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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 www.survivingmarriagetips.com


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