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Michael B. Jordan And Girllfriend Lori Harvey Cozy Up On St. Barts Vacation. PEOPLE reports … Michael B. Jordan posted a sweet snap with girlfriend Lori Harvey as the couple cozied up on a tropical getaway for Harvey’s 25th birthday this week. “All that winning got you tired!” a shirtless Jordan captioned an Instagram Story of Harvey sleeping on him in a black and purple bikini. In another video from their vacation, the 25-year-old daughter of Steve Harvey and the “Black Panther” actor, 34, were tossing around a football with friends in the ocean. “Happy B-Day to my turtle.  My favorite Patna in crime,” Jordan captioned the video.  Jordan was unable to attend an earlier surprise party he both paid for and planned for his girlfriend at Nobu Malibu earlier this week. “[Michael] loves you and can’t be here tonight, but enjoy your night. It’s on him,” Harvey’s manager Tre Thomas announced during the dinner, a spy told Page Six.

Tiffany Haddish Arrested on DUI Charge:  Tiffany Haddish was arrested in Georgia recently on suspicion that she was driving under the influence, Page Six can reports.  Peachtree City Police said that they arrested the “Girls Trip” star, 42, around 4 a.m. ET after she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. Cops had received a call that a driver was dozing off on the road, and Haddish’s vehicle matched the caller’s description. Police conducted their traffic stop of the star’s vehicle as she was pulling into the yard of a residence, according to the department.  According to TMZ, cops believe Haddish had been smoking marijuana The stand-up comic has been open about her recreational drug use. However, this time, her alleged smoking led to a very different outcome as she was reportedly booked for a DUI and improper stopping on a roadway.  According to TMZ, she posted $1,666 to bond out of jail around 6:30 a.m. ET.

Sad News: Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Shot Dead In Drive-by Shooting.  The well-known rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kendall, Florida outside Miami.  The 28-year-old rapper, whose legal name is Shandler Beaubien, was driving a Toyota Camry through Kendall, a suburb of Miami, at the moment of the fatal attack, according to The Sun.  Two children — ages one and five — were sitting in the back with a woman, said Alvaro Zabaleta, a Miami-Dade Police Department rep. but they were not hurt. The shooter, driving a four-door gray Lexus, sped away, Zabaleta said. Beaubien’s debut album, released in 2020 under the label Quality Control Music, was titled “Murder is a Major Issue (MIAMI).”

 

Cop Convicted Of Killing Laquan McDonald To Be Released After Serving 3 Years. Activists Plan Transit Shutdown To Demand Federal Charges.  BOSSIP reports… Sixteen shots, one cover-up, and three years in prison later, a killer cop will soon be back on the streets. It seems like just yesterday, millions of people across Chicago and the rest of the country breathed a sigh of relief that a White cop was held accountable for killing a Black child in cold blood like an animal. Fox 32 reports that former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will be released early from prison on Feb. 3 after serving a little more than three years in jail for the merciless killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The so-called justice system may be content to let Van Dyke off the hook, but Chicago activists are calling for a city-wide transit system shutdown to demand prison time that actually fits the savage crime.

William Calloway, Lashawn Littrice, and a coalition of local activists are calling for Jason Van Dyke to be prosecuted on federal civil rights charges. They’re demanding CTA labor leadership to stop all bus and train lines on February 3rd, Van Dyke’s release date. During the press conference held over MLK Weekend, Bishop Tavis Grant from the Rainbow Push Coalition referenced the legacy of protests and bus boycotts that have been effective since the Civil Rights Movement. “We know the power of boycotts. We know the power of sit-ins. We know the power of marching,” Bishop Grant said.

Single Sketches
“The Foolery Files”
  • Carli: “In college, I dated and fell under the spell of the most popular guy on campus.  He had big brown eyes that pierced my soul every time he looked at me.  My dorm room was filled with wedding books with glorious gowns that I saw myself wearing, as I anticipated being chosen as his bride.  However, on his graduation night, he informed me after I caught him in the arms of another woman, that he had secretly gotten married the weekend before.  He left on his honeymoon the next day.  I was devastated until he called me while on his honeymoon and said he still loved and wanted to see me when he returned.  Pacified, I rationalized that he had just made a mistake in getting married, and was confused about his feelings.  The honeymoon call was the trick that kept me bound to him for at least two more years until I finally came to my senses.      MORE  
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The Dating Chronicles

The Quandry

 It was over.  But Dave had known for a while and had said nothing.  Now, his best friend Carl sat across from him with his head down.  He was confessing that he had been seeing Dave’s girl for the last four months.  His voice quivered as he begged for forgiveness.  He spoke about their friendship and how much it meant to him. Ironically, Diane had confessed the night before, and then, as now, Dave never let on that he knew.  She told him that she had been indiscreet, but that she loved him still and she would pray for his forgiveness. He listened to her in silence and had left in silence.  He was shattered inside, but he had not let on.  He knew his silence would be unnerving and he intended it to be.  MORE

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Living It Up!
5 Choice Choices

by Bonita Bennett

If you were to conduct an inventory of your life today, what would it reveal?  Are you stuck in a rut?  Broke?  Going through each day on “automatic pilot” without focus?  Overworked and undervalued?  Looking for love in all the wrong places?  If so, it’s undoubtedly the result of erring in these 5 make or break areas.  Think about this…Who You Love – The Bible cautions us to “guard our hearts,” and with good reason. Romantic relationships are the core of our being.  Who we decide to love can affect everything from our self-image to inner peace, to work productivity… to health.  The qualities we seek in a mate should be no different than those we desire in a friend.    MORE

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Dating And The

Money Issue
The Dispute

by Jake Kyles

I met a beautiful woman at a corporate party when she walked up to me at the bar and offered to buy me a drink.  Two nights later, we met for dinner and she insisted on picking up the tab.  Three nights later, she invited me to her apartment for a seven-course meal that included steamed lobster and a white-jacketed server. The following week I invited her out to dinner at a high-end restaurant and picked up the tab.  We began dating regularly and I knew I was smitten when I took her to a $250 per ticket concert and ended the evening with an expensive meal.  The dates became frequent, with money being spent pretty fairly on both our parts.  I was delighted at finding a woman who didn’t mind bringing her wealth to the table in an effort to pull her social weight. MORE

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How To Date In
The Workplace

by Abigail Dye

Romance in the workplace can be very compelling – and dangerous for so many reasons. Forbidden love tugs at the heartstrings of many, from the hopeless romantic to the stone-cold womanizer. It makes sense that people who work together are drawn to one another. The average American works 34.4 hours a week, which is plenty of time to get to know co-workers. 38 percent of American workers admit that they have dated a co-worker during their career, according to a survey conducted by careerbuilder.com. So, if you’re feeling a little heat in the workplace, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Keep in mind these six simple rules to keep you, your love interest, and your human resources department happy. MORE

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Story Of The Week
For Those Who
Don’t Mind Waiting

by Dana Sinclair

One morning after a wild night of passion-less sex with an inattentive boyfriend, I realized that I wasn’t sure how he felt about me because there was no real evidence that he really cared.  Suddenly, I knew I was just another sex partner to him and though I wished it were different, in my heart, I knew it wasn’t.  I somersaulted in bed to rule out the unseen competition.  However, too many times I’d catch him whispering to other women on the phone when he thought I was asleep.  Therefore, I decided that day to reserve my body and my heart for the man who would treasure it from that day forth. MORE

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From The Male Room
What Makes
A Woman
Fascinating

Jake, 34 – “Women who are smart, (a good combination of book sense and common sense) know that before she can be of worth to a man, she must be of worth to herself, and let it be known.  Guys are turned on by women who check them and are smart enough to do it with style and grace.”  Larry, 33 – “The woman who is self-assured is very appealing to a man because she challenges him to want to learn from her.  Men inadvertently search for a woman who is smart enough to handle our egos, keep us on our toes, and stimulate us mentally.  With me, a woman’s confidence quotient determines her longevity.  It’s called spunk.”    MORE

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The Singles Scene

by Sarah Smart

Q. A year ago, my boyfriend finally proposed to me, but he didn’t have the money to buy me a ring, so he asked me to buy my own ring, and he would reimburse me later. Out of excitement and against my better judgment, I went out and bought a ring that I couldn’t really afford. Since that time, he called off the engagement and is refusing to reimburse me for the purchase of the ring. I want to take him to court and try to get my money back, but everyone says I don’t have a case, and that I would look ridiculous. What do you say? MORE

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This Year’s Journey …
8 Rules For “Your Road.”

by Bonita Bennett

I’m sure most would agree that life is a journey, and most of us are hoping and striving for a successful “ride” on our individual paths.  In view of this, here are some points to think about as you ease on down your road.

  • Tend To Your Mind – The Bible says, bring your thoughts into captivity meaning you must carefully watch over what you think.  Your thoughts need to be guarded as if your life depended on it.  It does.  The battle is usually against the ugly intrusions of self-doubt, fear, and anxiety.
  • Seek Direction – Augment your decision-making process by praying for guidance in everything on a daily basis.
  • Your Character Strength – Strive for a spirit of excellence that distinguishes you through what you say and how you say it coupled with what you do and how you do it.  Note: Few doors are closed to those who are genuine, straightforward, and kind. MORE


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