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Vixen Health + Fitness: Jeanette Jenkins Checks In About Nike Training Club App, Gives Three Favorite Clients & Explains Why Green Vegetables Are Key

On day two with The Hollywood Trainer and Nike Training Club Ambassador, Jeanette Jenkins brings us more tips on how to shed pounds, her true feelings about the obsession with beauty and image and why she's super proud of Paula Patton. Make sure you pay attention to her tips on eating, too! Spinach, Broocolli, Kale, Oh my! -Niki McGloster


How did you link up with Nike?
I've been with Nike for eight years, and I first got signed to Nike by the head of Women's Olympic and Sports marketing. The Nike training Club Ambassador title is new for this year because there's a whole new division at Nike which is Nike Training. The Nike Training Club, they did a deal with me to be an ambassador for the Club. As the ambassador, I've given them several different workouts and exercises that are on the application. Because my workouts are premium, you can't just get them. You have to exercise to the app and earn them as a reward.

Oh, okay. I actually have the app on my phone and they have the different levels.
Yeah. If you do a certain amount of minutes, it gets logged into your account and then you receive rewards. After 60 minutes, 120 minutes, 300 minutes, you receive my workouts.

Your workouts would be like an expert level training, then?
Yeah, basically. Rock hard, kick butt stuff! I know a lot of people have unlocked my Ab Blast workout and they're like, 'Oh my, God! It's amazing, but my abs are killing me!' [Laughs] Also, as the ambassador we'll teach special classes for elite groups of people for certain things. Like, super VIP, hidden [classes]. We actually did one in New York for all the editors of women's magazines, and everyone was chauffeured to the location, it was all private. It was incredible! I designed the workout for that, and they paired me up with several of the Nike athletes and we presented a class together. It's like a whole VIP experience.

Where do you think the obsession to look good, especially the big booty craze, came from?
[Laughs] Obviously, the obsession to look good comes completely from the media, but even without the media, everyone loves to look good because it makes them feel good about themselves. I just think that you have to be careful because really what the problem is we have a lot of young girls and a lot of women who just can't see the beauty in themselves. Immediately, they look at themselves and look at the things that are wrong and pick themselves apart, and that is what we have to be careful of. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and you have to learn how to look at yourself and find beautiful things. Get in the habit of every time you look in the mirror liking what you see and finding something beautiful about it to boost your self-confidence and boost the way you feel about yourself.

You're absolutely right.
The obsession keeps going because if you constantly put yourself down every time you look in the mirror, then it never ends.

Some people criticize Jennifer Hudson because of the amount of weight she's lost while others praise her for her efforts. What do you think about her health and fitness accomplishments?
I think Jennifer Hudson looks great, and I think all celebrities look great. Like, I really feel that sometimes people don't realize that that celebrity is a human being. Imagine what it would be like to be under a microscope where every thing you do is being critiqued and analyzed by thousands and millions of people. I'm just a Christian and that's it, and I believe that if you don't have anything positive to say then don't say anything at all. Find the positive and uplift people and uplift our community. I would rather add value to somebody's life and add value to the universe than to take it away.

What are the three women that were your favorite to train and why?
Oh, God. I have so many! Do I have to pick three? [Laughs] First and foremost, I love ALL my clients! I love training all of them, [and] they all add some positive value to my life. Number one, I love Tia Mowry because she has the most amazing spirit of all time! She's just so much fun, and she loves it. There's nothing more enjoyable than training someone who loves it, you know? I love training Paula Patton-Thicke because she works so hard and she never complains. She always shows up, she always puts in 110% and I had the joy of working with her before she was pregnant, through her pregnancy and after. I got Paula ready for Jumping The Broom and now she's taping Mission Impossible 4. I'm so proud of her, just the fact that we have a black woman as the lead role with Tom Cruise is next level. And my third one is Kelly [Rowland]. I love Kelly! I trained her to get her ready for the "Commander" video that she did.

Oh, wow! She looks really good in that video.
I trained her to get her ready for the video she did with Nelly, "Gone," and for the video for her first single "Motivation."

These ladies are so petite, and although it looks like it doesn't take much work, I know you're working them hard.
[Laughs] You see the finished product, but you don't see how hard those girls work! These girls put it in every day. Five days a week, these girls train, and they work hard! I'm a nutritionist as well, so that's the good thing. I work as their nutritionist as well.

Really, so what do you make them eat? And what is the main thing people should eat on a consistent basis to stay toned and fit?
Green vegetables. They're alkaline to the body which means they strengthen their immune system so that you don't get sick, and they're filled with iron, vitamin C, low-calories, they decrease your appetite, they have fiber… They are the most underrated food item, but I make sure all my clients eat green vegetables three times a day. Like, spinach with their eggs in the morning and green juices. If someone just makes sure they have a green vegetable at all three servings, they would stop eating some of the other junk food.


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Quavo Talks Can-Am Partnership, Offset's "Magnifico" Solo Album And Upcoming Huncho Day

There’s something special to be said about the art of speaking things into existence. Just two years ago, Migos released “MotorSport,” a single that played to all of the group members’ lyrical strengths with scorching features from Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Behind the hit single lies their love for all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, which has now morphed into a creative partnership with Canada’s Can-Am motorcycles.

Launched Friday (March 8), the budding businessmen will unveil Can-Am's icy turquoise Ryker 2019 model and incorporate the dynamic three-wheel motorcycle into an upcoming music video.

Speaking to VIBE about the partnership, Quavo said the deal was a natural fit considering the Quality Control artists are already "all about that skrt, skrt, skrt." Signature sayings aside, the deal is bound to introduce the rappers’ fans to another means of transportation and flexing.

We caught up with the rapper as he headed to Mexico to kick it with Cardi B and Offset where Quavo shared his love for bikes, Offset’s "magnifico" solo album and the second annual Huncho Day coming up at the end of March.

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Vibe: How did the partnership with Can-Am come about?

Quavo: Can-Am is what I am. The partnership came about because we're all about that skrt, skrt, skrt. [sings] They pulled up with the Can-Am and it was a conversation of nothing but skrt, skrt skrts.

Was the bike life big for you coming up in Atlanta as a kid?

I was whipping anything with wheels on it. We had quads, dirt bikes, and go-karts. I have the big four-wheeler right now with me. You can see the Can-AM over on my Instagram, where I'm dressed up in the all-green suit. I'm an outside adventurous type of guy myself.

What were your thoughts on Offset's solo album completing the Migos trifecta?

 

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It was a masterpiece. Magnifico. Everybody had their chance to do their own thing. I'm definitely proud of my guy. He came out and he hit them hard where they're supposed to be hit at.

How did "On Fleek" come together between you and 'Set?

That was a new record. Matter of fact, I had just recorded that the day before the album came out. It was priceless.

With Offset opening up and letting people into his personal life, is that something you'd ever consider doing with a project?

That's something I'd think about, I don't really do stuff like that. That's what he represents. His relationship and what he's got going on makes him an open guy. [He] and his wife live that type of life. That's not the route I go. I try to be more musical and give y'all an image of what my life is about and see how you can relate to my position.

What can we expect from Huncho Day coming up at the end of March?

Huncho Day is going to the international Pro Bowl. Superstars upon superstars. The best players that play the game. Last year, I had the best players to play the game. Everybody that comes out gets a little secret to Huncho's sauce, so they can ball in their real league. We got some NFL MVPs and a Rookie of the Year. Make sure you're there, it's going to be a special day.

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Did you plan to be involved with the NBA Dunk Contest when Hamidou Diallo dunked over you to clinch the title?

Nah, everything in my whole life is about surprises and popping up. He pulled up on me and I told him, 'Let's do it.' We didn't have to practice anything. I knew it was going to go smooth. We don't need practice, like [Allen Iverson].

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A few leaked tracks have hit the internet recently, are you aware of how that may have happened?

Somebody leaked them. Sometimes when you got so much drip and it's filled to the brim, it's going to spill over and you got to clean it up every now and then. That's some hot s***t, but it won't be going on anything because it leaked. I'm about to get on this 250-foot yacht in Cabo, document that!

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9th Wonder On The Everlasting Marriage Of Hip-Hop And Sampling

Third time seemed to be the charm for D’USSE's Re-Mixer Series. As a multitude of guests arrived in Los Angeles for Grammy festivities this month, music and spirit enthusiasts settled in at Hollywood's Beauty & Essex to enjoy lessons in music and sampling by legendary producer 9th Wonder.

The third annual D’USSE Re-Mixer Series brought out those curious about the cognac's spirited cocktails along with those who were ready to hear the sounds of DJ Oliva Dope. In addition to 9th's presence at the mixer, fellow music and DUSSE lovers like Memphis Bleek, Rapsody, Insecure's Sarunas J. Jackson and Bacardi Senior Portfolio ambassador Colin Asare-Appiah were also ready to show off their cocktail making skills.

But there wasn't just D'USSE cocktails to indulge. Guests enjoyed rich lessons on the importance of R&B's marriage to hip-hop. While today's resurgence with artists like SZA, Ella Mai, H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar have brought emphasis back to the nayhooos of it all, early tunes remind us that hip-hop's skeleton carries plenty of soul.

Chic's "Good Times" provided weight for The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," DeBarge's "A Dream" gave reflection for 2Pac's "I Ain't Mad At Cha" and James Brown's "Funky Drummer" allowed us all to lay back and enjoy Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Let Me Ride."

R&B sampling continues today in nearly every chart-topping hit. Donny Hathaway's 1972 track "Jealous Guy" gives power to Chance The Rapper's "Juice," Beyonce's '03 tune "Me Myself and I" loops lovingly on Meek Mill's "24/7" with Ella Mai and The O'Jays' 1972 single "Backstabbers" spruced up Drake's "Fake Love."

As 9th Wonder shared the beauty of notable samples as guests like R&B songwriting legend Brian Michael Cox popped in to teach scratching methods to aspiring DJs, the relationship between hip-hop and R&B seemed to be stronger than ever.

"I think we need that," 9th shares with VIBE about today's balance and the current popularity boost in R&B. "I'm a historian by nature so I watch trends and I watch culture. Everything repeats itself whether we're talking about fashion and especially music. When I was 20 years old, D'Angelo was my version of something 20 years before that which was Marvin Gaye and Stevie [Wonder]."

Today, 9th praised artists like BJ The Chicago Kid and H.E.R., who took home two Grammys for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for "Best Part" with Daniel Caesar, for providing more than just trusty falsettos.

"I think with H.E.R., Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid and a myriad of other R&B artists who are budding believe in the music and believe in the feeling," he explains. "That's another resurgence that happened in the 90s but everything runs in cycles, history repeats itself and nothing is new under the sun."

D'USSE's relationship to music is also something worth noting 9th says. "I think spirits in a way make you euphoric and there are moments in hip-hop that make you feel euphoric too," he says. "Sometimes, your favorite song can be just as important as your favorite drink. When you're dealing with drinks and music, you're dealing with the five senses and how they go together. They also rely on each other too. You can't have one without the other."

With D'USSE's cognac carrying classic notes and grape varieties, 9th views its relationship to the music just the same with classic sounds from legends like Teddy Pendergrass and The O'Jays.

"If I were to have any soundtrack or label that's dedicated to D'USSE cognac, it would be Philadelphia's Gambling Cuff, all the Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays 'For The Love of Money' and 'Backstabbers,' 'Love TKO,' 'Turn Off The Lights/ Close The Door,' he listed. "All of those are really smooth, really cool. That's the kind of music that matches the drink."

One can only hope the gems gleamed through any buzzed feelings the cocktails brought forth. If so, it's a lesson in music worth remembering. "A lot of people don't know the history of drinks like that and a lot of people don't know the history of sampling like that either," the producer says. "Bartending [and making spirits] is their passion, music is mine. We just have to make sure people realize it's paramount to everything."

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Dapper Dan Defends Decision To Meet With Gucci

Gucci's latest initiatives to eliminate their cultural ignorance were helped brought together by Dapper Dan, a decision that has left the designer at throws of critics who aren't thrilled about the Harlem legend working with the luxury brand.

On Saturday (Feb. 16) Dan, born Daniel Day, explained why he met with Gucci's President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and what it could mean for the future of young black designers.

"We have to learn to earn," he said in a statement on Instagram. "What happened to all the Black fashion brands that failed since the '80s? Was it because they didn't get Black support, or was it because they didn't know the business? Do you expect our young Black designers to spend 30+ years mastering fashion by teaching themselves as I did? How do you expect them to compete with big brands if they don't really know the business? They need jobs and internships within these big brands so that they can learn and they branch out on their own."

 

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Dan's history with Gucci has always been a complex one. Known for his custom designs for street legends like Alpo Martinez and rappers like Jay-Z, Eric B. and Rakim and Cam'ron, Dan is credited with bringing luxury to hip-hop culture. It took over two decades for Gucci and other brands to acknowledge his influence. In 2017, Dan partnered with the brand for a new menswear line and Harlem saw The Dapper Dan Atelier Studio as the first luxury house fashion store in 2018.

But it wasn't until figures like 50 Cent slammed the designer over his business ties with the brand which seemed like a victory just last year to the public. In his statement to his critics, Dan explained why the meeting was bigger than his brand and how Gucci's new initiative will benefit aspiring designers.

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"Many young people think a t-shirt design with a logo is a fashion business when in reality the business of fashion is so much broader and more complex than that," he added. "I studied my a** off to master this business. Live your dream. Don't let other people's feelings stop you. Take advantage of the chance to learn. All you haters get out the way for young people. Embrace change. For those that want to continue to hate Gucci and boycott, you are entitled to do as you please. But if anyone should be boycotted it's the brands that won't give our young people an opportunity to learn."

Gucci's four new initiatives include hiring global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion, setting up a multicultural design scholarship program, the launch of a diversity and inclusivity awareness program and launching a global exchange program.

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