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The (Ree)lationship Guide: 4 Ways to Identify a Man with ‘Potential’

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide”   I recently had a conversation with a group of single ladies about whether or not they’d consider dating a man who is unemployed and/or working an entry-level job.  Majority of the ladies said no- stating the man’s ability to financially support the relationship (e.g. dinner and a movie) and a future household as reasons of concern. I will never be an advocate of a…

Side Chic

The (Ree)lationship Guide: 5 Common Characteristics of the ‘Side Chic’

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” We all know at least one woman (young and old) who has carried on an affair with a man who is already in a relationship with someone else. These women are usually discreet about the affair unless a large sum of money becomes available. The “side chic”, i.e. woman helping carry out an affair, is one of two of the most selfish persons living- the…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: 4 Instant Ways to Know Someone Is Attracted to You

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” For most people, first interactions with someone can be quite intimidating- especially if that “someone” is a person they’re attracted to.  Obvious signs of nervousness are easy ways to identify whether or not someone is attracted to you. 1. Trembling Hands. If you are exchanging numbers or even a hand shake with someone you just met and they’re hands are visibly shaking- that person is…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Chris Brown Is Exuding Signs of a Bitter Ex-Boyfriend

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” R&B recording artist Chris Brown recently hit the studio to record the remix to Kanye West’s “Theraflu” record. The media was abuzz with rumors that Chris Brown dissed Rihanna in the song. Peep the lyrics below: “Don’t fuck with my old bitch, it’s like a bad fur Every industry nigga done had her Trick or treat like a pumpkin just to smash her“ Chris has…

Black folks! Don’t use the Bible to condemn gay marriage

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In this video, I talk about how it is wrong to use a book that was utilized to justify the enslavement of Africans and African Americans as a reason not to support gay marriage. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJfv6iDV8BA&w=420&h=315]  

Are you the bathroom lover?

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Identifying the ‘Bathroom Lover’

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” I am usually floored by some of the stories my clients share with me about women/men who they consider to be their ‘bathroom lover’.  The bathroom lover is the person contacted solely to fulfill a desire for sex.  The bathroom analogy stems from our everyday interaction with the bathroom. When we’re in dire need of a toilet, we’ll practically do anything to access it; however,…

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The (Ree)lationship Guide: Are Black Men ‘Bitter’ About Love?

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” In 2005, Tyler Perry’s  film titled “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” attempted to shed light on possible reasons why African American females are “angry” in regards to love and relationships. Four years later, Tim Alexander filmed a narrative/documentary titled “Diary of a Tired Black Man” that displayed video footage of conversations with minority (primarily African American) men and women regarding love and relationships. Majority…


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  My sisters, mis hermanas…. In my short little time here on this lush green Earth, I have come to know a beautiful diverse amount of women.  All from different areas in the country or another country, in life, in goals etc.  But the one thing that some of them lacked was the acknowledgment of the power that lies within all of us women. Which is just that, being a…

Singer Tank Posing Semi-Nude: Would You Date Him?

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by Ree “The (Ree)lationship Guide” Today I was rather ***clears throat*** distracted by pictures of R&B recording artist/songwriter/producer Tank in his boxers. Did I click on the image to get a larger view? Yes. Did I check out his abs and ***clears throat again*** ‘package’? Absolutely! Would I ever consider dating a man that is comfortable with sharing pictures of his body to the world? Probably not. While exuding sex…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Top 5 Things To Do MINUTES Before A Date

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1. Check Your Nose, Teeth and Eyes. Who wants to be burdened with the task of telling you there’s “something” in your nose /eye/teeth?  No one. Before you open the door, make sure the coast is clear of any unnecessary turn-offs.   2. Chew a Mint. Allow your date to base their judgment of you from the depth of your conversation- not the smell of it. Bad breath should never…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: 4 Reasons NOT to Have Sex on the First Date

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1. “The End.” Have you ever watched the ending of your favorite show before the beginning? If you ever do, you’ll notice you’re not anxious and/or excited to keep watching. Sex is the suspenseful ending of the show that has you on the edge of your seat. If you give away the ending before the beginning, what’s left to see?   2. Awkwardness. Oftentimes there’s a disconnect between men and…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: There’s Doubt in Your Relationship, Address It

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Have you ever experienced doubt in your relationship? I have. If you’re fortunate (or unfortunate- contingent upon perspective) enough to have not experienced doubt in your relationship, allow me to inform you that it makes things very awkward. Doubt in a relationship can transpire for various reasons: inconsistencies, infidelity,  peer pressure, etc.  Whatever the cause of doubt, it must be addressed. Choosing not to address it will only lead you…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Men, Do You Know How Your Woman is Affected by “Aunt Flow”?

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Fellas, there is a wealth of information you need to know about your woman when she’s preparing for her period/menstrual cycle, or what’s commonly known as Aunt Flow. Every month your woman is experiencing unique changes in her body to prepare for ovulation.  With this experience comes a high possibility of PMS or premenstrual syndrome. The symptoms of PMS vary from woman to woman, so it’s critically important that you…

Mama’s Boy: 4 Things To Do Before Getting in a Relationship

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by The (Ree)lationship Guide Things can become very frustrating for your significant other when you refuse to loosen your tightened bond with your mother. I’ve heard horror stories from people who have dated men who are also “dating” their own mother. Before you decide to bring someone else into your life full-time, you must do these 4 things below:     1. Notify your mom.   Before you decide to…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Ladies, Should You Wait for Him to Marry You?

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Far too often I meet with devastated female clients who are upset because their long-term boyfriend has not asked for their hand in marriage.  They are oftentimes torn between breaking up with him or waiting on him to propose on his own terms. The most common question asked is “Should I wait for him?” My response is a bit sophisticated, obviously because the causes of this situation vary from case-to-case….