Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in grand fashion. Congratulations to the happy couple! The power couple marked the significant occasion with their friends and family by their side, and they provided their followers with a glimpse into the festivities by posting a video to their respective Instagram accounts.
“25 years… When we first got married, we couldn’t wait to say we made it to 10 years! Now look at how far we’ve come!” the caption for the video post reads.
“As Frankie says, ‘Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain…’ Whew! He sure was right! We’ve had ups, we’ve had downs; we gained two amazing children; but lost cherished family members and friends…” the caption continues. “We’ve had successes, we’ve had failures; we’ve had spectacular wins, we’ve had devastating losses… But through it all there’s been one, beautiful constant: We’ve always had each other!”
The caption for the couple’s photo concludes on a heartfelt note, expressing their gratitude: “Thank you God for each and everyone one of these 25 years! We can’t wait to do 25 more! 10/12/1997?❤️.”
The couple’s touching video offers viewers a glimpse into the festivities that took place at their landmark anniversary party on October 1. Aisha Hinds, who co-starred with Bassett in the television show 9-1-1 and is a close friend, was one of the well-known people who attended the event. A touching video of the couple’s children, Bronwyn, and Slater Vance, is played for Bassett and Vance at one point, just before the twins address their parents.
After that, Bassett and Vance step up to the microphone to express their gratitude to those who have gathered in their honor before Vance gives the signal for their band to begin playing and everyone starts dancing.
In the comments section of the post, a number of the couple’s friends and peers, like Kerry Washington, Monique Coleman, Bresha Webb, and Tracie Thomas, told them how much they liked them.
“What a gift you both are to us all! Happy Anniversary! ❤️❤️❤️” Thomas commented as Coleman sent a similar sentiment, writing, “Here’s to the next 25 ? Love you both”
Both Bassett and Vance have many reasons to be jubilant as of late. AMC’s 61st Street, a riveting new drama series produced by AMC and premiering earlier this year, features Vance in a starring role. The hard-hitting drama follows the story of Franklin Roberts, a promising high school athlete in Chicago who gets swept up in the criminal justice system when he is wrongfully taken by the police as a member of a gang. The actor who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Franklin Roberts also won an Emmy for the role. As the police and prosecutors looking into a deadly drug bust try to get revenge for the death of an officer, which threatens to break the police department’s code of silence, the series goes deep into the murky core of the notorious Chicago criminal justice system.
When discussing the role with ET’s Kevin Frazier, Vance described his character as “a public defender [for] 30 years who is about to retire in two weeks.” He explained that the wife of his character, Martha, who was portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis and was nominated for an Academy Award, wants her husband to retire so that he can spend more time with their family. However, before he can officially retire, he gets caught up in the eye of the storm while defending his new client, Moses Johnson (Tosin Cole).
“As an honest man, you get to see how broken the system is for beige, brown and Black [folks],” Vance stated. “It just doesn’t work.”
Bassett has been nominated for an Emmy for her role as Queen Ramonda in the upcoming movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, for which she has been nominated.
In the aftermath of King T’Challa’s death, the plot of the movie focuses on Queen Ramonda, Princess Shuri M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje as they attempt to defend their homeland from invasion by various world powers. Enter Namor, king of a mysterious underwater nation, who warns them of a threat to the entire world and reveals his unsettling strategy to combat it. In order to pave a new way forward for the kingdom of Wakanda, the people of Wakanda band together and enlist the assistance of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross.
In a featurette that was released on October 11, Bassett reflected on the production of the highly anticipated sequel and shared how the film will pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman after the actor passes away in the year 2020 in a featurette.
“Chadwick, he knew exactly what this story, what these images meant to the world,” Bassett said. “In the telling of this story, we were all able to honor him together.”
On November 11, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will have its world premiere in theaters.