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Pretty Girl Rock Playlist!

Well, the weather outside has been nothing short of delightful these past few days, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love springtime! Not only is it my birthday season, but the weather is a mild blend of summer and autumn, flowers are in bloom. I can’t explain it, but spring seems like such a feminine season! It brings back high school memories of riding around the city with my friends, so this post is dedicated to the girly, bouncy, cutesy music some of our favorite Vixens have gifted us with throughout the years. Pump up your bass, roll down your windows and let the spring breeze blow through your fresh ‘do as we take a quick trip down memory lane!

1989-"Ladies First" x Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love
I first heard this song on “In Living Color.” The Fly Girls did a dance routine to it, and I spent the rest of my afternoon learning all the words. Ladies First put Queen Latifah on my radar; personally,  I still consider it one of her best works. And Monie Love was everything on the track! You can’t help but feel empowered with this song bumpin through your system!

1995-"Don’t Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" x Monica
Have you ever been around a group of females and heard Monica’s voice come through the speakers singing “Don’t Take it Personal”? Bet money everyone forgets whatever they were talking about and goes “This is my songgggg!” Monica was one of the popping-est young artists when I was growing up, and every Vixen in the world can relate to this song.

2001-"Bootylicious" x Destiny’s Child
C’mon now. Would any list of girly, bouncy, cutesy songs be complete without Bootylicious? A song that celebrated the jiggle in your thighs and the junk in ya trunk?? I think not.

2004-"Milkshake" x Kelis
This was my anthem in the eighth grade! I was obsessed with Kelis and loved everything about her--that bushy, pretty hair, those big doe eyes, the fact that she was dating Nas (whom I had loved since Illmatic)... She was everything in those low-rise jeans in the video!

2006-"Show Stopper" x Danity Kane
To this day, if I wanna get all the way turned up in the car with my friends, I will not hesitate to press play on that Danity Kane album. "Show Stopper" was a certified Vixen track from the bass to Dawn Richards’ beautiful voice just melting over the beat. Just thinking about it makes me wanna get cute and step out somewhere with my girls!

2006-"Get Me Bodied" x Beyoncé
There were a lot of pretty, bouncy, cutesy songs to choose from on Beyoncé’s B’Day album, but the video for "Get Me Bodied" took the cake. Those sequined dresses, that breakdown, and Kelly, Michelle and Solange doing the scissor-leg brought it to another level for me. Walk across the room like Naomi Campbell. *Snaps*

2007-"Promise Ring" x Tiffany Evans feat. Ciara
I’m not gonna lie; this was my ringtone back in ’07. It had the three C’s: cute, catchy and Ciara. What more could you ask for in a girly springtime anthem?

2008-"Sandcastle Disco" x Solange
Can somebody tell Solange we need another album? I played this song all the way out when Sol-Angel & The Hadley St Dreams dropped. And who can forget her in that fur get-up in the vid? Ugh, it was all so cute, I can’t even stand to think about it!

2009-"Itty Bitty Piggy" x Nicki Minaj
I don’t care that this wasn’t mainstream. "Itty Bitty Piggy" is still one of Nicki’s best songs ever. Yea, I said it! This was before the ice-cream pink wigs and blue contacts. *Crosses fingers and prays for Old Nicki to come back*

2010-"Rude Boy" x Rihanna
The beat, the video and the fact that almost no Vixen can hear it without busting out in a slow wine solidifies “Rude Boy” as one of the best girly tracks of 2010! If you say you never had “Rude Boy” as your ringtone, you’re probably lying.

2010-"Pretty Girl Rock" x Keri Hilson
With that title, how could this song NOT make the list? Keri showed off a lil' bit on this track. I’m not ashamed to say I still bump this from time to time.

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We rounded up some of our favorite pieces of advice from our first few episodes! Our bosses so far have ranged from rappers (Saweetie and Kash Doll), to authors (Karyn Parsons) to activists (Peppermint). Each of the bosses invited on the show have had some incredible journeys, and we thank them for giving us insight into how they've become the bosses they are today.

Whether they're thanking their mothers for inspiring them to be their best (like Amara La Negra), or chalking up some boss moves to being their authentic selves (Bevy Smith), this retrospective episode focuses on the awesome words these bosses have shared with us thus far.

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Andrea Kelly Says She's Been Attacked For Calling Out R. Kelly's Behavior

Andrea Kelly has found it hard to march for women as they continue to support her polarizing ex-husband, R. Kelly.

The former choreographer shared her sentiments on an upcoming episode of Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta shared on Entertainment Tonight. Speaking with close friend Debra Antney, Kelly tearfully expressed her frustrations with her ex-husband and praised Antey for sticking by her side.

The former couple was previously in a child support battle for their children Joann, 21, Jay, 19, and Robert, 17. During the time of filming, Kelly owed $161,000 in back child support to his ex. In May, it was reportedly paid off by a mysterious donor.

"When I think about the ways that I have been abused by Robert, from being hogtied, having both of my shoulders dislocated, to being slapped, pushed, having things thrown as me, the sexual abuse, the mental abuse, words can't even describe," she said.

In addition to the child support case, Kelly was charged with 11 felony counts of sexual assault. He's pleaded not guilty despite reported evidence of videotapes that reportedly show the entertainer engaging in sexual acts with minors. Andrea tells Antey how difficult the process has been for her since speaking out about Kelly's behavior in the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly. 

"Here I am, putting myself in a position because I want to help women, and they are attacking me," she said. "There's some things that I don't even speak anymore, that I feel like, once you give it to God, you better leave with God, because if I don't leave it with God, I'm definitely going to be somewhere with my hands on the glass, visiting my children every other Sunday."

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Baby Tress' Edge Styler Ensures Women Of Color Will Always Shake The Beauty Table

"Do you have edge control in here?"

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But the styler isn't something created to appropriate black culture or piggyback on what boosts the most likes on social media. The handy styler was created by Mama Tress CEO Hannah Choi and her team consisting of other women of color like public relations coordinator Mariamu "Mimi" Sillah. The New York native tells VIBE Vixen the styler was made as a gift for an event they hosted but its intentions to propel black hair were always present.

"We try to make it clear that this is for women of color. Because we all understand the history of baby hair, we all have connections, we all have stories, we all do it differently, some people swoop it; if you see some of my coworkers they do the swirls," she said. "This is a product that we want everyone to see and think, 'I don't need to be using a toothbrush. I deserve more than a toothbrush.' This is a tool made thoughtfully with women of color in mind and we are women of color who came up with the idea because we know what we need."

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Many have attributed the actual rise of baby hairs to the '70s with pioneers like LaToya Jackson and Sylvia Robinson of CEO Sugar Hill Records sporting their luxurious edges with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas being the all-time queen. Recent entertainers like Ella Mai and FKA twigs have made them fun and creative. There are also the many Latinx and black around the way queens who have kept the culture alive.

 

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“Our tool is more than a beauty product, it’s a conversation starter," Choi, who is of Korean descent, previously told fashion site Beauty Independent. "There are nuances of someone’s world that you won’t see if you’re not part of that community. And we felt that the conversation around why this market is so underserved should be brought to light and talked about. We are seeing such a big change now in fashion and beauty in terms of representation, and we want to be able to have that conversation without it being heavy. We want it to be approachable. Our brand is very approachable.”

When it comes to moving in the black hair space, Sillah feels empowered at Mama Tress. It also makes it easy to develop black hair tools like the styler. "I feel like my voice is listened to because I am a consumer of all these things. It's empowering to be in a position to have more control," she said. "If we're being honest, a lot of the black hair spaces are not owned by people who look like us. To be in a position where I can say "No, don't create this product, we don't wear things like this,' or 'Actually you should name it this because this resonates with this community,' I'm an advocate for my community. That's part of the reason why Baby Tress was created because it's about a larger conversation, about things not being thoughtfully made for us."

Baby Tress' next steps are to make the styler accessible to consumers and create even more products dedicated to black women.

“We need to be in retail spaces because this is a product you need to see up close and touch it and play with it,” said Shannon Kennard, account executive at Mama Tress tells Glossy. “Everyone who tries it falls in love with it.”

Sillah is more than ready for women of color to elevate their beauty regimen, one creation at a time. The future of Baby Tress includes an array of more products designed with women of color in mind.

"Anything that has to do with baby hair, we can bring to Baby Tress and make it beautifully designed and effective," she said.  "That's what this is about. It's about that step up. Again, we should not be using a toothbrush anymore."

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