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by Cheryl Lakes

Drake Rebukes “Curse.”  Drake has heard all about the alleged “Drake Curse” and responded accordingly.  The rapper shared a photo on his Instagram on Saturday night that showed him wearing a sweater with the logos of all four remaining NFL teams.  So what’s the deal with the curse? It’s all summed up in this simple tweet: Drake was wearing Alabama gear earlier this month, and then the Tide lost to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship.  Now, he has cleverly insured himself against being blamed for crushing a team’s Super Bowl hopes ahead of the conference championship games.

Sony Music Drops R. Kelly:  Sony Music has decided to dissolve its working relationship with R. Kelly, Variety has learned.  No external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future, says a source, who added that Kelly’s presence on the RCA website (where he remains listed) will not indicate his departure from the company, as his back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony.  Kelly’s last release with the label was a Christmas-themed album in 2016, although he has released several songs independently since that time, presumably with Sony’s consent, and tweeted earlier this year that he has a new album on the way. The move comes after years of public calls, and even a petition from members of the #MuteRKelly movement, for the company to part ways with Kelly. Those calls intensified in the wake of Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which multiple women accuse him of sexual misconduct.  In recent weeks, a plane commissioned by the women’s organization UltraViolet carrying a sign reading “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly” flew over Sony Music’s Los Angeles offices and a protest was staged outside of Sony’s New York headquarters.  Allegations of sexually abusive behavior by Kelly toward young women date back more than 20 years.

Erykah Badu Is Booed At Concert: According to TMZ, she is back with yet another controversial train of thought about unconditional love and seeing the good in people … this time her focus was on R. Kelly.  She was doing a show Saturday at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, where she stopped her performance at one point to launch into a tangent about R. Kelly … which did NOT go over well with the audience in attendance.  Far from it, in fact. Erykah said she wanted to send out a prayer to “R,” clearly referring to R. Kelly … and the remark definitely stunned the crowd for the worse. She said she hopes he sees the light of day if he’s done all the things he was accused of on “Surviving R. Kelly.”  As the boos mounted, Erykah continued her remarks by openly wondering if anyone who was allegedly assaulted by R. Kelly went on to be an offender themselves … do they too deserve to be crucified? “She followed up by asking, “How do we do this?”  It was a pretty tense scene as Erykah lost her fans more and more with each R. Kelly utterance.  Eyewitnesses tell us that a few people even got up and left the venue because of how turned off they were by her defending the embattled singer.  This is very much in line with Erykah’s views on Hitler. At least she’s consistent … for whatever that’s worth.

Gladys Knight Will Sing Anthem At Super Bowl:   Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem during Super Bowl LIII. The seven-time Grammy-winner’s performance will take place during the pre-game festivities and be televised live on CBS before the game’s kickoff. “I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”  Knight, known for her hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” which both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 and 1986, respectively. Additionally, she has 11 more Billboard No. 1 R&B singles and six No. 1 R&B albums. In 1996, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with her group, the Pips.  The Empress of Soul joins fellow legendary artists who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Neil Diamond.


An obnoxious girlfriend flirted and slipped her business card to my date right in front of me.

by Sarah Smart

Q.  I was out the other night with a new date and ran into a couple of girlfriends who are untrustworthy. Both of them gushed over the guy like he was a movie star and I saw one of them slip him a card, which he hurriedly put in his pocket and never mentioned. i thought the act was very disrespectful.  I’m furious.  But I don’t want to come across like I’m paranoid and jealous, so I’m afraid to say anything to him.  But I’m so angry I must do something.  What would you do?  Should I speak to him or her or both?


The Dating Chronicles

The Reversal

Celeste was feeling sad and daydreaming as usual while listening to her friend Marie’s chatter about the new club they were going to.  She was thinking about Brad and their last night together, and how much she’d been hurt by his words.  “I’m just not ready to be in love right now and you are…and I don’t think it’s fair to you for me to feel something different than what you feel.” The phone rang and she let Marie answer it.  She didn’t feel like moving or going out.  She was tired of clubs and men-scouting, and she wasn’t in the mood for loud music.



 20 Ways To Be In

The “Budget Cuts”

by James McClurg

When “layoffs” occur, many of those affected sometimes feel perplexed or shocked about why it happened to them.  It is important to understand that when a company gets ready to make such a decision, they seldom let go anyone who is considered an exemplary employee.  When they’re going down the list, an evaluation is usually made of one’s performance and overall attitude in the workplace.  The following are some surefire ways to insure your name being considered or included when budget cutting or financial standing dictates such actions.



If He Leaves

His Wife For You…

Can It Work? 

by Lyn Cardin

There are so many single women out here hooked up with married men who are promising to leave their wives.  But they never do…really.  I ought to know.  When I first met Clyde, he was charming, handsome and immediately upfront.  He had a wife and three children.  I was very lonely at the time and tired of looking for love.  So, what originally began as an alternative to a hermit-like existence, evolved into a torrid love affair, as a secret meet became a way of life for me.


Dating Data

Your Relationship…

Is It A Good One?

We Dare You To Take Our Quiz!

by M.K. Allison

Think about your current relationship.  Are you really getting the payoffs from the time and effort you put in it?  Are you really happy?  Or, is it one-sided with him/her reaping all the benefits, while you float in and out of misery?  Check off the following statements that apply to you and see for yourself if this is where you ought to be!


In Search Of

The Perfect Guy

Profiles In Courage

Sarah married the same man twice, because she was unable to “luck up on anything better.”  She is currently divorced. She had been in and out of several relationships with guys that were unfulfilling and extremely disappointing.  Her words…”I am thirty six years old, and I often wonder will I ever come across a relationship where I will feel loved, trusting and comfortable.  I am a school teacher and I prefer men who are ambitious, exposed and intellectually compatible.  But lately, I’ve been trying to expand my horizons by being more open to dating guys who are not necessarily on my social plane.  But that has not worked either.  I’ve found that men from a different social strata have a tendency to be overly sensitive about our differences as it relates to taste, friends and social pursuits.


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