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Actor, Executive Kevin Byrd to Wed Fiance Karen Pierre-Charles August 17th, 2013 in Miami, Florida

By Kevin Benoit, as Featured in Parlť Magazine (, Relationship Spotlight


Nationwide; (August 1st, 2013) -- Black love is an amazing thing! Seeing any two people in love AND happy is often a rare sighting, which makes it even more noteworthy when you stumble upon a couple that you can tell is going to work. Itís not always easy to tell from a distance with the false sense of reality that some people can put on display, but then there are times when love is so apparent, itís hard not to notice it. The genuine love of Kevin Byrd and Karen Pierre-Charles is that type of love.

Love and relationships in the urban community have become somewhat of the butt of the joke in the media over the last decade or so (Bobby & Whitney, Chris & Rihanna, the entire Love & Hip-Hop series, I can go on and on). More recent successful relationships like the Obamas, The Carters and even the Smiths have helped repair the image of the Black relationship, but successful pairs come along so few and far in between that I probably just named all of the ones that have been recognized. Therefore when I found out about the engagement and approaching nuptials of friend of Parlť, Kevin Byrd and his fiancť Karen Pierre-Charles, I had to admit that it was worth the spotlight. The same spotlight that everyday Caucasian couples receive in local and national publications.

Kevin Byrd, an actor, philanthropist and the founder of a nonprofit organization that provides a voice for prostate cancer, has been a spotlight of Parlť several times in the past, garnering covers and features since 2005. Generally the focus has been on his professional endeavors and successes, which include several films, an action figure created in his likeness and proclamations honoring his work by dozens of politicians and cities. Karen on the other hand has lived a more moderate life as a teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Sheís been teaching for 6 years following receiving her Masterís Degree from Columbia University.

The couple met through mutual friends after a prayer meeting at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. After church the group went out to dinner and as the night progressed Kevin and Karen instantly hit it off.

The couple met in February of 2012 and 8 months later Kevin proposed. Kevin Byrd and his future wife, Karen Pierre-Charles will be getting married on August 17, 2013 in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where her family resides. Their color arrangement will be orange and yellow.

The couple answered a few questions about their path to the altar.†

Favorite Attribute

Karenís answer-
My most favorite attribute about Kevin is his heart. He has the biggest heart ever. He loves to give to others and just canít help himself. Kevin loves to give not only his time but if he sees you without a shirt, heíll give you his right off his back, then heíll give you his shoes. In the world that we live in today, itís hard to find someone who gives willingly and not under compulsion. Kevin is a good man and he has a great heart that just keeps on giving.

Kevinís answer-
There are many attributes that I admire about Karen but my most favorite attribute is her character. Karen makes you feel good about yourself and encourages every chance she gets. She makes me want to strive to do more. Karen is so down to earth. She makes me feel happy even when Iím at my worst. When Iím feeling down and Iím hard on myself, she knows exactly what to say or do to make me feel better. Karen is such a beautiful woman, has the most vibrant smile, is a bright light and is a virtuous woman. Iím so blessed to have her in my life.

What do we look forward to the most about marriage?
Marriage is much more than just two people enjoying each otherís companionship and partnership. We believe God called us together for a greater purpose and that purpose is to bring Him glory. We look forward to a lifelong covenant of love. We look forward to growing old together. We look forward to accomplishing together what we wouldnít be able to accomplish apart. We are actually working on writing a childrenís book together. Together, we are stronger and more effective than when we are apart.

This article was originally printed in the July 2013 issue of Parlť Magazine (


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