All Articles Tagged "Valentine’s Day"

Own It: 15 Female Artists And Their Sexually Empowered Music Moments

February 19th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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King Bey has sparked a resurgence on a higher level of expressing female sexuality in music — specifically black women’s sexuality.  And since we’re dedicated to black women, we thought it be cool to highlight female artists who have explicitly expressed themselves sexually in their music to much controversy and praise. Regardless of how critics debate it, these female artists didn’t promote unsafe sex, but they promoted exploring your sensual side, which men are privileged and praised to do without the double standard.

Here’s to celebrating female sexual empowerment with these iconic pop divas and 15 moments in pop culture history.

Well Damn: Jason DeRulo Gets Jordin Sparks 10,000 Roses For Valentine’s Day

February 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Taking care of just a few roses you pick up from your man on Valentine’s Day can be a task (or maybe I’m just doing it all wrong), but what would you do with more than 500? How about 1,000? What about 10,000?

Singer Jason DeRulo, 24, actually ordered 10,000 orange roses for his lady, American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, 24. As told to Us Weekly by the Haitian singer, DeRulo rented out a suite at the Redbury Hotel in LA and filled the entire thing with 10,000 roses, all in Sparks’ favorite color:

“Valentine’s Day I got Jordin 10,000 roses. Her favorite color is orange. So they were all orange. Passion Roses took care of me. I knew it was outrageous, but they made it happen for me.”

She was absolutely overwhelmed and shocked. She was like, ‘I have never seen this many flowers in one place before.’ I was like, ‘Me neither, actually.”

Sparks took to social media to make everyone else’s Valentine’s Day look like crap (kidding!) and said she was overwhelmed by his expression of love and appreciation:

“Completely overwhelmed by 10,000 roses today from, my love, @jasonderulo. They’re so beautiful! Omg. #supersweettweet”

And DeRulo took to social media to post pictures and brag of course:

“10,000 roses fill this suite! I only wish I could’ve fit 10,000 more in here! Valentines everyday! Thank u 2 #passionroses 4 helping 2make this special.”

There were literally so many roses that Sparks didn’t know what to do with that the couple wound up gifting quite a few of them to the hotel staff to show them some love on Valentine’s Day. How sweet is that?

I’m not trying to jump the gun or anything, but I’m excited to see what lengths DeRulo would go to propose if he would do such an extravagant thing for Valentine’s Day. Now that’s a romantic!

What do you think of his gesture? 

The Ultimate After Hours, Get Your Freak On, NSFW Valentine’s Day Playlist

February 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Tonight, most of you will be changing into Victoria’s Secret or Frederick’s of Hollywood to show your man some extra loving. But what’s a good romp in the hay without a great soundtrack to accompany it? Here’s our ultimate NSFW Valentine’s Day playlist to get you knockin’ those boots sooner rather than later.

Lay Your Head On My Pillow- Tony, Toni, Tone

To get in the right mood, you must be relaxed to groove that bed. Tony,Toni Tone remind us of this in their melodic tune.

14 Extravagant Valentine’s Day Gifts From Celeb Couples Past And Present

February 14th, 2014 - By Opal Stacie
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Some of your favorite celebrities know how to get in the Valentine’s Day mood with big gifts and celebrations dedicated to their boo thangs. We know that when celebs do anything, they do it big and Valentine’s day is no exception. Has your Valentine ever gifted you with the entire inventory from a flower shop? Wouldn’t you like to be on the receiving end of a V-Day gift that is covered in 24-carat gold? Do you know which one of your favorite celebrity couples got married on the day of love? Find out how your favorite celebrity couples celebrated Valentine’s day extravagantly over the years and take notes on how to do Valentine’s Day like the stars….

For The One You Love Most: Ways To Pamper Yourself On Valentines Day!

February 14th, 2014 - By Liz Lampkin
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Today is February 14th, Saint Valentine’s Day as it’s affectionately known, and the most romantic day of the year…for couples. This is the day when florists, small boutiques and restaurants make a killing as people express their love for each other. But what about those of us who are fabulously single by choice or because we just haven’t found that special one? Don’t we deserve as much love and attention on Valentine’s Day as any other person? Absolutely! So how do we as unmarried, unattached or un-booed-up folks celebrate the most romantic day of the year without a personal or intimate partner? Easy, by loving and pampering ourselves the unconventional way. So, where do we begin?

First, if possible, leave work early for a spa-filled day! Book an exclusive pampering session for yourself at your favorite spa. Not only that, but select a service that you’ve never experienced and grab your favorite food afterwards. Take your time and enjoy yourself because this day is not only for lovers–it’s your day to make the most of.

I know this is a traditional way to pamper yourself, but shop, shop and shop! However, this time, instead of going for the usual shoes and designer handbag, go to a high-end store and select a piece of jewelry you’ve always wanted to buy but were hesitant about. This is the best time to do this because jewelry stores have great bargains around this time of year because they know Valentine’s Day is one of the peak seasons for such purchases.

Check yourself into a hotel and have your own exclusive staycation. Order room service and anything else you want to make your day of loving yourself complete. Spare no expense and leave no stone unturned on your private staycay for one.

Purchase your favorite bottle of wine, chill it and sip yourself into relaxation. While you’re at it, grab some Hershey’s Kisses of your choice and munch away. Invite friends over too if you want to share your day others.

Go to your favorite makeup counter and get a makeover!  Allow the makeup artist to do something totally different for you, then if you like what you see, get the makeup and continue with your new look.

Create your own assorted dessert bar in the comfort of your home. Treat yourself to as many of your favorite decadent desserts and treats as your heart desires and indulge in Valentine’s Day your way.

Whatever you decide to do or not do on this Valentines, know that you don’t need a relationship to feel loved or appreciated on this day or any other. And although you know that many people will get engaged today, have flowers delivered and will be wined and dined by someone they love, remember that loving yourself first and showing it will always outweigh the love of someone else. Besides, what’s the point of being loved by someone else if you don’t love yourself? Enjoy this national day of professing love and be sure to always love yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Liz Lampkin is the Author of Are You a Reflection of the Man You Pray For? Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin.

Digital Or Traditional? The Pros & Cons Of Sending Valentine’s Day E-Cards Vs. Greeting Cards

February 14th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Sometimes, Valentine’s Day can drive us insane: Should we get macadamia nut or assorted dark chocolates? Tulips or roses? Should I propose? Now with e-cards growing more popular, significant others around the nation are scratching their heads over whether they should go digital or traditional!

According to USA Today, a great number of us prefer a greeting card, not an e-card, because it’s perceived as more endearing and personal. “Even my 18-year-old daughter said if she only got a text rather than a card from her boyfriend, she’d be unhappy,” said Kathy Krasser, Greeting Card Association’s director of communication.

Unlike e-cards, greeting cards are tangible reminders of our lovers. They can sit on our dressers, office desk, and window sills; at one glance, greeting cards give us a rush of nostalgia and giddy, tickled emotions. But of course, there are some glaring cons to sending cards the traditional way — and this may be why this sector of the Valentine’s Day industry has the least growth for 2014.

IBISWorld, a research firm, expects a growth of just .09 percent for greeting cards compared to “2.1% for clothing and lingerie, 2.5% for candy, 3.9% for flowers, 4.1% for dining out, 4.2% for jewelry and 5.1% for a romantic getaway,” USA Today adds.

Not everyone enjoys winding their way through crowded aisles to find the best written greeting. Traditional cards, of course, are pricier than e-cards — they’ll set you back between $1.99 to $5.99. And since the cost of stamps has skyrocketed, better halves aren’t too thrilled about purchasing greeting cards — 60 percent of cards are sent via the US Postal Service.

Consumers are “less likely to purchase greetings cards and more likely to purchase e-cards, which are more affordable,” said Brandon Ruiz, an IBISWorld industry analyst.

Sure e-cards can be a bit impersonal, but they allow senders more creative freedom. There’s animation, personalized touches, music, humor with just a click of a mouse. E-cards are also a lot cheaper; they can either be free or can be purchased through an annual subscription that costs between $12 and $15.

It’s the younger generation (25 and younger), USA Today adds, that are more likely to opt for digital services — such as Facebook and other social media outlets — to wish their loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Still, Krasner wants to remind us that we’re more wooed by the traditional way of receiving greetings:

“If someone makes the effort to go out and purchase it, and maybe put a stamp on it, that shows a physical expression of how much you care,” she says.

Snowed In Or Pressed For Ideas? 9 Ways To Make This Valentine’s Day One To Remember

February 14th, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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Celebrating Valentine’s Day this year might be a little tricky for some of you due to the deluge of snow that has come your way. (Sorry folks in the South or on the East Coast.)

Even if you don’t, maybe you are scrambling around last minute with no idea of what to get your significant other besides the usual chocolate and flowers combo. In either case, here is a list of creative and resourceful ways that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own true love.

 

Panty Droppers: 15 R&B Crooners To Get You In The Valentine’s Day Spirit

February 14th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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 Valentine’s Day is here and that means boxes of chocolate, teddy bears, dates and lovemaking. But it takes more than a special day for lovers to set that mood. And that’s when your favorite love songs and baby-making music come into play. And MadameNoire has the list of smooth R&B crooners, and their best slow jams and ballads ladies (and gents too) love to listen to while getting it on. Some of these male vocalists have the looks and some honestly just have the voices, but either way, women love them.

Madame Noire’s (Safe For Work) Valentine’s Day Playlist

February 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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To start of your Valentine’s Day weekend, we decided to create a playlist that’s perfect to get you in the mood of love. Whether you’re enjoying a crush or progressing in your relationship, there’s a song to match your situation — and you don’t have to be ashamed to let your coworkers hear it through your headphones at work. Don’t worry, we’ll drop the raunchy, meeting in my bedroom type of list later on today, but for now here’s our Safe for Work Valentine’s Day playlist.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So Into You –Tamia

For that moment you realize you have found a keeper and you cannot get enough of him.

Love For The Lonely: Single On Valentine’s Day? 14 Ways To Celebrate

February 14th, 2014 - By Dee Rene
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Single’s Awareness Day, a.k.aValentine’s Day, is right around the corner and if you’re one of that last single ladies on earth there’s still plenty you can do to celebrate your love for self, friends, and family. Don’t be bored or depressed just because you’re single this year. Here are a few ideas to help you make it through the day — and night!

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