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Nicki Dating

Sex Offender

by Cheryl Lakes

Nicki Minaj Is Dating Sex Offender:  The Grammy nominee showed off her man on Instagram on Sunday, December 9, after celebrating her birthday with him.  Many fans were quick to voice concerns about Kenneth Petty’s checkered past, which prompted Minaj to disable comments on the post.  According to US Weekly, Petty has been registered as a sex offender in New York state since being convicted in 1995 of first-degree attempted rape over an incident that occurred the previous year involving a 16-year-old girl. More recently, he served prison time after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter. According to TMZ, things are more serious than people first realized between them as the couple is already discussing marriage and babies.  A source close to Nicki is reportedly revealed that Nicki is serious about Kenneth because she believes he is a good man who was falsely convicted of a very serious sex crime.  Minaj defended Petty’s attempted rape conviction in an Instagram comment on Monday, December 10, writing. “he was 15, she was 16….in a relationship.  But go awf, Internet. Y’all can’t run my life.  Y’all can’t even run y’all own life.  Thank you boo.”

Rappers Are Telling Cardi B To Take Offset Back:   Cardi B and Offset were seen as a power couple for many until she could no longer stand the rumors of him cheating. “It’s nobody’s fault, it’s just like I guess we grew out of love,” Cardi said on Instagram at the time. “But, we’re not together any more. It might take time to get a divorce. I’m always going to have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father.”  Yet, he maintains that he misses her.  50 Cent among others has already sprung to the rapper’s defense. “That’s a cute outfit, but you gotta go home,” 50 wrote on one of Cardi’s recent Instagram posts. “That boy love you girl!” Lil Duvall tweeted,“Life is too short to be leaving niggaz just cuz they cheated…take him back.”  Upon hearing of the split, many fans began to speculate it was just for publicity, but Cardi shut down those accusations pretty fast. “I just really hate how people say we trying to do this for publicity,” she said during a stream on Instagram. “Think we want to put our life out there for what—what we gain from publicity? Nothing.”  Regardless of the split, Cardi has been doing very well for herself, as she recently grabbed five Grammy nominations. In fact, she found out about her nominations after leaving court.

Issa Rae Signs Multi-Picture Deal With Columbia Pictures:  According to Variety, Issa’s production company, ColorCreative, has signed a multi-picture production deal with Columbia Pictures. The deal is special because it’ll allow ColorCreative  to work with and back projects from diverse emerging screenwriters.  Though films like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians are making a splash in Hollywood, a recent USC study shows that only 29.3% of characters in the 100 top grossing movies of 2017 were from under-represented racial and ethnic groups. A select group of writers will be announced in the spring of 2019 to work with Rae and her studio to develop and write features based on their original ideas.  “Issa is a force of nature, and a magnet for talented people,” said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures. “We couldn’t be more excited to join her in her mission to pave the way for fresh and authentic voices.”  Columbia, which is owned by Sony, has backed various projects with women of color leads, including the upcoming Miss Bala, an action film with a cast and crew that is 95% Latino. They’re also preparing for the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the animated film based on the Black Spider-Man Miles Morales voiced by Shameik Moore.  Rae is most known for creating, co-writing and starring in the HBO series Insecure.

Birdman’s Mansion Price Reduced:  Page Six reportsAfter the rapper and record producer, whose given name is Bryan Williams, was evicted from his baller mansion, his personal belongings were placed in storage, and the 10-bedroom, 14-bath waterfront home went on the market for $15.5 million last month. The massive estate initially went on the market for $20 million in 2017, when Birdman’s creditors began to chirp. Since then, it’s been nothing but drama for the Cash Money impresario.  Birdman slashed the price to $16.9 million shortly before the South Florida Business Journal reported he was facing $12 million foreclosure proceedings. The bank was ready to reclaim not only the 19,970-square-foot home, but also a 26,040-square-foot Miami office building that’s home to his Hit Factory Criteria Recording Studios. From there, it got worse. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the producer was ordered to immediately surrender possession of all keys and security system access to the compound in January. All personal items within the home—including platinum records gracing the walls, a pool table, and dozens of pairs of shoes—were all confiscated and placed in storage.  According to The Blast, Birdman recently filed a claim to get his personal property back. Among the items listed in the court filing?  Old stereo engineering equipment, 70-plus pairs of shoes, a box of sweatpants, and 14 sweaters. He’s also requesting music awards, including a BET Award, MTV Award, and the platinum record plaques he received for recordings by Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne (whom he mentored) be returned.


SingleScenes

I’m having a birthday party next month and I don’t want to invite my best friend because she can’t go anywhere without her obnoxious boyfriend.

by Sarah Smart

Q:  Next month, I’m having a birthday party at my home and I only wish to have people there that I love and care about.  But I have a problem.  I cannot stand my best friend’s boyfriend, and she can’t go anywhere without him.  He is obnoxious, vulgar and flirtatious, and I don’t want him within ten feet of my door.  I know if I tell her not to bring him, she won’t come. And I can’t imagine having the party without her.  What can I do?

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The Dating Chronicles

The Secret

Meryl had been listening to Jake and the stories from his “love archives” for years.  She had been his friend and confidante since they were teenagers.  And she’d always loved him without him knowing it.  She had stood with him through two divorces, a “fatal attraction” and a six week stay in the hospital.  And through it all, he had failed to see the stars in her eyes that shined only for him.  The women came and went and Jake shared their shortcomings with Meryl, and she learned bit by bit what pleased him.

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Holiday Hints

6 Steps To

Enjoying The

Next Party!

by M.K. Allison

At a party recently, I noticed several women sitting alone waiting for someone to notice them and give purpose to their being there.  Most stared off into space, while others complained loudly that the men in the room were backward because of their failure to approach.  I watched from a position of comfort as I stood in the midst of three guys I’d enticed into a debate about a controversial current event, while trying to decide who was the most interesting.   MORE


Alone On The

Weekend?

Try These 7 Things For Fun

by Jan Pitts

So…It’s Friday again…or perhaps Saturday night, and you feel sort of blue.  You are not depressed or suffering a severe case of the blues. You just feel recreation listless. You don’t have any real plans for the weekend, and no regular companion or date waiting in the wings to escort you out.  And it has been awhile.  The circus is in town, but you don’t want to go.  There’s a winter amusement park just outside the city, but you don’t have anyone who’ll go with you.  You wish you could afford a vacation, or you wish you had someone to explore the city with… but you don’t.  You’re not looking forward to spending the weekend alone, but what can you do?  Well, I’ll tell you what I’ve done, and ended up having the time of my life.   MORE


The Holiday

Dating Dilemma

Who’s Going To Dinner?

by Jake Leland

I had been dating this woman for four weeks, when my friend Ed asked if I were taking her to my mother’s house for the traditional family Christmas dinner.  Suddenly, my head was in turmoil.  We had been dating pretty heavy since we’d met and I liked her.  But I wasn’t ready to expose her to my family.  For the last two years, in my search for the right woman, I had brought two different women under the scrutiny of my four sisters, and I wasn’t about to go through that again, until I was sure of the quality of the relationship.  Plus, I wasn’t ready yet to have her see the intimate side of my life.  MORE


What Smart

Shoppers Do

For Christmas

by Susan Freedman

The time is upon us and shopping for gifts and personal items is part of the tradition and fun of the holiday season.  Those who are smart shoppers will use their credit cards for substantive financing and not convenience.  They will not pay full price for anything, unless they don’t have time to shop around.   They will do the following:    MORE


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