Relationship Goals: 3 Iconic Couples We Admire

Tariq M. Walker and Malinda Williams

#RelationshipGoals: We know them when we see them reflected in the lives and loves of others, but we don’t always know what those goals look like for ourselves. There is no blueprint or one-size-fits-all solution.  Fortunately, we do have examples– near, far real and imagined. The relationships we see from parents, friends, strangers and society-at-large all play a role in shaping the kind of love we believe we deserve. But not every example is a good one. It’s up to us to decide what behaviors and desires we want to reinforce.

The Icons of Love series is our way of paying homage to couples whose unions have each inspired us to live and share our own dream of love. We’re not experts, and we are always open to learning new ways to grow stronger together. Head to the comments below to share your favorite Icons of Love.

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Photo Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (1329390k) US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama


We are moved each time we see them together. They exude the dignity, compassion and strength that love reinforces. They are a “Power Couple” in the truest sense– exuding such forceful positive and loving energy that it makes our back straighten to think of them.  Yet, they manage it with a humility and relatability that would be unbelievable if it weren’t par for the course for our Forever President and First Lady.  

Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams

We knew they would be together from the moment we saw them on screen. They resonate for us because love really is a fantasy come to life. Desire, Optimism and Determination are among the things we cherish about this couple with Rags to Riches and community activism to boot. Talk about #CoupleGoals.

Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams used their platforms to present positive images that still resonate within the culture and beyond. Mahogany is the ultimate love story and Billy Dee’s character (whose last name happens to be Walker) reminded us… “Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.”

Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz 

This couple was the embodiment of courage, activism, commitment and character. They believed in us and urged us to believe in ourselves and in each other. el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) and Betty Shabazz lived and loved with passion and fearlessness for themselves and their brothers and sisters. Their inspiring example of support and solidarity encourages us to see that we are all extended family. And that family comes first.


  1. Knew you would be on a different plane when you refused to be hindered during birth by just coming almost unassisted in your moms bed. You were so cool the hospital only kept you a short time because you were birthed at home healthy. You made your own rules. Be blessed. I love your lilth and style.


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