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Vixen Chat: Eric Roberson + The Misconceptions of Being "Mr. Nice Guy"

Uh oh, Vixens! We may have ran into a nice guy that we can love, for real. Well, he's happily married, but Eric Roberson breaks down the tales of the good guys in his sixth studio album, Mr. Nice Guy, that may have us in swoon mode for the softer cats. On this LP, which is available now, women (and men) can learn from and relate to the Eric's storytelling about love, life and how to deal with both. We chatted with the Jersey crooner about the little things that Vixens often overlook in a man. Do we want a guy to open a door? Sure. Then why do we dispose of the guy who does and ten times more? Hmm... This self-proclaimed Mr. Nice Guy doesn't finish last, by any means. Happily married and a new father, he dished about the misconceptions of being "that" guy and changing those perceptions. And, of course, we got him to divulge his favorite clothing brand! -Niki McGloster (@missjournalism)

Specifically, in love, what are the downsides of being "Mr. Nice Guy"? Would you say that you’re a nice guy when it comes to love?
I would say that, and I say that I probably had some relationships not work out because of it. But some relationships worked out because of it, so no matter whether you’re a bad guy or a nice guy, it’s important that someone understands you and sees you for you. There’s a lot of misconceptions in being a nice guy, and one is that you’ll be passive or quiet. That doesn’t mean that. It just means that your intentions are in a genuine and good place, but it doesn’t mean that you cant be a leader or director or someone who wants to share in compromising for the betterment of stuff.

Do you think that women are confused because they’re always like, 'Oh, I want Mr. Nice Guy,” then they mess it up when they get that guy? Do you think that women are confused about what they truly want?
Well I would say, in general, a lot of times it’s not as appreciated. A guy who really takes the time to open the door or really pay attention to small details is not always appreciated which then makes guys want to take shortcuts. The crazy thing is assumptions and games and all such negative things in relationships really hurts and young ladies get used to it.

With this album, what other messages are you trying to get across that you haven’t tried to get across before?
The album is really a story [about] a nice guy who’s been overlooked and trying to maintain his morals, as well as try to find and maintain love. I think that it’s a story that people can relate to, but there’s also stories in here that help people relate. First of all, truth be told, we’re in a tough time economy-wise, so if my album could take somebody’s mind off something, [then] that’s another part of the album.

You have a one-year-old son. I’m pretty sure you want to raise him to be a Mr. Nice Guy, so how do you plan on battling the negativity that surrounds monogamous relationships on television and in music?
I don’t think I should shield him from everything. I think a lot of it is communication. I never saw my father drink a drop of alcohol, ever but we had liquor in the house and beers in the refrigerator for when his boys came over. As a young boy when they were watching football games, he would say, 'Hey man, go grab your uncle a beer and grab me a Pepsi.' It was like, just the example he showed. I don’t think it will be anything where I’ll be shielding my son, but I wont hesitate to have that extra conversation with him when he is willing to listen to me.

Now to switch over into a little bit of style and fashion, what is your personal style whether on stage or in your everyday life, what do you like to wear?
I’m addicted to a few brands, one is Hugo Boss. I'm strongly addicted to it, and I’m just waiting for them to realize it, so they can start sending me clothes [Laughs]. I definitely love fashion. I’m a sneaker kid; I have way too many.

Did your wife try to stop you from buying sneakers?
I don’t think so. I think it’s a little bit of self-discipline but I pretty much have a walk-in closet of just sneakers. My son has helped because now my sneaker desire has gone to his feet, and I want to make sure that he’s styling. He’s about to have more sneakers than I do!

I like that you pay attention to your image and your style, that’s always good to see [in men]. Lastly, what is next for this Mr. Nice Guy who seems to have it all right now?
Just to grow. Organized growth. This is the eighth album we put out, and I’m looking forward to eventually doing #9 and touring. I just want to continue to balance that with day-to-day life, try to make today better than yesterday.

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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 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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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!

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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