Ebony Magazine’s “Couple of the Year” Helps Others Survive Marriage in the New Millenium

Ebony Magazine has stepped outside of it’s normal tradition of putting celebrity couples and their marriages in the limelight. This year, the editors decided to use a couple, Rufus and Jenny Triplett, who, with 22 years of experiences with trials and tribulations, can actually teach their methods to others.

Claire McIntosh, a contributing editor at Ebony, found the Tripletts to be the embodiment of what Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett and she promoted through workshops, expert commentaries, interactive features and reader responses in the year-long Ebony Partner Project.

In addition to February’s feature, Ebony will give the Tripletts a chance to create their own fragrance, McIntosh said, as a token of appreciation.

“It wasn’t a contest,” she said. “All of our readers, whether in a relationship or single, had the opportunity to participate throughout the project. They shared comments, stories and what they’ve learned.”

And in the process of sharing what she calls “black love lessons,” she came across the Tripletts, who are in “a really sweet spot right now,” she said. “We wanted to share that.”

February’s issue closes the project, but the magazine saw enough interest to continue the emphasis on relationships, McIntosh added.

“The response was amazingly positive,” she said. “It’s benefited me in my own marriage; I grew as well. There’s such a sea of negativity out there, it was very encouraging to find people like the Tripletts where hope continues.”

You can  read more about the Triplett’s story in the February Issue of Ebony Magazine and find out more about their Surviving marriage tips at


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About Jenny Triplett

Jenny Triplett is the co-owner of Dawah International, LLC, a multimedia company which publishes Prisonworld Magazine and distributes Prisonworld Records. She also co-hosts her own weekly radio show, the Prisonworld Radio Hour, which airs on Mondays at 1:00 pm EST on WWWE-1100 AM International Talk Atlanta and WAEC - Love 860AM. She is a blogger, motivational speaker for correctional facilities, non-profit organizations, corporate functions, schools, colleges and universities. She is part of a professional husband and wife team with her husband Rufus who do just about everything together, having survived over twenty plus years of marriage being attached at the hip. The couple met in the late 80's when Rufus was singing and touring with the platinum R&B group, Ready for the World. Jenny was an intern at a radio station and headed the marketing outreach team for the act. They are Ebony Magazine's "Couple of the Year" see February 2012 Issue. As a husband and wife team, Rufus and Jenny readily acknowledge their individual male and female perspectives but both agree that communication is the greatest survival tip. Their appearances on "Family Court with Judge Penny" and "Dr. Phil" garnered rave reviews for their parenting philosophies. Jenny has appeared on "The Mike & Juliet Morning Show" giving advice to "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and she is also a prison and relationship pundit contributing to the Daily National and has provided commentary for CNN, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.

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