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50 Cent “Power” “Tricked” Viewers

50 Cent can’t dodge the constant comparisons between his Starz series Power and Fox’s hit show Empire.

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50 Cent can’t dodge the constant comparisons between his Starz series Power and Fox’s hit show Empire.

Probably, because he initiated them.

At an intimate roundtable regarding Power’s second season, held at the Park Hyatt hotel in New York City, the first question a reporter asks 50 and Power creator, Courtney Kemp Agboh, has to do with Empire.

The familiar inquiry is acknowledged with a grin from 50 and an eye-roll from Kemp.

“I started those comparisons by pointing out that they copied the marketing,” 50 responds. “That’s a part of me implementing things that I’ve done in the past in music culture. And what it is, is also attaching myself to their market…This same table couldn’t talk to people from Empire and not ask about Power, you know? It’s really just putting them both together on that note.  Our show is a lot more grittier, and it has the special touch of Courtney Kemp.”

Kemp calls the comparison questions “cosmetic.”

“I actually feel kind of sad when we bring it up ourselves,” she says. “You know, I expect that kind of, sometimes, because people say, ‘Well the shows with black leads.’ Yeah, but are you watching the shows? Or are you just asking the question to ask me the question?”

Both Kemp and 50 appear to be more receptive when HipHopDX asks about 50’s increased on-screen presence in the forthcoming season.

Despite appearing in just three episodes thus far, 50’s character, Kanan, plays a pivotal role in the show’s storyline. Power writers left viewers with a jarring cliffhanger at the end of season one: Kanan is freed from jail and Ghost (portrayed by Omari Hardwick) is almost killed inside of his nightclub.

“This is a tremendous actor,” Kemp says of 50 Cent to HHDX. “I think this season people are going to see his talent as an actor in a completely different way. He’s in most of the episodes this season. He’s in eight of the 10, so it’s like a lot of story that is being carried by Kanan.

“The first season we were very strategic about Kanan, because people were seeing 50,” Kemp continues. “In the second season, what we are hoping is that people stop thinking, ‘Look at 50.’”

“And we accomplished something that is very difficult,” 50 interjects. “It’s convincing the audience that the lead is going to die. I’m coming out and they are going, ‘Oh it’s his show. This mother-fucker done tricked us. He waited the whole time to get us at the end to say it’s his and now next season it’s all him and Ghost is dead now. Damn.

“It’s important to make [it] as dangerous as the lifestyle,” he adds.

As for the musical component to the series, 50 tells HHDX that fans can look forward to new songs for the show. He also hints that his sixth studio album, Street King Immortal, “will be out” before the next season ends and it should suffice as the soundtrack.

“Myself and Rotimi, one of the talents that you will meet in Season 2, we got a song called ‘Lotto,'” he says. “And I’m releasing my solo album, S.K.I., the material is starting to come out.”

Power is scheduled to begin airing its second season Saturday, June 6 on Starz.

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15 Essentials Of Marriage Advice From Grandma And Grandpa

15 Essential Pieces Of Marriage Advice From Grandma And Grandpa

There’s a lot to be learned about love and marriage from the people who’ve been at it a long, long time — like grandma and grandpa.

We recently asked HuffPost readers to tell us the most important marriage lessontheir grandparents taught them. Read their words of wisdom below.

  • 1. Keep up the PDA
    Courtesy of Cari Watts-Savage
    “I’ve never seen a photo of my grandparents where they weren’t embracing — whether it was when they were dating, had five kids under age 8, or just before my grandfather died of cancer. I couldn’t wait to grow up and have what they had with someone. They were a real life fairy tale.” – Cari Watts-Savage
  • 2. You don’t have to agree on everything
    Courtesy of Clare Dych
    “My grandparents were married for 65 years until my grandma passed away last summer. Opposite religions, opposite politics and they still made it work. I have a lot to live up to!” – Clare Dych
  • 3. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number
    Courtesy of Tze Tonn Ng
    “I asked my grandma why she married my grandpa who she only dated for one year when she was 18 and he was 31. She answered me, ‘Why not? He was hot back then!’ My grandparents weren’t the lovey-dovey type and actually distant, I think, due to the 13-year age gap. But they didn’t bail, they’re faithful, they kept each other for better or worse, in sickness and health, through thick and thin.” – Tze Tonn Ng
  • 4. You can do anything if you do it together
    Michelle Brown
    “After 40 years of smoking five packs of cigarettes a day together, they decided to quit with no outside help. And they did. Together.” – Michelle Brown
  • 5. Marriage is not something to be taken lightly
    Terry & Leslie Johnson
    “When I got married, my grandmother and grandfather had been married some 68 years. My grandmother gave me her blessings and told me that if I got married, I had to stay married and it was a lifetime commitment.” – Leslie Johnson
  • 6. Be with someone who makes you laugh
    Courtesy of Kristen Girone
    “My grandparents were always teasing each other. We all got such a kick out of it growing up, hanging out in their kitchen and listening to them when we were over there for dinner. But it also showed us how important it is to be with someone that you’ll have fun with, no matter what life may throw at you.” – Kristen Girone
  • 7. Never stop flirting with each other
    Courtesy of Sarah Hosseini
    “Pinch butts.” – Sarah Hosseini
  • 8. Your roles may shift in ways you never imagined
    Courtesy of Carrie Burke
    “My grandparents very much conformed to regular gender roles my entire childhood, but when my grandmom got sick, it was amazing to see my granddad taking care of her and cooking and cleaning. They really proved to me that true love lasts a lifetime and that marriage can last ‘until death do you part.'” – Carrie Burke
  • 9. Always kiss hello and goodbye
    Courtesy of J. Williams
    “My maternal grandparents always kiss and say ‘I love you’ before they leave and it’s the first thing they do when they come together again — whether it’s a run to the grocery store or a full day’s work.” – J. Williams
  • 10. You never know who you’ll fall in love with
    Courtesy of Carter Garcia-Kimura
    “I learned that love is unexpected, and anyone can fall in love, even if the relationship is shunned by society. Their love was somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet in the sense that they were both on different sides of society, but fell in love and had to keep their relationship secret at first.” – Carter Garcia-Kimura
  • 11. Find joy in the little things
    Courtesy of Kristen Van Orden
    “They found joy in sharing the details of daily living. Always smiling, even when doing the weekly budget or grandma peeling a banana for grandpa because she knew he didn’t like the feel of it.” – Kristen Van Orden
  • 12. Not every day is going to be a picnic and that’s OK
    Courtesy of Nicole Snyder
    “You don’t have to like each other every day.” – Nicole Snyder
  • 13. It takes two people to make a marriage work
    Mina Barnett
    “They divorced after three kids and nearly 40 years of marriage, but my grandmother has always told me: A relationship will never work unless [both people] want it to.” – Mina Barnett
  • 14. Sometimes your first love isn’t your forever love
    Gabriel Harber Photography
    “You might not get things right the first time, but you can’t give up because it could be the second time that you find true happiness. My grandparents have been together for 25 years and although my grandpa is not my biological one, he is the best thing to happen to our family and I could not love him more.” – Natasha Baker-Streit
  • 15. Never stop doing the things you love together
    Courtesy of Theresa Kelliher
    “They share a sense of humor and make it a priority to do things they enjoy together, even though that has become harder for them with age.” – Theresa Kelliher

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Yandy Smith Love and Hip Hop

Here comes the bride! Yandy Smith looks STUNNING in her wedding dress — See the first pics!

According to US Magazine:

Inside Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris’ Love and Hip Hop Wedding

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Here comes the bride all dressed in bling! Love & Hip Hop Stars Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris tied the knot in a live VH1 wedding on Monday, May 25 after eight years of dating. The entertainment executive and her music manager husband said “I do” in true New York style, and we’re serving up the highlights!

The Guest List

Fun fact: Yandy and Mendeecees have a lot of famous friends. Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss and singer/songwriter Ray J were among the celebs who watched Yandy and herfiancé get hitched. The couple were also joined by friends and family, including their children, 2-year-old Omere and 4-month-old Skylar!

 

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Yandy doesn’t exactly get along with Mendeecees’ mom, Judy, but they agreed to move on after some tension during wedding planning. “I think Yandy’s a very beautiful bride and I’m happy she’s coming into the family,” Judy said during the live wedding. “I think it’s a blessing and I wouldn’t trade her for the world.”

With This Ring…

Let’s talk bling: Yandy and Mendeecees picked out fabulous wedding rings, and they didn’t come cheap. Mendeecees’ 5ct ring was $12,000, while Yandy’s 6.5ct stunner was more than double –– coming in at $30,000.

Pretty pricey, but the happy couple’s rings have nothing on their flowers. Yandy threw down $90,000 for her floral design, and Mendeecees wasn’t thrilled. “The ring makes sense,” he said. “The ring is an investment. You go broke you can sell it. But these stupid flowers, they don’t make any sense.” Yandy’s response? “If I wanna go extravagant for my only wedding, just let me go extravagant for my only wedding!”

I Thee Wed!

Yandy and Mendeecees opted to write their own vows, which they exchanged in front of friends, family, and TV viewers. Mendeecees told his new bride, “I promise to love and protect you through all the days of my life forever,” while a tearful Yandy said, “I’m a better me because you love me. I will never, ever leave you.” After exchanging their vows, the newly married couple had a super-GIFable kiss and then jumped the broom. They’re officially man and wife!

Yandy Has Baby Fever

Mendeecees might have an ongoing criminal case to worry about, but that isn’t stopping Yandy from wanting to pop out more babies! “I want more kids,” she told her man. “I want to have two more children within the next year or two.” Mendeecees didn’t exactly feel the same way: “You know I still have this case over my head. It scares me because I don’t want to leave you to raise these kids all by yourself.”

Mendeecees and Yandy are currently enjoying the new chapter in their lives as newlyweds, but who knows –– baby makes five?

Jennifer Lopez At 45-Years-Old

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According to Us Weekly & Love B Scott:

Our jaws are on the FLOOR! At 45-years-old, Jennifer Lopez STUNS the world by…

Jennifer Lopez looks absolutely incredible on the cover of Us Weekly‘s “Best Bodies” issue.

The Idol judge and 45-year-old mother of seven-year-old twins dons a sexy black cutout swimsuit with gold detail.

Inside the issue, Jennifer makes a declaration that few of us can make as we age. The entertainer says that she looks better now than she did in her twenties.

“I see pictures of myself in my twenties and go, ‘Oh, I look better now!’”

Jennifer also shares that embracing who you are helps with confidence and a healthy body image.

“I think a healthy body image comes from being the best you, not competing with anybody else. You know, I’m not a 6-foot tall model… I’m not a size 2. I think it’s about focusing on yourself and just trying to be the best you.”

 

WATCH behind-the-scenes footage of Jennifer’s Us Weekly shoot below.

The Overblown Stigma of Genital Herpes

lead_largeThe Overblown Stigma of Genital Herpes

For many people living with this common disease, the most debilitating symptoms are shame and isolation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of six people in the United States aged 14 to 49 have genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 infection (the herpes simplex virus often responsible for genital herpes). The overall genital herpes statistic is probably higher, the CDC stated, since many people are also contracting genital herpes through oral sex caused by HSV-1 (the kind of herpes usually responsible for cold sores). Taking that into account, genital herpes statistics are usually quoted at closer to 25 percent for women and 10 percent for men, but most of these people don’t even know they have it.

In terms of a person’s health, genital herpes is usually nothing to worry about. According to the National Institutes of Health, many people with genital herpes never even have outbreaks or their outbreaks decrease over time (one or two outbreaks a year is not uncommon). The virus can lie dormant in your system for years without coming to the surface. The initial outbreak is often the worst, occurring a few days to a couple of weeks after being infected. Symptoms may include a fever, headache, and muscle aches for a few weeks. But for the most part, outbreaks consist of painful fever blisters or sores on or near the genitals (or, in less common cases, sores appearing elsewhere) for a few days, as well as burning, itching, swelling, and irritation that may be triggered by stress or fatigue. The virus never goes away, and some take antiviral medicines to relieve or suppress outbreaks.

The only times that having genital herpes can be dangerous are when having sex with someone who has HIV (since it can increase your chances of getting HIV) and during pregnancy. A genital herpes outbreak during the third trimester of pregnancy and during delivery may be deadly for the baby if he or she contracts it from the mother (neonatal herpes, it’s called), but it’s incredibly rare (one per 3,000 to 20,000 live births) and preventable with medication and a C-section, according to an article published in American Family Physician.

Genital herpes is contracted during sexual contact, usually spread through fluids on the genitals or mouth. You can only get genital herpes from someone who already has it, can get it during just one sexual encounter, and can get it with or without a condom. Condoms merely lower your risk, according to the CDC. You can even get it if the other person doesn’t have symptoms, since the virus sheds about 10 percent of the time for asymptomatic HSV-2 infections, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association.

Film and TV no doubt keep the stigma alive. Almost every Judd Apatow movie includes a joke about herpes.

Herpes has a unique stigma among sexually transmitted diseases. HIV/AIDS is stigmatized, but few laugh at people who have it because it’s a serious illness.HPV can lead to cancer, on occasion, and women get tested regularly for it, making it no joke to most. Chlamydia, syphilis, crabs, scabies, and gonorrhea are sometimes the target of jokes, but these STDS are typically curable, so people won’t have to endure the annoyance for too long. Genital herpes, though, isn’t curable, is thought of as a disease only the promiscuous and cheating-types get, and is a popular joke topic.Despite the fact that herpes has been around since the time of the Ancient Greeks, according to Stanford University, the widespread stigma seems to be just decades old. Herpes is the “largest epidemic no one wants to talk about,” Eric Sabo wrote in the New York Times. Both Project Accept and HSV Singles Dating blame an antiviral drug marketing campaign during the late 1970s to mid-1980s for herpes’ stigma. But it’s difficult to pin down exactly when and why our negative associations started.

Regardless of where the stigma came from, film and TV no doubt keep it alive. Leah Berkenwald pointed out in an article for Scarleteen that almost every Judd Apatow movie includes a joke about herpes. Living Sphere has a large list of films, TV shows, and books that mention genital herpes, with many of the films and TV shows poking fun at people who have it. Sometimes the jokes directly suggest people with genital herpes are whores or cheaters or they indirectly make the connection, such as the classic Hangover line, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except for herpes.” The prevalence of these jokes can keep people with genital herpes from opening up.

Jennifer Lemons, a 42-year-old writer and comedian from Richmond, Virginia, isn’t offended when she hears herpes jokes, but says she used to be more sensitive before she got the facts. She’s come to peace with her genital herpes, which she was diagnosed with three years ago, after feeling shame about it. Once she realized how common it was and how you can get it after just one sexual encounter, she began sharing those facts to combat herpes jokes.

“If people had all the info, it wouldn’t be funny anymore,” Lemons said. “You have to figure, if indeed the stat is one in four, and you’re telling a joke at a party where there are 20 people, there are probably a couple people there who are not calling you out, but whose feelings are hurt.”

“They begin thinking of uncomfortable conversations with people they’ll have to have and whether they’ll pass it along to the next person.”

Lemons approaches her romantic life pragmatically: “If you don’t like it, don’t date me,” she’ll say to guys. Lemons was married and her then-husband considered and researched the condition before agreeing to date her. She never gave it to him, since they used condoms, took medicine, and avoided sexual contact during her outbreaks—which for her usually occur on her back and waistline.

Not every guy Lemons dated has been cool with it, though. She always discloses the condition on the second date, after realizing she likes the guy enough to go out again. One guy Lemons dated said he was okay with her herpes, but it became obvious after the first time they had sex that he was inspecting her genitals and “disguising it as foreplay,” Lemons said.

“I finally asked, ‘Find what you were looking for?’” Lemons said. “I was a little angry and hurt and he was really embarrassed. He did admit that he was looking for signs based on what he’d read on the Internet… It was obvious he wasn’t ready for a sexual relationship with me.”

Others have dealt with their diagnoses much more harshly than Lemons. An entire spectrum of diagnosis responses can be found in a Topix.com forum that was posted in 2009 and still receives comments to this day. The boy who posted it, then 16, was having trouble accepting his diagnosis and was looking for advice. The next five years of responses include people sharing advice and their own stories, as well as people threatening to spread the disease or saying it’s a curse from God for sinful promiscuity. One girl asked, “What’s the point of living?” Many expressed a desire to be loved and accepted and the fear that they’ll never experience those joys again. Some couldn’t accept the permanence of it. One girl waited until marriage to have sex and got it from her husband and another got it after being raped.

Dr. Christopher Lewis, a family medicine doctor in the Austin, Texas area, has diagnosed genital herpes many times and has seen a variety of responses from patients, ranging from “it makes sense” to “my life is over.” Denial and anger are at the top of the list of initial responses.

“It could be a very confusing time period for them,” Lewis said. “They start thinking back to all the sex partners they had to see who they could’ve gotten it from. Then there’s a level of fear and guilt that ‘Maybe I gave it to someone else and don’t realize it.’ Then they begin thinking of uncomfortable conversations with people they’ll have to have and whether they’ll pass it along to the next person.”

All of this insecurity is over a skin condition that doesn’t show up most or even all of the year.

There are many dating sites for people with genital herpes, a Herpes Resource Center Hotline (for counseling and information) and in-person and online support groups. Aimee Wood, a psychotherapist in Philadelphia, has been running one of these support groups since fall 2011.

Every other week, between six and 10 people crowd in a room with Wood to discuss the trials and tribulations of their herpes diagnosis. Topics range from how to respond when hit with a herpes joke (give the facts if you don’t want to out yourself, Wood advises them) to forgiving the person who gave it to you (though very few know who they got it from). Disclosure is a frequent topic of discussion in the group.

“We discuss the pros and cons of disclosing too soon versus too late, and it’s clear that there’s a fine line between waiting until there’s a little bit of a rapport so they can see you as a person, and having sex,” Wood said.

Wood’s patients rarely have issues when disclosing to family and friends. One girl’s father struggled to accept it and would make snarky comments and even blame her for having it. But nine times out of 10, Wood said, friends and family are supportive and sympathetic. The most common struggle among her patients is navigating romantic situations (which many delay or avoid altogether).

Another common struggle among her patients is maintaining their sense of self-worth.

“We do a self-esteem exercise with a crumpled $20 bill, where I ask clients to go around the room and beat it, write on it, and stomp on it, while still keeping it intact,” Wood said. “Then I ask them how much it’s worth. Still $20, they’ll say.’”

All of this insecurity, discouragement, rejection, tears, anger, counseling, suicidal tendencies, humiliation, shame, and isolation is caused by the stigma of a skin condition that usually doesn’t show up most or even all of the year and can be contracted after having protected sex one time. Can the stigma of genital herpes really survive the facts? Peckham and Lemons don’t think so.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JON FORTENBURY is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in USA Today College and Forbes.

70% of Men Under 34 Are NOT Married – Because They Have SENSE

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In Love With the Cocoa

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In Love With the Cocoa

Who doesn’t love the cocoa when it comes to this delicious product item? If you thought you knew what it’s all about, we have even more healthy updates to share about this delicious spread.
Here are some Facts and Information about Nutella that you didn’t know.

1 – World’s Nutella Day

In 2007, two Italian bloggers decided to show his love for hazelnut cream in a different way. For this, they established the February 5 as World Nutella Day (Nutella Day). On that date, the goal is to eat Nutella, share recipes with the product, view photos dishes done with it and celebrate everything else that is related to sweet.

O dia 5 de fevereiro é o dia da nutella
February 5th is the day dedicated to nutella
2 – Nutella is the true coffee of Champions

According to the Guinness record, the company held a breakfast held in 2005 in Germany, to mark the 40th anniversary of Nutella. The event broke the record of Biggest Breakfast – in all, 27,854 people gathered to share the meal which included bread, orange juice and Nutella, of course.

3 – Nutella is a sales success

A Nutella jar is sold every 2.5 seconds around the world. And a body responsible for counting the US population, records that a baby is born every 8 seconds. Just do the math.

4 – Nutella around the world

This title is not only because the hazelnut cream is a bestseller and can be found in 75 countries. The fact is that the amount of Nutella sold in a year is enough to cover more than a thousand football stadiums.

5 – Everyone loves Nutella

In 2009, the Nutella fanpage on Facebook gathered more than 2 million fans, which guaranteed him the 3rd place of the most tanned pages on the social network. The fanpage lose only to Coca-Cola and the Barack Obama. The profile is no longer on top of Facebook, but currently has more than 17 million fans.

6 – Napoleon and Hitler were responsible for vitiating the world Nutella

In 1806, Napoleon tried to stop the British trade as a way to win the war. The result was that the continental blockade caused the price of chocolate to increased absurdly. Thus, the Italian confectioners of the Turin area began adding chopped hazelnuts to chocolate so that it yielded as much as possible. This mixture was named “gianduja”.

A century later, the chocolate was again a very expensive and scarce commodity in Europe due to the Second World War. Then, an Italian confectioner called Pietro Ferrero appealed again for hazelnuts for in 1946, creating the “Gianduja cream” that would be renamed “Nutella” in 1964.

7 – The origin of the name Nutella

The gianduja – which was the cream that led to Nutella – has its name from a character in the Commedia Dell’Arte, a typical Italian theater movement. According to tradition, Gianduja was a Piedmontese character always smiling, who walked around town carrying a “Duja” which in Piedmontese dialect means “pot”. The main function of Duja was storing wine, but there are those who believe that the pot has also been used to store the hazelnut cream. The Gianduja character illustration even appeared in the first ads of Nutella.

8 – Nutella and the curious tasting

Before long, the product became so popular in Italy that traders started offering tastings of Nutella to any child who appeared with a piece of bread. The action became known as the “tasting” and was a successful marketing strategy. Needless to say everyone was addicted to delicious hazelnut cream.