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Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson just celebrated their 36th year of marriage — a number that, especially in Hollywood, is hard to come by.

Jackson and Richardson met while attending Morehouse College and tied the knot in 1980. After saying “I do,” Jackson’s career started to skyrocket, but the couple quickly faced trials and tribulations when the actor’s drug addiction hit an all-time high.

Jackson has been candid about his addiction and recovery, but specifically, how it affected his wife and daughter. “[They] found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody’s bachelor party,” he said in 2016 while receiving the 2016 BET Lifetime Achievement Award. “Put my ass in rehab the next day, and supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day after day.”

Mere weeks before starting production on Spike Lee’s classic, Jungle Fever, Samuel had finished a stint at a rehab clinic in New York City. Needless to say, LaTanya, who is also an actress, has stuck by Jackson’s side through the best and worst of times.

There are several Black marriages in Hollywood that are put on a pedestal — and rightfully so. So today, we celebrate other successful Black marriages in Tinseltown.

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting

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Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”

 

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