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Natural Options to Help Tone Your Bottom

There used to be a time when jugs were a lady's main feature, but now it's all about the booty.

People have become so wrapped around the butt that they've resulted to in-home silicone butt injections. We're not against the medical procedure, but the protrusion of the thighs, lopsided hips and unnatural look from improper handling and care is not what's up.

Apparently, silicone can be bought anywhere. Good for your butt; bad for you. Here's why: doctors use a medical-grade of silicone and mixtures. Outside of the hospital, there's no telling what's being used to mix the silicone at hand. The scary part is that it doesn't matter what's used to mix it, as long as it's not too watery or thick, it'll help shape your area. Side effects from the chemicals in store-bought silicone and improper mixtures include infections, burns and peeling. In a worst case scenario, the silicone can even break off, enter the bloodstream and cause blood clots.

Women go through a lot of work to look good, but there are less risky options when it comes to the butt. Your backend should not define you, but if you want to define it, there are natural ways of doing so. The junk is already in the trunk; you just have to organize it.

Check out the following the tips on how to tone, shape and lift your bum without the hassle and health risks of butt injections.

vibe vixen serena williams squatting1. Practice Squatting 

Squats are good for making the butt bigger and smaller, depending on your size. They work muscles that burn fat around the area. The exercise works out the thighs too! Squats are quick. Try waking up about 10 minutes earlier than usual and adding it to your morning routine.

Here's how:

1. Stand with feet hip-width apart.
2. Hold your hands straight out or on your hips (for balance), bend your knees, lower into a squat position.
3. Rise up, squeezing your butt.
4. Repeat for 2-3 sets of 8-12.

2. Try Lunges

Lunges help strengthen, firm and lift the butt. They essentially do the same thing as squats in working out the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

3. Side Leg Lifts

Side leg lifts help get rid of the extra baggage in the lower body area. The exercise assists in toning and tightening the butt.

vibe vixen woman eating4. Add Starch To Your Diet

Foods high in starch don't just magically make your butt bigger, but they do help as long as you exercise regularly (we want to gain muscle, not fat). Steak, potatoes, rice, pasta and veggies are a sure win. If you just go on a steak and starch diet, disregarding the food pyramid, the weight will travel to some places you weren't ready for. Regular exercise is a must and lower body concentration is preferred: running, biking, lunges, squats, etc.

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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