BlacksinHollywood.com takes you on a love odyssey to showcase some of the most incredible Black Love stories of all time.
Bob and Rita Marley
Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Marley OD (née Anderson; born 25 July 1946), is a Cuban-Jamaican singer and the widow of Bob Marley. She was a member of the vocal group the the I Threes, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, which gained recognition as the backing vocalists for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Born to parents Leroy Anderson and Cynthia “Beda” Jarrett, Rita grew up in the upper level of Beachwood Avenue, located in Kingston, Jamaica. In her book No Woman, No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley Rita describes how she was raised by her Aunt Viola on Greenwich Park Road. Bob was from the lower level of Trenchtown.
In the mid 1960s, Rita met Bob after meeting Peter Tosh. After it was learned that she was a singer, she was asked to audition for the Soulettes, later known as the I Threes. The group included Rita, her cousin Constaine “Dream” Walker and Marlene “Precious” Giffordwas. Bob became the group’s mentor and manager and through working together, he and Rita fell in love.
On 3 December 1976 two days before “Smile Jamaica” – a free concert organized by the Jamaican Prime Minister Michael -Manley. Rita, Bob, and manager Don Taylor were wounded in an assault by unknown gunmen inside the Marley home. Rita survived a shot to the head and Taylor sustained serious injuries from being shot in the leg. Bob Marley had a bullet skid his chest and wound his arm.
After Marley’s death, she was devastated. She decided to celebrate her love for her late husband by living by the principals that they set as a couple. She dedicated her life to honoring his memory and raising his children in a way that would make him proud.
When the public demanded, she recorded a few albums under her name with some success in the United Kingdom. In 1986, Rita made the decision to convert Bob Marley’s home into the Bob Marley Museum. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Robert Marley Foundation, Bob Marley Trust, and the Bob Marley Group of Companies. She has also adopted 35 children in Ethiopia and has assisted over 200 children in Konkonuru Methodist School in Ghana where she was granted citizenship.
In 2000, following the steps she and her husband had set out to do together, Rita Marley founded the Rita Marley Foundation. It is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization that works to alleviate poverty and hunger in developing countries. It specifically targets elderly and youth. It has given out a number of scholarships to music students in Ghana’s Berklee College of Music. It also hosts the annual Africa Unite concerts which looks to spread global awareness about issues that affect Africa and to develop lasting solutions.
Helping to spread Bob’s legacy to a new generation, Rita appeared in the song “Mary Jane Shoes” on Fergie’s multi-platinum 2006 album The Dutchess. Rita performed background vocals to the song “Raikoum” by Khaled in his album Liberté. She also performed background vocals for the song Ouelli El Darek by Khaled in his album Sahra.
In 1996 Rita Marley was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government, and in 2010 received the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award. On 3 August 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of Ghana by the Ghanaian government. In November 2015 Marley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of the West Indies. She uses her accomplishments as opportunities to talk about Bob Marley. That’s the kind of love that lasts forever.
Remy Ma and Papoose
Shamele Mackie (born March 5, 1978), better known by his stage name Papoose /pæˈpuːs/ is a rapper best known for his intense yet inspiring love for his girlfriend and now wife, Remy Ma.
Although her musical success far outshines his, perhaps some of the most interesting moments in Remy’s life have been how much her now husband, Papoose, loves her. Their relationship has social media buzzing and looking for more. It’s clear to see that this couple is headed for a spin-off show because fans cannot get enough of them.
Tragedy struck recently when Remy’s son, Jayson, was stabbed in New York City. Read the details here.
After breaking into the rap game in 2005 with DJ Kayslay with the release of his song “Alphabetical Slaughter” Papoose signed a $1.5 million contract with Jive Records. But unfortunately, his debut studio album, The Nacirema Dream was shelved leading Papoose to cut ties with Jive.
To rebuild his brand, Papoose released over a dozen free mix tapes causing a frenzy for his work. In 2012, he secured a deal with Fontana Distribution and released his debut album independently on March 26, 2013. In 2014, Papoose began work on a music collaboration with international producer Swissivory and west coast rapper C-Tru on a track titled “How We Roll”. The single was put into rotation on MTV September 16, 2014.
While his love of music is clear, his love of Remy was what kept fans – and even haters coming back for more.
In 2008, Papoose issued a statement saying that he and fellow rapper Remy Ma were to be married, but due to Ma’s impending prison sentence of potentially up to 15–25 years, the couple had changed their plans and intended to marry in prison instead.
Papoose planned to wed his fiancee while in prison, but the wedding was called off for one day after he allegedly attempted to smuggle a key into prison on their wedding day in May 2008. After the incident, Papoose married Ma the next day inside the courtroom right before sentencing and was barred from visiting her for six months. They had conjugal visits every six weeks until Remy Ma was released in 2014.
Reminisce Smith (born May 30, 1980), better known by her stage name Remy Ma, formerly Remy Martin, is a Grammy-nominated American rapper and former member of the late rapper Big Pun’s rap crew, Terror Squad. Ma was featured on the group’s hit song “Lean Back” from their second album True Story and M.O.P.’s “Ante Up (Remix).” Her debut solo album, There’s Something about Remy: Based on a True Story, was released on February 7, 2006.
She has won two Vibe awards, two Source awards, an ASCAP pop award and a BET award for “Best Female Hip Hop”, as well as two other nominations. Remy cites Big Punisher and Roxanne Shante as her biggest influences. Smith served a six-year jail term of her eight-year sentence in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women for shooting Makeeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen over a missing sum of $3,000. She was released on August 1, 2014 and began recording new music with DJ/Producer DJ Khaled immediately after her release.
Papoose also has a daughter named Dejanae Mackie and is of Liberian descent. Remy has a son named Jayson.