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Summer Vacations Off the Beaten Path

Summer is right around the corner, and many Vixens are in the throes of finalizing their summer vacation plans. Places like Paris, Mexico, Jamaica, any number of the islands in the Caribbean and cruise ship vacationing are the norm. But a Vixen is anything but common. In the spirit of off the beaten path adventure, and the requisite all inclusive style vacations, think about exploring some beautiful, exotic locales that are not so run of the mill.

There are about 195 countries in the world, so spin the globe, see where your finger lands and go! There are places and spaces to be discovered that have their very own particular charm and arabesque scenery that you may not have even considered, but is totally worth the pilgrimage. And, also bear in mind that some of the places listed have great currency exchange rates to the American dollar, giving you the opportunity to ball hard if you feel inclined, while you are vacationing.

Here is a list of five places that you may consider going!

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Located in East Africa is a perfect African getaway. Known for the amalgamation of cultures--over 100 ethnic groups that amicably rub shoulders--fishing villages and wildlife, this island also has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches anywhere in the world.

Istanbul, Turkey
With architecture to die for, historic Ottoman mosque, vibrant night life, a fashion scene that gives New York a run for its money, and historic museums and art galleries that will give you a history lesson about the culture, Istanbul will not disappoint.

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ever wanted to hug a tiger, check out exotic ping pong games, get state of the art massages for about $2 in American money, or check out 1 of 300 ancient Temples that are housed here. Chiang Mai has an excellent exchange rate and is a modern city, with modern amenities that you will be sure to love.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Home of the mighty Inca nation. Peru is a beautiful country located in South America with equally as beautiful and warm people. The Incan ruins are an obligatory tourist destination if you decide to trek here for a vacay. It is a hidden city that was established in the 15th Century and unscathed by the Spanish inquisition. Walk the trails of the ancients in this beautiful off the beaten path location.

Marrakech, Morocco
Located in North Africa, just a ferry boat ride away from Spain, this beautiful opulent city boast of some of the best open markets in the world. Be prepared to barter for quality leathers, tasty spices, opulent fabrics, ornately designed jewelry pieces and take in the mystique of snake charmers and ancient Berber cures.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

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 To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

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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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

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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