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@Brenda55 Yeah, there are a lot of AW/WM couples here in NYC as well. I don't think that is strictly a west coast phenomenon.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Weekend Read: Book Recommends Black Women Take Notes From Asian Women If They REALLY Want to #Win at Swirling
@The Working Home Keeper Word and THIS.
1 week, 4 days ago on What Just Happened to Maria Kang is the Reason I Quit Talking About Black Women and Fitness.
Nope. Smokers smell horrible and have crappy teeth. Not my thing.
1 week, 5 days ago on Would You Date a Smoker If He Looked Like This Guy?
And I am supposed to care about what this little man says because....?
1 month ago on Black Women Need Men Like Cory Alexander Haywood Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle.
@Toni_M @Tiffanyku I was about to say that most Italian Americans can't stand shows like the Sopranos and Jersey Shore because they feel it's a negative stereotype on their culture.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Curse of Thug Culture
I'm not religious and grew up in an agnostic household....but I've gotta say that this article is full of gross generalizations about black people and religion.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Dominic Ripoli: Being an Atheist in an Intercultural Relationship
@HoneyBHolistic Well, marriage started off as a business arrangement (and continues to be so in certain circles). I don't think that marriage is necessary for two people to confirm their love; yet, it's the best route to take if they want to protect themselves and their partner/family.
4 months ago on Best Response EVER to the “Marriage is Just a Piece of Paper” Comment…
@Toni_M @Skayi I agree with the both of you. This is why a lot of industrialized nations are turning all nationalist and crazy- they are frustrated with some of the unaddressed issues that come with immigration. I am looking into an overseas move myself and do NOT want to go around screaming that I'm American just so I'm not mistaken for some git who wants to blow things up. I do not get the hatred that many Muslim refugees have against westernized nations...especially since they're the ones taking them in. I don't see Saudi Arabia or Dubai taking any refugees in (and you think they would, since they are fellow Muslims).
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Hot Out of the Oven, Another Off Topic Thread
Thankfully I can answer "no" to this question. Both sides of my family are pretty health and weight conscious, so we try to eat well and keep to height-weight proportions.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Beware of Weight-Loss Haters! J-Hud's Fiancé Gripes that he Misses Her Being a Big'n.
Chris Brown is an emotionally damaged man-child with a bad temper (which he's shown over and over again even years AFTER the Rihanna incident). That said, if Rihanna wants to keep dating him, then she knows what she's dealing with and I have nothing to say about that.
Rick Ross' rapey song was a lot more recent than 10 years ago (more like last month). Not to mention, his apology was half hearted (and only because he lost his Reebok sponsorship). No sign of redemption here- only trying to do damage control when his wallet took a direct hit.
As for OJ- I'm indifferent to him. He was found not guilty of murder by a jury of his peers. And he's probably going to spend the rest of his life in prison now.
R. Kelly had sex with several underage girls. Not to mention, he married Aaliyah when she was 15. The man is a career pedophile who also shows no signs of redemption. I would not want my children supporting or listening to the music of a man who abuses young girls.
Lil Reese only apologized because he got caught and is losing money out of the deal. Unlike Charles Ramsey, he didn't serve jail time for his actions.
As low-class as Shorty Lo and Lil Wayne are, I don't think they're in the same category as these other men. They promote dysfunctional and irresponsible behaviour that negatively stereotypes blacks, and I don't blame anyone for boycotting or not supporting anything that hurts the black race as whole.
By all accounts, Mr. Ramsey has not offered any excuses for his actions, is trying to do right by his family for the mistakes he did over a decade ago. If his ex-wife and family have decided to forgive them for whatever damage he has done by them, then that's between them.
None of the aforementioned celebs have made a genuine effort to redeem their jack-up ways (and in most cases, haven't served a day of jail time). It takes more than just saying "I'm sorry" to make things right. You have to make a genuine effort to redeem yourself as a human being that counts.
7 months ago on As a Black Woman I Do Not Support Charles Ramsey!
Also only one of the women is Hispanic. The other two are white.
I think we as a society tend to either idolize or demonize people when we're all capable of good and evil.
I don't condone what Charles Ramsey did all those years ago, but he's served time for his crimes and made amends amends with his ex wife and children (which I am sure does not want their past dragged in the media anymore than Ramsey does). If he's trying to do right by them now, I don't see the point of holding his past against him.
He's not an angel for saving those three women, nor a devil for beating his wife and neglecting his children. He's a human being with all the flaws and complexities that comes with being human.
We need to let go of the need to view people in such stark contrasts.
While I definitely think that Bob Johnson is a hypocrite, I also see him as a businessman and a capitalist. He was about getting that buck and since trash sells quickly and easily, he just went ahead and peddled it. It's the same with all of these entertainers and rappers. They talk about 'hood life, but haven't lived it in a loooooong time.
At the same time, the average person is responsible for their own lives and choices and just because BET is offering one message, doesn't mean they should mindlessly drink that kool-aid. It's up to parents to teach their children better, instead of letting pop culture raise them.
7 months ago on BET Heiress Marries a Rainbeau! Just Goes to Show Rich Folks Want Ratchet For Eveyone Else EXCEPT Their Own.
Wow. The bride is absolutely gorgeous! I wish them both the best of luck.
7 months, 1 week ago on Swirling and Marriage: Themba and Caspar
This man sounds like an abuser (in addition to being a pervert). He knew what he was doing when he told his wife to quit working so he can care for her. He wanted her submissive.
Also- is this chick *really* worried about losing her "lifestyle"? To hell with that! She needs to leave him now while she has no children or attachments. I am sure her Ivy League education and connections will land her a good job.
8 months ago on Abiola Abrams and Mollena Williams Address Now-Infamous Letter That Called Interracial Relationships Into Question
@Serita I agree with your assessment. Not to mention, as @Aabaakawad mentioned before, atheists and other non-religious people marry all the time, and not in a church; yet they have the same rights and privileges as any other couple who married in a church.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on OPINION: "Government Shouldn't Be Involved in Gay Marriage Debate"
This is a pretty interesting post. Regardless of whether you (or your religion) believe homosexuality is wrong, the government cannot deny US citizens rights because of their sexual orientation. It is unconstitutional.I do disagree with his point about marriage being a state and not a federal matter, especially since DOMA is a federal law. This law discriminates against same-sex couples nationwide and this is why SCOTUS should be involved. And unfortunately- the government has already involved themselves in marriage- as they have many rights and privileges that civil unions don't include.
I think a fair compromise should be a clause to include that if a religious institution refuses to marry a same-sex couple, they will not be sued.
@Lexi88 Gotta tell you a secret- there's no such thing as "Ex-Gay".
"Ex-Gays" are usually closeted gay people or bisexuals who have decided to stop having same-sex relations. If you're born gay, it ain't gonna be prayed away.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on BB&W Sound Off: Is the Gay Marriage Debate Just Like Lovings Vs. Virginia?
As EvieE said- yes and no. The elements (and arguments against) same sex marriage are basically the same ones that were used against interracial marriage. However, same-sex couples of today didn't have to face the same abuse as the Lovings did.
Also- before her death, Mildred Loving stated she supported marriage equality:
"Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.
Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights. I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about."
NGL, I think Adria Richards seriously overreacted by taking the matter to twitter. She could've handled matters better by bringing it to the attention of an organizer in person rather than on Twitter. Anyone who works with computers should know the impact that social media has, and not be surprised if it blows up in their face. OTOH, I don't think anyone should have been fired either. A firm reprimand would have done finely.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The right way and the wrong way, respectively, to handle being slighted, as demonstrated by Olivia Pope and Adria Richards