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For Those Who Don’t Know – Queen Sugar Is Coming Back For A Final Season…And Kofi Siriboe and Bianca Lawson graced the digital cover Of EBONY this month to promote its debut on September 6th on OWN. We’ve watched their on-screen up-and-down love story for six seasons and now we can’t wait to see the culmination of this engaging saga.

Beyonce’s Single, “Church Girl” From Her Latest Album Is Creating Serious Controversy Everywhere. The chatter around ‘Church Girl’ has been anything but holy, placing the popular Beyonce ‘Renaissancesong at the center of ongoing controversy among the church people who support it and the church people who don’t.  Click on the photo and tell us what you think.  Sacrilegious or not?  

A$AP Rocky Has Been Charged With Assault And Shooting A Friend With A Semi-Automatic Weapon.  Rocky will face criminal assault charges in relation to shooting a former member of his posse the A$AP Mob.  Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office announced the charges this week. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, 33, is facing two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.  The incident occurred in November 2021. A$AP Rocky is facing up to nine years in prison.

The Harlem rapper was arrested in April after allegedly shooting an acquaintance in Los Angeles last year. “Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.”

Kanye West Slammed For Selling New Yeezy Gap Collection Out Of Trash Bags. Page Six reportsKanye West’s fans have more than just their panties in a bunch. The rapper-turned-fashion designer is getting slammed online for selling his latest clothing collection out of trash bags. “This is how they are selling Yeezy GAP,” a New-York based Twitter user captioned a photo showing disheveled merchandise stuffed into large black garbage bags on the floor of a Gap store. According to the eyewitness, “The sales associate said Ye got mad when he saw they had [his clothes] on hangers” because “this is how he wanted it.”

“They won’t help you find [your] size,” they added, “you just have to just dig through everything.” The image sparked major backlash, with several critics slamming West’s “fetish” with using homeless people as “fashion musees” Others took issue with the collection itself, which features an array of bulky, dark gray sweatpants, sweatshirts, and accessories that range in price from $40 (keychain) to $340 (T-cut parka). Another pointed out the irony of “fishing a $240 hoodie out of a garbage bag.”

Megan Thee Stallion Reveals How Much Future Charged Her For Verse On Her Latest Album. According to HipHopDX, Megan had to cough up a hefty amount of money to secure a verse from Future on her new album Traumazine. During a recent visit to Power 106 Los Angeles, the Houston Hottie spoke about her and Future’s collaborative single “Pressurelicious” and shed light on the $250,000 bag she needed to get it done. “I had the beat for ‘Pressurelicious,’ right? I recorded the song … and I’m like, ‘You know what? This would really sound hard if Future was on it,’” Megan said. “I feel like being a woman in the industry, reaching out to a man trying to get a feature is always going to be a task.

You never know what to expect. So how I went about it was, ‘OK, somebody figure out what’s Future feature price. Let’s just ask him what’s his feature price.’ And they was like, ‘OK, $250[K]. He wants $250K.’ I was like, ‘OK.  Somebody go pull $250,000 out the bank and go drop it off to Future and tell him I need the verse before he leaves.’” Both rappers were in Miami, Florida at the time and Megan Thee Stallion feared Future would leave the city, so she had her team withdraw the money and deliver it to him in a “backpack.

“He gave me the whole Future experience,” she explained. “Because he gave me the whole song.  When she was later asked about ‘The Rock’ wanting to be her “pet,” she said,  “I mean, that’s kind of legendary,” she said while reacting to the viral clip during her visit to SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up. “Like, I’m kind of epic. I used to watch wrestling all the time. Being from Houston and watching The Rock and how famous he is, how much of a mega-star he is and he wanna be my pet? Like, period. Like, we made it. We might be a little famous.”

Single Sketches
Thoughts Out Loud

David: “I’m dating three women. One I have to take to the finest places, while one only requires I visit her only.  The third one visits me.” Rakeem: “Women are far more critical when sizing a man up for a potential lover, but are extremely resentful of a brother who appears to be selective. Am I supposed to hook up with her just because she likes me?”   MORE

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The Dating Chronicles
Suddenly…

Marshay was really feeling blue.  She knew she shouldn’t have come to her friend’s wedding.  Weddings always affected her, regardless of who was getting married.  She fought the feelings of envy that surged through her mind.  But she was happy for Sally.  She just felt sorry for herself.  She was 35 and still unmarried, a state with which she had recently become obsessed.  She thought about how hard it was to meet someone nice and she felt like crying right there in the church.  Her pastor’s last sermon flashed through her mind as she waited for the ceremony to begin. MORE

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4 Things To Never
Do On The First Date

by Jovan Tahale

Don’t: When you’re conversing socially, never pretend to know what you do not.  It’s considered smart to admit what you don’t know, and even sexier when you seek to know more about what you don’t know..  Don’t: Listen well.  If he/she says they’re just looking for a friend, they probably mean it.  Never try to force a romantic connection when there are no grounds for it.    MORE

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“The Honey Hold”
You Either
Have It Or Not

by Jake Sinclair

Is the man in your life, who sometimes appears aloof or mysterious, capable of daydreaming about you, bragging about you…..dying to be with you…..longing to hear the sound of your voice?  Could you be capable of holding his attention forever and a day?  The answer to all questions is yes!  And I found some guys willing to share what the “honey hold” meant to them. Jake, 37 – “A woman who is smart, (a good combination of book sense and common sense) knows that before she can be of worth to a man, she must be of worth to herself, and let it be known.  Men are turned on by women who know how to check them in the midst of their madness and are smart enough to do it with style and grace.  This makes her exciting to be with.” MORE

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Point Of View
Meanwhile…Until The
Real Thing Comes Along…

by Evette Monclay

It was the end of a long difficult day.  I had just walked in the door, kicked off my 3-inch heels, and was headed for the refrigerator for a cold drink when the phone rang.   It was my friend, Cathy, complaining as usual about the lack of male companionship on a weekend night.  Like many of my girlfriends, who were single, Cathy felt more complete when a guy was dialing her number at least on a semi-regular basis, and the possibility of a date hung in the balance.   In the past several months, I watched her get excited over two different guys, who showed up with “attractive credentials, MORE

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The Best Marriage

Proposals Ever!

by M.K. Allison

SHERRY:  “When my boyfriend proposed, it was the last thing I would have expected, at the time it happened, because we were in the middle of an argument.  We were on our way to the movies, walking down the street towards the theater when I spotted my name on the marquee.  In the middle of a sentence that was intended to win the argument, I stopped with my mouth open and read the message. ‘To My Beloved Sherry, the time has come to make you my bride.  Love, Hank.’  I blinked back the tears, as I thought of how long I had waited for him to ask me to marry him.  He slipped the most beautiful ring on my hand, as we stood under the marquee to the applause of family and friends who suddenly appeared out of nowhere.” MORE

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From The Male Room
The Tale Of
Two Women

by Dakota E. Lee

I think I need to shed some light on why a man may have another woman in addition to his wife or girlfriend.  This other woman is commonly referred to as “Number Two.”  Most men never mean to have a Number Two.  Their desire to be with someone new and to feel the touch and warmth of another woman, however, often leads to the affair with Number Two.  A man can love his Number One, but also care very deeply for his Number Two.  In some cases, men love their Number Two more than their Number One.  To understand this you must know the dynamics surrounding Number Two.    MORE

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The Singles Scene

by Sarah Smart

I discovered by accident that my future brother-in-law, (my sister’s fiancé) whom I’ve never trusted, is secretly involved (very much) with an ex-girlfriend and has a child with her. He told my sister that he had no children. When I confronted him about what I learned, he denied it and became angry. That was three weeks ago, and my sister hasn’t heard from him since. They are scheduled to be married next month and she spends her days and nights crying and asking why he deserted her. I feel so guilty, but I can’t bring myself to tell her the truth. What would you do? MORE

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Single Snaps
What Was Said…

April: “My cousin is announcing her engagement to my ex-boyfriend tomorrow and my mother expects me to attend the party for the sake of family unity.” Marli: “I married four different guys before the age of 35 because I didn’t like living alone. I’ve since come to the conclusion that it’s less of a headache if I just get a roommate. ”Sean: “Don’t tell me guys don’t love on the same emotional level as women. When my college girlfriend got pregnant by another guy, who turned his back on her, I told her I would marry her.  I changed my mind after talking to my dad, who said I would be an idiot to do so.”  MORE

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Dating vs. Danger
Dignity Denied

by Jan Pitts

I remember being excited once after meeting this great-looking guy and our first date was at a party on a yacht. He was fun, accomplished, and seemed sincere. I was captivated momentarily by his brilliance until I sat across from him over dinner. Though I was mesmerized by his smile, I realized by his conversation that he had low regard for women. When the waitress messed up his drink order, he referred to her as a “stupid b***h,” I knew it wouldn’t be long before he called me one.  I blocked his number as soon as I got home. MORE


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