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Huge Deal
With Netflix

by Cheryl Lakes

Beyonce Gets Big Bucks In Netflix Deal:  Page Six reports…Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it has added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in on music, too, landing a three-project deal with Beyoncé worth a whopping $60 million, sources tell Variety.  The first of the three specials is “Homecoming,” the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling her 2018 Coachella performance —  a massive spectacle of dance, visuals and music that reaffirmed Beyoncé’s moniker of Queen Bey — which premiered on April 17.  According to Vulture, HBO was also interested in the project, having had a long relationship with Knowles-Carter (the cable network aired her 2016 “Lemonade” film as well as her 2014 “On the Run Tour” concert special with husband Jay-Z and 2013 doc “Life Is But a Dream”), but backed out when Netflix came in with a richer offer. (HBO has not responded to Variety‘s request for comment.)  With the release of “Homecoming,” Beyoncé also surprise-dropped a 40-track accompanying album that includes two bonus cuts near the end: “Before I Let Go” and “I Been On.”

T.I. and Scrapp De Leon Raise Money To Free Prisoners.   Over 20 people were bonded out of jail this weekend with the help of T.I. and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. According to 11alive, those bailed out were first-time nonviolent offenders in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties in Georgia..  The church said the kind gesture started as a $40,000 local challenge within the New Birth congregation quickly grew into a $120,000 regional movement. Eventually T.I. and Scrapp DeLeon from VH1’s Love and Hip Hop partnered with the local church, helping them exceed their goal. Reportedly, the Bail Out program will continue to assist the development and reform of the beneficiaries, with each scheduled to attend a meeting every week. Some of the money raised has also been put aside to help their children attend college.  T.I. was jailed twice in Atlanta: on a federal weapons charge and for violating probation. Scrapp DeLeon was recently released from jail after two years for allegedly trafficking marijuana.

Ex Notre Dame RB Charged With Murder:  Police say a 0105-year-old girl covered in bruises and suffering from internal injuries died after enduring abuse at the hands of a mother who was prone to fits of anger, and physical discipline in the form of rigorous exercise under the direction of a former NFL and Notre Dame running back.  Cierre Wood, 28, and Amy Taylor, 25, are both facing charges of first-degree murder and child abuse and neglect in Clark County, Nevada. Their charges stem from the early April death of Taylor’s daughter, La’Ravah Davis. Wood, who played at Notre Dame from 2010-2013, was dating and living with Taylor.  According to court documents, the investigation began the night of April 9 when first responders were notified of a little girl in cardiac arrest at Summerlin Hospital.   Officials said the girl, later identified as La’Ravah, was stiff and cold to the touch. Despite efforts to save her life, she was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:24 p.m.  Investigators immediately believed her death to be suspicious in nature, court documents said. Wood and Taylor were questioned by police at the hospital, but grew uncooperative and attempted to leave.  Both suspects were detained, and an investigator from the coroner’s office was called to the hospital to conduct a body exam on La’Ravah, court documents said. The examination revealed a long list of injuries including bruises, scratches, signs of internal injuries, a petechial hemorrhage and what appeared to be a bite mark. Taylor told police she met Wood six months ago on a dating website, and the couple moved in together after about a month of dating.


My fiance gave me a ring he had previously purchased for a former fiancee, which I refuse to accept.  He thinks I’m being petty. What do you think?

by Sarah Smart

Q.  I was excited when my fiance` proposed until he gave me a ring that he purchased for a former fiancée. When they broke up, she gave him his ring back and now he feels I’m being petty because I don’t want it.  What do you say?  I don’t want a ring that was purchased with someone else in mind.  He says a ring is a ring, since he bought it. What do you think?    MORE

The Dating Chronicles


It was over. But Dave had known for awhile and had kept silent.  Now, his best friend Carl sat across from him with his head down.  He was confessing that he had been seeing Dave’s fiancée for the last four weeks.  His voice quivered, as he begged for forgiveness.  He spoke about their friendship and how much it meant to him.  They had been friends since childhood.      MORE

Dating Data

Hits & Misses
On The Dating Scene

In the world of chasing romance, there are many encounters and experiences that would be categorized as hit and misses. Here are but a few. 

MISS – Melinda – “For our first date, this handsome charmer invited me to a function at his church, which I was super impressed with, and introduced me to his pastor as his future wife.  I married him two months later, and had the marriage annulled a month later after I learned he was a registered sex offender.”


Single Scenarios
Voices From
The Front Lines

Marisa – 34

Last year, I asked a guy out on a date, and I’ll never do it again.  I invited my single boss, who I secretly admired to a party, and when he accepted, I assumed he was as interested as I was.  However, it turned out that he viewed my invitation as a social avenue to meet other women.  As soon as we walked in the door, he disappeared.  The next time I saw him…he was talking to another woman and exchanging numbers.  I was so embarrassed by his behavior that I pretended to my friends that he was a cousin from out of town.  At the end of the evening, after he had danced with everyone in the room, but me, I gestured that it was time to go and he suggested I call a cab because he wan;t ready to leave.    MORE

My Solo Adventure
To Jamaica

by Krissie Flakes

I decided last year to travel to Jamaica, because of a travel documentary I’d seen on television.  I’d saved up to go, and my best friend was looking forward to making the journey with me.  I wanted to go to Negril because it was rumored to be the most beautiful part of Jamaica, and I could barely wait.   I wasn’t seeing anyone at the time and I was looking forward to getting away to offset my loneliness.  We were scheduled to leave in February, but my friend became hospitalized at the last minute, and couldn’t go.  So, I ventured out alone with great trepidation to a land I’d never been to before, and it turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime that began on the plane..   MORE

Night Moves
The Wrong Attitude
To Take To A Party

by M.K. Allison

It was a Friday night and I was at a friend’s birthday party in hopes of meeting someone as usual.  I had not wanted to come, but my friend had been insistent that I show up.  I had given up on parties months before and had become pretty content with late night phone chats with girlfriends of similar dateless status on the weekend and movie marathons.  I was currently not involved and hadn’t been for awhile.  I’d had my share of one night encounters, lustful stares across a bar with no follow-up and promises of phone calls that never came.  I’d been filled with hopes of ordinary meetings turning into extraordinary evenings, but nothing happened and now I was exhausted and void of dreams for the ultimate encounter.    MORE

Dating With Children
Many Say No!

by Coco Diong

My friend Marisa will absolutely not date a guy who has children, whether they’re living with him or not.  She uses the “child factor” to disqualify a guy on the spot. Her claim?  “I don’t have children, and I’m not interested in dating men who do, nor do I want to compete for his attention.”   It seems that there are a lot of opinions on this subject.  Here are some I encountered when I decided to do this article.    MORE

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