Presents Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversations – His Thoughts

   On Thursday, December 12th, 2013 hosted its very first Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation event at La Femme Suite in Harlem, NY. La Femme Suite, located on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, is a Pole Fitness studio that also offers several spa services. The development of Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation began when Bridgette and I discussed having an open, informative, and entertaining forum to discuss our relationships. I know locker room talk and how crass and braggadocious those conversations can be. My platonic relationships have afforded me many opportunities to witness and participate in their version of locker room talk. These are actually the same reasons that caused me to pitch the idea of bringing Cousin Mars to Triple B. Now that I’ve drank the Triple B Kool-Aid and want to bring bliss to everyone, I thought it would be beneficial to panel members (gentlemen) and guests (ladies and gentlemen) to openly discuss the unicorns and pink elephants – Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation was born.

The all-male panel consisted of professionals in education, business, healthcare, and media ranging in age from 34 through 37. The venue’s ambience was perfect for the goal of Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation. I was confident that the questions I drafted would prompt responses from the audience (90% female), and oh boy was I correct. The evening’s entertainment included a tasteful pole dancing demonstration that caused the jaws of both the men and women to totally drop. Really, we were all astonished. The panelists opened up on a plethora of topics relevant to people of color interested in developing or maintaining healthy romantic relationships.

From left to right: Cousin Mars, panelist Jay and Triple B intern extraordinaire Janee just before the evening's festivities began.

By the end of the evening, it was clear that the event successfully helped to bridge the gap between the sexes. Plus, we all got to munch on cupcakes courtesy of Sydney’s Sweets. We shouldn’t expect to always agree on every topic, but understanding the logic behind the thoughts and actions of our counterparts is a realistic and desired goal of mine. As Presents Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation continues its tour, I am hopeful that discussing pertinent topics will ultimately assist in increasing successful and healthy relationships involving black women.

Bridgette plans to share her insight with you on this exciting event later in the week. Stay tuned for her post but in the meantime, please share in the comments what cities you want Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation to hit next!

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    1. It’s wonderful that Triple B conceived and birthed this idea. Any forum that discusses Black relationships is sorely needed. Our communities are hurting and one reason is the breakdown of our families. Children need to witness strong commitment by adults and that is only accomplished with honest open dialogue.

    2. This looks like it was so much fun! COME TO DC PLS!!!

    3. This really seems like a fantastic idea. Looks like there were some good looking men on that panel. Come to Atlanta please!

    4. OMG! I wish I was in NY for this event. Drinks and fine men – why wouldn’t I want to be there? I discovered this site in August and have fallen in love with it since then. Cousin Mars helps me to better understand how men think. I am from Jersey, but currently live in Virginia. PLEASE come to the DC area.

    5. I want a cupcake and could definitely use a cocktail. Is the city of angels too far?

    6. Heather W. says:

      Come to St. Louis, B!!!

    7. Thanks for the great feedback, everyone!

      @SD – YES, YES, YES! @Andrea & Meeka – DC is up next — get ready! @Aliya – ATL is in the works. @Linda – We hope to make it out to Cali in 2014 — stay tuned. @Heather – I dunno know about St. Louis girl, LOL! But ya never know… Happy Holidays and thanks for commenting chica. xo

    8. Consider me and my girls at the DC event. My husband recently started reading the monthly stories Mars does. I’m sure he would want to come, but someone has to watch our daughter. lol

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