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Women Who Push Our Buttons - The Good and The Bad

There are women you love. Women you hate. Women you love to hate. And women you hate to love. For most of us, Beyoncé, Amber Rose, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian fall into one of these categories with no in-between. While I won’t put these women into any of these groups for you—because I know the stans rep hard for their girls—let’s look at how each of these women push our buttons in both good and bad ways.


Beyoncé
If you didn’t know there was a step above perfection, now you do. At least that’s how it seems when it comes to Beyoncé. She transcends genders—King B; art forms—singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, clothing designer; and scandals—would anyone really stop buying her albums if her baby bump was fake? Then she had the nerve to marry hip hop’s biggest cash king, Jay Z, and actually get pregnant by 30 like she always said she would, and have a husband bursting at the seams with excitement all while she dances on stage in 6-inch heels. Is there anything she can’t do? Probably not. And even though you want to hate her for it, you can’t, because she’s just that good—and that’s what makes her so damn annoying, and just as equally loveable.

The woman has a hustle you can’t knock, no matter how hard you try, and the results to back up every minute she puts into what she does. Beyoncé’s dad may have set the stage for her solo career, but Bey earned every ounce of her success by the work she put into it. She’ll keep pushing the envelope, and consequently our buttons, with everything she does because she’s just. that. hot.


Amber Rose
Deep down, something tells me Amber Rose is one of the sweetest girls in the world with one of the sickest bodies on the planet. And for some reason, we just don’t know what to do with that combination. Everyone keeps calling her a gardening tool, but does anyone actually know of any celebrity men she’s dated besides Kanye and Wiz? Two men in four years? We might all be you-know-what’s if we’re going by that rule.

It doesn’t help that whenever we see Amber, there’s some T and a whole lot of A going on, but what would you do with that body? As one friend recently put it, “If I had her figure, I’d find a reason to put on spandex just ‘cuz too.” Plus, until she recently exposed Kim Kardashian for the “homewrecker” that she might be, Amber wasn’t the type of girl who brought the drama. She’s cool and seemingly down to earth with insanely good looks and sometimes that’s just too much for the public to handle.

The only issue that comes up with Amber is the need for her to stay in her lane. She says she’s channeling her inner Beyoncé while working on a studio album, but honey let’s be clear: Nobody can be Beyoncé—for all the reasons mentioned on the previous page. Amber’s a gorgeous woman who excels at modeling, and that’s what she needs to stick to. There are plenty of ways to stake out a long career in that industry behind the scenes when she’s sick of posing in thongs in front of the camera, and that’s exactly what she needs to do. Nobody can rock a bald head and leopard print leggings like Amber Rose, and for that reason she is in a league of her own.


Kim Kardashian
Kim is into a lot of things. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. What makes it so bad for Kim is that she is constantly shoved down our throats. Like, we don’t even get a 10-second breather before she’s launching a new line of this, hosting a party here, premiering a reality show there, getting married, getting divorced, endorsing sketchers and starting a clothing line. I mean, where does it end? On top of that, it’s hard to respect her hustle because it doesn’t appear she’s hustling at all. Things just seem to fall into her lap—probably because her mother, Kris, puts it there.

The problem is every time you think you could eventually like the girl, she does something ridiculous, like get divorced after 72 days or supposedly ruin someone else’s relationship or earn $600k just for hosting a New Year’s Eve party. I mean what is that? And let’s not forget where this all began: a sex tape. It’s kind of hard to have a leg of credibility to stand on when you rose to fame for lying on your back. If Kim would’ve stuck to being a stylist and took on all of these other opportunities, the haters might not have so much hate for her, but the woman essentially gets money to show up and be pretty. And while a lot of us might say we’d love to do that, at the end of the day, we just don’t have much respect for it.

What we do have to respect about Kim, though, is her sense of style. No one can tell that girl she doesn’t know how to dress that killer body of hers, so while she makes us turn up our nose in some ways, her fashion sense definitely turns heads.


Rihanna
There’s a fine line between sexy and raunchy, and if you ask most people, RihRih hasn’t figured out that distinction just yet. Her sex is constantly in our face, from crotch-grabbing, to grinding on women, to booty shorts and fishnets. It’s a lot. But what people forget about Rihanna is that she’s 23 years old.

What it boils down to with the Bajan beauty is that she’s young, rich, international, she has a banging body and she enjoys the company of men. It may look a bit suspect to bounce so quickly from lover to lover, but a lot of women go through a wild phase. Rihanna just happens to be doing it in front of the entire world and 11 million twitter fans waiting to feel her wrath when she shuts them down for coming at her sideways in 140 characters or less. The girl’s got a mouth on her but she’s also the subject of a lot of scrutiny. Rihanna has repeatedly told the press that she’s nobody’s role mode,l and she doesn’t want to be. It’s time to give the girl a break and let her do her because with every hot single she drops, we love her more and more.

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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."

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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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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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! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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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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