salim Akil and his wife & screenwriter Mara Brock Akil, creator of Girlfriends, Moesha and The Game. Links to Beyonce & Jay-Z popped up as did our first family President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. How can a couple go from being powerless, or average couples to being power couples?
Power couples are in sync with each other. All of the power couples mentioned above support each other. Whether it is working on a film together or in Jay-Z & Beyonce’s case, performing on each other’s albums, power couples provide opportunities for their significant other to shine. Interestingly enough, many powerful couples worked in the same or similar industries and rather than competing, they combined their efforts.
Power couples have fun together. From weekly date nights to regular vacations, all power couples step away from their busy work lives to nurture their relationships. They understand the importance of nurturing each other in an intentional way.
Power couples mind their finances. It is not secret that financial problems lead many couples to destruction. Power couples have accumulated wealth and they are able to invest in the experiences and assets that they care about.
Power couples have excellent communication. They are able to verbalize their needs and to solve problems and concerns quickly. While my husband and I have fun during our weekly date night, we also use the time to “check in” and “clear the air.” We decided to go on a weekend getaway recently because we realized we were just too wrapped up in work commitments and needed some alone time.
Power couples stand the test of time. I am reminded of the lyrics to Alicia Keys song “Unbreakable.”
Power Couples do not earn that title until they first become powerful individuals. While they experience an intense love that radiates and resonates with the world, they also have projects or careers that they’re committed to. In other words, their life does not stop with their love. Their love is the fuel that keeps them sharing their other talents and gifts with the world.
BMWK Family: Think about your favorite power couple and share what it is that you love about them.