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Vixen Chat: La La Anthony and Loren Ridinger Talk 'Motives by La La' + Spring Beauty Trends

Besties Loren Ridinger and La La Anthony decided to make beauty business their absolute pleasure. Joining forces to create Motives for La La, Loren Ridinger the the beauty line's namesake believe they have finally nailed a collection that panders to women of color. The Black and Brown beauties of the world can now anticipate seven lipsticks, two eyeliners, two mascaras, five eye shadows, 12 lip shines, six blushes and one foundation quad that will pander to our varying complexions! The mineral-based products also cater to various skin types, from oily to extremely dry. VV caught up with the besties to get a scoop on the line which is set to launch in February. -Niki McGloster

VIBE VIXEN: Tell us about the photoshoot you're doing for the line.
LA LA: We wanted to have photos to go with the launch and just show people how the makeup looks on skin. Also, we shot different models of all skin tones so that people can see it works for everyone, no matter what the complexion is. That’s the goal of the photoshoot and to see me in the makeup and how I look.

VV: What were your initial thoughts going into this venture?
La La: The common complaint you hear is that women can’t find foundation that matches their skin tone, so it was really necessary to find good foundations that matched people’s skin tone. What we did is create what we called a foundation wheel where there are like three or four shades in one wheel that you buy. You can mix [the shades] together to create the perfect shade without having to buy three or four different foundations. With this one wheel, you can match your complexion perfectly.

VV: Take us back. How did you become friends with Loren?
La La: We had so many mutual friends. Melo and myself are very close with Alicia and Swizz Beatz, and they’ve been very close with Loren and her husband for years. Kim Kardashian is also very close with her, and they’ve been friends for years. So all these people that kind of led us to them, and all these connections from different places. We would spend with our families [for Christmas], then at night, we all spend it with Loren and JR, her husband. Same thing with Thanksgiving, the next day we went to Miami and hung out with them down there. They’ve become a very important part of our extended family and its great to do business with someone that you’re that close with.

VV: One of the thing that's often said is, 'Don't mix friendship and business.' How well did you two work together?
LOREN RIDINGER: One of the things with La that I never seen with anybody else is that she is so motivated. She’s such a hardworking woman; she reminds me a lot of myself. She pushes me like, ‘Hey can we do this now? Can we do this now?’ Her enthusiasm is so contagious. It has been actually pretty simple. Of course, I tried to pull myself out of the deal-making part of it which is hard to do one when you’re one of the founders of the company. When it came down to whatever needed to be done, finalizing numbers and contracts, that’s where I put one of my vice presidents in charge.

VV: La La, it shows that you are truly, truly excited. How long have you had this idea in your mind to create a cosmetic line?
La La: I had it for a while. It's so much involvement. Like I said, as I became friends with Loren, I just talked to her about my idea, and she said, 'You know, there is void in the marketplace for that.' She wanted to help me create that, and it just happened.

VV: Now what was the most exciting part about the entire process?
La La: It was the involvement of every step of it. I just love picking the colors, trying them on, putting the lipstick and lip gloss on my hands, figuring out what works and what doesn’t and helping create the logo. Just being involved with something from the beginning and seeing it through is the best part. I’ve been involved every step of it.
Loren: She was extremely hands on! That’s the thing I love about her. She went through hundreds and hundreds of products to get it down to the best, and she really put her heart into it to make sure it was the perfect match for everybody. A lot of times people would be like, 'Do this for me,' but not La; she’s completely the opposite.

VV: Outside of being close with Loren, why did you pick Market America to house your cosmetic line and not MAC or another place?
La La: I picked Market America because they already have a tremendous following of customers. The Motives line that they [already] sell is very good. Also, I love Market America because it’s the only website where you get paid to shop. If you buy my makeup or anything from Market America, you actually get money back every time you make a purchase. You are kind of giving money back, and a lot of places can’t offer that to customers. That was my draw to it. I know with this economy and with people going through issues money-wise, it always great to do shopping and get something back for it.

VV: Have your other besties tried the products? Kim, Serena and Kelly?
La La: They haven’t yet because everything is not done. Everything will be in a week or two, and what we did was we created “VIP Kits” to friends and key influential people to just start testing it out before it hits the marketplace. Of course, I want their honest opinion when they see it and feel it.

VV: With the Spring coming up, what makeup trends are you excited for people to try out with your collection?
La La: I used to hate wearing color on my lips, but with time, a makeup artist convinced me to do that. Now I am a fan of bolder colors, especially for the spring. Whether it's pink or red or these different things to make your lips pop, I’m more adventurous when its come to those kind of things.
Loren: I really think it will target all of [the makeup trends] when I see a lot of bright and bold colors coming out in the Spring. I think she hit the bulls-eye with that. This is not going to hit a single trend but every trend because she thought that all through.

VV: What does Carmelo have to say about all this? This new venture in your life?
La La: He’s just very proud and very happy. And he knows this is something I wanted to do. And he’s just wow the way it came together, everything looks great. He’s being supportive and telling everybody about it. It’s a wonderful thing.

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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."

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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.

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Ella Mai On The North Face's 'Explore Mode' Campaign, New Music And Living In The Moment

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.

The London native's urge to explore came in handy over the weekend when she performed in the brisk desert of Coachella. Inspired by artists like Rihanna and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mai helped fans enjoy the hazy sunset as she performed hits like "Trip" and her latest No. 1 song, "Shot Clock."

"It's such a good feeling, especially when it comes to radio," she shared about her track reaching No. 1 on the airplay chart. "I wasn't even sure if people listened to the radio because people have so much access to streaming platforms, but obviously having all three of my singles from my debut album, go number one on urban radio is incredible."

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."

Engaging in The North Face's mission to explore seemed to be in the cards for Mai. Like many of us, Mai was familiar with the brand's effective coolness factor. "I remember running home and telling my mom that I needed a Jester Backpack because my cousin had one as well, and it's similar to the other stories, I wanted to be like my older cousin (laughs) so my mom ended up getting me one." But there's also the incentive to showcase the importance of stepping away from the phone screens and into leafy green forests.

"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.”

Mai hasn't hit her all of her exploration goals just yet. "I really want to go to Indonesia or Bali," she said. "That's one of my Bucket List places I really, really, really wanna go." For her essentials, the singer knows she has to bring along a windbreaker set and of course, a jester backpack. "I think the backpack is the most important thing."

In addition to a few trips around the globe, one destination includes the studio for new music. While she hasn't had time to lock down a moment to record, the inspiration is sizzling.

"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."

Learn more about The North Face's petition for Earth Day here.

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