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Imagine if the hit ABC series The Bachelorette had a leading woman of color who revealed the god-awful truth about dating in the millennial age and reality television?
Well, it would look a lot like this collaboration between Keke Palmer and Funny Or Die who joined forces to create an epic spin-off spoof titled, The Millennial Bachelorette. Starring as Micole, a 20-something career-driven woman, Palmer hilariously approaches the ten Twitter-verified suitors producers choose for her by asking, “Where are all the Black guys?” As the trailer for The Millennial Bachelorette unfolds we see Micole communicate with her suitors via text or Tinder and even perform rose ceremonies by sending some suitors rose emojis making others sad when they realize they didn’t receive the special graphic. Interestingly enough, The Millennial Bachelorette mimicked ABC by adding a random cameo of their own —the singer Jojo, who is seeking a love interest whom she’ll eventually distance herself from once she goes on tour.
If that weren’t enough, the show also poked fun at how millennials vie for wireless access, non-exclusive relationships and of course the platonic friend who isn’t really a friend, causing two-person relationships to become messy love triangles.
Check out the funny video below and tell us if this parody hit a little too close to home for you, too.
Would you search for a travel partner on a dating site? It turns out plenty of women are.
Take Jenna for example, a woman who decided to join eHarmony to find a traveling partner to join her on a variety of trips. When she signed up for the acclaimed dating site, Jenna decided to reset her location settings to find a person who had the same values and a traveling spirit. Luckily, she was matched with her now-husband Ben. When they met virtually, Ben and Jenna were 7,500 miles apart and eventually coordinated their travels to meet in person. Since then, the two have gotten married and traveled the world together.
Although Jenna’s method to find love is extremely unconventional, other women have claimed to use similar methods and risks to connect with men abroad. In a compilation of love stories for Vagabound3.com, female travel bloggers shared how they met their significant others in places that were unfamiliar to them.
Edna, who runs the site ExpatEdna.com, revealed how she and her fiancé fell in love in Singapore after she became his roommate. “There were already two guys in the flat, they were looking for a third roommate. One was British and had just moved to Singapore a week earlier, so I immediately started inviting him to hang out as I remembered how hard it could be to find a group of friends after moving to a new city. After a couple weeks we knew we liked each other; once we moved into the flat we hung out even more and after a month started dating. We took our first trip together after only six weeks, to the romantic island of Bali,” she shared.
Amanda, the founder of MacroMama, shared how her husband proposed to her a few months after they met on a crowded street in Marrakesh, Morocco. “We did keep in touch and in a few months, I had booked a ticket for a short visit and found myself again in Morocco. He asked me to marry him on this trip and as fast and crazy as it seemed – I knew it was right. After seven years, an immigration headache and two kids, we’re as in love as we were at that first glance.”
Do you think travel is the perfect segue to romance?
“Crazy” is a label that gets tossed at women an unfair amount. We’ve heard about “crazy ex-girlfriends,” “irrational women,” and we’ve all been accused of having “PMS” and the “crazy eye” when that isn’t the case at all. The label gets thrown around so much that sometimes we wonder if it’s true — but you shouldn’t believe the hype.
Is it just us, or have you noticed that men throw around “crazy” just around the time that they do something out of line and when they can’t handle your reaction? You’re “clingy” when you call him three times in a row, but what is he when he bails on plans without calling to cancel or picking up the phone to tell you why?
I think that “crazy” is a label we should stop buying into or accepting because many men are just using it to cover their bad behavior. Do you agree?
Wedding proposals are unforgettable. They offer couples the chance to share an intimate moment specifically designed to move them from one level of commitment and trust to another. And while the proposal is important, the location (for some) also holds weight, too. While some couples desire low-key or creative proposals, others would love to travel across the world to pop the question or say “yes” to the partner of their dreams. Here, you’ll find destinations that could be the perfect backdrop for the moment you say “yes”!
If you live anything but a dull existence, there will always be a meddler around to get in your business. It’s just how they roll. Some do it because they have your best interest at heart and don’t want to see you get hurt. Some do it because gossip is life, or being bossy is life, and they don’t know any other way. And chances are, if you have a meddler on your hands — especially if they’re an adult meddler — there’s nothing you can do to change them.
But you can change the way you react to these nosy nuisances without having to give them the boot. We can’t always cut all of the messy people out of our life. For some of us, that would mean there would be very few people left in it. Instead, change how you deal with their shenanigans, and with time, it won’t interfere with your day.
Your mother may always ask you when you’re going to start spending time with someone new. However, being single shouldn’t be all about waiting for your next relationship to roll around. it’s a time where you should enjoy your own company, and most importantly, learn more about who you are and what you want. Life has lots of lessons to teach you about every aspect of it — and being single can help you better understand those lessons.
From how to be the one you’re looking for, to how to find out what you really want in life, we can find out the most about ourselves when we’re not involved with anyone else. So, until Mr. Right comes around (or if you even decide that you don’t care if he ever does), the following pages will show you the important lessons being single teaches you.
What important lessons have you learned while taking a break from dating?
(As Told To Lauren R.D. Fox)
My husband doesn’t like to travel with me to the places I want to go. It’s either his location of interest or we stay at home.
Every time I suggest we take a trip, he vetoes the suggestions for locales that I suggest. For example, over the past five months I’ve suggested we plan an end-of-the-year trip to a country in Africa, with Egypt or Kenya being my most recent pitches.
But, as expected, my husband crinkled his nose and told me that he doesn’t feel comfortable traveling to places that have consistent travel advisory warnings. Don’t they all?
“You can look it up and see for yourself, they’re not really safe.”
We both know violence can happen anywhere. So something tells me that my husband just isn’t interested in traveling to the Motherland. I get this idea based on the fact that he always likes to suggest that we travel to European countries instead.
Personally, I am not interested in traveling to Europe again. During my early twenties, I backpacked through a few countries with my friends after college. I checked out all the sights I needed to see and know where the frou-frou bars and lounges are located. I enjoyed my time in places like Italy and France, but I desire to travel elsewhere–specifically to places and spaces in Africa. I just want to see what is out there and be around people who look like me. Learn the culture, embrace it, and experience countries like Kenya or Egypt, South Africa or Ghana, with an open mind.
When I talk to my husband about his consistent disapproval, he accuses me of assuming that he isn’t “in touch” with his Blackness and says that we don’t have to travel there to feel that we are. That assumption isn’t far from the truth. My husband actually studied abroad in London during college and traveled to other European countries during that time, so I don’t understand his hesitancy to branch out. He’s never been to Africa and yet, he perceives the continent through the lenses of a late-night “30 cents a day” infomercial. I’m over the headstrong stance, but if I travel by myself, I know he will have a fit.
Should I give in and travel to Europe for the millionth time or try and go it alone to these countries I really want to see?
When you get to the “How Will I Know” moment in your relationship where you’re hoping to figure out if you both are moving in the right direction, the big answers often come up first: if he puts a ring on it; if he asks you to move in; if he gives you access to his Netflix password. But you don’t always have to wait for a sign that shakes things up like in the movies to figure out whether or not he’s getting serious about you.
Sometimes, when it comes to love, it’s the little everyday things that show you how he really feels. From the way he acts when his phone is in reach to what he does at dinnertime, there are some surprising things a man only does when he’s serious about the relationship.
Read on to learn more about the little things that most of us overlook, and then tell us about your relationship. What little things let you know that your partner was something special?
In an ideal world, when you break up with someone, they simply disappear from your life never to worry you again. They aren’t around, neither a physical nor virtual presence, to drive you up the wall like they used to. However, the reality is that just as you’re moving on with your life, they’re moving on with theirs. Now, this is usually a fact of life that is relatively easy to accept — except when they move on with their lives a little bit faster than you do.
When your ex starts dating someone new, things can get uncomfortable pretty quickly. Even when you think you’re completely over your feelings, you’re not always ready to see them happily having feelings for someone new. And that can make us all act just a little bit kooky — at least for a little while. Ideally, until we meet someone wonderful we can plaster all over social media, too.
(As relayed by Lauren R.D. Fox based on a culmination of experiences)
I met Johan three weeks ago on Match. Although he seems like a great guy, I feel like my new boo has become extremely comfortable with me, a little too fast.
In less than a month I’ve alread met Johan’s mother, sister and slew of best friends. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with meeting a potential love interest’s family or friends, but Johan’s nice actions and behavior seemed a bit forced.
Yesterday, he asked me when my birthday is and whether I had plans. Unfortunately, I didn’t make any. Despite wanting to take a trip outside of the country, I offered to be in two weddings this Spring and my funds were quite low. After hearing this, Johan offered to pay for us to go to Antigua, Guatemala as a birthday surprise.
I’ve wanted to visit the city known for romantic getaways, amazing cuisine, and historic volcanoes for some time, but my mother doesn’t like the idea of Johan paying for the trip — mostly because he pays for everything. He won’t even allow me to get him a cup of coffee.
Aside from appearing financially controlling, my sister pointed out that I don’t know Johan well enough to travel with and I somewhat agree. But my birthday is still two months away so if he doesn’t exhibit any questionable qualities before that time, I actually think I’m up for the trip. Is it too soon?