Black Hollywood has witnessed the weddings of veteran R&B star Keyshia Cole and veteran comedian Niecy Nash in the past few weeks. And although the two stars have received an arguably decent amount of coverage from media outlets, the buzz and general cheer surrounding their weddings seems to be rather lukewarm. In this time of royal weddings and reality show love tales, are their weddings really important to us?

Perhaps, it’s the notice surrounding the weddings? Admittedly, Cole’s wedding to Cleveland Cavalier’s guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson on May 22 was a private ceremony that was only announced by the newlyweds after the nuptials via Twitter.

However, Nash’s May 28, Malibu, Calif., wedding to electrical engineer Jay Tucker was announced several months ago with a TLC reality show documenting the wedding. The ceremony itself boasted a cadre of black stars including The View’s Sherri Shepherd, The Game actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, Holly Robinson Peete, and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who served as the matron of honor.

Maybe it’s their star power that caused the lukewarm reaction? Cole admitted that in recent years her popularity has waned and her last album Calling All Hearts failed to even go gold.

Nash, who rose to fame with gigs on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911,” Style Network’s “Clean House” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” has been noticeably absent from TV screens this year since ending her run on all three shows.

And when compared to the world frenzy surrounding the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, or the high-profile chatter surrounding Kim Kardashian’s engagement (and 20.5 carat engagement ring) to New Jersey Nets star Kris Humphries or even the oft-scrutinized engagement of Cincinnati Bengal  Chad Ochocinco to VH1’s “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozado, Nash and Cole’s wedding buzz just doesn’t add up.

Perhaps, in this day and age of Hollywood love, realistic romance simply isn’t as interesting as tabloid love affairs, scandalous reality show romances and, understandably, royal nuptials. Either way, neither Nash’s nor Cole’s wedding seemed to bring to public mind the inspiring fairy tale love story that many seem to cherish. Maybe we’ll be more interested if the two end up embroiled in bitter divorces?

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Nicholas Robinson

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  • Brenda Colton

    Nicholas Robinson you are exactly right let me cast my vote for realistic romance seeing these two couples together is a beautiful thing to see and Toya Carter with her fiance make love not war – multiply again and again stay true to yourself I pray for your success in all areas of your lives.

  • http://mobetterbysheila.blogspot.com MsMobetter

    In this day and age, all black marriages matter.  There is enough black media outlets online to have covered these stories.  I heard about Niecy’s wedding via Sherri Shepherd on my Twitter page and just learned about Keyshia in this article.  We need to continue to highlight positive relationships in particular marriage which seems to be a taboo subject in black communities or at least so mass media would have us to believe. http://mobetterbysheila.blogspot.com Black Women and Marriage 

  • http://mobetterbysheila.blogspot.com MsMobetter

    In this day and age, all black marriages matter.  There is enough black media outlets online to have covered these stories.  I heard about Niecy’s wedding via Sherri Shepherd on my Twitter page and just learned about Keyshia in this article.  We need to continue to highlight positive relationships in particular marriage which seems to be a taboo subject in black communities or at least so mass media would have us to believe. http://mobetterbysheila.blogspot.com Black Women and Marriage 

  • JAYNE DOH!

    they are not royal
    so why should they be treated as such?

    congratulations to them

  • Bhud

    Um who is Niecy Nash and How many times has she been married?