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5 Lessons Learned from Movie Couples

took the no. 1 spot at box offices this past week and further proved that relationships are a hot topic. Happy endings like those in romantic comedies give some viewers hope, because, you guessed it...we all want to feel like those girls in the movies!

Aside from the perfectly-timed scenes and accelerated storylines, most relationship flicks are pretty realistic and dreamy. But, everything doesn't work for everybody. Whether or not you choose to follow the rules (to a T) like the characters of TLAM, lesson can be learned from our favorite films!

Check out our list of heart-stealing movie couples...

Who: Joy Bryant & Derek Luke
What: 
Antwon Fisher (2002)
Why:  
Sometimes it seems like the hardest thing to do in relationships is put your heart on the line, especially when you've been hurt before. However, that's just a part of the game. You take the chance of your heart being either torn, broken or filled, and sometimes you face all three! It's actually quite a gamble, but you learn a lesson and grow with each move.
Lesson:
"I'm still strong."

Love JonesWho: Nia Long & Larenz Tate
What: Love Jones (1997)
Why: We're all a little stubborn at some point, aren't we? Cut it out! When you want something, or in this case someone, go for it. We saw in Love Jones that time waits for no man. Happy ending here, but not everybody gets so lucky.
Lesson: Go out on a limb, stay smart, see where lust takes you.

Something NewWho: Simon Baker & Sanna Lathan
What: Something New (2006)
Why: There's nothing wrong with having a "type," but you can't always go by the book. No man is perfect. Now, that doesn't mean settle, but it just means that our imagination often causes us to lose sight of what's standing right in front of us. Sanaa Lathan's character in Something New embraced this idea when she took a leap of faith and started dating a guy outside of her race.
Lesson: It's okay to step away from your comfort zone--that's usually where greatness lies.

baby boyWho: Tyrese Gibson & Taraji P. Henson
What: Baby Boy (2001)
Why:  Douglas Horton is often quoted saying: "If you love something, let it go free. If it doesn't come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever." This statement remained true for Jody" and "Yvette. Despite numerous setbacks and disappointments, the two were able to reconcile at the end.
Lesson: Sometimes you need distance in a relationship to see if it's real--memories will either cause your hearts to grow fonder, or farther apart.

love and basketballWho: Omar Epps & Sanaa Lathan
What: Love and Basketball (2002)
Why:  Love has a funny way of revealing itself, but it's not surprising that people often get with their closest friends; they know you best! Although it is possible for men and women to remain friends, a few besties of that nature often find themselves defending their platonic relationships. Nonetheless, the friend route is a great path to take in the journey to love. Your spouse ultimately (we would hope) becomes your best friend, anyway. The only problem is putting your real friendship on the line.
Lesson: Always ask yourself: can your platonic friendship sustain the ups and downs, and progression or ending of an intimate relationship?

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Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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