Special Wedding Issue Street Beat

Street Beat: Michael Cushman and Velvet Lenore

Jameer Baptiste
Written by Jameer Baptiste

When you’re touched by the love bug you just can’t help but think it’s going to be everlasting. But once the honeymoon stage ends, the real work begins. Here’s advice from one of the five couples we asked that have withstood the test of time and are still going strong.


Michael Cushman and Velvet Lenore

9 years strong

Photographer Michael Cushman and Entertainer Velvet Lenore not only love together they work together too. Here’s how they’ve kept their relationship going strong.

Q: What is the secret to a long-term relationship?

A: “Know each other, learn each others nuances and work as a team,” suggested Michael. “Working together helps with getting though any situation that might arise. And listen, effective communication also helps.”    

“Respect and communication are key. Always know each others whereabouts and respect each other space,” said Velvet. “Talk about everything and listen to how the other one feels so you both are on the same page. Lastly, make time to do nice things together even if your schedules get crazy.”