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Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016, Not Eye Candy, But Soul Food Partner

 What Kind of Man are you Looking For?
Soul Food Partner

In a brief conversation, a man asked a woman he was pursuing the question: 'What kind of man are you looking for?' She sat quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye & asking, 'Do you really want to know?' Reluctantly, he said, 'Yes. She began to expound, 'As a woman in this day & age, I am in a position to ask a man what can you do for me that I can't do for myself? I pay my own bills. I take care of my household without the help of any man... or woman for that matter. I am in the position to ask, 'What can you bring to the table?' The man looked at her. Clearly he thought that she was referring to money. She quickly corrected his thought & stated, 'I am not referring to money. I need something more. I need a man who is striving for excellence in every aspect of life. He sat back in his chair, folded his arms, & asked her to explain. She said, 'I need someone who is striving for excellence mentally because I need conversation & mental stimulation. I don't need a simple-minded man. I need someone who is striving for excellence spiritually because I don't need to be unequally yoked...believers mixed with unbelievers is a recipe for disaster. I need a man who is striving for excellence financially because I don't need a financial burden. I need someone who is sensitive enough to understand what I go through as a woman, but strong enough to keep me grounded. I need someone who has integrity in dealing with relationships. Lies and game-playing are not my idea of a strong man. I need a man who is family-oriented. One who can be the leader, priest and provider to the lives entrusted to him by God. I need someone whom I can respect. In order to be submissive, I must respect him. I cannot be submissive to a man who isn't taking care of his business. I have no problem being submissive...he just has to be worthy. And by the way, I am not looking for him...He will find me. He will recognize himself in me. Hey may not be able to explain the connection, but he will always be drawn to me. God made woman to be a help-mate for man. I can't help a man if he can't help himself. When she finished her spill, she looked at him. He sat there with a puzzled look on his face. He said, 'You are asking a lot. She replied, "I'm worth a lot". Send this to every woman who's worth a lot.... and every man who has the brains to understand!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Social Networking at Mojitos Thursday Feb 12

Social Networking Event at Mojitos in Rogers

Hello Business Professionals. It's that time of the month again!

If you didn't go to Theo's last month, oh boy, did you miss out on having a great time, mingling and networking. For a recap, please click A New Year, New Networking Blog for more info.

Now, if you are looking for something to do this Thursday February 12, why not come to the 2nd Social Networking Event at Mojitos in Rogers from 6-9pm.

A few business professionals are gathering to mingle, network, and exchange business cards. Also, there may be a few singles who would be attending and phone numbers could be exchanged as well :)

This is a great Social Networking Event for the New Year!


Come on out and Socialize!
Bring your Business Cards!
Bring some Friends!
Bring Yourself!

Its all about Social Networking! So, let's have a drink and be Sociable!

Mojitos Address: 2003 South Promenade Boulevard, Rogers, AR 72758

For more information, contact the Social Event Coordinator Shurla Jobe at

Monday, January 12, 2015

Speed Dating for Singles

“Single mommies, Single women, ROTATE!!!”  These words are resonated from the loudspeaker as the female moderator targets the single moms in the bar. “For your next 5 minutes, let’s focus on specific questions for the men. Ask them questions about children, plans for more children, plans for family, etc. On your mark!!!  Get Set!!!   SPEED DATE!!!” 

These words are basically a brief synopsis of what occurs in speed dating across the United States. Speed dating is a new phenomenon that is catching interest among working professionals. Because of their busy work schedule and their lack of interest in going to clubs or bars, busy single professionals have turned to the services provided by speed dating and are enjoying the outcome.

When I lived in Memphis, speed dating was an ongoing affair! People were signing up week after week to take part in speed dating. 

According to one Memphis Pre-Dating Speed Dating service, speed dating is a fun, safe, and efficient way to meet single professionals in person. The speed dating is set up in 5- or 6-minute rounds in which you meet people in your age group or interest group. You are basically getting a lot of pre-dating in one night. Information from the local events from Pre-Dating Speed Dating of Memphis is found on this site:  

Also, another urban, mature, and upscale speed dating service in Memphis was hosted by Zodiac Restaurant and Lounge on Thursdays at 7PM. The event was held at 6135 Mt. Moriah, Memphis TN 38115. People would arrive to sign in and receive a starting table number to begin the 5 minute rounds. Later, introductions started at 8PM and the speed dating began!! 

Another poplar speed dating service of Memphis is SpeedDateMemphis. Some of the testimonials from this site guarantee that speed dating is the new “IT.”  Check out these two statements below:

“At first I was apprehensive and honestly almost backed out. (I thought how vulnerable; to expose yourself, try your best to sell yourself within six minutes and then get judged on it.) Well I am so glad I went. I haven't had that much fun in a while! Talk about exciting. All twenty members; both men and women were well dressed, intelligent, interesting, attractive and of a professional background. The first few minutes started off quiet, everyone a bit nervous and then before you know it the restaurant turned into a party like atmosphere. Men scurrying from table to table at the sound of bell chimes, everyone jotting down notes and carrying on and laughing while drinking their glasses of wine. It was a blast! Even if there was no chemistry between you and another member everyone was so interesting to meet.”
- Shauna O

“I have to tell you my story... I am also a very grateful customer I am a single mom with a life style that gets filled up with work and getting things done at home... I knew I needed to get out more, I wanted to meet someone wonderful, so I decided to give speed dating a try. The first time they called, I was so nervous and felt like a loser so I backed out. Later, I decided to try it again. I went and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of people that attended. This is truly the way to go. I met a man that night, a wonderful man, and I would not have met him if I had not gone.. That is its self is a success because my expectations for the first time were not to necessarily make a connection but I did. So thank you SpeedDatingMemphis.”- Lorna H.

However, locally in Northwest Arkansas, the need for such a service is in high demand, but without a speed dating moderator and venue to host the service, a few of the black single women would have to remain DATELESS!

But, many black professional single women are frustrated with the lack of dates and want to do something about it.

Black Professional Happy Hours hosted by African American Resource Groups and sororities and fraternities offer lots of fundraisers and charity events, but nothing structured around a speed dating atmosphere. 

Some women have stated that NWA has very few black men to choose from. The idea of finding a Black man and raising a family and living happily ever after, seems to fade away year after year and leave very few opportunities for Black Women. The reason is the ratio of black men to black women which is a 1 to 25 ratio. This is a terrible and awful statistic if it is true. For every black man, there are 25 black women trying to get his attention. (Subsequently, black women are not the only ones competing for our brothas’ attention, more white women are dating our brothas, and particularly, there is a lot of interracial dating and marriages in NWA. But, Love occurs across color lines and when it does, its a beautiful thing! That is another blog by itself :)

So, therefore, to have a speed dating service of men that are really interested in dating would be a great service to this area which would provide a lot of great dating experiences for our educated, black professional single women.

Many people and other speed dating services rate speed dating as fun, safe, and enjoyable. The goal of the service is to meet interesting people with the possibility of meeting someone whom you would potentially like to date.   

So, single women, single moms . . . what are you waiting for??  Get yourselves ready to start speed dating in NWA and make some connections!!!  Ooops . . . your 5 minutes are up!! Rotate!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Black Singles Meet of NWA

Check out the New Group for Black Attractive Singles to Meet. Go ahead and introduce yourself.

You never know if your Prince or Princess is waiting eagerly for your "Hello."

Give it a try! It can't hurt anything if you do.

Dating in Northwest Arkansas shouldn't be so hard, but it is! 

The group was created by a group of women whose purpose is to help black singles to find love, despite the low numbers in the Black Male ratio. 

The 25:1 ratio means that for every Educated, Professional Black man, there are 25 Educated, Professional Black Women trying to get his attention. Women outnumber men and the Hunt for the Black Male is competitive.

Therefore, this group will help men and women to meet, talk and introduce themselves. No games. No tacky, ratchet photos. Please keep your profile picture real and not of avatars, or other images.

Go ahead and give it a try! Your future Husband or Wife is waiting!

Join the New Facebook Group at:

Black Singles Meet of NWA

Black Singles Meet of Arkansas

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Single Parents Survey

Single Parents Questionnaire

This is a survey questionnaire for single moms and dads in NWA. This would help with an article that I want to produce.

The survey is located on Survey Monkey at:

Thanks for your time. 

Thanks and pass on to other single moms in the area.

Leora Jackson, Single Mommy :)

Single Moms Balancing Act

BY Leora Jackson 

Previously published by Leora Jackson May 10 2010

Memphis is perhaps the Single Mom Capital of the US. Primarily, this is due to the number of single mothers that are 18 and under. According to the Urban Child Institute of Memphis, 8, 617 single mothers gave birth in Shelby County in 2009. This statistic continues to increase as more and more children are born into poverty and the single mother epidemic continues to repeat itself, especially among the young and uneducated low income households.

However, there are many older women that are now single mothers due to divorce, death of spouse, single mom by choice or other. These women sometimes deal with the pressures of juggling work, dating relationships, social life, church and most of all….their children. These women are working and educated, and must deal with the pressures of everyday life situations. Some women are able to adapt and balance it all very well without missing a beat. Others fumble with doing just one thing well and miss out on enjoying their much needed social life.

A few single moms in the 9 to 5 workforce were asked about how they view their single mother status. Some stated that they wish they could network with other single moms in the area to discuss activities with their children, compare daycares, talk and share shopping secrets and dating. Some single mothers, whom are alone with no other family in the city, really feel the burden the hardest and must rely on church, friends and coworkers for a stress relief break.

Regardless of the situations, from low income to upper class, balancing child, work, dating and church is a challenge and single moms are known for performing a majority of life’s balancing acts.