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Relationship experts visit Southfield for ‘Grown’ talk

Co-authors of ‘Loving in the Grown Zone’ Zara Green and Alfred Edmond will speak Wednesday at Beans & Cornbread in Southfield

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

An honest and intimate conversation on relationships will take place Wednesday in Southfield with relationship educators Zara Green and Alfred Edmond Jr.

The married couple are co-authors of the book “Loving in The Grown Zone.” The book follows similar themes as Wednesday’s event, which is held in a private room of Beans & Cornbread restaurant.

The event aims to give single people advice for starting a relationship, and clue couples in to how they can improve things if there is trouble. Edmond says the choices a person makes can have significant consequences on one’s love life.

“The goal is to draw a connection between the choices that we make and how they impact our business, our careers, our finances and the quality of our lives,” said Edmond, who also is host of the show “Money Matters” on American Urban radio Networks and frequently appears on MSNBC’s “Your Business.”

“When we throw caution to the wind, the consequences are a lot deeper than just kind of hurt feelings and lonely nights; there are really significant consequences,” he said. “But, if you have a methodology for how you make decisions in those relationships, then you’ll limit the damage and increase the probability of having the outcomes that you want.”

Edmond says Wednesday’s event, which includes dinner and conversation, is meant to be enlightening and fun.

“We heard wonderful things about the restaurant. We were looking for an intimate space ... we wanted a private room where the food will be great, the conversation will be great. A little libation doesn’t hurt. People are going to learn and be challenged, but they’re also going to have a good time.”

Wednesday’s event is 6-9 p.m. and is open to people of all relationship statuses. Tickets, $45, must be purchased in advance at GrownZone.com/Detroit. Tickets include admission, dinner, dessert and soft drink. A cash bar is available.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

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