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Category: singleness

Winter Solstice

It’s 45 and sunny in D.C. Pretty moderate weather, considering today is the shortest day of the year and the start of some of the coldest.

Winter Solstice means less time for last minute Christmas shopping and more time for cozying by the fireplace (perhaps with a little Schnapps in your nog.)

Along with a warm, fuzzy and long night, the Winter Solstice, wrapped in the glow of Christmas and the coming New Year, brings with it an unlikely gift:


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My parents are beginning to worry. I turned 32 this year and still, no one.

The conversation with my mother went something like…

“When is your birthday?”

“It’s tomorrow, mom!”

“Raatid (Jamaica expletive), tomorrow’s the 20th?”

“Yes, mom. Don’t forget to call me.” I joked.

“You know Krystal, I was telling someone the other day.

My daughter is going to be 32 and I have never seen her with a man.”

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Remember the classic kids game Guess Who? That’s what speed dating is like.

Staring at a dozen or so funny looking faces, awkwardly asking the same questions over and over again.

Only this time it wasn’t about what the other person was wearing.

Instead, “Where are you from?” and “What do you do?”

But the first question I asked was to myself.

“What am I doing here?”

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Just when you think you’re ready for love, you’re not. That’s what I told myself after receiving another romantic musing from Chef.

Chef is the hopeless romantic I met on while in Miami on vacation a few weeks ago. We emailed, talked, texted and face timed every day since the first connection. It felt as if we hit it off from the start.

Christian? Check. Tall, dark, handsome? Check. Aspiring chef who had plans to travel the world and settle down in our mutual hometown of Miami? Check.

One night he sent me a text that made my face melt into my pillow.

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I reached over at 4:45 this morning, turned my alarm off and Pandora on. My mornings are sacred to me and typically start with worship music but this morning it was Marley. Is This Love? was the first song that came on as I snuggled back into that comforting place between sleep and wake.

My eyes still closed, I smiled and pictured our first dance. This is my wedding song. For as long as I can remember I’ve said Is This Love? will be the first song I dance to with my husband. Not Etta. Not Luther. Just Bob.

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If you haven’t yet, you should check out the February 2014 issue of Ebony Magazine. It’s the Celebrate Black Love! issue and the covers feature Nick & Mariah, Melo & LaLa and David & Tamela. It’s always inspiring to see celebrity couples in love instead of the usual break-up stories. In honor of Black History Month, here are a few fun, vintage black love pics.