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Pardon The Introduction: R&B Newcomer Trevanté Is Coming For Justin Bieber's Crown

Teen crooners are not created equal. Many are around to clog up the saturation, while few really own the glow and glory. Ladies er, girls meet your new 2011 crush, 17-year-old charmer Trevanté. Consider this a formal introduction to the falsetto-heavy mini Trey Songz, but know this up-and-coming R&B crooner is far from a rookie. While plenty of us were dashing after the ice cream truck at age 11, Trev was busy inking his first record deal and sharing the tweens-gone-wild stage with Bow Wow, B5 and Keke Palmer. Now, with a more lucrative deal through Imani Entertainment Group/Interscope Records, the ATL transplant is in the midst of prepping his sweet debut I Am Trevanté, due later this year. Get familiar. —Keenan Higgins

VIBE: You did the FYE tour when you were 13-years-old. What did you learn from Bow Wow and B5, who were big acts at the time?
Trevante: I admired B5’s stage presence, along with Bow Wow, and how they worked the staged and interacted with their fans. I was 11, and I thought I was a young MJ [Laughs]. I would pull up my shirt, although I had a “3 pack” at the time. They would scratch me up grabbing for me.

Your inspirations range from MJ and Bobby Brown to NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, all of which have been in boy bands at some point in their career. Why did you decide to start out solo and not be the leader of a group and branch off from there?
That’s a good question. I was definitely influenced by a lot of boy bands, and funny enough I used to pretend in the mirror that I was the leader of a big boy group. I had my brush and I would sing and dance around [Laughs]. But the main focus was just getting me and my voice out there and showing people what I could bring individually. But I definitely wouldn’t put off doing music down the line with like 3 other guys and making music. But for now, I’m just focusing on my solo.

Funny enough, before I saw the pictures on your website and had only heard your music, I said to myself ‘This kid definitely has a bit of a El Debarge sound to his voice’. Then I saw on your page that you actually met him. How did it feel getting a cosign from somebody on his level?
Thank you. I appreciate that compliment because I look up to him so much. Actually, he held me when I was a baby. He and my mom knew each other back when we were living in Houston and he was living in Houston. When I first met him, he walked in the studio and I was literally speechless. I was at a loss for words. He complimented my music and also said that we had similarities in our voices, and I took it as the biggest compliment. To have a legend saying these things, to me, was like the greatest thing.

So going into your image, Mario cut his braids and got a positive response, then Trey Songz cut his braids and got a positive response, and even Ludacris joked that they gave him a Grammy because he cut his braids in his Grammy acceptance speech. Do you see a barber chair in the near future?
No! I can’t do it! [Laughs] It’s funny that you mentioned Mario, because I grew up listening and being inspired by his music. And when he cut his braids I was like ‘NO!’. But yeah, I’m not cutting them off. Maybe when I get older, in a few years or so. But the girls love it, and I love the ladies!

Who is your ideal collaboration musically?
Rihanna. I love Rihanna. Also Lady GaGa and just--I want to make different, good music. But Rihanna is definitely number one.

How complete is your debut album?
It’s done! I’m ready to go!

Ok cool. So what sound can we expect from the forthcoming album?
I call it jukebox music. Like when you go to a jukebox, you get a variety of music options. You get Pop, R&B, all of that. So that’s what I want to bring to my music. A little bit of everything.

Check out Trevante's first single "Be My Girl" below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIUXOuC7Uc8

 

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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