Larry’s side of the story:
After I had the open-heart surgery last year, I knew Valerie was going to be my wife. While in recovery, I proposed to her in the hospital because her support was overwhelming. However, I don’t think she took me seriously since I didn’t have a ring with me to give her.
My ring shopping began in February but I had to keep in mind that she is not flashy and doesn’t like wearing big jewelry.
We went to the mall the day the ring was ready for pick up and I pretended to be “tired” so that I could pick the ring up without her knowing. Once we were home I sent her to get something for me upstairs so that I could prepare to ask the big question. From downstairs, I screamed “Val, help” and she rushed down to help me. She ran and found me on one knee; holding on the box in one hand while trying to keep my balance with the other.
I told her that I loved her and that I was ready to do it right this time. I had a marriage shortly before and did not want to waste another moment without making my next marriage count.
Valerie’s side of the story:
After his surgery, Larry was the first to seriously talk about marriage. The night he was in recovery at the hospital he proposed and I took his proposal seriously though he didn’t have a ring with him.
Not too long after, we went to the mall together for a normal day of shopping. When we got home, Larry told me he wanted to change his shirt before going back out for his doctor’s appointment.
From upstairs, I heard him yell for help and when I rushed down, I found him barely stable on one knee.
“Wait, This is my last time in life doing this. I have to do it right.” Then I saw the box and started to laugh. He opened it, said my whole government name and asked me to trade that in to be Mrs. Valerie Marie Shaw instead. Between laughs, I said yes and he put that obnoxious thing on my finger (I don’t like big rings at all). I’m still very proud of my engagement ring, mission accomplished.
Larry and Valerie are planning their wedding for November 1, 2011; congrats to the unifying black love.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"