10 Top Tips to Help You Choose an Engagement Ring She’ll Love Forever

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You’ve finally decided that you are ready to ask your partner to be your wife. But, now the hard work starts!

To pull off the perfect proposal, you’re going to need to find an engagement ring that’s perfectly suited to your partner.

For many guys, choosing an engagement ring can be an overwhelming process; if you aren’t used to shopping for jewelry, then knowing what to look for can certainly be difficult. But, engagement ring shopping doesn’t have to be a chore! From where to look to how to find out what she likes, we’ve put together some top tips to help make the whole process easier on you.
Tip #1. Know What She Likes:
If you’re planning a surprise proposal, finding out what type of ring your girlfriend likes can be tricky without asking her outright. Thankfully, there are some ways to find out what type of style she goes for, without giving the game away. One of the best ways to do this is to take a peek in her jewelry box and figure out what kind of styles she tends to choose for herself. This can be one of the best indicators of the type of ring to choose; for example, if she usually wears traditional diamonds and other trending jewelry types, then a traditional, classic diamond engagement ring is probably going to be a perfect choice for her. On the other hand, if you find that she goes for unique or vintage styles, for example, then you might want to steer clear of the more generic engagement ring types and get her a unique one instead – perhaps even custom-made!
Tip #2. Know Your Budget:
When it comes to shopping for an engagement ring, you will quickly find that there’s options for all price ranges and budgets. So, whether you have a small budget or a lot to spend, you’re sure to find a ring that you can afford and that your partner will love. However, shopping for an engagement ring without a budget in mind can quickly become confusing. Not only will you struggle to narrow your choices down, you could also end up spending more money than you can afford if you find a ring that’s way over budget but you can’t say no to it. So, before you begin, have a clear idea of how much you’d like to spend – this way, you’ll only look at rings within your price range and will be less tempted to go for a more expensive option.

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[VIDEO] “Everything, Everything” (@everythingfilm) Illustrates Love At Its Purest Form!

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I had one of the biggest epiphanies I’ve experienced of my adult life watching the Atlanta screening of Everything, Everything.

Life affords all of us scars and delivers packaged fear by way of experience and heartbreak. While watching this beautifully shot film based on a simple but beautiful young adult novel with the same title, I was suddenly aware of how much life and more importantly my life’s experiences robbed me of faith and hope in the greatest power we as humans possess. The film reintroduced me to the young girl I was before I’d experienced my first kiss. Back to a time when my only reference of how magical it felt to be held or touched was in daydreams or when I went to sleep and was lucky enough to dream the entire night about the boy I had a crush on. You know those magical butterflies that let loose in your stomach whenever your eyes catch the sight of your crush? The same butterflies that flutter and swirl until your palms are sweaty, you can’t breathe and your mouth is dry, so you to pick at something as minute as a random curl in your face trying not to look silly. While it sounds ridiculous, I remember all of that as being absolutely delicious and Everything, Everything re-introduced me to that feeling. It was 96 minutes of kismet, an hour and a half in a time machine transporting me back to a time when love was innocent, it was undeniably beautiful and it was everything.
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Initially, I attended the screening expecting to be inspired by the excellence of Black girl magic present in the film. Directed by a gifted Black woman in Stella Meghie, starring an amazing Black woman in Amandla Stenberg and written originally by a talented Black woman, Nicola Yoon, I expected to leave the screening boasting and bragging about #blackgirlmagic and how my sisters as a whole dominated Hollywood less than two years after we cried about Oscar snubs and Golden Globe exclusions. Instead Everything, Everything didn’t act as an underlying testament to black women’s superiority, no the message was far bigger than that. The message of Everything, Everything was love and love isn’t exclusive or restrictive. It has no boundaries, no color, no creed. It doesn’t brag or yell or “stunt”.  It’s simply Everything.

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The Haves & The Have Nots- “Waiting For Candace”

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Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots began with Veronica chasing Katheryn through her house with a knife!

Their fight ends up on the stairs where Veronica manages to wrestle the knife and cuts her on the arm. She then kicks her down the stairs and knocking her unconscious. Meanwhile, Jeffrey tries to keep Wyatt from leaving the hospital, fearing for his health. Wyatt tells him that he is only doing that because he is love with him. Jeffrey tells him he still loves him, but values him as a friend. Wyatt begs him to get him out of the hospital and to the apartment he bought that no one knows about. He also admits he is an addict without prompting. At Benny’s house he finds himself frustrated, but trusting Candace will come through for him. Hanna warns him against getting his hopes up about her, but he admonishes her for never trusting Candace. Hanna tells him the plan she has to keep a roof over their head, but he still has faith in his sister.

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[VIDEO] Meagan Good (@MeaganGood), Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND), & Keri Hilson (@kerihilson) Star in New Lifetime (@lifetimetv) Original Movie, “Love By The 10th Date!”

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Cast of Lifetime Original Movie, "Love By The 10th Date" starring (l-r) Kelly Rowland, Kellee Stewart, Meagan Good, and Keri Hilson

Lifetime never fails to deliver us some pretty decent movies. We have also loved their biopics as of late, namely Michel’le’s and Toni Braxton’s. Now the network is giving us some romance in a new movie Love At The 10th Date starring actresses Meagan Good and Kellee Stewart, and singers/actresses, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson! The film also stars Brandon T. Jackson and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman,  and features an appearance from rapper Chief Keef! Any film with a cast like this has to be worth watching!

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“Love By The 10th Date” follows Gabby (Good), Nell (Stewart), Billie (Hilson) and Margot (Rowland) who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor, Maureen (Deeley). Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column to find the one, Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive 10th date, the dating world’s Holy Grail when it comes to commitment. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview. As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love. Jackson stars as Dante, a creative director at the site and Bowyer-Chapman is Freddy, Nell’s bisexual boyfriend.

Check out the trailer below!

We will definitely be watching this! We just wonder is that true? Is the 10th Date really “The Holy Grail” relationship commitments? If so that would explain why some of us are still single and cannot get past second dates. We digress…Nevertheless this looks amazing. We will be tuning in on Saturday, January 28th at 8 PM EST. Check your local listing for channels and showtimes! Happy viewing!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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The Haves & The Have Nots- “A Cup Of Tea”

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Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots are back and hotter than ever!

The Ice Queen, Veronica, is mortified after witnessing Katheryn murder the District Attorney in front of her and then demands Veronica get her cleared of the charges. Veronica, however, is frozen with fear, and when Katheryn leaves the room tries to leave the house. She soon discovers all of the doors are locked–even in the kitchen! There, Katheryn tells her to have a seat, but she refuses, preferring to stand. She looks on as Katheryn calmly puts on water for tea.

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At Jim and David’s office Candice attacks Brandon with a metal pipe, beating him repeatedly and hitting him in the groin, demanding to know where her money is. He tells her it is gone and reveals he works in asset recovery. He tells her he can help her score a deal where she will get dozens of millions of dollars, but he needs time. She demands he give her two million right away, desperate to save Benny’s business and their homes. He manages to wrestle the pipe from her and tells her he will promises to get her what she needs. Meanwhile Jeffrey reveals to Justin that Quincy’s body is buried in Candice’s backyard!

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11/6/2016- [VIDEO] A #PSA For All My Riders, Baby Mamas, & Down Ass Chicks!”

Hey Mikey,

I consider myself a pretty loyal girlfriend. I cook, clean, pay bills, and another four letter word I’d rather not type. My boyfriend is a really talented music producer and recently he has caught the attention of a number of Atlanta artists including T.I., Future, Lil Yachty, and Ludacris. I definitely have not minded supporting him as he produced, but now he is talking about becoming an artist and just told me today a record label is interested in him. Now I have a problem…I don’t want him becoming one! His profile will be elevated and labels never want their artists in relationships. I gave four years of my life up for him! How do I tell him I’m not happy about this?

-Don’t Want Him Brand New

***Don’t Want Him Brand New, I love your pen name! I am definitely a Jazmine Sullivan fan! Now, getting to the task at hand; let this serve as a PSA to all Riders, Down Ass Chicks, and Baby Mamas. Love is selfless, and this is not about you! Your man has an amazing opportunity and he should definitely explore it. I agree you two should talk, but not about your happiness with the situation, but your concerns. Be completely open and honest with him. There is no reason your relationship cannot survive this and elevate to your desired level of contentment. Don’t you start acting “Brand New!” After all the label can’t break you up, that’s all on the two of you.

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at  HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡

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[VIDEO] Just in Time For Christmas- Will Smith Stars in “Collateral Beauty! (@CBeautyMovie)”

Will Smith may finally get that Oscar he has been pining for with his upcoming film, Collateral Beauty! Here Will stars as a counselor who helps people change their lives for the better. He loses his way, however, when his daughter dies and falls into a deep depression. To cope with his grief he begins writing letters to Time (Jacob Latimore), Love (Keira Knightley), and Death (Helen Mirren). Much to his surprise, these abstract entities take human form and meet him to answer his letters and help him through his grief. Check out the trailer below.

This trailer makes us feel like Collateral Beauty will be Eat, Pray, Love meets A Christmas Carol. The film is right we all want more love and time, and fear death. I just hope it makes waves at the box office, because I can see it touching a lot of people. Will is still an amazing actor and that cast is stellar. Helen Mirren as Death seems kind of charming, Keira Knightley aptly should personify Love, and who better than a young star like Jacob Latimore to represent Time. This is the latter’s true introduction to Hollywood. Be sure you catch Collateral Beauty on Friday, December 16th in theaters nationwide!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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