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About Alfred Edmond Jr.

Alfred A. Edmond Jr. is co-founder, with Zara D. Green, of Grown Zone Relationship Education. He is best known as an award-winning business and personal finance journalist, editor, syndicated radio/podcast host and media executive with Black Enterprise. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Alfred is a widely recognized expert on personal finance, entrepreneurship, mentorship, leadership development and the practical application of faith in daily living. He is also an accomplished amateur bodybuilding and fitness competitor and member of several natural bodybuilding organizations. As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, Alfred evangelizes physical fitness, mental fitness, financial fitness and relationship fitness as foundational pillars of long-term wealth and success, at universities, industry conferences and business/corporate events across the country.

My Valentines Day Prayer: A Higher Love

It’s Valentines Day—on a Friday of a long holiday weekend, no less—and my feed is overflowing with pictures of happy, beautiful couples celebrating love. Some even seem to be professionally styled, bringing a magical, ideal quality to these portraits of love, in keeping with the romantic theme of the occasion. Many of these posts—especially of my happily married young nieces, nephews, cousins, mentees and others adults I first knew as [...]

A Grown Man Treats All Women With Respect, Not Just His Mother

How many times have you heard someone (including many dating and relationship experts) say a variation of: “To find a good man, look for someone who is good to his mother?” Unfortunately, just because a man loves and respects his mother does not mean that he won’t disrespect or violate you. Too many men view their mother as the exception to the rule of seeing women as objects to be [...]

Grown Zone Book Shelf: 4 Financial Languages

When pursuing sex, love and relationships, it is critical for you to learn to screen out relationship prospects who are unhealthy for you, and to effectively communicate with those who prove qualified to engage in healthy, intimate relationships. That includes financial intimacy. 4 Financial Languages: The Secrets to Communicating About Money by Tarra Jackson, is an excellent resource designed to help you do just that. Not only am I recommending [...]

Grown Love and Money: 7 Safety Checks Before Engaging In Financial Intimacy

Romance equals intimacy, and for many, that includes our finances. Examples of financial intimacy include signing on an apartment lease, opening joint bank or credit accounts, extending loans; paying bills or making other financial gifts; and sharing ATM pass words, bank account numbers and other financial information. We make some of our most damaging money decisions because we mistakenly think (with plenty of social endorsement from family, church and popular [...]

Lela Rochon and Antoine Fuqua: Weight Gain Does Not Cause Infidelity And Weight Loss Can’t Prevent It

During an interview for a radio show, I was asked about the Antoine Fuqua/Lela Rochon/Nicole Murphy situation, and specifically about the idea that actor Rochon’s weight gain created the opportunity/justification for infidelity. Movie director Fuqua (who as of this post, is still married to Rochon) and Murphy (the former wife of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy) were caught kissing by paparazzi, the photo of which was widely publicized by TMZ. [...]

Grown Zone Book Shelf: Breaking Bonds, How To Divorce An Abuser and Heal

Without a clearly defined guide to decision making in pursuit of healthy romantic relationships (such as that provided by our book Loving In The Grown Zone), it is surprisingly easy to end up in a relationship, including marriage, with an abusive partner. Unfortunately, when it comes to getting out of such relationships, it’s the exact opposite. Not only can it be extremely difficult to end a relationship with an abusive [...]

Why Are The Most Loving People Treated So Poorly In Relationships?

You attract what you are. This frequently shared piece of life and relationship advice is often difficult for people who repeatedly experience mistreatment in relationships to buy into. Based on their experiences, they have come to believe the following: The more kind, loyal and loving you are, the more attractive you become to those who are the opposite—mean, unfaithful, abusive and dishonest. RELATED: 3 Things Keeping You From The Healthy [...]

Grown Zone Book Shelf: The C-Word, Celibacy, My 28-Year Journey

A Grown woman is a healthy, whole, and content person, who chooses life alone over anything less than loving, loyal and respectful treatment in a relationship with another person. She sets a high standard based on self-love, and won’t consider anyone who does not rise to it.... In the meantime, she is focused on her own growth and personal development, not dictated to by a biological clock nor passing months [...]

Grown Zone Book Shelf: The 5 Phases of Dating

Dating has only one purpose if your goal is to one day establish a healthy, sustainable, loving relationship of H.E.R. (Honor, Esteem and Respect): That is to learn the truth of who people are, in order to determine who is safe for intimate access to your body, money, heart and home; who is not; and most importantly, to recognize and avoid the latter before they can do damage to you [...]

Buy Love, Get Trouble: The “Sexploitation” of Kevin Hart

Something to consider: The latest celebrity "sexploitation" scandal, this time involving globally famous and highly paid actor/comedian Kevin Hart (and his pregnant current wife/alleged former mistress, and a current "side chick" who apparently attempted to use a sex tape to extort money from him), is just the latest illustration of how our decisions in pursuit of sex and relationships often result in major financial and business as well as emotional [...]