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Not So Great Expectations…

I wrote this blog a few years back at my sister site Spot86 that I wanted to share with you guys. Life is a beautiful thing. One thing is for sure, nothing is perfect and nothing is guaranteed.  So many things can happen, so many things can change. With that being said, why do we make things difficult by having so many expectations? Are you still waiting for that guy that keeps playing games to change? Do you wonder why that one friend is never truly excited for you? Does frustration take over you the minute you think about how hard your new job or school has been? Are you hard on a family member because they are not living up to your expectations? If any of this is the case, you are in essence, setting yourself up for disappointment. The truth is; having too many expectations is not that great.

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One Year Down…

Hello June! This month has been super exciting for me so far, from vacations, to attending BBQ’s and completing my third novel, I must say that I’m having a great time! However, that’s not all that I’m blushing over! Can you believe that it’s been ONE YEAR since I officially launched Monique Elise?!

Happy Birthday to moniqueelise.com! Looking back on when I first began, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew is that I wanted to write, share my thoughts and connect with my readers. When I first launched my site, I hit the ground running! Continue Reading

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How to Be a Liberated Woman in 2018…

Two of my favorite female artists are Rihanna and Beyonce. Besides the number of hits each of these ladies have released over the last few years, I’ve always admired their ability to not only embrace being a black woman, but also being a sexually liberated black woman. We’re living during a time where women’s empowerment and feminism is at an all-time high, especially with pop culture. But before there was Rih Rih and Bey, there was platinum selling artist, Adina Howard. Back in the nineties, Ms. Howard was a rarity amongst her peers. A woman that was unapologetically sexy while embracing her sexuality through her music and image. Continue Reading

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Sending a Nude Photo…

Last week it was reported that singer and Love and Hip-hop Hollywood star, Teairra Mari’s (ex?) boyfriend released a sex tape for the world to see, without her consent. Now since this story has dropped, there have been many twists and turns that I refuse to get into (it’s just too messy in my opinion). Instead, I’d like to focus on a much larger and sadly common issue – revenge porn. It’s no secret that we live in a digital age, we have so many things at our fingertips; that type of freedom is actually pretty liberating if you ask me. But where there is good, there’s also bad! I think it’s safe to say that revenge porn is a prime example of what’s not so good about the internet.

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Why Black Women Should Become Equal Opportunity Daters…

Hey guys! I hope you all missed me as much as I’ve missed you! I’ve been so busy writing books, working events, and such but I’m back and ready to chat. As many of you all know – I love my girl, Issa Rae! She’s a sister that can do no wrong in my eyes; she’s down to earth, driven, witty, and a boss. Like many of her fans, I’m just patiently waiting for season three of Insecure to start (Umm HBO – Chop! Chop!) Well this past week, Ms. Issa has been a major topic of discussion. To be frank, she seemed to have pissed off quite a few people with an excerpt that surfaced from her 2015 memoir “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”. In it, she discusses the challenges successful black women face in the romance department. She then suggests that black women should date Asian men since they’ve also been labeled as the least desirable when it comes to dating. That would seem like a logical solution right? It depends on who you ask. Now I haven’t read the book, yet, but I’d think that people would know that anything that comes from Issa Rae will have some humor tucked in there. That being said, I think there’s a bigger issue at hand. As time moves us forward, interracial relationships are on the rise. In addition, statistics show that black women outnumber black men AND black men are twice as likely to date/marry outside of their race. But when a black woman does it or encourages others to do so it’s given the major side eye. What’s up with that?

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