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There are so many things that I despise in this world. Politics. Crime. Racism. Lifetime biopics. My life would improve exponentially if those things were effectively eradicated. But there is one thing, that may just rise above them all, to stand alone as the singular most heinous act known to humanity. Being trapped in the friend…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you have a mate or are enjoying living single, you’ll appreciate this relationship advice from success strategist Dr. Nicole LaBeach. Tip No. 1: Dare to love for real … Be of service. Be affirming. Be kind. Be encouraging. Be selfless. Be grateful. Be compassionate. Be supportive. Be responsible. Be responsive. Be engaged.…

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Pop quiz: “What’s the correct way to ask a woman out on a date?” Now the average man has been approaching women since around the tender age of 12. (for some of us, like myself and Diddy, it was much earlier than that.) This fact notwithstanding, there still appears to be a lack of understanding on…

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Let me be candid for a moment. While lasting love is the ultimate end goal to your relationship journey, there are a few things that you’ll have to give up the moment you decide to commit. Some concessions will be good, and others … well, let’s just say that they’ll take a little getting used…

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The words that pour through my pen represent a concentrated overflow of all of the passion, pain and promise that I’ve experienced throughout the years. And while I work through my ability to freely share it all with you, I take solace in the fact that others have successfully achieved that level of openness. I…

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Things Black Men Love to Hear “Say it again baby.” Privately, that’s what goes on in the mind of a man when a woman says just the right thing. And whether you know it or not, there are a handful of surefire words and phrases that a woman can say to prompt a guaranteed positive…

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When it comes to women, I get it. From an early age, I have always known how to express my feelings in a way that was both crystal clear and that spoke directly to the sincerity by which they were said. I have that down pat. It’s because of this gift that I often find…

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I was often told that a picture was worth a thousand words. But as I’ve gotten a little older and a tad bit wiser, I’ve come to realize that powerful imagery is worth so much more than those thousand words … especially when it speaks to the very pulse of your passion for another person.…

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“Never apologize for something that wasn’t your fault.” I can still hear my father’s voice as he tapped into his inner Mr. Miyagi, while grooming me into the karate kid that I am today. I appreciated that valuable life lesson, as it’s served me well along the way, particularly as I navigate the sometimes rocky…

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One of my mother’s favorite TV shows used to be Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” I can still remember how the off-the-wall comments by the kids used to make her laugh uncontrollably. Sadly, that show is now canceled, so my mom is resigned to watching old DVDs of Akeelah and the Bee, and…

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I’m sure that if you tried hard enough, you undoubtedly could write some beautiful, flowery prose potent enough to metaphorically knock her socks off … but let’s pause on that for a moment. Instead, I want you to focus on mastering the art of being direct and saying exactly what you feel. You don’t have…

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Last night, I aimlessly walked the streets of Amsterdam with no set destination in mind. Now, it wasn’t like I didn’t have anywhere to go. In fact, it was quite the opposite. But before I could make my scheduled dinner plans, I wanted to walk and clear my mind a bit. So I walked ……

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A major problem in the dating world is there aren’t enough people willing to give themselves an honest self-evaluation. This lack of internal honesty starts to create a problem when the advances of deserving people are dismissed with phrases like “I can’t be with them. They aren’t on my level.” Now, in some instances, I…

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