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Jennifer Willams Shares The Scoop On Lucid Cosmetics, Talks "Basketball Wives"

Jennifer Williams is a Vixen. Totally.

She's got a screaming hot physique and a girl's girl personality that instantly sparks giggles and gossip. Flip it however you want, but the vulnerability she displayed on the first and second seasons of VH1's Basketball Wives makes her super relatable. What female hasn't had her heartbroken and pandered the thought of wanting that old thing back? With a new lot on life, a faint sting of heartbreak and a new baby Lucid Cosmetics to throw her focus into, the Miami resident trudges forward... beyond the past.

And VIBE Vixen jumped on the line with NJ-born glamour girl to talk all about just that--"the now." Most specifically, we got her chatting about her luscious new beauty products and that BBW episode where her bestie Evelyn Lozada sends of fiery words about Jen's comments on Chad Ochocinco. (We're anxious to watch too!) And what about the guy bloggers spotted her with a few months back? Yep! We talked about it all with the simply beautiful girl, just keep reading!

How did the partnership come about?
It's not an offical partnership, it's just that they have a cosmetics line and I wanted to do a lipgloss. They had all the connections, and I'm was like, 'Listen, this is what I want to do; this is how I want it to look. Can you make it happen?' So, they have been the middleman because I'm new to this whole game. I had no idea how what it took to pull it off. Basically, Michael Todd Cosmetics was in the area; they're in Fort Lauderdale, and they have a whole factory there. I met with them, and they vibed with what I wanted. The thing is, I design everything myself; the packaging, the containers, the colors, I pick everything. It's definitely been an uphill battle, but like I always says, nothing good is easy. But pretty much, they got me; they just kinda let me do my own thing. They worked back and forth with the manufacturing company, I told them what I wanted and that's pretty much how the marriage works. We've had some challenged for sure, but so far so good. I can't complain.

Dope. Tell me about the names of the lipglosses. The names are unique, but why those particular places?
I went with names of cities and things that I like. Like "The Hills" is short for Bevelry Hill, a "SoBe" is South Beach and "Napa" is short for Napa Valley. I'm always drinking red wine, so it's a deep, bordeaux color. Then we have "St. Tropez" because that's one of my favorite cities; the "Big Apple," of course, is for New York. And I just thought it was unique to do cities. Names of lipglosses is always something real, and they usually have names that are flirty and vixen, but I wanted to do something different.

I really like that concept. Can you name your favorite place to visit in the world?
You know what, St. Tropez is one of my favorite places. I actually honeymooned in Dubai in the Maldives, and the Maldives was absolutely breathtaking. It definitely holds a special place in my heart, but for someone who's getting divorce, I'm like, 'Ehh.' [Laughs] But that definitely might be on that list.

[Laughs] The Maldives seems like a good choice. Now, which lipgloss from your line is your favorite and why?
The Hills just because I wear it pretty much every day. It's soft pink, and you can just put that on with anything. It can be for daytime; you can do a major eye and then wear it at night as well. But I do wear all of them, it just depends on what mood I'm in and what I'm wearing.

What are some celebrity-made beauty products that you love?
I really like Beyoncé's True Star in that blue bottle; the smell is so plush! I also like J. Lo's fragrances. And Paris Hilton!

To talk more about Basketball Wives, are you anxious for this upcoming episode? From the trailer it's clear that you and Evelyn get into it a bit.
Um, I'm anxious to see the editing because you never know how it'll turn out. We watch it when you guys watch it. I'm actually going to Italy with some friends, so I'll be checking my Twitter [when it airs].

Cool, cool. Lastly, what's your definition of a VIBE Vixen?
Excuse my language [laughs], a bad bitch who's well-rounded!

BONUS: Three Fun Beauty Facts About Jennifer

-She loves, loves, loves La Mer beauty products, but has no problem picking up affordable products from a local store!
-She absolutely has to have her lipgloss, bronzer and mascara!
-She uses vaseline to take her eye makeup. It's a beauty secret she saw on The Tyra Banks Show!

 

Purchase your Lucid lipgloss here!

 

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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