Meet the Friends

America has their fair share of beloved celebrity couples: Rev Run and Justine. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Beyoncé and Jay-Z. We root for them, cry with them, and even live vicariously through them. The entertainment industry has done an excellent job selling us the glamorous fantasy of rich and famous couples. However, is this fantasy distorting our perspective and expectations in our own real life relationships?

According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. And the divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. In a nutshell, divorces are very common for us. A way of life, unfortunately…

Can I just be blunt here and say we suck at relationships? I mean really suck… Nobody starts off dating and say, “Hey, let’s just waste years together and end it all in a heartbreaking separation!” So what in the heck are we doing wrong?!

Instagram: @labryantfriend

Enter LaBryant and Phineka Friend to save the day. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, this power couple has loads of wisdom to share on their brand new YouTube channel, “Friends with the Friends.” Inspiration packed with candid humor — I promise you the Friends will have you laughing and yet have you in some Oprah-like “ah-ha” moments at the same time.

The Friends just recently celebrated 9 years of marriage. The 9 years may not mean much to you, but they beat the statistic that says 8 years is the average length of a typical marriage. This feat alone qualifies them to dish out relationship advice many can benefit from. But they won’t only talk about relationships. For those of us who are content in the love department, the Friends will discuss all areas of life that I’m sure will challenge us and inspire us to aim for greater.

The couple also has four adorable daughters affectionately known as the Friendlettes: Asheriel, Londyn, Amana, and Layel. You will definitely see them featured on the channel from time to time. And you’d be surprised — the Friendlettes have a bit of wisdom to give themselves.

Personally, I would not be surprised at all if an Atlanta TV producer presents them with an opportunity for a reality TV show (hint-hint). I expect to see much more of them in the future.

So if you are looking for “real,” transparent relationship advice, and concerning life in general, you still have time to catch up on the videos. They’re just getting started. Check them out and subscribe to “Friends with The Friends” on YouTube.

Instagram: @phinekafriend