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Arrested For

Child Abuse

by Cheryl Lakes

Reality Star Arrested:  “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Tommie Lee was arrested after she showed up to court drunk.  The troubled reality star, 34, was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol testing after she appeared drunk during a court appearance in Cobb County, Ga., last week, reports TMZ.   According to the website, she was arrested after her blood alcohol concentration levels came back more than twice the legal limit, a violation of her bond.

Lee had been in court for a hearing related to her pending child abuse case. In January, she was indicted on multiple charges stemming from an incident last October in which she allegedly grabbed one of her children by the hair and shoved their head into a metal locker at their middle school. The reality star told TMZ that she has a problem and is seeking help.  “I’ve been working really hard through my problems considering the challenges that’s been set before me since I’ve been home,” she said. “I’ve done all that I can do on my own to shake my habits but I do realize that I need help and I am currently seeking treatment.”  Despite the incident, Lee released a new song featuring Anthony Hamilton titled “Truth” on Friday.

Wendy Williams’ Friend Says He Needs To Dump Husband:  Wendy Williams must dump her domineering husband if she wants to regain her mental and physical health, her friend Paul Porter says.   Williams tearfully revealed on her talk show on this week that she’s living in a sober house.  Porter — a Northeastern University alum like Williams and the author of “Blackout” about his 40 years as a broadcaster — was alarmed watching

Williams’ show on Thursday as she coughed and choked.  “I thought she was going to pass out,” Porter told me. “I’m worried about her health. Somebody needs to do something.”  Porter, who said he’s talked with Williams a hundred times in the past two years, said Williams’ husband, Kevin Hunter, the producer of her show, is a “control freak” and “a terror.”  Williams thought of divorcing him last year when she reportedly learned he’d impregnated “his mistress,” Porter said. “They went to counseling. For some reason she can’t break away.”

T.I. Publicly Scolds Man For Wearing Gucci:  The rapper, 38, confronted a man on the street for wearing the Italian label’s clothing after Gucci was embroiled in a controversy involving a black turtleneck with red lips that inferred blackface.  Unlike some folk, T.I. hasn’t forgotten the Gucci  incident and he doesn’t want others to forget.  “Stand up for yourself, brother,” T.I. told the man in a video posted to Instagram. “It’s what’s in you, not what’s on you. That s—t ain’t s—t until we put it on! We make that s—t fly! Look at me, n—a. I’m fly as a motherf—ker and I ain’t got that s—t on. I look better than you, as a matter of fact.” 

While the man tried to deflect by pointing out that T.I. used to wear Gucci before the backlash, he immediately shut it down. “They showed me their disrespect, so guess what? I can’t do it no more,” he said. The Atlanta native has been extremely vocal against Gucci since the offending turtleneck first made headlines in February. He has posted numerous Instagram photos calling for a boycott of the company, and personally attacked Floyd Mayweather for his support of Gucci in a diss track titled “F—k N—a,” which features lyrics such as, “I don’t give a f—k how much money you have / What did you do with it? How did you use it to make an impact and influence the wealth for the better? / You rather go buy jewelry, whatever.” Gucci swiftly removed the sweater from both its stores and its website, and the company has apologized and recently implemented a new diversity plan to prevent future issues.


Every morning on the way to work on the train, I engage in a staring bout with a handsome fellow passenger who has never said a word.  I’m wondering if he’s shy and should I say something?

by Sarah Smart

Q.  On the train every morning on my way to work, I engage in locked eye contact with the most handsome man, and he never says a word. I’m so hooked on him that I dream of him every night.  I know he likes me because of the way he stares. But I’m convinced he’s shy.  This has been going on for five weeks without one word being spoken.  Should I say something and break the spell? What do you think?     MORE

The Dating Chronicles

The Departure

As Dee walked up the stairs of the church, she felt foolish.  But she had to see for herself.  She had heard that her ex-boyfriend Kyle was getting married to the same woman who had been her nemesis for years.  Dee was convinced that the only way her heart would be mended was to witness the act, so she could once and for all be released from the bondage that had entrapped her for so long.  As she sat in the back of the crowded church, a tall, handsome stranger took the seat next to her.  She suddenly lost interest in the festivities, as he began talking to her in whispered tones.  He introduced himself as John, one of Kyle’s co-workers.



Just How

Well Do You

Know Him?

by Coco Diong

As women, it’s imperative that we become more scrutinizing as we associate with strangers.  When we meet someone, we are generally excited about all the possibilities because we’re hoping that against all odds, this one is the one.   Unfortunately, too often we get carried away with our feelings and emotions before we have good grounds to do so, and we end up immersed in a relationship with someone who turns out to be the opposite of what we assumed. Here are 5 examples.   Lynn was on a first date with a guy, whom she felt had serious potential.  From the outside he had it all.  He was fine, well-dressed, polished and generous.  But when they left a restaurant one night, the police were outside waiting and arrested him for armed robbery and murder.


5 Things That

Make You


by Lisa Laird

It is sometimes hard, when getting to know someone, to find things to talk about that would prove to be interesting to the other party.  Interesting people are usually good listeners, who respond with appropriate sounds that indicate they are good listeners who are attentive to what’s being said.  They ask questions that reveal a sincere interest rather than a selfish curiosity.  They seldom speak of themselves in a complimentary manner or talk incessantly about what’s going on in their lives.  They speak earnestly about what they feel and think and convey a concern for the other person and what’s going on with them.  MORE

Point Of View

  • Lila – “I’ve learned that usually when a man asks a woman if she loves him, he is actively searching for an adequate reason to state his true feelings. When some men begin feeling a sliver of emotion, they can feel very vulnerable.  Despite opinion to the contrary, men can be just as silly and emotional about love as women can.  It is not always apparent because they’re so afraid of revealing feelings that make them feel stupid and easy to take advantage of.  But a smart woman can tell when a man loves her, and when he doesn’t.  It does not have to be stated.  It remains in his eyes until it dies.”      MORE

Flop Dates


by Cheryl Lakes

When you’re single and dating, there are moments that happen during the course of time you wish to forget.  Here are a few examples…

  • Candy – “On a first date with a very exciting guy that I had been working hard to impress all night, I removed my eyeglasses for vanity purposes.  Forgetting that I could barely see without them, I struggled ordering from the menu and got lost coming back to the table from the ladies’ room.  But the worst happened, when I ended up getting in the wrong car, with the wrong guy, when my date pulled up to retrieve me in front of the restaurant.  My excuse was that the two cars were the same color.  But apparently, he didn’t buy it, because he never called again.”   MORE

Dating Data

Entertaining At Home
How E-Quipped Are You?

Studies show that singles don’t do as much home entertaining as is commonly thought or have the necessary essentials to be considered a fine host.  A poll of 100 men and women revealed some interesting facts:    Women  33% had entertained at home in the last 6 months•44% owned matching crystal stemware
57% did not own any fine china•53% had mismatched wine glasses•26% owned a linen or dinner tablecloth•67% owned formal candle holders, made either of glass, crystal, silver or brass•75% owned scented candles•     MORE

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