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Underneath it All: 5 Reasons to Wear Pretty Panties

Underwear is the first article of clothing we put on in the morning, and very last to make it off at the end of the evening. It is the foundation of any outfit, fab or fail, and should be treated with such importance. Many women have yet to discover the power of pretty panties, and the miraculous abilities they have. But we assure you, there are more than enough reasons to step your lingerie game up.

5 Reasons to Wear Pretty Panties

* Clothes Look Better: I've said it before and I'll say it again---all it takes is the wrong pair of underwear to ruin a completely perfect outfit. How sad it is when a girl leaves the house in a nicely fitted dress or flawless pair of jeans, only to find out later that the imprint of her ill-chosen undergarments stole the show? Ladies---panty line was SO 2002! Or what about cutesy tops that are forced to compete with not-so-cute back fat bulge from a too-tight bra (don't worry---it happens to the best of us), or even a loud print that peeks through the fabric? Bras and panties are powerful tools (for more reasons than one) and should be used wisely to make the most of your outfit. The right fit and style can take pounds off of your figure, detract from problem areas, and enhance your lovely feminine assets.

* Wardrobe Malfunction: I have this one amazing skirt that's made by Isaac Mizrahi for Target. Got it back in '07 and it's undoubtedly one of my favorites: bright, multicolored, bold graphic print, free-flowing fit. I mean really, it's everything! But for some odd reason, whenever I wear this skirt I always end up walking outside, there is always a randomly strong gust of wind, and it always finds a way to fly up when my hands are too full to do anything about it. You may think I'm joking but I have several friends and strangers alike who have witnessed the scandalous phenomenon over the last few years. I say this all to say that if I didn't wear pretty panties, these numerous Marilyn Monroe moments could have been sheer horror. But, instead, there were laughable "uh-oh" and keep it moving kinda deals. Whew! You too can stay prepared for unexpected wardrobe malfunctions by keeping your underoos cute. So whether you bend down and experience a little peek-a-boo, or forget a button in you blouse---there's nothing to worry about.

* In Case of Emergency: Hate to be a somber Susie, but sometimes unfortunate events occur that can put you in a very uncomfortable and vulnerable situation. God forbid you be in an accident or suddenly fall ill and have to be rushed to the emergency room, because you will not be able to avoid those dreadful butt-less teal robes. They're simply not optional. Now I'm well aware that your panties are the very least of anyone's concerns when you're on the brink of coughing up an organ. But really---that sinus infection will go away. Dr. McDreamy's vivid memory of your off-white, baggy, "time-of-the-month" bloomers? Maybe not.

* Time for Some Action: *All minors, please leave the room . . . Now. (loll)* Alright, we all grown in here? Good. Listen---things happen. Boy meets girl. Girl sees boy. Boy looks good. Girls feels tingly. Then---sha-pow! Time for some action. Okay, fine, let's take a less shameful approach (I pinky promise I'm not a first-date "sha-pow" advocate). Girl goes out. Girl bumps into boy. Boy is long-lost love from years past. Girl invites guy over to catch up. Then---sha-pow! Damn, it happened again. o_O The moral of the story: big boys and girls do unexpected things. Many of which leave clothing scattered on the floor and undergarments very visible. Don't get caught up wearing that one bad bra with underwire poking out the sides and draws with the lazy elastic. NOT a good look.

* Make You Feel Good: Arguably the most important and rewarding cause for wearing attractive undergarments is how they make you feel. A cute new set from Vicky's secret has magical powers, I tell ya! You get dressed in the morning, slip them on, and automatically feel ready to conquer the world. Your shape seems to be at its best, boobs perkier than ever before, and backside just as cute as can be. There's no doubt in your mind that you're that girl. Single, boo'd up or married---no matter---because this is a sexy that no man can define. And throughout the day, whatever may come your way, you know that you're giving Tyra and Heidi a run for their money---underneath it all . . .

- Chelsea Smith

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"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."

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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

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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.

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Ella Mai is in her own age of exploration. Her eponymous debut album scored her a platinum plaque with her breakout hit, "Boo'd Up" earning her a Grammy for Best R&B Song. But the accolades aren't driving her creative path. The arc in her compass is all about the places she's traveled, the people she's met and the lessons learned along the way.

"To be honest, personally, exploration is like growth. I feel like if you don't explore new things, whether it's going outside, meeting people or trying new food, you won't ever grow because you're just stuck in your little comfort zone which can be super scary to come out of," she tells VIBE at The North Face's Explore Mode event in New York on Monday (April 15). The singer is one of three women (including model-activist Gabrielle Richardson and chef Angela Dimayuga) who teamed up with the brand to share a message of enjoying the outside world without digital confinement and the global initiative to make Earth Day a national holiday.

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That energy was brought to the Coachella stage with the festival being her biggest artistic exploration so far.

"My favorite part of the performance would have to be when I performed "Naked" and because it was dark, and I performed when the sun went down, I couldn't see how far the crowd actually went back. But during "Naked," it was such an intimate moment I asked everyone to put their lights up (phones) and when I saw how far it went back I was like, "Woah." That moment sealed it for me."

"Even there were two people in the audience, I still would've done my best," she added. "But just to see the crowd be so engaged, even if they didn't know the music, was a really good feeling. I had so much fun."

As the festival energy in Indio, Calif. continued to thrive, another rested on the streets of Los Angeles following the loss of Nipsey Hussle. With the singer having ties to those close to the rapper like DJ Mustard, she says the shift in the city was hard to ignore.

"As weird as it sounds, you felt it," she said. "Even in the weather, it was super hot and then everyone got the news and it started raining. Just a weird energy shift." As a new L.A. resident, the singer says Nipsey's influence cannot be denied.

"I feel like the energy shift went both ways; everyone was really sad, grieving and mourning but everyone feels more inspired by what he was doing that they want to go out and do something and change in their community. It's still a very touchy subject in L.A., especially the people that I'm around since they were very close to him. I think everyone is super inspired to do better and try to be more like him, which is great to see. YG's whole set at Coachella was dedicated to him, I know Khalid had a dedication to Mac Miller. Everyone is super aware of what Nipsey was trying to do and how he wanted to change the world."

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"I'm such a live-in-the-moment person," she says of her lack of identity on social media. While she might share a thought or two on social media, Mai is interested in appreciating the world around her. "I feel like everyone is so consumed about documenting the day, you don't really get to live the day. You just watch it back but I like to have the memories in my head. Of course, sometimes, I'll take out my phone but I try to live in the moment as much as possible."

Part of that mission is ensuring Earth Day is celebrated the right way. With the support of Mai, Richardson, and Dimayuga, The North Face officially launched a petition to make Earth Day a national holiday.

“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

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"When I work in the studio, I like to be like there for a good amount of time," she explains. "I like to block off two to three weeks at a time, I don't like to go to different studios and different places, it's just a comfort thing but I'm very excited to get back cause I have a lot of talk about. I've seen so many different places and met so many new people and a lot that I didn't get to experience last year."

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