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CASE OF THE EX: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PARTNER IS STILL HOLDING ON

Mya was certainly onto something with her 2000 hit “Case of the Ex.” Dealing with a man or woman who keeps in touch with their ex feels sort of like being an emotional third wheel. Simply put: it sucks. But there are levels to the case of the ex. There’s the ex your lover periodically checks in with to see how they’re doing. The ex who can’t seem to let go or take no for an answer. And then there’s the ex who seemingly still holds a special place in your man’s heart; you know the one who left all… Continue Reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING FRIENDS OUT YOUR DATING LIFE

There’s no true rulebook for a successful relationship, but there are certainly preventative measures one can take to ensure its survival. One of the surest ways to send your relationship up in flames is to allow other people in it. Serena Williams could not learn that any quicker following rumors her gal pals are cautioning her to take things slow with Drake. Allegedly they think the rapper, based on their past dating history, has a healthy appetite for the ladies and do not believe he’s capable of being faithful to Serena. By the looks of it, Williams could care less what… Continue Reading

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Is The Institution of Marriage Dying? [Commentary]

There’s a state of emergency in America: married couples just can’t seem to stay together. In Black Hollywood alone there have been at least seven reported divorces, including Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson, and more recently Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose. Whether over infidelity or irreconcilable differences, it seems celebrity couples are calling it quits left and right with no sign of hope in sight. So much so that a couple actually surviving is mythical in theory (hey, Jada and Will!) Other marriages that have joined the divorce roll call this year include Randy Jackson and wife Erika Riker, celebrity chefs Gina and Pat Neely, Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally, and Paula Patton and Robin Thicke…. Continue Reading

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When To Know It’s Too Late To Repair A Relationship

Robin Thicke’s got it bad. Since his separation from wife Paula Patton, the blue-eyed soul singer has gone on a very public, national pity tour to get her back. City to city, venue to venue, Thicke has practically begged for a second chance from Paula, who not-so-ironically is the namesake of the his new album and the muse behind its lead single “Get Her Back.” Thicke’s charades have come off quite pathetic to say the least, and social media made that very clear when the #AskThicke Q&A hashtag with VH1 turned into a meme of users defending Paula and demanding that… Continue Reading

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Advice: Is It Ever OK to Move To A Different State For A Relationship?

I had an interesting debate with someone the other day about whether or not I would ever move from New York  if my partner wanted to or happened to live in another city – say Washington or Atlanta. My response was an unequivocal NO. Not because I don’t value relationships and love, but because I would never put my relationship before my own career. Let me explain. Because I’m a writer who primarily covers entertainment, culture and lifestyle for magazines and media sites like XXLmag.com, EBONY.com and JET Magazine – something I plan on doing for the remainder of my… Continue Reading

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Why Breaking Up Is the Best Career Move for Chris Brown and Rihanna

  After weeks of speculation, it appears the dynamic duo that is Chris Brown and Rihanna have officially terminated their romantic relationship. Though it comes as a surprise to some, when one considers the public backlash they endured for getting back together in the first place, the choice to go their separate ways is probably one of the best decisions they could make for more reasons than one. With Rihanna currently touring and Brown readying his new album, “X,” the two singers not only have an opportunity to take this time to put their dark past behind them, but focus on… Continue Reading

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The Disney Fairytale They Didn’t Tell You About: My Mom, The Widow

Originally published on EBONY.com:   After a woman meets her ‘Prince Charming,’ walks down the aisle, and raises children with the love of her life, there’s reason enough to expect a fairytale ending. But what if the script changes drastically…tragically? I often asked myself this over the past year as I watched my mother, 56, pick up the torn pages of her fairytale following the death of my father. Having been married for 29 years, 25 of which were spent raising my brother and me, marriage and motherhood was almost all my mother had ever known. But when her husband unexpectedly… Continue Reading