Jenny and Rufus Triplett are one of the few professional husband and wife teams who do just about everything together, having survived over 20-plus years of marriage being attached at the hip. The couple met in the late ‘80s when Rufus was singing, writing and touring with the platinum R&B group, Ready for the World. Jenny was an intern at a radio station and headed the marketing outreach team for the act.
Now adding self-published co-authors and Amazon Best Sellers to their long list of accomplishments, “Surviving Marriage In The 21st Century: 13 Easy Tips that Can Help You Get to 20 years and Beyond,” released last February, is sparking the much needed conversation about marriage and that tips needed to survive the foundation and institution of the family that it has always been.
According to Brooklyn Eagle, the couple will appear to speak and sign books in Brooklyn on Nov. 17 atMasjid Abdul Muhsi Kalifah in Bed-Stuy.
The Tripletts were honored in the Feb. 2012 issue of Ebony Magazine as “Couple of the Year.” They have always kept it 100 percent real during their two plus decades of matrimony. The couple has survived military service, a head on collision, incarceration, raised three young men, run their own multimedia company and are celebrating 23-plus years of successful marriage. They were also featured in the Feb. 2013 issue of REDBOOK Magazine as marriage tipsters, the April 2013 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and named one of the Top 14 most inspiring Couples of 2013 by Black Love Forum and Essence.com writer Jai Stone.
Out of all their many trials and tribulations the Triplett’s are acknowledged for their faith, perseverance and commitment. Their seemingly plain and simple approach has resonated through their marriage tips and relationship advice given to newlyweds, engaged, dating and long term couples. Surviving Marriage Tips is more than a book of general rhetoric. Co-written with the help of an app, it is a book of relatable experiences from the viewpoint of a man and woman, in their own humorous way, who committed to the institution of marriage at the young age of 21.
The Triplett’s are the owners of Dawah International, LLC, a multimedia company which publishes Prisonworld Magazine and co-host their own weekly radio show, the Prisonworld Radio Hour, which airs on the Prisonworld Radio Network Mondays at 6 p.m. EST. Their radio show draws a global audience of over 1.4 million listeners monthly, including distribution within the prison system and syndication to iTunes.
As a husband and wife team, Rufus and Jenny readily acknowledge their individual male and female perspectives but both agree that communication is the greatest survival tip. Their appearances on “HuffPost Live” talking about the disagreements married couples have as well as the reasons why weight gain should not be a reason for divorce was well received by the producers and viewers of the show. Their appearance on “Family Court with Judge Penny” and “Dr. Phil” garnered rave reviews for their parenting philosophies. Jenny has appeared on “The Mike & Juliet Morning Show” giving some words of wisdom to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and she is also a prison and relationship pundit contributing to Loop21, Reuters and has provided commentary for CNN, Black Enterprise Magazine, MSN.com and the Los Angeles Times.
For more information about the Triplett’s and their book, visit http://www.survivingmarriagetips.com or follow them on Twitter @Prisonworld and @OurMarriageTips.
The Nov. 17 event will begin at 1 p.m. Masjid Abdul Muhsi Kalifah is located at 120 Madison St. (between Franklin and Putnam Aves)The event is free. Books will be available for purchase ($15), and with a book comes a free sample of the couple’s fragrance (vials of the fragrance are $5).