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The (Ree)lationship Guide: 3 Common, Teeth-Cringing Statements Men and Women Make about the Opposite Sex

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Throughout my journey of consulting with people about their dating and relationship woes, I’ve heard some disrespectful and outright ignorant statements from men and women about the opposite sex. Below are a few statements from each gender that literally make my teeth cringe. Let’s work together to rid ourselves of such narrow-minded thinking!   3 Common Statements Made by Men   1. “Women are crazy.” This statement shows a level…

Let’s Discuss NBA Player J.R. Smith’s [Ass]tronomical Love Life with The (Ree)lationship Guide

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The media has been abuzz with news of the $25,000 fine imposed on New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith for tweeting a picture of his girlfriend’s [ass]tronomical body part. The $25,000 should be the least of his concerns, as he’s probably spending that amount of money on his monthly expenses. His biggest concern should be his relationship. Let’s assume his girlfriend knew his intentions prior to the media catching wind of…

Daughter of “Color Purple” Author Says She Rejects Her Mom’s Radical Feminism

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Rebecca Walker, daughter of Alice Walker, who wrote “The Color Purple,” says that her mother’s radical feminist beliefs tore the two apart.  Rebecca is now 38 year old and her mother is 64.   Rebecca, for one, disagrees with her mother’s belief that motherhood is a form of servitude.  She herself is a mom. “The other day I was vacuuming when my son came bounding into the room.  ‘Mommy, Mommy, let…

Bobbi Kristina ‘Dating Whitney Houston’s Secret Son’

Bobbi Kristina ‘Dating Whitney Houston’s Secret Son’

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    Last night viewers saw Bobbi Kristina Brown speak out about the pain of losing her mother Whitney Houston. But today it has emerged that the 19-year-old is dating Nick Gordon, according to reports. Bobbi and the 22-year-old were spotting kissing and holding hands together last Friday outside a Target store in Johns Creek, Georgia, Hollywoodlife.com have reported. Happy couple: Nick Gordon posted a picture of himself and alleged…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: 7 Relationship Tips Men Can Learn from Hip-Hop Recording Artist Common

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I am a huge fan of hip-hop recording artist Common. I initially loved him solely for his music, but after reading his autobiography One Day It’ll All Make Sense, I grew to love and respect him as an individual man. A romantic man. Below are excerpts from One Day It’ll All Make Sense that illustrate Common’s lessons learned from various relationships:   1. Love when it’s unpopular. “I was living…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: 3 Ways to Kill the Cheater in You

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                  by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” Although 80% of Americans believe cheating is wrong, the percentage of adults admitting to cheating on their significant other is increasing. Unfortunately, there isn’t a “quick fix” for this behavior, as some cheaters claim it’s an addiction (not according to research) . Below are the top 3 ways to kill the cheater within you. 1. Identify…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: 3 Reasons Why Chivalry is Dying and It’s Your Fault

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I frequently hear complaints about chivalry from my clients. The biggest complaint from the ladies? Chivalry is diminishing. The biggest complaint from the males? Chivalry isn’t appreciated.  Below is a list of the top 3 reasons why chivalry is dying at our own account. 1. Lack of Self-Respect People can “sniff” low self-esteem in another person like a German Shepherd “sniffs” fear in a child. Why are you attempting to…

Expert Advice: How to Get Married and Stay that Way (Video)

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In the video below, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with George James, a relationship counselor.  James describes the steps to finding and keeping a healthy marriage.    

Inconsistency: Relationship Suicide

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When I’m asked what a couple can do to reinforce or restore passion in their relationship, I always ask about things they consistently did in the past. Yes, it’s great to be innovative and bring new ideas to a relationship; however, your relationship should have a few consistencies that are regarded as sacred. Some common examples I hear are: praying together every day and/or night, dedicating one day per week…

Love and the Black Church

Love and the Black Church: 10 Things Your Pastor Won’t Say About Dating and Relationships

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For centuries there has been a unique, close-knit relationship between black people (particularly black women) and the black church. Below is a list of things your pastor won’t tell you in regards to dating and relationships:   1. You should date, daily. Dating daily is important to acquire a better understanding of yourself and people from various backgrounds. Your pastor probably wouldn’t advocate this, as it may be misconstrued into…

Black Couple Married 85 Years: Is that Even Possible Anymore?

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In this video below, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with The Ree-Lationship Guide about the Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina.  Herbert and Zelmyra set the Guiness World Record for being married longer than any other living couple on earth (85 years).  Dr. Boyce and Ree speculate on why black America is so intrigued by the couple and whether or not its even possible to have this kind of relationship in…

Tre Baker: How Black Love Parallels Black Business Investment

Tre Baker: How Black Love Parallels Black Business Investment

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    I recently read an article on Forbes.com comparing finding the right investors to dating/relationships. Having gone through the process a few times myself, I would say that this is a good analogy and I’ve actually heard it made before.  But when I read it this time, it made me realize something.  If getting investment for your business is like dating, then I guess that explains why there’s so…

Is Marriage Doomed in the African American Community?

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The once dominant married couple family—a husband who works for pay, a wife who tends to home and children—has relinquished its privileged position, having now become a minority of all households. More Americans are unmarried now than ever. People marry later in life and sometimes not at all. And among those who do marry, the wife is more likely than ever to earn more or be better educated than her…

Relationship Advice From The Longest Living Married Couple; Married For 85 Years

Relationship Advice From The Longest Living Married Couple; Married For 85 Years

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    Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina. They have been married 85 years (86 in May) and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple and get this…. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104. Click to read More on YourBlackWorld.net  

Have interracial marriages become more acceptable in U.S.?

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Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million – a record one in 12 – as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses. Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites. A Pew Research Center study, released today, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race….