The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.
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The Forever Duncan Proposal and Wedding that shocked the world
On October 1, 2016, Sherrell's then boyfriend Alfred Duncan proposed to her at 11am and surprised her
with a wedding at 6pm. He accomplished the “impossible” by planning a surprise wedding, complete
with a pamper day for Sherrell, a custom-made gown and a beautiful ceremony with over 200 of their
closest friends and family.
Sharing updates of the special day using the hashtag #ForeverDuncan, social media users across the
world engaged and watched the real life fairytale unfold. Before the day was over, Alfred and Shrrell
had become internet sensations, and their sensationalism has been sustained.
Sherrell Duncan doesn’t think she has a great memory.
That’s why it puzzles Sherrell – founder of The Good Thick and co-host of the popular Friends Who Smash Podcast – why she can recall one particular conversation from her childhood with pinpoint accuracy. The Washington, D.C.-born, Riverdale, MD-raised entrepreneur was 9-years-old at the time, having a conversation with a family member. In many ways Sherrell’s family member, a functioning heroin addict, had become an example of what not do in life. In this particular conversation, however, her relative’s advice was spot on, and it would change the direction of her life. “She was like, ‘I’m going to tell you like this. When you grow up, don’t be scared of nothing or nobody, and you tell your story the way you want to tell your story. That way no one can take it from you,’” Sherrell recalled. “I was 9-years-old. I’ll never, ever forget her telling me that.”To this day, that conversation has stuck with her.
If you only know him from his Good Morning America appearance from the #ForeverDuncan wedding, you only know part of Alfred Duncan’s story. His life has been marked by taking advantage of the big opportunities that came his way.
Before Duncan ever was nominated for a Grammy or did a 29-city tour with the popular reggae band SOJA, he was an 8-year-old infatuated with music. Duncan grew up in a home where the soulful sounds of Luther Vandross and others were always on the stereo, and it wasn’t long before he was singing while his cousin played the keyboard. “I used to like to sing, and my cousin would make me sing around my family,” Duncan said. “I just knew I had talent then.” That talent would first take Duncan around the Pennebrooke Terrace community performing singing telegrams as a kid, then to Bobby Jones Gospel on BET, on stage with Go-Go legends Northeast Groovers, and eventually to the Grammys with many stops in between.