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TOP 5 Guys Vixens Want to See Back On the Big Screen

It’s been quite a number of years since some of the men in Black Hollywood, who made our hearts melt and heads turn, graced the big screens in a major film with a leading role.  Of course there are dapper gentlemen who exude sex appeal with great acting skills that we miss. In honor of that VIBE Vixen rounded up a few handsome men we would love to see grace the big screens once again!

Morris Chestnut

Pretty Ricky is what they called him. From Boys In The Hood to The Best Man to The Brothers, Morris Chestnut kept us yearning for more. Beyond his effortless talent; his tall, dark and handsome physique kept our eyes on him in films in which we were envious of the lucky lady who had the opportunity to play his love interest.  And who can forget the looks he gave and that sexy move he did with his jaw. Girl, yes.

We’d love to see Morris grace the big screens once again as the lead actor in a dramatic role or a romantic comedy. But with talks of a sequel to The Best Man 12 years later, our wishes may just come true.
Omar Epps

Who could forget our favorite frenemys Bishop and Q in Juice when Omar Epps debut in his first leading role in a film? And let’s not forget when Omar won our hearts in one of every Vixen’s all-time favorites, Love & Basketball. There’s not a time that goes by that I didn’t wish I was playing the role of Monica that Sanaa Lathan played so effortlessly. Time and time again Omar has given us countless reasons to pay attention with his incredible skills and GQ Swag. His versatility in acting and the ability to take on new genres with such ease is one of the reasons why we want to see more of him.

And as much as we enjoy seeing Omar play Dr. Foreman on House, we’d love to see him grace the big screen once again as a new character in a sequel to The Brothers or in a role that shows off his softer sensual side.

Larenz Tate

Don’t we all wish we could be swept off our feet by a handsome renaissance man who can speak volumes of original poetry? When Larenz wasn’t playing a street banger in a Menace II Society, he was seducing us to the pit of our souls in Love Jones as a hopeless romantic who had a way with words. He has an inviting aura that leaves you wanting more.

Although we haven’t quite had the opportunity to see Larenz  in many films, those that he has appeared in got our attention.  As devastating as  it was when he disappeared from film, we’d welcome him with open arms if he graced us with one more romantic classic.

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer has always been a bit of a bad boy in films and you know what? We love it! When he wasn’t protecting himself from a crazed killer alongside of Brandy in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer or gracing the mean streets of Harlem with DipSet’s very own Cam’Ron in Paid In Full, Mekhi was smooth talking Jessica Alba in Honey. Admit it. Like the rest of the brothers mentioned, he was a hot commodity that we all wanted.

I can’t help but think how much of a great addition he would have been in Takers. We’d like for Mekhi to take a slight break from TV and rekindle the love we had for him on the big screen.

Taye Diggs

When Taye  Diggs stepped onto the scene in 1998 in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, he had many women flaunting their confidence and vibing out to Aaliyah’s “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.” When he appeared along side of Morris Chestnut in The Best Man, he had us all reminiscing just how deeply intoxicating a forehead kiss can be.

We can’t wait until he reprises his role as Harper Stewart in The Best Man. Maybe this time he’ll be the groom and give a little bit of brown sugar as he jumps the broom with his love interest Robin.

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VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk Podcast: Meet Peppermint, The Boss Using Her Gifts For Good

VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast amplifies the voices of women and she/her-identifying individuals in their respective industries as they discuss their journeys toward becoming the bosses we know today. From their demeanor and confidence and persevering through life’s pitfalls to make a name for themselves in their own way, being a boss is much more than 'just running sh*t.'

Miss Peppermint started as a staple in the New York nightlife scene, and after appearing as a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, she’s continued to make a name for herself.

Outside of the show, she's traveled the world and is hoping to release her third album, which she hints will be influenced by the '90s, R&B, and neo-soul. She's also planning on re-releasing her debut album, Hardcore Glamour, for its 10-year anniversary.

"I'll be doing a lot in New York this year for World Pride," she explains to Boss Talk's host, J'na Jefferson. Pride takes place throughout June. "The last album I dropped was 2017... I'm excited about that, I'm writing it now. It's just poems, but I'm excited."

Peppermint, who was the first openly transgender contestant on the Emmy Award-winning show, was also the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway for her role as Pythio in Head Over Heels. 

 

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"On paper, it shouldn't make sense... it's hard to explain what it is," she says of the musical, which combined a loose adaptation of 16th-century piece The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia with the music of the new wave group, The Go-Go's. It closed in late-2018.

"The better way to explain it now that it's over and closed is 'a revolutionary show about dismantling the patriarchy...'" she says about Head Over Heels. "I knew that they wanted to cast a trans actor... I wanted to put as much as I could into it, and try to do our non-binary siblings well and proud... [the show] became something I really believed in."

Peppermint continues to share her love of performing all over the world and is also an activist, who aims to promote the importance of LGBTQIA representation and advancement. She has worked and supported organizations such as The Point Foundation, which aims to help LGBTQIA students attend college. 

"People are just starting to catch on that having queer voices is essential and inevitable," she says of further representation of LGBTQIA individuals in media and entertainment. She praises Pose creator Ryan Murphy for showcasing trans people of color both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

"Giving [trans people] the power to speak for themselves, rather than slapping the community with stereotypes or archetypes... we're past that," she continues. "We're not in the phase where they're feeling comfortable to be who they are, but I think we're getting close."

Listen to the full episode below.

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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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