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Takes One To Know One: How to Tell You’re a Good Friend

July 20th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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Like romantic relationships, it bothers me when people demand behavior from others that they don’t even exhibit themselves. In a world where we’re quick to call “friend” anyone who likes more than two of our Facebook posts, I’m convinced that most of us wouldn’t recognize a friend if it were Courtney Cox or Jennifer Aniston starring in a 90’s sitcom. Worst yet, we spend so much time trying to figure out who are true friends are, that we don’t take time to see if we’re being one ourselves.

Friendship isn’t about sharing outdated memories on-line when Facebook reminds you it’s your old roommate’s birthday. It’s about truly caring about the well-being of someone DNA says you’re technically not obligated to. Here are 11 signs that you’re playing your part:

Elle Varner Comments On Being Called Out By Ex-Friend, K. Michelle: ‘That’s Unfortunate’

July 1st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, we told you that K. Michelle called out her former friend, Elle Varner, on Instagram over an apparent disagreement about style-jacking and writer credits. In case you missed it, K took to Instagram thew a bit of shade regarding a photograph of Elle and rapper Meek Mills, which was uploaded on Instagram.

“People be smiling in the pictures not knowing they getting dissed in the caption. HA! You definitely need a REFILL as thirsty as you are. Jokes on you and you didn’t even know it!” K wrote over the weekend in an Instagram photo message that was later removed.

“I hope you get attention from that cuz you sure don’t get it from your music,” she captioned the image.

During a recent chat with The Jasmine Brand, Elle commented on her ex-friend’s actions and it doesn’t appear that she’ll be mud-slinging with the former “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star.

“That’s unfortunate that she feels the way that she feels. I don’t. I never have. That’s something—I can’t. I don’t do drama.”

As for K’s claims that Meek was clowning her in the photo’s caption, which read “#nocurvezone” Elle says:

“If anyone remembers the Meek Mill drama and me saying I curved him. That was my first time seeing him since and we laughed it off. It was funny. It got taken out of proportion Whatever she took from that is not my problem.”

Elle also responded to K. Michelle  insisting that she wrote her single, “Cold Case.”

“I wrote ‘Cold Case.’ Sorry, I have to say that. No one else did. I solely wrote that song.”

Well, that’s that.

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It Ain’t Nothing To Cut That Chick Off: 15 Symptoms Of A Toxic Friendship

June 30th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Are you irritable? Tired all the time? Or just plain unhappy? Before you see a doctor it could be time to self-diagnose a toxic friendship.

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You’re Dimming Your Light

She says she’s happy for you, but you can tell she’s not. So instead of shouting your good news, you play it off as no big deal so she won’t get upset. Instead of putting up with rain on your parade, it might be time to shine in a sky with fewer clouds.

Study Says Pregnancy May Be Contagious

June 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Study Says Pregnancy May Be Contagious Among Friends

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If it always seems like pregnancies among your social circles come back to back or in multiples, a new study suggests that it’s not all in your head. According to the study, young women whose high school friends have bore children are more likely to join the mommy club shortly after. Researchers note that they noticed the trend in young women in the United States who planned their pregnancies. However, the baby-making decisions of friends showed no direct impact on unplanned pregnancies.

“In our study we focus on high school friends because the later a friendship is formed, the more likely it is that the individual chooses the friends on common future family plans or common family orientations,” Nicoletta Balbo, a researcher at the Carlo F. Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics at Bocconi University in Italy told Reuters Health.

The study followed 1,170 of women beginning in the 1990s when they were adolescents. The participants were interviewed several times over the years. Out of the 1,170 participants, 820 became pregnant during the study. According to what the women revealed during interviews, approximately half of the pregnancies were planned, while the other half were not. The study revealed that after one friend in each pair had a baby, the likelihood of that other friend having a baby went up for nearly two years, the declined.

According to Balbo, who coauthored the study with Nicola Barban, a sociologist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, there are three ways in which a friend may influence another friend’s decision to have a child.

“The first mechanism that might be at play is the so-called social influence,” she said. “We all compare ourselves to our friends and being surrounded by friends who are parents makes us feel pressure to conform to parental status as well.”

The second mechanism is social learning, says Balbo.

“Friends are an important learning source,” she explained. “Becoming a parent is a radical change in an individual’s or a couple’s life, and by observing our friends, we can learn how to fulfill this new role and therefore be more willing to become parents.”

Lastly, Balbo says having children at the same time as a friend can prove to be less stressful and more cost-effective.

“For example, we can share the childbearing experience and thus reduce the stresses and costs associated with pregnancy and child rearing,” she said. “In contrast, being the only childless couple within a group of friends who have children can lead to isolation.”

Researchers note that the association between friends and childbearing was only studied in first-borns and not subsequent births.

The Cynthia Bailey Complex And How To Counteract It

May 28th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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I know, you’re exhausted, right?  You’re thinking:  “Another RHOA article?”  Well, just read me out and we’ll see if we can get through this together, deal?  All right!

Beyond the hair pulling, and blame dodging, I zoned in on the deterioration of the friendship between Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey.  Most people were quick to cast blame, but I couldn’t pick a side.  I could see where both parties had been wrong.  Nene’s seemed glaringly obvious and Cynthia’s fault seemed more covert. I understand those dynamics.  The reason is because I’ve been in Cynthia’s shoes in the past, and when I was in her shoes, I was the reason for one of the most important friendships that I had ending for seven years.

Zoe* and I became best friends our freshman year of high school.  Through that time, we were inseparable and she was a strong force in my life.  She encouraged me when I needed it, and was there through very rough times.  At the same time, I was there for her as well.  Our personalities complimented each other, because she was very outspoken, and stubborn and I’m very accommodating and  “go-with-the-flow”ish.

These traits in our personalities went well with our life choices when she went into the Marines after high school and I went to college.  Even through that separation, we were still incredibly close, and when I needed a ride home one year because my family couldn’t make the drive, she picked me up after a weekend of PT and drove me home.

Though we were both important to each other, that didn’t stop the fact that we would occasionally get on each other’s nerves.  Zoe would speak up and let me know how she felt.  I, on the other hand, would hold everything in.  Even after she asked me about it, I would shake my head and say:  “I’m fine,” even if I wasn’t.

So after years of sailing on a tepid surface, a storm was raging for both of us beneath the water’s crest.

The ish hit the fan when I couldn’t make it to her wedding (I was the maid of honor… I know, I’m horrible!  I told her about a month before, but it was still a crappy thing.)

She was upset at me (and rightfully so) for not being able to be there for her.  As much as it was painful, I accepted it and took blame for it.  But then we had a very unfortunate email incident that happened due to an email forward chain, and I became upset about years of multiple incidents that piled on, and on that I felt like I had put up with.  But when I couldn’t make it for her this one time she couldn’t understand how my circumstances wouldn’t allow me to make it.  Then, there was nothing.

Seven years of silence erased nine years of friendship.  However, one day, we reconnected and finally had the conversation that we should have had all those years ago.  We put everything on the table and were finally able to be completely open and honest.

We’re slowly rebuilding things back, and I did learn some important things.

No matter how uncomfortable confronting someone can be when they hurt you, it’s better to do so when it happens.  That’s what was missing from Cynthia’s confrontation with Nene.  Like Nene said, they’d spent time with each other after “Bitchgate,” but what Nene didn’t realize was that Cynthia was probably reliving that moment and many others like that mentally.  It was bubbling, and stewing, and when she re-watched that episode, that’s when she finally boiled over because she never fully addressed that hurt and any past ones from their friendship.

So if you don’ t learn anything else from this situation, learn that:

1. Obsessing over past incidents aren’t helping you out, they’re only hurting you and that relationship.  Learn to either address it then or let it go.

2.  Learn to live in the present, because dwelling in the past is going to hinder your progress with that person.

3.  Confrontation might be unpleasant, but the eventual blow up that happens because you were stewing will end a friendship faster than if you were honest with your pain when it happened.

And finally:

4.  For God sakes, if you’re someone’s bridesmaid, go to the wedding!

Now you know, and knowledge is power!

 

‘That Ship Has Sailed:’ Cynthia Bailey Plans To Get Close To Other Co-Stars Now That Friendship With NeNe Is Over

May 6th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the course of season six, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fans witnessed the bond between co-stars Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes slowly deteriorate. Now that their friendship is over, Cynthia says she’ll have an easier time getting closer to some of the other women on the cast.

“Now that relationship is over, I’m looking forward to new beginnings,” the supermodel told Bravo. “I’ve never gotten that close to the other girls on the show, and now that I’m not best buds with NeNe, some of the other ladies will be more open and I’ll be more open to getting to know them.

Though she’s looking forward to new beginnings, Cynthia admits that the breaking down of her friendship with NeNe was one of her lowest points of season six. While the Bailey Agency Founder says they’ve been “solid for four years,” she doesn’t believe that they’ll be able to reconcile.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think I did anything wrong. That would mean she has to apologize and figure out a way to make it right. And she’s not big on apologizing. That’s not her favorite thing to do. I’m not going to hold my breath. I’m assuming it’s done. That ship has sailed.”

Despite their friendship being over, Cynthia says it doesn’t take away from the fond memories she shared with NeNe.

“We had a lot of good times, too many to say. I loved being in her wedding, watching her and Gregg getting back together. Her wedding was so beautiful. That was a good time. There were a lot — we’ve been through a lot.”

Who knows, maybe one day these two will find a way to move past this misunderstanding and salvage their friendship.

‘Think Again Flip Flopper:’ NeNe Accuses Cynthia Of Ending Their Friendship To Secure A Storyline For Season 7

April 28th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well, it looks like NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey’s relationship may be a thing of the past. Last night, NeNe took to social media to discuss the ending of their friendship and she basically accused Cynthia of sacrificing their friendship to secure a storyline and spot on season seven of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

“As hopeful as I was for us to be friends for life, I’m not surprised that our friendship has ended and it truly saddens me!” the “Dancing With The Stars” contender announced in an Instagram post. “Reality friendships never last anyway. So how foolish was I to think I had something special?”

NeNe went on to say that with Cynthia’s lukewarm personality, their broken friendship was more than likely inevitable.

“It’s amazing what people are willing to do for the love of money, relevancy, and to stay on TV. With Cynthia’s sell-out personality and blow-in-the-wind persona, I knew it was only a matter of time! It’s always the ones that are closest to you that will turn on you! I was totally blindsided by all this!”

Her post continues:

“Yes, I said Peter was a b***h early October of last year and I have apologized numerous times for it! Cynthia & Peter accepted my apology and we simply moved on! Yes! moved on to talking, traveling and texting several times a day as we always did!”

In addition to hosting events with one another and spending Thanksgiving together since the “b***h” comment, NeNe says she also spent New Years Eve with Cynthia.

“When the episode aired for all to see and Twitterverse had their say, I guess she changed her mind and decided she needed to be mad nearly six months later! I know you trying to pull the sympathy card, but if you were such a good friend, why didn’t you pull me aside and talk to me about how you were feeling instead of dicing our friendship up in front of a bunch of people who don’t care! Surely I am worthy of that considering that I carried you on my back!”

“I can admit something hurts the same way I can apologize when something I am wrong.  But hey, who cares about a stupid friendship when you need to secure another season on the show [...] P.S. If you or anyone else thinks the demise of our friendship is your storyline for season seven, think again flip flopper.”

Interestingly, NeNe also released text messages that seem to imply that the “b***h” scene was planned.

“Change of plans for the scene. Not going to do the b***h thing with Gregg,” a text message believed to be from Cynthia reads. “I thought it would be funny, but I really don’t want to call him out of his name—even as a joke. Think we should have a real grown conversation, address our concerns as friends, apologize, hug it out and have cocktails.”

She captioned the screenshot:

“Did you forget you sent me this text after Mexico? The morning before Gregg & I shot the scene with you & Peter. Don’t play dumb friend! I know you innocent.”

The posts were later removed.

Have NeNe’s words changed how you look at their situation? Do you think their better off ending their relationship?

Straight From His Mouth: Do Men Care About Being Invited To Their Friends’ Weddings?

April 14th, 2014 - By RealGoesRight
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Almost five years ago, a friend (we’ll call him Jason) I’ve known since high school asked me if I would be the best man in his wedding. I didn’t hesitate to accept. Because we’d been friends for so long, I knew him well enough to know I probably wasn’t his first choice (we’ll get to that in a second), but in any event, I was excited that he asked. His wedding signified a couple of firsts for my life at that point. It’d be the first time I ever attended a wedding that actually happened with someone I was friends with, while obviously being the first wedding I attended as someone’s best man.

Part of the reason I was puzzled about why Jason asked me to be the best man is because Jason and I had a mutual friend (we’ll call him Calvin) he could’ve asked. Jason and Calvin had known each other their entire lives. I mean, “playing in the sandbox, played football as young kids, whole families knew each other,” whole lives. Jason was also the godfather to Calvin’s daughter. Calvin seemed like an easy choice.

After Jason asked me to be the best man in his wedding, Calvin called me a week or so later and asked if I was attending Jason’s wedding. I, without even considering the weirdness of the random call or question, answered in the affirmative. I told Calvin that Jason had asked me to be the best man and I was trying to get everything together so that I’d be able to fly down and fulfill my duties. Calvin got noticeably quiet after I broke the news to him. It was at that moment he told me he wasn’t going to Jason’s wedding. In fact, he hadn’t even been invited. Apparently, Jason and Calvin had had a falling out, having to do with Jason’s fiance, and Calvin “wasn’t allowed” to come to the wedding. Instead of of Jason taking up for Calvin, apparently, he did nothing. Calvin took umbrage with Jason’s lack of action on his behalf.

Obviously I was taken aback by what Calvin told me. I immediately phoned Jason and told him what Calvin said. I told him I felt awkward, because they’d been friends since childbirth and all of us had been friends since high school. We all went to college in Tallahassee and were roommates for the three years I lived there. We’d carried each other during the worst times and celebrated way beyond any of our limits during our best times. I told Jason that whatever issue he’d had with Calvin he needed to settle up, because I didn’t want this to be something that got held against him or me based on a misunderstanding. Jason told me not to worry about it and that whatever Calvin had told me wasn’t really the issue. He wanted me to be the best man, that’s why he asked me. And that was the end of that.

Or, so I thought.

Fast forward to the day of Jason’s wedding and who shows up after the nuptials are said and the couples are joined together in holy matrimony? Calvin. In his work clothes. I watched Calvin walk past all the guests, up between the aisles, and damn near up to the podium to give me a dap. “Just wanted to say what’s up bruh. Hadn’t seen you in a while and I didn’t know the next time you were going to be in town.” I gave Calvin dap and asked if he was going to talk to Jason. I’m not sure if he did.

In short, the answer to the question is yes. Men care if they’re not invited to a close friend’s wedding and if the relationship warrants it, they care if they’re the best man or not, too.

Peace.

Kandi Burruss Loved Fantasia’s Wacky Wedding Speech, Says Rep

April 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Rep says Kandi Burruss loved Fantasia's wacky wedding speech; denies rumors that it ruined their friendship.

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The National Enquirer recently reported that Kandi Burruss’ wedding this past weekend was completely ruined by an inappropriate, drunken speech given by fellow singer and bridesmaid Fantasia Barrino.

“Kandi was horrified!” an eyewitness exclaimed to the magazine. “She and Fantasia are close, but this may ruin their friendship.”

The sources adds that Tasia’s speech was riddled with profanity and totally infuriated Kandi’s new husband, Tood.

“Fantasia started by saying, ‘Kandi, you are my m*therf**kin’ friend and I love you,’” the snitch continued. “Then she called Kandi the ‘realest b*tch I know’ and rambled on about her big butt. Todd was furious, and the other bridesmaids got Fantasia to sit down. Thank goodness!”

Reps for Kandi recently commented on Tasia’s wild wedding speech to TMZ and according to the rep, Kandi found it to be hilarious. Apparently the ladies go way back so there’s not much Tasia can do (or say) to offend the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star.

Haters Or Nah? 15 Things Your Friends Will Say If You Get Back With Your Ex

April 9th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Good friends will protect you, support you, stand by your side, and encourage your every idea…except when you get back with your ex. Every situation is different and really only you know what is right for you, but generally, your friends will be skeptical. So get ready for these comments, and try not to let them shake you!