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Today on The Love Hour 6-8pm: SERIAL DATING

2 Oct

This evening expect us to dissect the various definitions of serial dating.  We will be taking a look at the “old school” meaning all the way up to the modern day one.  There is also one then more type of serial dater, so look forward to tips on how to decipher from them.

There are plenty of reasons why people choose to serial date.  All are not bad.  Some of us may need to gain more of a serial dater mindset while others should lessen the one they have already.

All of this above will be discussed after our weekly zodiac descriptions and celebrity buzz.  Tune in from 6-8pm by going to wrnu.info.  Be on air @ 973 353 5746


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Today On “The Love Hour”: How Media Defined Love and Where We Are Now

25 Sep

Today on “The Love Hour” from 6-8pm we will be analyzing the type of manipulation media places on use when it comes to love and romance. You can also look forward to us dissecting what love really is scientifically. Expect us to ponder the question of why people long for companionship. Is it the same reason why the world has so many serial daters? What is it to be a serial dater? We will conclude the show with a confession from one.

To listen go to wrnu.info and call in at 973 353 5746 to be on air.

My Feature Story on “Fifty Shades of Grey” (When it was trending)

28 Aug

I finally decided to upload the feature story on Fifty Shades of Grey that I had to do for my final project in my Advanced Reporting class last Spring Semester.  This was done during the week of Thursday, May 10th, before the author E.L. James left to return to her home in the U.K.  I hope you enjoy.

Beginning as a game of telephone between suburban housewives of New York, the popularity of the erogenous Fifty Shades trilogy by Erika James, better known as E.L. James, has spread across the nation like wildfire.

E.L. James

The craze of the suggestive literature started online with a majority of people purchasing the e-books, taking advantage of not being judged by the book’s cover.

Several months ago, printed versions of the series were exceedingly complicated to find. As reported by CBS New York’s Hazel Sanchez in March, copies were so scarce that a used book could be brought online for almost a thousand dollars.

In April the trilogy was reissued by Vintage Books, a division of Random House Publications.  Last Tuesday, the publication announced over 10 million copies had been sold with daily reprints surpassing 900,000.  These statistics made the series the most rapid selling in history.

Besides being acknowledged for topping the charts and as a three time New York Times bestseller, the fleshy Fifty has been the core of gossip among the masses and the central topic in network programming. In addition to becoming a parody on “Saturday Night Live,” the trilogy has been held responsible for reigniting the fire in relationships. However, with all the positive responses, the collection of novels received a great deal of criticism.

See SNL 50 Shades Parody below:

The saga began when, according to Entertainment Weekly, James, a pleasantly plump wife of a TV script writer and mother of two teenage boys from West London who fancies a smoke from time to time, grew tiresome of her job as a TV producer in January 2009 and searched for other outlets that could possibly bring her gratification.

Upon her pursuit for happiness, James discovered a fan fiction site dedicated to the celebrated “Twilight” vampire novel trilogy by Stephanie Myers, an author that James’ dedicates most of her stimulus for creativity.

Under the alias Snowqueens Icedragon, James, who never gives out her real age but owns up to being in her 40’s, started writing a thread on the fan fiction site named “Master of the Universe,” a tale similar to “Twilight” that mirrored its Washington state setting and main characters Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.  Soon the characters and story shifted to her own and James became the first time author of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the premiere  book of her trilogy that was originally  published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House, a small Australian Press.

Bella and Edward from “Twilight”

Like Bella in “Twilight,” James’ leading lady, Anastasia Steele, is a pale brunette living chastely while her counterpart, Christian Grey, like Bella’s Edward, is a work of art. Grey is a 27 year old self made Seattle telecommunications tycoon  while Steele, age 21, is a newly  college graduate embarking on a liberal arts career.

While the “Twilight” lovers face a human vs. supernatural  barrier, Steele and Grey encounter more of a realistic obstacle that becomes an ongoing strain in their relationship throughout the Fifty series. The hurdle they must jump is their difference in lifestyle.

As the pasty dark haired virgin lives a life of innocence, Grey introduces her to his world of BDSM, an acronym combining the words bondage and discipline (B/D), dominance and submission (D/S), and sadism and masochism (S/M).

After having Steele sign a contract agreement to be his weekend Submissive with guidelines they both must obey, Grey welcomes her into his “Red Room of Pain” crammed with chains, flogs, cuffs, whips, and other sexual instruments familiar to the BDSM community.

Due to its context, the trilogy has been classified by a majority as “mommy porn” and a unusual love story that is launched by a submission sex fantasy, making it an notorious topic with most media outlets and a concern to some specialists.

The rising phenomenon of the Fifty trilogy has caused a demand amongst experts and commentators to debate and ponder whether the literature surfaces an oppression notion or liberatory function.

In Entertainment Weekly, writer Lisa Schwarzhaum reported that Jill McDevitt, sexologist and owner of  a West Chester, Pa., feminist sex shop named Feminique Boutique, believes the book parades an abusive relationship between Grey and Steele and illuminates an distorted image of the BDSM lifestyle.

”He tells her when to eat, he stalks her and goes into jealous rages every time she’s talking to her male friends. I’m like, that has nothing to do with BDSM,” said McDevitt.  “That’s just a good old-fashioned abusive, controlling boyfriend”

Additionally, on the Today Show in March, Dr. Drew Pinsky, an American board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist, furthered the abusive concept by suggesting the bondage, submission, and physical pain that Steele endures in Fifty depicts violence toward women.

“The swept away fantasy is common,” said Dr. Drew.  “But it’s going beyond that into actual violence against women.”

Accompanying Dr. Drew on The Today Show was Dr. Logan Levkoff, a renowned sexologist and author of “How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex with You,” who confessed to reading the Fifty series  in less than 48 hours.  She found it complicated as a women and professional to see how the erotica endorses violence toward women.

“The girl [Steele] does have different control and senses, I want us to be clear,” said Dr. Levkoff in a way that anyone could detect her passion for the material.  “This particular community has very orchestrated rules and negotiations.  This is a romantic romanticized version of that. This is consensual.  It doesn’t depict rape.”

See the discussion between Drew and Levkoff on The Today Show:

Dr. Drew and others alike may confuse James’ fictional work with the victimization of women because they have a rudimentary idea of the meaning of BDSM.  They mistake the lifestyle for nothing other than pleasure for pain.  However, the culture is more complex than that.

In one of her post for the Huffington Post online, Dr. Levkoff emphasized how BDSM focuses on the exploration of altered power dynamics, responses, and restrictions with plenty of discussion and planning before hand.

Granted she doesn’t want to be held accountable for it, Frances Bartkowski, a chairperson of the Department of English and a former director of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, Newark campus, also intellectually defined BDSM.

Frances Bartkowski

“It strikes me as a set of practices that involve some people letting other people take charge and that can be done in a variety of ways,” said Bartkowski.  “Whether we are talking about being confined either in certain kinds of clothing, in certain kinds of instruments, and other people having the permission to fine the pleasure in that difference of position.”

Contrary to what Dr. Drew may believe, according to cognoscenti like Dr. Levkoff and Barkowski, the submissive has an immense deal of authority.

“If you read the literature on S&M,  the smartest people will tell you that it is really the submissive who is really in charge because they are the ones who set the limits of what they feel safe doing and having done to them,” said Barkowski.  “They are the ones with the safe word when things are suppose to stop, and the other person is the one taking the instruction from the one who is supposedly submissive.”

This is made apparent in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the first book of James’ trilogy, when the appendix of Grey’s contract agreement gives Steele the control to use safe words like “yellow” for caution and “red” for stop.

In Maureen Dowd ’s New York Times article, “She’s Fit to be Tied,” a Harvard educated dominatrix, who coined the name Jennifer Hunter, stressed that a good dominant knows that the submissive is really the governing partner.

“All a submissive woman has to do is relax and enjoy the ride while delicious sexual acts are visited upon her,” said Hunter.  “She’s the star of the proceedings. Someone is ministering to her needs.”

Thus, to reiterate the issue that emerged, is this form of submission oppressing the female race?  Similar to the question Savannah Guthrie of the “Today Show” asked, is this book taking the women’s movement backwards?

While Barkowski suggested that there is so much going on in the world that is taking women back that this BDSM loves story  hardly seems like the place to start, Dr. Levkoff blatantly said “I don’t think it’s political.”

Even Laura Berman, a professional sex therapist,  affirmed on the “Today Show” that in a new generation where women are more influential than ever before, the most common female fantasy is a submission or domination fantasy where they are taken out of there controlled environment.

“If we look at history we have the women’s movement which was really about empowering women not to be submissive to men anymore,” said Berman.  “The glass ceiling has been broken. We have as much control as we want. What are we longing for? A little bodice ripping,” she continued with certainty.

Seconding Berman’s notion were women of Florida’s Boca Raton Book Club who also appeared on the “Today Show.”

“It’s nice for a man to take over in the bedroom than you having to please the man after you have just made dinner and did everything else,” said one Boca Ration member among a circle of her fellow book clubbers, glasses of white wine, and copies of the Fifty trilogy.

Along with prevailing women, there are equally career driven men who also yearn for that sense of acquiescence.  After her presence on the “Today Show,” Dr. Levkoff accentuated in a blog post for the Huffington that the story of Fifty is only one depiction of a vast community and that there are many women in the lifestyle who dominant over men who are eager to submit with devotion.

Tracy Clark-Flory, a writer for the Salon, interviewed Mistress Shae Flanigan, a dominatrix of Los Angeles, Ca, whose clientele consist of prominent business men. She confirmed that, at times, these powerful men are looking for a quick leave from their entitlement that can only be provided by submission.

“They come to me to create an environment where they don’t need to think. Where they can trust me to keep them safe while I weave together an enticing, thrilling, euphoric and painful world where it is literally impossible to think,” said Flanigan.  “BDSM is a hell of a lot more affordable of a vacation than the Bahamas, I promise you.”

Although the Fifty booksare causing great hoopla throughout the nation, some like Bartkowski don’t understand the hype  since romance fiction is always based on submission  and  this form of erotica has already been achieved.  During the discussion, Bartkowski brought and old story of dominant submissive relations to the forefront.

“There is a little history of controversial text, I’m thinking Story of O,” said Bartkowski.  “It is  classic story of a young woman in submission to powerful men.”

Story of O

In her article previously mentioned, while analyzing the Fifty trilogy, Dowd included a comparison to “Story of O.”

The erotic novel, written in France by Anne Desclos under the nom de plume of Pauline Reage and published in 1954, is about a stunning female fashion photographer named O who willingly enters the realm of submission and joyfully endures harsh sexual treatment by the authoritative  Sir Stephen, O’s love interest, and his guests of other men of the crème de la crème.

Dowd reached further back in the historical archives and zoomed in on a 1740 novel written in two volumes by Samuel Richardson called “Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded,” a story about a teenage servant girl, Pamela Andrews, and her aristocrat master, Mr. B, who becomes besotted with her.  He keeps her captive in one of his estates.  After numerous failed attempts to seduce and rape Andrews, Mr. B is overcome by her virtue and puts their different classes aside to take her hand in marriage.

Although dominant, Grey is not as overbearing as the monstrous men in “The Story of O” and “Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.”  Characterizing him as a lover of Frank Sinatra and a believer in monogamy, James established a softer side of her grey eyed and copper haired Don Juan.

Since the dominant-submissive theme has circled around more than once in various novels, Bartkowski is baffled about the astonishment over Fifty and why it is receiving various backlash.

“I’m not sure that there is anything new there except that it has some more kinks I gather,” said Bartkowski.  “If I had the book in my hand I guess I would ask why is this such a turn on?  Is it the language?”

In Dowd’s opinion, James’ writing style lacks literary flair. Yet, the abundant electronic downloads and print sales of the trilogy has proven that the words or overly attractive to housewives and then some.

CBS New York news featured Michele Yogel, a mother of Westchester, NY, who admitted to being infatuated with the explicit linguistics of the book.

“Its the sex really,” said Michele Yogel.  “Because I don’t think it’s the worlds best piece of  literature but you start reading it and you can’t put it down..”

Housewives like Yogel praised Fifty’s obvious fictional sexuality, that is notched up to the level of whips and chains, for expanding the imagination that laid dormant in some women.

Dr. Levkoff is certain that the book has triggered women to step out of their comfort zones and explore fantasies that they wouldn’t actually do in real life.

Bartkowski suggested that the literature is a resource for women to have a healthy mental experience that is sexually vindicating.

“I  think the people who are reading it are feeling somehow freed, if only in their fantasy life.  That has been the work of sexual liberation whenever and where ever it appears,” said Bartkowski.  “To let it out.  Carrying it around leads to the things that do harm women. It is a channel for women’s fantasies.”

In addition to helping them flee away from their sexual inhibitions, housewives have been grateful to Fifty for enhancing the magic that occurs in the bedroom.

Hazel Sanchez of CBS New York discovered in March that suburban housewives, like blogger Stacy Geisinger of Westchester, praise the trilogy for saving their marriages.

Geisinger professed that a couple of her married friends actually went out to purchase the sex toys that are introduced in the book in an attempt to mimic the sex scenes.

“They went to buy the specific items that are used in the book and the store was sold out,” said Geisinger.  “So its improving lives.”

The housewife displayed these frisky items on her blog, “Stacy Knows,” in a post entitled “Save Your Marriage: More Reasons to Read 50 Shades of Grey.”

So what did the first time author have to say about all the attention her literary work has received?  Several weeks ago at her book signing at Barnes & Nobles in New York’s Union Square, James gave her reactions during a conversation with Dr. Levkoff in front of a live audience.

Upon entering the popular bookstore a curving line of people were on exhibition at the cash register awaiting to buy part of the Fifty trilogy or the entire series as their golden ticket to witness the author of the latest erotica in person.  Whether it was a gift for Mother’s Day or for personal enjoyment, fans were spotted  with a towering stack of Fifty with at least a maximum of six copies anticipating James’ signature.

It was a little after 7p.m.and the night was near.  The top floor of B&N, where James and Dr. Levkoff would be speaking, was filled with an ocean of devotees eager to meet their beloved novelist.

When the acclaimed author and sexologist arrived, after posing for the press, the two sat before the crowd of hundreds and the conversation began.

With all that has transpired in the last few months, Dr. Levkoff was curious to know what has surprised the first time author the most.

James followed up Dr. Levkoff question with a glance toward the audience and simply answered in her British way, “This, hello everybody.” She continued uttering how she never expected to gain fame.

“I thought I was just writing this love story and here I am in New York in front of hundreds of people,” James said, attempting to speak amongst the cheering.  “I really didn’t figure this at all.  I’m just so grateful thank you, thank you.”

Along with Myers, James gave recognition to her play list she created called “Lets Write Sex” for motivating her to write the passionate love story. Shocking Dr. Levkoff and a number of members in the audience, James revealed that one of the songs on her play list was “Sexy” by the Black Eyed Peas.

“Sexy” by Black Eyed Peas:

While she believes her work creates a bond between the female race, James came clean that she didn’t quite understand why Fifty has been the center of so much polemics.

“I mean uh what can I say? I just really don’t get it,” said the puzzled author.  “I wrote this little love story. For me I think what it is that it brings women together, that‘s what it does,” she continued, protecting her masterpiece.

Although the author feels she has completed the graphic romantic tale of Steele and Grey, her fans at B&N chanted for more.

Their wishes are in the midst of coming true since the next step is converting the story from print to film.  Recently, James sold the movie rights to “Fifty Shades of Grey” to Universal and Focus Features for approximately $5 million.

While the glitz and glam of Tinsel Town can shift a person’s character, James made it apparent to Dr. Levkoff that it wouldn’t change her after expressing what she looked forward to doing once she returned home.

“I’m going to go home and do my laundry, shop with my children, and have sex with my husband,” she said shamelessly.

It is still up in the air whether or not James will continue her writing in the erotica realm.  No matter what she decides, women believe her primary work has made an everlasting imprint on their lives.  As a representative of her gender, Dr. Levkoff voiced her gratitude to James in the closing remarks of the conversation.

“You have inspired us. You have changed the way we see woman’s sexuality,” said Dr. Levkoff.  “You have changed the public discourse and really acknowledged that we are all sexual beings regardless of what we do and who we do it with and I think it is about damn time so thank you.”

Dr. Levkoff’s genuine compliment was followed by a roar from the fanatic crowd and James took off her thick black framed glasses and removed the strand of brunette hair from her face to wipe her tears of joy away.   Soon after, the book signing commenced.

See what fans had to say that day at the book signing about the novel being banned from libraries:

50 Cent Speaks On ‘KimYe’ and ‘Perfect Bitch’

13 Aug

In an interview with XXL Magazine, 50 Cent addressed the controversy of Kanye West dedicating his song “Perfect Bitch” to his girl Kim Kardashian.

Fif supports his fellow rapper in his relationship endeavors with the reality star.

XXL quoted 50 Cent to saying:

“I mean…if that man feel like she perfect, then she’s perfect. He could mean it and you’ll end up singing the words to it because he’s Kanye. You know how it is? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. [Is there a perfect chick?] I’m not sure. The smartest guys I know have lost being a bad judge of character in that area.”

Meanwhile, as we previously reported Kim is honored to be Kanye’s “Perfect Bitch.”

Source: The Verse

Boris Kodjoe Shows His Fans Appreciation on Twitter During the NBA Finals

13 Jun

Portrait from castingdb.eu

Just when you think celebrities where lacking in humility and unavailable, this famous Pisces proves us wrong.  Yesterday during the Thunder vs. Heat game (NBA Finals) Boris, who I have loved since his “Soul Food” days, went crazy on Twitter giving recognition to majority of fans.  I was one of them (click link below).  After tweeting a picture I took with him in 2009 out side of club LIV in Miami’s Fountainebleau hotel the star gave me a quick shot out.  Follow him @BorisKodjoe and maybe you too can be blessed with the rare experience.

Outside of Club LIV Miami Spring Break 2009

 

 

 

When Boris Showed Me Love On Twitter

Today on “The Love Hour,” from 6-8pm: “Battle of the Sexes: The Games We Play”

24 Apr

Nowadays one sex is as complicated and complex as the other sex. In the past, women were suppose to be the big mystery while the men were as straight forward as they come. However, recent developments have suggested that women are left with big questions marks in their heads when dealing with their male counterpart. While men are still wrapping their heads around the games women play, women currently struggle with the tricks up the male sleeves.

Today on “The Love Hour,” from 6-8pm, we will be discussing the games both sexes play, how to see right through them, and how some games are worth the while.

“LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!”

Go to wrnu.info and click LISTEN LIVE!! To be n air call us @ 973 353 5746.

Today on “The Love Hour” from 6-8pm: 21+ Questions about Love and Sex

10 Apr

Last we after the cheating show, the radio crew and I headed over to McGovern’s for some drinks, food, and great conversation.  Once we got there and were in the midst of a good time, I had the great idea of going around in a circle and asking everyone the same question.  When the hour two questions arose:

1. What is your favorite feature on a man/woman?

2. What is your most shallowest turn off?

The questions definitely varied and were quite entertaining. Since I thought it was so much fun I figured we make it the theme of today on The Love Hour.  It will be similar to 1 Girl and 5 Gays a show on Logo, and MTV Network. However, today’s show will cater to all sexualities.

Expect questions like the following:

– If you had a sexual “to-do” list, what would be on top of the list?

– What’s the dirtiest text message you’ve ever received?

…and so much more!!

Accompanying us on the topic will be Chris Black,an inspiring rapper on the rise.  His song will be featured throughout the show.

As usual, before the questions begin, we will discuss our sexy zodiac signs, some celebrity buzz, and end the show with a Love Thought of the day.

To tune in go to wrnu.info and click LISTEN LIVE!  If want to answer a question or ask one yourself, call in at 973 353 5746 to be on air.

Watch a clip from “1 Girl and 5 Gays”

Today on “The Love Hour” from 6-8pm: “Can Attractive Men and Women have a Platonic Friendship?”

27 Mar

When men and women come together is it simply with the intention to procreate?  In older times it was customary for the woman to be in the household while the man goes to work. This made it less likely for both sexes to actually interact as friends.  There was this certain gender segregation.

Even TV and movies depict cross-sex friendships as impossible.  It all started with the 20 something year old movie, “When Harry Met Sally,” which made the notion that men and women could never be friends because deep down sex is always in the man’s membrane.  Then you have the TV shows where you can predict from the pilot that the leading scarlet will ultimately share a kiss or a night of passion with the steamy heart-throb male co-star.  Even Samantha in an episode of Sex and the City said, “Men are for fucking and woman are for friendships.”

I’ll be the first to admit that there is a certain degree of attraction between a man and a woman that is natural and undeniable, even if the relationship is platonic.  There is always some type of characteristics that urges a person to be around the other.

Most of the guy friends I have had has attempted to have some kind of romantic involvement with me.  They actual used the friendship as a way to get closer.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been through this.  Then I have guys who have remained my friends who have admitted to me that they thought about having sex with almost every female friend they have, including me.

Besides sexual attraction, there are more challenges men and women could face when attempting to have a cross-sex friendship.  Though it may be tricky, this type of friendship experts say is beneficial and necessary to have in today’s fast changing culture.  They have uncovered some basic truths about the cross-sex friendship. These truths and challenges will be discussed along with the danger of a cross-sex friendship when a person is in a relationship.  

Additionally, as usual, we will be analyzing the sexy zodiac signs and ending with the “Thought of the Day.”

To tune into “The Love Hour,” go to wrnu.info and click LISTEN LIVE.  To be on air call in at 973 353 5746.   As always, there is a link on the site to listen via smart phone.

Today on “The Love Hour” from 6-8pm: Is Sex Essential to a Relationship?

6 Mar

It is a golden rule that a guy is less likely to be committed to a woman if sex comes before the relationship.  It is kind of like why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.  I preach this time and time again.  I also try to practice what I preach.  I have been withholding myself from the actual act not because I have to but by choice.  It has been for quite some time now…like months.  Still, this doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been on the membrane.  I’m just waiting for that special someone who I can give my all.

I remember how it is when a monogamous relationship first begins.  It is exciting and the sex is phenomenal.  As time progresses and we begin to see our partner for who they really are, there is a change in the frequency of sex.  When a relationship goes through trials, sometimes sex is the last thing on the mind.  However, is this acceptable?  Instead of becoming detached after a heated argument, would it benefit a couple to just have sex and make it all better?  I remember how fun make up sex use to be.  It almost made me forget about what we fought about prior.

So should couples use the art of sex as a daily tool in keeping the relationship at a level plain?  It is a scientific fact the sex is a necessity to both sexes so reneging it couldn’t be healthy to a male or female.  Experts say the benefits of a healthy sex life go way beyond stopping an argument.  Today on “The Love Hour” we will be holding an in-depth discussion on the topic along with daily horoscopes and celebrity buzz.

Make sure to tune in today from 6-8pm by going to wrnu.info and clicking “LISTEN LIVE.”  Additionally, there is a link to listen via smart phone.  To be apart of the topic on air call in at 973 353 5746.

Today on “The Love Hour” 6-8pm: The Dissection of Chivalry

28 Feb

Chivalry may be a topic that has been over exhausted, but this is only because people are forever attempting to find it.  Since Medieval Times, chivalry has been defined as knighthood, courtesy,and being brave and heroic.  Now that Medieval Times ae long and gone, does chivalry still hold the same meaning.  Does it even still exist?

While some believe chivalry is still alive and kicking, others say it is dead or alive but on life support.  However many opinions people have on chivalry, one can not deny that the idea of it has changed in our era.

Inspired by Lady Love’s blog post, today on “The Love Hour” from 6-8pm, we will be discussing aspects of chivalry in today’s society.  We will be covering sub-topics such as:

– day-to-day chivalry
– why people think chivalry is dead and who supposedly killed it
– how to know if your being chivalrous to the right person
– and even how to show chivalry in the bedroom (the best for last)

Remember to tune in go to wrnu.info and click Listen Live.  There is a link to listen via smart phone and to be on air call 973 353 5746.

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