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by Cheryl Lakes

R. Kelly Has Been Charged With 10 Counts Of Sexual Abuse: R. Kelly  has been charged with criminal sexual abuse.  At a press conference in Chicago on Friday, Cook County District Attorney Kim Foxx revealed that the R&B star has been indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims. All were referred to only by their initials, and three were specifically referred to as under the age of 17.  For the fourth alleged victim, whose age was not specified, the grand jury found one count of aggravated sexual abuse “based on the transmission of semen by Robert Kelly upon any part of the body of the [alleged] victim for the purpose of sexual gratification. The alleged incidents all occurred between May 1998 and January 2010.  Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of 3-7 years per charge, and is probationable.  According to the Associated Press, a no-bail arrest warrant has been issued for Kelly. “We anticipate [Kelly] will appear in bond court by tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon,” Foxx said at the conclusion of the press conference.  Kelly, however, has repeatedly denied all accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct made against him. Avenatti previously told CNN that Cook County prosecutors investigating the allegations facing the embattled singer were given the previously unknown, 45-minute-long tape earlier this month on behalf of his client, a “whistleblower” who previously worked with the star.  The explicit video reportedly shows a man “who appears to be R. Kelly” and a girl having sex as they make mention of her “14-year-old” genitalia six different times, according to CNN.  The man also allegedly asks the girl to urinate on him, and she obliges.  Update: R. Kelly turned himself into Chicago police on Friday night.

Could Khloe Kardashian Be The Next Bachelorette?  Since Khloe Kardashian broke up with Fickle Tristan, there’s some talk of her being considered for the next season of The Bachelorette.  The creator and executive producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Mike Fleiss, has some fans hoping she gets picked.  Fleiss told fans on Twitter that the search for the next Bachelorette is well under way, and Khloé’s name is a huge option.  He also tweeted he’s in talks with her mother/manager, Kris Jenner.  At this point, everybody is hoping Khloe finds true love at last.

‘Empire’ Cuts Jussie Smollett’s Character Out Of Final Episodes:  Executive producers of “Empire” announced on Friday that they’re scrubbing Smollett’s character from the final two episodes this season.  “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply,” the producers, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer, said in a statement released by 20th Century Fox Television.  In all five seasons of the hit Fox drama, Smollett portrayed Jamal Lyon, the openly gay son of hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon, who struggles with his relationship with his father.  “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” the statement continued. “We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

Janet Mock Getting Divorce After Three Years:  The director, writer and producer of FX’s hit show “Pose,”  is splitting from her husband of three years. Mock, who is also a transgender rights activist, filed documents to divorce Aaron Tredwell on Wednesday, according to The Blast.  The 35-year-old director said they are splitting because of irreconcilable differences, the website reported.  The pair do not have any children together. They were married in December 2014 in an intimate wedding in her hometown, Oahu, Hawaii. “Within minutes of our meeting, [Tredwell] invited me for a cup of coffee, and in a nearby fluorescent-lit café, I discovered that he was more than good-looking,” Mock told Brides.com in 2015. “He was kind and attentive and had a generous ear. I knew he was my guy, but I was unsure if I’d be his girl.”


I’m set to marry a good guy, whose ring I’ve accepted, but I’m secretly in love with his best friend, who is no longer interested in me.  Should I go through it?

by Sarah Smart

Q.  I recently accepted an engagement ring from a man and I’m truly in love with his best friend. The best friend and I “slipped up” once.  But since then, he won’t even look at me.  I’m perplexed.  I want to be married, and I’m afraid to blow this opportunity to be with a good man who is financially stable.  But I don’t love him, and all my friends are advising me to marry now and fall in love later.  What do you say?       MORE

The Dating Chronicles


When Pam and Rick began dating, she was extremely flattered whenever Rick acted jealous. She thought it was sweet when he called her seven or eight times a day, “just to check on her.” She liked him and everything about him.  He was a prominent lawyer and very popular among the city’s elite.  She felt special because he had chosen her to be his girl.



Question: What was

your calendar like last year?

by Vern Anderson and Isaac Salem

Here’s a poll of  857 singles from across the country who answered a questionnaire on their individual dating activity last year.  They ranged in age from 23-44.  MORE

From The Front Lines

To Marry Is Not

Always The Answer

Phoebe, Dallas, Texas – “In the last 5 years, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on wedding gifts, bridesmaid’s dresses, rehearsal suits, etc, and not one of the couples who became betrothed before my eyes, is still with their partner.  One friend married a man who confessed to her on the eve of the wedding, that he was bi-sexual, and could not commit to fidelity, and she still married him.  Her excuse was that she didn’t want to be embarrassed at the church by calling the wedding off.”



At The Club

Out With

An Attitude

by Jovan Tahale

When I was asked to do this article, I immediately thought of all my girlfriends, and how they behave to a guy’s approach in a social setting, and I was embarrassed after the fact.  I have one friend who I go out with all the time and after a thoughtful analysis of our conduct, I came to the conclusion that neither one of us could qualify to enter a Ms. Manners contest.   Admittedly, we’ve have behaved shamelessly at one time or another when a guy did not measure up, approached and attempted to engage us for any reason.  In a party setting, we would wait patiently for our “kind” to approach, and if the wrong guy came and asked us to dance, we would wave him away without a smile.


Dating Data

How To Cure

Dating Despair

by Lisa Cregier

The lights were low and the music was soft, as I sat across the table from a man who had taken my appetite away.  He was perfect.  He was tall, handsome, resplendently dressed, articulate, funny and respectfully employed.  I liked his hair, his eyes, his shoulders and the way he pronounced my name.    This was our fifth date, in less than a month and I was convinced he really liked me.  As usual, I was excited about being out with him again…but this night something wasn’t quite right.  I couldn’t put my finger on it and neither did I want to.  There had been some strange aura coming from him since the beginning of the evening.


Personal Finance

Do A Budget

And Change

Your Life

by Desmund Adams

You’re counting down the days until payday.  You can’t wait to get your paycheck so you can buy that new outfit or go out with your friends on the weekend.  But as money comes in from your job or investments, it goes right out with living expenses and bills.  If this sounds familiar, you probably need a budget to help you take control of your finances.  Just like a good exercise program, you could begin to see results of establishing a budget in just three months.  It may be worth spending the time to record and examine your earnings and expenses and then carefully develop a budget that suits you.      MORE

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