Shanel Odum

Brooklyn-based scribe. Lover of words and music. Editor, VibeVixen.com

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Commute Confessions: Naturi Naughton Edition [Video]

  Our favorite “little woman” is busy doing big things on the small screen. Triple threat Naturi Naughton starz (pun intended) as the quintessential hustler’…

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Interview: Where Is Ab-Soul These Days…?

Ab-Soul is so chill, he gives you a contact by sparking a convo. His cucumber cool is contagious. The 27-year-old TDE titan with the…

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Vixen Chat: Amber Rose Plays ‘Cootie Catcher Confessions’

The M.I.L.F.iest of Madonnas, Amber Rose, just headed back to high school. Literally. The 30-year-old model and style star just made her acting debut…

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August Alsina Announces ‘Testimony Live’ Tour

  Via VIBE: VIBE cover boy, August Alsina, will be preaching his good word across the U.S. this summer. The Testimony Live, named after hi…

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Vixen Review: Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is Masterfully Mature

Sam Smith has a tender voice, and while domestic audiences are just now getting familiar with him, his guest appearances on Disclosure’s hit “Latch” in 2012,…

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VIBE Summer 2014 Cover Story: August Alsina

August Alsina probably won’t pen the next wedding classic. Surrounded by drugs and death, his life is another sad love song  STORY: Shanel…

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Trey Songz Gets International in ‘Foreign’ [Video]

Via VIBE: Trey Songz shows just how cultured he is with the visuals for his new single “Foreign.” First, Songz is treated to breakfast…

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Malia Obama Lands Summer Job as Production Assistant

Via VIBE: When your dad is the President, hard work is hereditary. Barack Obama’s 15-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, has landed a production assistant gig…

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‘Colour Revolution’ Showcases Caribbean’s Best Designers

Up-and-coming American designers can use a show like Project Runway or an event like Fashion Week to flaunt their sartorial skills, but there’…

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Latinos and the Gentrification of Hip Hop

“Appreciate the art that came through Puerto Ricans and Blacks / Speakin’ the facts / the sound is much deeper than wax…” — Common, Like They…

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Vixen of the Day: Cheraun Malone

Name: Cheraun Malone Age: 23 Location: Orlando, Fl Occupation: Fitness Trainer Style: Fit Sexy Beauty Fave I Can’t Live Without: Lipstick Inspired By: Mankofit, Rosa Acosta, and Rihanna…

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25 Ridiculous Rapper Selfies

In 2014, everyone takes selfies—from the President of the United States to Wiz Khalifa. No one takes a selfie quite like a rapper. Case i…

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#FitnessFlow: Aerial Aerobics Edition

We love sweating in our stilettos. In fact, we get off on it. (And we don’t mean in the club.) But we realize that pole…

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Boomshots: Omari Banks

He’s got a voice as calming as chamomile and charisma that bubbles like a champagne toast. With long, willowy limbs and dreadlocks that dance whe…

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Angela Simmons: Full Frontal

Angela Simmons is in the midst of a makeup meltdown. She’s seated at a vanity station in the makeshift greenroom of a lofty Hell’…

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Vin Diesel Just Gave Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’ A New Visual

Drop everything you’re doing right this instant. Vin Diesel just dropped a visual visual to Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love.” I…

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Iggy Azalea Reveals Release Date For Debut Album

Aussie rapstress Iggy Azalea has put a timestamp on her debut album. Before hitting up last night’s Grammy Awards (Jan. 26), the “Work” MC announced…

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Justin Bieber Arrested For Alleged DUI And Drag Racing

Things seem to be crashing down on Justin Bieber. TMZ is now reporting that the singer has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to…

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Faith Evans Believes LAPD Knows What Happened In Biggie’s Murder Case

On March 9, 1997, rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was gunned down in a drive-by shooting while sitting i…

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Drake Shows Up To Support Jhene Aiko After Her ‘Jimmy Fallon’ Performance

Jhene Aiko is getting all the love these days (*eghem* Joe Budden). This time its from fellow “emo” rap-singer, Drake. When she dropped by for a…

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