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Do not blow the dating budget

You meet this really dope guy and hit it off. Unbeknownst to you, he has a secret. That secret will impact your dating life. 
No, he is not married with five children. He doesn't have a criminal record. There are no salacious shenanighans in his dating portfolio.  The secret is...
He has a dating budget. 
Yep. A dating budget and that budget is a whopping one-hunnid-and-fiddy-dollars. A buck fifty. 150.00. He doesn't mind paying for dates, but the number of dates you two will go on depends on how much you spend. 
The one hundred and fifty dollars is the amount of money he will spend on you. It does not include what he will spend on himself on these dates. How many times would you be able to go out with this guy without blowing the budget? What kind of dates would you go on?
If you had to craft a serious of dates with a budget of $150.00 total, what would you do? 
I know a guy who dates this way, and I think it's actually wise. Dating to find love can cost a pretty penny, …

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A Sense of Safety (Guest Post)

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A Sense of Safety: Protection or Survivors of Domestic Violence.
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Black love ain't easy

Black love ain't easy. We see the t-shirts and the insta posts and snaps. We gush at the #relationshipgoals, we nod our heads at the #squadgoals, but what is our reality? As a whole, in this society, we are unstable.

Truth is *in my Fantasia voice*, we often find ourselves at odds as a people and with society in general. With all of the talk about F-Boys and Thots, trash baby-mamas and deadbeat baby-daddies, it is a wonder how we even manage to reproduce. You see people priding themselves on rolling solo and not trusting anybody, focused on "doing me" and ravaged by inner-community perils, so how do we build with no partnership? 
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'Fix me a sandwich'

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Some dudes, who have never had women as peers, tend to see this as no big deal. Why? Because they have only been around other like-minded clowns with little exposure to women as anything other than sexual objects or romantic partners. That's just how I see it. Over time their views may change, but they hold onto nasty little habits when it comes to interacting with women.

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This morning I woke up to this:

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Issa vs Tasha: The paradox of shooting your shot

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