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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Girlfriends: Double Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Double Date Ideas for Valentine's DayMake it a DoubleOnce in a while serendipity smiles on you and you and your best friend begin dating new guys around the same time. While you don't plan to have joint weddings and get pregnant with your first children at the same time like you did back in high school (Girl, you know you did that.), you're pretty stoked that you get to gab to your bff about your man's tender eyes and listen to her gush about her guy's manly hands. If this is you right now, Valentine's Day seems like the perfect time to introduce your bestie to the guy who's been taking up all of your time lately. We've come up with some fun, cheap date ideas for you and your girlfriend to share with your new boos.Across the BoardIf you're still in the getting to know him phase with your new guy a games night is a great way to spend your Valentine's Day. Invite your girlfriend and her guy in on the fun. He can see how you interact with your friends and you can see if he'll fit in well with your crew. If things are going well, end the night with a body tangling game of Twister.Press PlaySpice up movie night by picking a theme. If 90s urban romances are your thing, you bring "Poetic Justice" andyour BFF can bring "Jason's Lyric." You, your girl and your new guys can reminisce over where you were when you first saw Allen Payne and Jada Pinkett-Smith make love in a patch of flowers.Lucky StrikeThis idea is even better if you have multiple couples. Head to your favorite bowling spot and let the games begin. To add a touch of Valentine's Day love — each time you get a strike your guy has to give you a PDA-style smooch. The girlfriend with the most kisses at the end of the night wins. Talk about friendly foreplay!Skate OnTake advantage of winter and do a couple laps around your local outdoor ice skating rink. It will give you a chance to laugh it up with your best friend and hold hands with your new guy as you glide across the ice. Afterwards, head inside for some warm hot chocolate and snuggles at a local diner.Cook OffInstead of a classic dinner date, organize an intimate dinner party for you and your guy and your bestie and her new man. Create a women vs. men competition. You and your girlfriend will hand the appetizer and the main course and the guys have to prepare the cocktails and dessert.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Girlfriends: 5 Types of Friends Every Woman Needs

5 Girlfriends Every Woman NeedsMe and My GirlfriendsYour girlfriends are like your personal army and each soldier has a vital roll to play in your life. We've pinpointed five girlfriends that every woman needs next to her on the front lines...1. The CheerleaderBless the cheerleader's heart. She doesn't have the nerve to tell you when your hairstyle looks silly or your pimple needs popping. But sometimes, you don't want to hear that mess anyway. Your cheerleader friend always sees your best qualities and she's quick to compliment you on all of them. She's the one you call when you need a quick pep talk before you quit your job or tell your boyfriend "I love you" for the first time or tell your husband "I want another baby."2. The Big MommaShe's usually a little older and wiser. She's been around the block and she will warn you about tell you about all of the potholes and cracks in the sidewalk before you get there. She also knows that you're going to get yourself into trouble before you do. Expect her to say "I told you so." But also expect her to dish out a big bowl of something tasty with an extra helping of loving and comfy couch to watch "Waiting to Exhale" on when she does.3. The Paper ChaserNo, this girlfriend is not a gold digger, but she's definitely about her paper. She works hard for her money and can teach how to get the most out of your job and career. She'll tell you never to settle for the first offer a potential employee puts on the table, how to save for a rainy day and where to invest your coins once you make some.4. The Wing WomanWhy is it that when you suck at relationships, all your girlfriends suck at relationships too? It's the blind leading the blind. You need at least one woman in your life who understands men and is quick to nudge you in the right direction. The wing woman will bring her man to your house when you just need a buffer between you and your husband before you make any rash decisions about your relationship. The wing woman is always down to drag her boyfriend along on a double date just for the off chance that the new guy in your life might be "the one." She's also down to dissect his pros and cons with you the next morning over coffee and if that brother doesn't work out, she's got a long list of other men on her that will on her radar.4. The Party GirlWhen all your other girlfriends are laying low because the weather man says you're going to get six inches of snow, trust, your partying girlfriend is rocking her snow boots at the club. Although she has a little bit of a reckless side, she's always down to let loose and have a good time. She's there to remind you that life is not as serious as you make it out to be. She's also the perfect girlfriend to discuss your make-out session. If you're already boo'ed up, she's the one you'll turn to when you need a break from your man and the kids and the mundanities of life.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Girlfriends: Our Favorite TV Sitcom BFFs

TV Sitcom Girlfriends We LoveSitcom Girlfriends We Love to WatchGood girlfriends are hard to find, in real live and on television. Every once in a while the sitcom gods bring together a magical set of ladies and we delight in all of the perfectly timed, side-eyes, mmm hmmms and girrrl let me tell you somethings. From "227's" Sandra and Mary to "House of Payne's" Ella and Claretha we're celebrating the TV girlfriends that always reminded us of ourselves.Denise, Jaleesa and Maggie on "A Different World"In the beginning, things didn't go so smoothly between Denise Huxtable — the Hillman-bound daughter of Claire and Heathcliff — and Jaleesa Vinson Taylor — the divorced 25-year-old college freshman. But soon Maggie Lauten's — the only White female student in the dorm — quirky personality balanced the two out and these three were inseparable. At least until season two of "A Different World."Mary, Rose, Sandra and Pearl on "227"Mary Jenkins, Rose Lee Holloway, Pearl Shay and Sandra Clark ruled the stoop of building 227 on a middle class neighborhood street in Washington D.C. We laughed at Sandra and Mary's love-hate relationship and Pearl's daily gossip.Laura Winslow and Maxine Johnson on "Family Matters"Maxine Johnson was the best friend Laura Winslow could always count on to sneak out and meet guys with and to come clean to Laura's parents with. They got into their normal teenage but they remained true friends. Laura even hooked maxine up with her brother Eddie's BFF Waldo.Florida Evans and Willona Woods on "Good Times"Don't you wish your best friend could live right next door to you sometimes. Florida Evans and Willona Woods had it good, always able to run over to each other when they were in need or just wanted to share some neighborhood gossip.Ella Payne and Claretha Jenkins on "House of Payne"When we retire we hope to be like Ella Payne and Claretha Jenkins, always meeting up in Ella's kitchen to drink coffee, talk about men and neighborhood happenings. We love that they don't let Ella's husband Curtis' dislike for Claretha come between their special relationship.Khadija, Synclaire, Regine and Maxine on "Living Single"Every young woman born before 1985 was wrapped up in the exploits of our magazine editor Khadija James, her cooky cousin Synclaire James-Jones, their self-absorbed roomie Regine and their loudmouthed lawyer downstairs neighbor Maxine Shaw. These ladies embodied what being single in a big city was like in the 1990s, seeing each other through ups and downs in their careers and relationships, all the time strengthening their unbreakable bond.Louise Jefferson and Helen Willis on "The Jeffersons"George always made comments about Helen and her husband Tom Willis' interracial marriage, but Weezie didn't let lat stop her from hanging out with Helen. We love that Helen didn't take George's talk, often retaliating with jokes about his height. These ladies love each other and even ended up volunteering together at a service center in later seasons.Gina Waters-Payne and Pamela James on "Martin"You know your BF's a winner when she and your man can't stand each other and she still decides to stick by your side. Pam endured all of Martin's mean jokes to hang with her girl, Gina.Moesha Mitchell, Kim Parker and Niecy Jackson on "Moesha"What 90's sitcom embodied female teenage angst better than "Moesha?" Mo and her girls Kim and Niecy were either cracking jokes in their high school's student center, chasing boys or trying to get themselves out of a jam without involving their parents.Joan, Maya, Lynn and Toni on "Girlfriends""Girlfriends" was "Living Single" 2.0. sprinkled with a little "Sex and the City."Besties Joan Clayton, Toni Childs, Lynn Searcy and Maya Wilkes all had strong personalities that every modern woman could identify with. They enjoyed their fabulousity together and were there to hold each other up when things were looking down or to tell their girls to snap out of it.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Girlfriends: Sisters We Love

Sisters We LoveSister SisterNot many friendships can compare to the connection that sisters share. A sister is your best friend. She's shared almost every experience with you and she knows you better than you know yourself. As we kick off our new girlfriends series we thought it only right to celebrate the strongest friendships out there by highlighting our favorite celebrity sisters...Serena and Venus WilliamsWe love them because they made it possible for little Black girls to dream of being number one.Janet, LaToyaand Rebbie JacksonWe love them because they have held it together despite the adversity and the media glare.Mary MaryWe love them because they remind us that the God in us is the only key to true happiness.Anastasia and Tatyana AliWe love them because their first collaborative project together, "Buppies," was fun and cool, like them.Angela and VanessaSimmonsWe love them because they didn't just take their father's money and blow it. They are creating their own empire with their fabulous clothes, bags and shoe designs.The Delany SistersWe love them because the Delany sisters are extraordinary women who have inspired millions with their amazing story about thriving through great obstacles.Solange and Beyonce KnowlesWe love them because we know they would go to the end of the earth for each other.The Clark SistersWe love them because when our spirits get down we can rely on their gospel music to lift us back up.Sasha and Malia ObamaWe love them because they are healthy examples for our young girls today.Phylicia Rashad and Debbie AllenWe love them because they are forever supporting each other.Regina and Reina KingWe love them because they are our acting royalty.Julia and Jennifer HudsonWe love them because they are each other's back bone.Tia and Tamara MowryWe love them because they are young and unstoppable.Tasha and Sidra SmithWe love them because they are an artistic duo.Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Chudney Lane Silberstein, Mother, Tracee Ellis RossWe love them because the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree. All are gifted and talented just like their mother.Mariel, Zoe and Cisely SaldanaWe love them because they are each other's biggest cheerleaders.Rashida and Kidada JonesWe love them because the Jones girls have their own special brand of talent.Lisa Raye and Da BratWe love them because they express themselves in their own kind of way.Aoki Lee Simmons and Ming LeeWe love them because they are super fabulous!Yolanda and Bernice KingWe love them because they carried forth the dream.Dionne and Dee-Dee Warwick We love them because their gifts of melody have given us so much pleasure.Mary J. Blige and LaTonya Blige-DaCosta We love them because through thick and thin they are always there for each other.The Pointer SistersWe love them because they are still moving and grooving.Dorothy and Vivian DandridgeWe love them because they were two class acts.The Pace SistersWe love them because they epitomize the phrase keeping it in the family.Cherelle and Marvet BrittoWe love them because Marvet is always bragging about spending time with her gorgeous sister, Cherelle.Diana Ross and Dr. Barbara Ross  We love them because both are gifted in their own right and celebrate each other's success.Coco and BreezyWe love them because they make original fashion statements.Sister SledgeWe love them because they were one of the best female groups of their era.The Peters SistersWe love them because they were international sensations back in the day.LaTocha and TamekaWe love them because they gave us some beautiful love songs during their Xscape days.Sommore and Nia LongWe love them because they keep us smiling.The Gibbs SistersWe love them because they used their artistic minds to create the popular animation "Adopted By Aliens: The Animated Series."The EmotionsWe love them because they blessed us with their voice and heart.The Winans SistersWe love them because they are a beautiful example of placing family first.The Payne SistersWe love them because they were gold standard entertainers.Kim and Alexis Fields    We love them because they keep it real.Aretha and Erma Franklin We love them because they rocked our world.The Braxton SisitersWe love them because they are so stunning.