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 Februaryâ€™s feature, Ebony will give the Tripletts a chance to create their own fragrance, McIntosh said, as a token of appreciation.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t a contest,â€ she said. â€œAll of our readers, whether in a relationship or single, had the opportunity to participate throughout the project. They shared comments, stories and what theyâ€™ve learned.â€
And in the process of sharing what she calls â€œblack love lessons,â€ she came across the Tripletts, who are in â€œa really sweet spot right now,â€ she said. â€œWe wanted to share that.â€
Februaryâ€™s issue closes the project, but the magazine saw enough interest to continue the emphasis on relationships, McIntosh added.
â€œThe response was amazingly positive,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s benefited me in my own marriage; I grew as well. Thereâ€™s such a sea of negativity out there, it was very encouraging to find people like the Tripletts where hope continues.â€
You canÂ read more about the Triplett’s story in the February Issue of Ebony Magazine and find out more about their Surviving marriage tips at www.survivingmarriagetips.com