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I hope that you all are well. WOW---I’ve been OWT the past two weeks. I’ve had the time of my life and I am paying for it!! Before I get into that, I want to send a huge thank you and congratulations to Ms. Tonya Lewis and the Children With A Vision, Inc. crew. Special shout out to McDonald’s, Hooters, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Dain (Versatile Marketing Group), Solomon Jackson (Bliss Entertainment), Zwadie Castro, Rhonda Adams, Atty. Constance Daniels, NFL Players Kay Jay Harris, Chartric Darby, Derrick Ward and more. The 9th Annual Back to School Bash was a huge success and special thanks to our sponsors and all involved! It was a blast. If you missed it this year, make sure to get involved next year.

There is a weekend full of awesome events, etc. going on. Of course they are on the event calendar on the site and below. You definitely don’t want to miss Saturday’s Get Together presented by A Degree or Better, KSMG, 6Footahs and Millennium Mentors. It’s going to be a day of fun in the sun!! Then on Sunday night, Bliss Entertainment is on deck for Comedian LC’s Birthday Bash at the Improv. Comedians Tony Roberts, J. Ivery, Chopp, Chuck Glass and more will hit the stage on Sunday night. So make sure you come out and support.

This weekend I was in Miami with 10 of my girlfriends for a bachelorette weekend. It was AWESOME! To tell you that I had so much fun is understatement! We did pole dance lessons, went to a “special” show, ate and drank until we were merry! I will tell you all this, I have a new found respect for strippers. It takes quite a bit of strength to work those poles. You really have to trust yourself and I admit that I definitely have a lot of work to do. But it was extremely fun and recommended for all women to at least try.

This weekend my friends and I had so much fun that it inspired this week’s newsletter. We were fairly behaved, but I can imagine how loose and off the chain some men and women can get. All of you engaged and married folks can probably chime in on this one. It is our forum question on Blackinthebay.com this week. What are the limits? Are there preset rules? How much is too much? Do you just let your fiancé enjoy their last hooray without hassle? Personally, I can’t say that I would just let it be without discussion, but I do want my fiancé to have a great time. No fondling, kissing, sex (of any sort), cuddling (which means no one in his bed) or exchange of personal info with anyone! And please don’t blame it on the alcohol! Although, I know that people do say and do things they usually wouldn’t under the influence. We sho’ nuff blamed it on the Goose and the Tron in MIA this past weekend! LOL! I really think that regardless of the occasion, a man or woman will respect the union that they have. And if they aren’t able to make sane decisions, then their friends should be there to reel back into reality. Although they shouldn’t have to, sometimes it gets to that level.

I can also say this—all bachelor/bachelorette celebrations aren’t full of liquor and strippers. For my fav cousin’s bachelorette party, we went to a spa and we were pampered and had tea and cucumber sandwiches, etc. It was beautiful and serene! While that was the only one of its kind that I’ve witnessed, it was nice. There are so many things you can do to celebrate this new beginning. So to all of my engaged folks, make it a memorable moment for you and your friends/family. If it’s strippers you like, get one. If you are more laid back person, just tell your girls that you just want to go have dinner or something simple and fun.

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