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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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Who Wore It Better: Jennifer Lopez Or Ellen DeGeneres



It was the turning point in Jennifer Lopez’s career — when the beauty stepped onto the red carpet during the 42nd Grammy Awards in a stunning green, low plunging Versace gown.

The monumental moment is still one of the most talked about in the entertainment industry. In fact, now, 17 years later, Ellen DeGeneres is making it a heavy topic during her daytime talkshow.

Over the weekend, Ellen surprised Lopez backstage of her show in Vegas wearing a recreation of the exotic dress. ‘I’m here to be your understudy,” she said in a clip that aired during Monday’s episode.

Ellen continued, “‘You’re not wearing this at all tonight? Okay, this is embarrassing. These ripaway clothes, though, it’s sexy.”

Lopez, who looked stunning in a pair of reading glasses and black robe then suggested that it doesn’t make sense to have an understudy this late into her tour.

“This is me seeing my songs,” the singer said. ‘It would be hard for somebody else to come in and make believe that they were Jennifer Lopez. It would be weird.”

Ellen didn’t get a chance to work directly under Lopez, but she did get one heck of a treat during the show.

“Lil’ Ellen can you put this on for me, right quick,” Jenny From the Block said on stage while tossing the talkshow host a bedazzled hat. “It’s Lil’ Ellen, everybody. Yo yo!”

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