According to 26-year-old Jerry LaVigne Jr., a popular face on YouTube, there is no purpose in marriage. He believes marriage is not beneficial; it’s just a title and legal way to say you are committed to a person who you were committed to before marriage. Along with the title of being husband and wife, you are now obligated to that person not just mentally and physically but financially also. LaVigne feels that getting married is not a way for a person to love you more because most of the time you have proven your love to that person before marriage. If a couple was having trust issues or any other problems in their relationship, it will not get better if you marry that person, so why marry?
Making my way down the magazine section, looking at the glossy covers, each celebrity looks so perfect: flawless makeup, every hair stand in the right place, wearing designer clothes. I can take five magazines and line them all up.
Abstinence has been a big topic, especially with young celebrities. Pop stars like the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift all openly admit they will stay virgins until they get married. Yet the mainstream media has never taken a look at young black celebrities who have taken the pledge to stay virgins until marriage.
Break-ups are typically unpredictable, yet how, when and even why they occur varies. For the most part, you are never quite able to put your finger on the problem or the exact reason that one or both partners decide to go their separate ways. Let’s face it; if you had it all figured out, then there would be no need for the split.
In this forever changing society we live in today, the lines have become quite murky in terms of what a traditional relationship should look like. We have the couple who goes through their just dating phase. Then we have the couple who finally takes their relationship to the next level, making it exclusive to just one another. But now in this new day and age, we have the couple who has decided to change the rules of engagement all together and make their relationship an open one.
Tracy Nicole, entrepreneur turned novelist, outlines the lives of two cousins who grew up as sisters as they work out life and love in Atlanta. Torie and Lisa are both in their prime. Both are beautiful, educated and are set up to head towards bright futures, but each is searching for her own missing piece of the success puzzle.
How refreshing it is to read stories from voices seldom heard! In Heidi W. Durrow’s debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, the titular character speaks not only in a voice familiar to Black women but also shares the experiences of a growing population of people of color: the children of parents of both black and white heritage.