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Andre and Ta-Mela met in the front yard of a mutual friend almost 10 years ago. Andre was going to Howard University in Washington, DC and Ta-Mela was attending North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. They were literally worlds apart. Since they had mutual friends, they saw each other now and again, but never for more than a couple of hours at a time. Almost four years later, Ta-Mela moved to Washington, DC. Andre and Ta-Mela soon became fast friends. They would go to the movies together, to dinner together, and spend lots of time laughing together. It took them years to realize that they were even dating! The fact that they were dating didn’t really occur to them until the summer of 2004. “I was hanging out at Andre’s apartment one hot summer eve. We’d spent the entire evening watching TV and sipping rum. I realized I was giving Andre the eye, so I decided it was a GREAT time to go back to my house. When I walked up to Andre to say good-bye, he reached out and hugged me tightly to his chest. Suddenly, my heart started beating too fast. I felt like I’d just run a marathon. That’s when I knew that he was it. Later, Andre and I spoke about that moment. He said he could feel my heart ‘explode out my chest’ and thought, ‘Got her!’” Fast forward past five years full of laughter, love, hugs (and rum!). Here we are, still in love.
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