You are back on the dating scene after a serious break up. You’re enjoying the idea of some casual dating and getting back into the swing of things, but the relationship with your latest prospect is getting pretty serious. What’s the big deal? Well, dating this time around is a bit different because you are no longer on the market by yourself…you are now a package deal.
Dating after already having children can be reenergizing but also worrisome. In the midst of falling in love you are also burdened with questions: When should I introduce the kids to my new love? How? Should I talk to them about it first? What if they tell me don’t want to meet him, or worse, tell me they don’t want me dating anyone?
Introducing your children to your new partner is important. They will become a part of the child’s life as well as yours. The situation must be handled delicately, in the right time, and there are a few things you can do to make things go easier.
An affair is usually a symptom of other problems in a relationship. Now is the time for each of you to fully examine not only your relationship, but yourselves as well. Have we just run our course? Are we better off just as friends? Is there too much hurt to move on from this? A high percentage of the wronged partners will walk away and never look back, and then there are an impressive percentage of partners who decide to stay and give it another shot. Some relationships not only survive, but they actually grow in the aftermath of an affair. An affair challenges both partners to look at themselves and their relationship in a radically new way. Staying and trying to survive the betrayal and hurt is commendable but there are some things that need to be considered.
Whether you and your partner love each other unconditionally or whether the two of you fight every minute, your relationship is going down hill, and you feel like it's almost over. All relationships lose their sparkle and passion after a while and if you don't do something about it, you can easily become strangers and problems can surface. What can you do to get that "spark" back and have a thriving relationship again?
The Grown Sexy Situation team is back with another hot topic tonight and two special guests. Tonight we discuss Exes and relationships, guaranteed to be a hot issue with many of you. Get grown and sexy with the convo about this adult situation facing many in today's society. Chime in with your opinions on how to handle your X when you have a new relationship.
How do you deal with your X? When your X knows you have a new relationship, can that be a big problem? Has an X-Factor asked you out on a date, knowing that you’re in a relationship? Why do they think it’s ok to cross that threshold? Have you ever entertained the possibility of going out with your X while you’re in a relationship? Would you tell your significant other or not?
Joining us tonight are two very special and talented guests: Author Dawn L. Forte and Singer Derion Hall.
Author Dawn L. Forte
Dawn Forte' is from Plainfied, NJ. She's the mother of four adult children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. "The Sum of My Mistakes is her debut novel. She's also writes poetry and has done spoken word at various places in the past. Dawn suffers from the chronic pain disorder Fibromyalgia. She can be found at her local cafe working on her next novel or some poetry or relaxing at home with her family.
Dawn can be contacted by email at
Singer Derion Hall
Derion Hall, Originally from Dayton, Ohio, was raised in a musical family... yet had no idea that singing, writing, and entertaining would ultimately be his passion. Part military brat, part go-getter, Derion was no stranger to dedication and making big moves. In his teens he discovered that he too had a god-given musical ear and aptitude for singing, performing, and writing.
In the midst of determining his life path, his urge to entertain the masses dictated his next move. Armed with his natural talent and desire, he set off to New York City to pursue his dream..becoming a major recording artist.
While making his living as a fitness model, personal trainer and gym manager, Derion spent all his spare time writing and networking. He did a few "singing competition" tv show cattle calls and quickly learned that wasn't the route he wanted to go. He then tapped long- time family friend and producer Tyrice "Tyjamz" Jones to complete his musical vision.
That collaboration has resulted in the emergence of the real Derion Hall. The singer, dancer, writer, and entertainer. A fearless vibe that will make you dance, get you right at the club, catch the ladies, and get heads noddin! Come find out what we already know. Derion Hall. #BlessedAndHumble
Have you ever dealt with a man that made you feel like you personally belonged to him? Not just the regular your my girl, I'm your man scenario but actually like an object? Has your mate ever become so enraged with jealousy that you were afraid how far she may go to secure your relationship. At times we may believe that jealousy is natural and maybe even "cute" however, there is a thin line between a llittle touch of the green eyed monster and being possessive.
Ladies, have you ever asked a man out on a date? Fellas, do you still walk around the car to open the door for your lady? These are just two examples of different styles of dating. In today's society there's a huge difference between relationship styles. Are you more traditional, a person that goes by the books? Or are you liberal, an outside the box dater willing to go against the status quo? Chime in with the ladies of OWWHH to find out your style of dating and which is going to keep you dating in 2012! Each and every Friday night chat with the ladies of OWWHH FROM 11PM-1AM ONLY ON WWW.BKS1RADIO.COM!
Whether you're young or old everyone wants someone to hold, share with, and love. For those who can't seem to find that special person or better yet someone they can build with they often turn to other forms of mingling to do so. Many women are journeying into this "problem" for the first time and others have tried time again, and simply can't strike gold. Women are constantly looking to find "a good man" to fit their standards, needs, or values even in instances where the relationship is based around "friends with benefits".
Could it be that these women are the problem or is it that they are looking in all the wrong places for their "Prince Charming", and ending up with the same no good men. It's said that, "wherever you find a man thats where he'll be all the time". Maybe thats true and maybe its not, but lets be real! Many woman aren't going to Church every Sunday trying to find a man that will "Put a Ring On It". When it comes down to it, finding a man usually brings women back to square one, the "Nightlife" also known as "The Club". The place where 99% of women go after their first breakup, the place where they can let loose, have fun, get drunk, and forget it all the next morning. If that doesn't work you better know they can count on their "girls" to drag them to another party, find themselves hooking up on a social network or dating site, speed dating out of desperation that all hope is lost, or letting their "friends" set them up with someone they feel is "Just Right". It may seem sad or lackluster to some, but thats reality.
NOT everyone has the patience or the time to keep waiting for love to come knocking on their door, and in most cases many women find themselves unconsciously looking for love, but at what point does looking become a man hunt? or At what point do women realize it's not about where they find it, but how they go about getting it. Maybe they're looking in all the wrong places, or maybe it's poor judgement and poor female intuition that keeps bringing them back to the same ol' dead end.
The Grown Sexy Situation Show comes to you with a hot double topic: 1. If you knew exactly when the world was ending what are some of the things you would do? 2. If you just started dating someone would you introduce him or her to the family around the holidays? Our guest is amazing singer Harmony, and fashion & image consultant Tiffany Harmon. Music provided by DJ Smoov P.
Topic #1: If You Knew Exactly When The World Was Ending, What Are Some Of The Things You Would Do?
In light of all the tragic things going on in this world today, whether it be Natural or an unnatural occurrence...what would you do if you knew that you would not be around..what fences would you mend if any. Would you take a long awaited vacation? Would you spend that time loving on friends and family? Would you try to squeeze in all the things that you neglected to do? Or would you just waste those last few precious moments saying "why did this happen to me"? Do you think if we had the ability to know when we would pass, it would make things easier for us and our family and friends that we hold dear?
Topic #2: If You Just Started Dating Someone Would You Introduce Him Or Her To The Family Around The Holidays?
It's the holiday season which normally means family and close friends sharing memories and making new memories. So is it a good idea to bring that new love around those that are close to you? This could possibly lead to a disastrous situation for you and an embarrassing situation for the both of you at that particular time. If you are serious about this person then, by all means you should do it, if not don't give them the false hope that there could possibly be a ring or a long term relationship. For some people their normal behaviors to have their family meet everyone. Others may be a little more guarded.
Make sure you sit down with your family and discuss this before you decide to give them the holiday surprise of possibly meeting another "one" and all the stories turn out to be about "YOU" during the holiday season!
For Tiffany Harmon, CEO of HMG Consulting Services/Harmon Image Group, there has been a wealth of valuable experiences that paved the way to where she is today.
Fortunate to have top-notch mentors as the late Emily Miles of Belle Meade Modeling School for the etiquette and charm training, the late Pat Joyner and Ms. Kaye Thompson who were her dance instructors from age 5 through 14; there were little or no options than to become successful.
Tiffany’s professional background includes a modeling career consisting of runway, print, acting, model coach to all age groups, makeup artist and event planner. One of her greatest aspirations came true as she worked as a house model for such showrooms as Victoria’s Secret Catalog. The thought of an African American girl from New Jersey being asked to come on board to model for Victoria's Secret was only dreamt of but soon became her reality. Proof positive that anything was possible.
In later years, Tiffany had what some would see as misfortunes with a terminally ill child and years later a job layoff following an 11 year span with a so-called Fortune 500 company however, that put her back on the tracks. “I want to show that even through life’s unpredictable occurrences, there’s a way of coming back, gain control of your destiny and take life back” she says. Tiffany intends to continue working with first-time job seekers, retirees getting back into the workforce, those looking for a new look or transitioning into a new career, cancer survivors and the corporate environment with professional development.
HMG is dedicated to motivating, empowering and enhancing an individual’s sense of self and unique style through an inside out approach. To move forward with change and sustain, you must first be confident with who you are before dressing it up and everything falls into place from there. That is HMG’s mission.
Get ready tonight join us live at 11pm to 1am est. On bks1radio.com the Grown Sexy Situation Show. Tonight we discuss "first date do's and don'ts" -" has a first date ever went wrong for you?". Music for the evening provided by DJ Smoov P. Our guests actor "Usman Sharif", comedian Fuquan Johnson, and singer Tracy Cruz. Chat live or call in 646-233-1302 to discuss the topic or to give your shout outs. Join the live experience of bks1radio.com
Special Guest: Actor/Producer Usman Sharif
“On a JOURNEY to the TOP...enjoying every moment along the way!”
To say that Usman Sharif is one of the entertainment industry’s, and in fact the world's rising talents would be an understatement. With numerous high-profiled feature film dramas and comedies and guest starring sitcom appearances credited to his name and a list of successful businesses he personally owns and in some cases operate, the cliché, “the sky is the limit” truthfully applies to this extraordinary, yet humble man.
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Usman has two sisters and three brothers. Although his parents divorced when he was eight, Usman remained close with his Father whom he credits his strong faith and entrepreneurial spirit. This lead Usman to eventually major in business administration at Essex County College, graduating in 1994. Usman then went on to Kean University in Union, NJ in pursuit of his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.
He launched a number of successful businesses over the next several years yet his inclination and desire to entertain grew in his heart and soul. In 2002, Usman confirmed his feelings of wanting to entertain the masses when one evening while watching a film, he realized he belonged on screen instead of in the audience. Thus in 2003, Usman decided to begin his journey in pursuing entertainment professionally. He partnered with a friend to produce a documentary about women and their everyday struggles, which did very well in the film festival circuit, winning several awards including The Audience Award in The New York International Film Festival. This eventually relocated Usman to Los Angeles, Ca. Before his trek out west, Usman joined an acting class given by the well-respected acting teacher Tracey Moore. She then introduced Usman to her husband (at the time), director Maurice Marable, who cast him in his first break – a commercial for HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Usman then landed pivotal supporting roles in the following high-profile feature films; Spike Lee’s WWII epic “Miracle at St. Anna,” as “Radio man Hughes” along side Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonzo, Omar Benson, and Walton Goggins. “You’re nobody til Somebody Kills You, produced by Spike Lee, “Notorious,” directed by George Tillman Jr., chronicling the life of well-known rap artist Notorious B.I.G., and "3 Can Play That Game", as Alex starring Vivica A. Fox and directed by Samad Davis. Usman also starred in “HUG”, ( 2009 Sundance Film Festival) and landed guest starring roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and “Tyler Perry's House of Payne” as Firefighter Perkins.
No stranger to the titles Executive Producer and Producer, Usman Executive produced an award winning documentary entitled "A Pillar of Salt, The Angry Woman Syndrome", and the award winning and contest winning short film "Glimpse" which was the prelude to the award winning feature film "Mooz-Lum" (did not produce) starring Nia Long, Evan Ross, Danny Glover, Dorian Missick and Roger Guenervire Smith. Usman Produced the documentary "Minds of Men" (in which he also starred). Usman is currently overseas in Ghana, West Africa Co-Executive Producing a new television reality show entitled "The Spirited Actor; Africa's Next Big Hollywood Star." He has plans to plant roots in Ghana furthering the "Gollywood" system of entertainment currently running there.
Usman continues to enjoy producing a variety of business opportunities as well. Usman has JUST finished production on "Criminal Behavior", a feature film that was filmed in Atlanta in May 2012 and that he has Executive Produced, Produced and Starred in. "Criminal Behavior" is an film based on dealing with one's past to help create and protect a better future. Usman is already in pre-production for his next feature film that he's doing with Newark Native Alonzo Herran called "Living With No Regrets", which is a biopic based off Mr. Herran's life. Usman will Produce and have a principle role in this film. Usman currently owns two frozen dessert restaurants, which is part of the huge Rita's Water Ice franchise and a construction company, a real estate investment firm and a property management company. Usman is also the Co-Founder, President and COO of Davis Media Ghana Limited, an overseas entertainment firm. In his spare time, if there is such a thing for him, Usman enjoys weight training, boxing, football, basketball, softball, Tae Kwon Do (a second degree black belt) motorcycling and spending as much time with his family as possible.
So as you can see and as Usman is quick to tell you, if you want to watch this young man's meteoric rise to the top...
DON'T BLINK & STAY TUNED!
Special Guest: Comedian/Actor FUQUAN JOHNSON
Born and raised in New Jersey, Fuquan Johnson focussed in on his career goals while in High School. As a teenager, Fuquan became notorious amongst his peers for cracking jokes in class. In High School, he realized he wanted to do comedy after watching Eddie Murphy’s “RAW”. “The moment I saw Eddie Murphy doing stand up, a light bulb went off in my head and I knew that I was destined to be a Comedian”. Connecting with his middle school friend, Damien Dante’ Wayans (nephew to the infamous Wayans Brothers), Fuquan expressed his desire to pursue comedy as a career. Damien introduced young Fuquan to his uncle, Damon Wayans.
Upon graduating from High School, Fuquan attended HB Studios for Acting located in Greenwhich Village in New York City where actors such as Oscar Winning Actor Sidney Poitier, Debbie Allen, Al Pacino, and Scott Wolf also got their start. Getting his feet wet within the entertainment industry, he completed work as an Extra for notable TNT movies such as “Passing Glory” and “Freedom Song”.
In 1999, Damien invited Fuquan to come out to LA to visit. It was there that Fuquan was completely bitten by the entertainment bug. Following his three week visit in LA, Fuquan headed back to New York where he was invited by Damien’s mother to the New York Comedy Club. As he sat back and got tipsy and enjoyed the night with his extended family, the night’s host announced that a new comedian was in the building. This new comedian turned out to be Fuquan. “To my surprise I was tricked on stage after the host called my name to the stage. I was shocked and surprised”, recalls Fuquan. “I went on stage and completely bombed out. I was terrible. I had a heckler that wouldn’t stop, but it didn’t discourage me. The experience motivated me and I haven’t stopped since”. For six months following his debut impromptu appearance, Fuquan participated in several NYC area open mics where he strived to find his voice and rhythm.
In 2004, Fuquan moved to LA where he was hired as an Extra for several episodes of the television ABC sitcom, “My Wife & Kids”. Not waiting for the next opportunity to fall into his lap, Fuquan earned his first comedic dollar at the Family Room Bar in Compton, Los Angeles. “I made about twenty-five bucks but I was ecstatic”, recalls Fuquan. When asked to describe himself, Fuquan states, “I am witty with a hard edge. I think outside the box. When I’m on stage, I talk about my crazy life experiences”.
From 2009-2011, a huge break came when Fuquan toured all of North America as the opening act for Shawn and Marlon Wayans. “I traveled to every state in America and Canada. It was an experience to be remembered”, states Fuquan. Gracing the stage to notorious venues such as Caroline’s in New York, all of the Improvs, Tommy T’s, Pepper Bellies in California, Standup New York, and many more, Fuquan was able to establish himself in the world of Comedy.
On September 14, 2011, Fuquan created a sketch called “This Is So Sad” and uploaded it to Youtube. This hilarious sketch immediately went viral and well over 350,000 views were captured.
At the top of 2012, Fuquan’s relationships were proven to be key when he participated in the Shades of Laughter Comedy Competition. As one of ten contestants, Fuquan was able to travel and compete all over the states of Washington and Oregon. “This entire experience was priceless”, says Fuquan.
In September of 2012, Fuquan worked as a PA and Pitch Writer on the show, “Second Generation Wayans” which airs on BET.
At the top of 2013, Fuquan is currently touring and doing shows all over the country.
Stating his influences as Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, the Wayans Family, Lenny Bruce, and George Collins, Fuquan aspires to be a Staff Writer and Actor on shows such as Saturday Night LIVE, gain a few short films in the bucket, act in blockbuster hits, and headline in sold out venues. In his spare time, Fuquan loves to write, shoot sketches, and play basketball.
FB FAN PAGE: mybadFuquan
Special Guest: Singer Tracy Cruz
Born in Quezon City on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, Tracy Cruz’s alluring voice is comprised of sounds old and new, resembling Jill Scott’s throaty moans and Sarah Vaughan’s lyrical accentuation, all while still managing to remain distinct. With a vocal range that stretches from unbelievable lows to soprano highs, Tracy pulls from her thriving passion of Filipino ballads, blended with the influence of her former vocal coach, Ledisi.
A chance meeting of her future producer, now husband Allen Ross, in college produced 2 children and 2 full-length albums and an EP. Tracy has collaborated with and performed with the likes of Kanetic Source (former emcee of Ozomatli), Sy Smith, Markde Clive-Lowe, Latoya London, Apl. de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Slim of 112, Martin Luther, Jaguar Wright, Zion I, Pep Love, Living Legends, and Crown City Rockers. Tracy has accumulated national recognition with her album "Feel'osophy" including three Muse’s Muse Awards for “Best R&B CD Project of 2008”, “Best Lyrics (female)”, and “Best R&B Single (Female).” Her sophomore album "Universoul Symphony" was on the UK Soul Chart for 14 weeks, Danceteria's Phat 50 Chart (Netherlands) for 12 weeks and DJ Sly's (Bang Radio 103.6 FM) Full Top 30 Chart for 12 weeks.
She was also an official Soultracks.com <http://soultracks.com/> nominee for "Female Vocalist of the Year" for their Readers' Choice Awards. Tracy is currently #3 on the Soulwalking (UK) Top 20 Chart (Soul tracks of 2011) and #1 on Black Beat Brasil Top 10 Chart (Rio de Janiero). Most recently, Tracy's music video "Love's Galaxy" was aired nationally on MYX TV. You can find out more about Tracy Cruz and her music at www.tracycruz.com <http://www.tracycruz.com/>