What is marriage to you?
[Michael and Kelly] - We both feel that marriage is a symbol of commitment to our significant other, far beyond the boundaries of a regular relationship. Marriage is a union between both of us to fully commit our full energy into creating a healthy, positive and eternal life together. Marriage is something that is NEVER one sided; it is important to consider one another's feelings in every situation. It is also important to understand that a healthy and successful marriage is one that takes effort, time, patience, commitment, and compromise among of host of others things!
Why are you getting married instead of staying boo’d up?
[Kelly] - I am getting married because I do not want to live the rest of my life showing that I am scared of a FULL commitment. I want my relationship to continue to grow in every aspect, including changing my last name. I want to start a family and show my children that it is possible to get married without all the negative conceptions tied to it. I’ve grown up seeing both negative and positive conceptions of marriage around me and I pray that I will live up to the POSITIVE conception of marriage. I’m not saying we are perfect in any way because we still have a lot of growing to as a couple, but what I am saying is I’m ready to give 100% to this marriage!
What are you most looking forward to in marriage?
[Michael] - The things that I’m looking most forward too in marriage of course is the start of my union with Kelly. It’s exciting to know that you’ve found someone who has the best interest in you, and is willing to do any and everything to ensure your happiness. I’m sure the same can be said of me for her. Starting a family is also very exciting, because I know that Kelly is one who will always put her family first, and I think that’s key. They say that women are the rock of the family, and when I look at Kelly I know I found that rock. Her presence and warm spirit is always heartfelt, and I can’t see myself spending the rest of my life with anyone else other than her.
[Kelly] - I am most looking forward to spending the rest of my life and continuing to grow with Michael as a married couple. I am a little nervous about marriage, but that is expected as this is something new for the both of us. I do believe deep down in my heart I am marrying my soul mate and I am ecstatic about that! I can’t wait to start a family with Michael especially and coming together as parents one day to raise our own child is very exciting for me. I understand that there will be good and bad times, but what matters the most to me is that we will be spending them together.
What is the biggest misconception out there about love and commitment in the media?
[Michael and Kelly] – It has to be the failed relationships in black families. Today there are not many TV shows about normal, happy black families. Instead, the media decides to show you the “broken-family” including divorce, adultery, and dysfunction. From the smallest detail of not having any “love-related” black emojis to ending of shows like Family Matters and The Cosby’s, we think this shows society’s lack of trust in the black family. As a young black couple, we are here to say that there are AMAZING black couples out in the world. There are more and more young black couples getting married today, but media and society are so scarred by public portrayal that they don’t see that.
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What impact will you and your (future) spouse make in the world?
[Michael] - For me honestly I’m not looking to impact the world, but where I do want to make an impact is on my friends, family and children. As mentioned above there is a misconception about love and commitment in the media. I want to show those watching me that those stories are false, and like anything it’s hard to see the good when it’s overshadowed by the bad. I want those who are maybe observing our relationship to see the good, and to know that marriage doesn’t always end up in divorce. If I can show my kids how to be a good father, or a friend how to be a good husband than to me that small impact is much more rewarding. My goal isn’t to use my relationship to change the world, but we can use our relationship to model for those around us.
Doesn’t this just makes you go ahhhhhhh. So refreshing. So real. More power to you Kelly and Michael. Can’t wait to see what #LoveOnCloudJohnson has in store! All the best!
Until next time…..