Call it the summer of the celebrity wedding.
Consider all the weddings in recent weeks: Alicia Keys
tied the knot with her producer-beau Swizz Beatz
, wearing a pretty Grecian gown that covered her baby bump. After a five-year engagement, basketball player Carmelo Anthony
and television personality La La Vazquez
finally sealed the deal during a star-studded New York City ceremony. Rapper T.I.
and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle
, who have two children, celebrated their much-anticipated wedding with three receptions. And then there's Martin Lawrence
, who wed girlfriend Shamicka Gibbs
last month; DJ Jazzy Jeff
and his new bride Lynette Jackson;
and Boston Celtic Paul Pierce
, who recently married sweetheart Julie Landrum
These celebrity weddings could have a positive effect on African Americans, who are less likely than any other group in the United States to get married. Dr. Shane Perrault
, marriage counselor and African American relationships expert, told Black Voices that high-profile black marriages like Barack
and Michelle Obama'
s are good for the community.
"This is a successful black couple," he said. "They've made being married a bit more in vogue."