The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 20: The Marcelin-McCallas

The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 20: The Marcelin-McCallas

Poet Michèle Voltaire Marcelin and Haitian activist Jocelyn McCalla prove love springs eternal in the golden years

Alexandra Phanor-Faury

by Alexandra Phanor-Faury, July 08, 2013

The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 20: The Marcelin-McCallas

to me and say, ‘If this is what marriage looks like after 50, then I want to be married.’ I wish I had that notion that his kind of happiness was possible later in life when I was younger.”

Jocelyn and Michèle are proof that being madly in love doesn’t come with an expiration date. In fact, a relationship can only benefit from experience and maturity when both individuals are more aware of their wants and needs. Michèle confidently adds, “It’s never too late to find love. Only when you’ve caught your last breath. We are living the best years of our lives, and there are more blessings to come.”`

The Coolest Black Family in America is an original series: an ongoing look at the intricacies, layers and compelling beauty of African-American family life. Of course, The Coolest Black Family is not one family but many. In fact, we’ve found that there are as many Coolest Black Families as there are versions of cool. Also consider: family doesn't always mean mother + father + kids. What defines family is connected hearts and supported souls. Ride with us weekly as we crisscross the country in search of kinfolk whose cool is so palpable and real, it comes second only to their love. Think your cool fam qualifies? Email us at (with Coolest Black Family in the subject line)!

Alexandra Phanor-Faury is a Haitian-American writer living in Brooklyn, New York with a slight (OK, major) addiction to fashion and pop culture. When she's not up in the middle of the night filling her online shopping carts and catching up on style blogs, she's writing about fashion and entertainment for a number of websites and her blog, Fringueuse.

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