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Love Lockdown: 10 Do's and Don'ts of Dating

Are you looking to sustain a long-term relationship? Then, we have just two simple pieces of advice: One, take your girl (or guy!) to see Think Like a Man on April 20th. Trust us, you'll both learn a thing or two (or 10!) from it. And, two, make sure you follow the 10 simple do's and don'ts of dating that we've provided for you here. Some of these we formulated after seeing Think Like a Man. And some we came up with on our own. But, when it comes to dating, there are some things you should and absolutely should not do. And we want to make sure you're aware of them.

So, if you're looking to sustain a long-term relationship, make sure you pay very close attention to our advice. It could be the difference between making it—and breaking it. Let's go.

DO: Communicate at all times about everything.
This one is so obvious. And yet, so many people fail to follow it! If you're going to be in a long-term relationship, you need to be able to share everything with your partner. You also need to be able to talk through your problems and work them out in a civilized manner. You even need to be able to talk about the way that you talk to one another so that you know which forms of communication are most effective for each of you! A good relationship is all about good communication. Don't ever forget it.

DON'T: Run to your friends to talk about your relationship problems instead of talking things out with your partner.
Now, we're not suggesting that you can't ever talk with your friends about your problems. But, what we are saying is that you shouldn't be running to them first whenever an issue comes up. Instead, learn to communicate it directly to your partner. It'll help your relationship and your friendships as well.

DO: Hold your partner's hand and do other small things to show them how much you care about them.
Something as simple as holding your significant other's hand in public can make them feel like they're important to you. So, take the time to do small things that will pay off in a big way. If you do, we're sure they'll return the favor.

DON'T: Disrespect your relationship by flirting with others or sending mixed signals to them.
If you have a man or a woman in your life, act like it—even when they're not necessarily around to see it. Now, you obviously cannot stop people from coming up to you and engaging you in conversation. But, you can be very forthcoming with them in letting them know that you are in a committed relationship. This will stop you from having any misunderstandings with your partner in the future.

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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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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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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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