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2008 and 2009 were two years that hit Makeda Smith like a speeding train.

Again and again. The real estate market crashed, causing her to lose dozens of properties in the process. Due to financial setbacks, she had to file for bankruptcy. The IRS came knockin’ and she was audited. Shortly after, her home was foreclosed and her car was repossessed. Her man wasn’t man enough for her, and left her for good. She had to give up her dog, too. As her life turned completely upside down, Makeda found herself suffering through more losses than she thought she had the strength to bear.

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“Sistahs are doing it for themselves!" - Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox

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When it comes to dating, I quote the very wise Forest Gump, “You never know what you're going to get."

You could get that really good piece of chocolate-filled with delicious cherries or nougat; or you could end up with that chocolate-covered jelly piece that you usually bite, chew, then spit out. It just doesn't seem to belong. The first date is crucial because this is when you get to learn a little more about the person face-to-face. You also get to see if you can tolerate their quirks.

Many find love at first sight, while others look for the exit before the appetizers reach the table. We spoke with women who experienced the latter and not only ran for the door, but also changed their numbers and blocked these bad guys from social media.

From men talking about sex on the first date to reaching over and eating from their plate, read how these eight women had dates from hell and survived:

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When it comes to the perfect date, sometimes the least obvious way is the absolute way to conquering a woman's heart!

There is nothing like a romantic date planned by the one you love. Wouldn't you love a warm bath filled with bubbles waiting for you after a long day at work? How about a candlelight dinner for two after a long day of running errands? Or maybe you can appreciate a really nice piece of jewelry that expresses his feelings for you? These are the things that pull at our heartstrings whenever they're done, and surprisingly, some men actually get it!

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If you were to ask a millennial woman how she would like for her proposal to go, the answers would probably vary from a small intimate affair with no spectators, to a big blown out half-time show proposal that goes viral.

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