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Date Knight: Why Single & Fatherless Should Be the Norm

As the staff’s resident relationship guru — who’s carved out a space on the web with an award-winning site called Naked With Socks On — I’ve been tapped by JET’s EIC to offer up dating advice and perspective for our readers. Five days out of the week I’m slaving behind a desk as JET’s Managing Editor, so I look forward to exploring the sights and sounds of Chicago with my wife as part of our weekly outings. I am Anslem Samuel Rocque and this is Date Knight.

At 38 years young and in the prime of his life, Laz Alonso is the ideal eligible bachelor. While his ability to be over 30 with no kids and expressing a desire to be married—one day—should make even more women swoon, I had no idea it’d actually result in questions about his sexuality. WTH!

I was trolling the Web the other day and saw that Necole Bitchie had shown some love to my JET cover story on Laz. As I scrolled through the comments section, though, there were a handful of remarks that gave me reason to pause.

“Y’all don’t think it’s strange he’s still single at 38? It’d be one thing if he were married before, but single at 38 no kids, no ex-wife?”

“I know there is such thing as being picky and not rushing. But if a man is seriously a family man and down-to-earth serious dating man he ain’t going to be damn near 50 years old talking this yang… He come up to me, I’m walking the OTHER WAY. Something is wrong with this picture.”

I agree with that final comment, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Laz; it’s the mentality of the reader in question that troubles me.

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