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Vixen Chat: Natalie Nunn Goes From ‘Bad Girl’ to ‘Bridezilla’

Media outlets went stir crazy last month when word hit that Bad Girls Club season four cast member, Natalie Nunn had married her boyfriend of one year, former pro-football player Jacob Payne. Photo proof crept up alongside the news, fueling the disappointment of male admires everywhere.

But, perhaps it was the hastiness of the couple’s nuptials that surprised the blogs, as some suggested the union was staged. However, one month later, the reality star-turned-model couldn’t be happier and could care less about the naysayers.

Sharing her joy with her loyal social media followers, Natalie is excited for everyone to witness her journey down the aisle during season nine of WEtv’s Bridezillas. Ms. Nunn sat down with Vixen days before the premiere to discuss her relationship with Jacob and going from 'bad girl' to 'bridezilla.'

VIBE VIXEN: What can viewers expect from your episode on Bridezillas?
NATALIE NUNN: I’m turning it up a little bit on Bridezillas. I’m a diva, so I want things my way. I have a sexy, handsome, charming, loving husband, and the wedding has to be perfect. So that’s what honestly people can expect to see from my few episode besides the fact that I have crazy, diva bridesmaids. I have some celebrities, so there’s some drama there.

You mention your bridesmaids being divas. How was Meagan behaving?
Meagan’s a good girl, of course. She’s not a bridesmaid. She was just at my wedding because my wedding was really small. I only had 50 or 60 people, which was all close family, Jacob’s family and friends. This wasn’t a publicity stunt. I didn’t want my pictures everywhere. I wanted to be in control. I wanted my real friends, who I’ve grown up with, there; that’s it. I’ve known Meagan for nine years. I’ve always supported anything that she does. I was around with she was shooting Roll Bounce. I was on set when Meagan was filming Waist Deep with Tyrese. We’ve always been good friends, and I’ll leave it at that. I was only expecting her to come and support me on my big day and that’s what she did. That’s what mattered the most to me.

Will you be at Meagan's wedding?
[Laughs] Everyone keeps asking me that. Jacob and I have a lot going on with his football and projects that we’re working on, so I don’t know if I’ll be there. But, I do know she’s getting married next month. Hopefully, I can make hers like she was able to make mine.

From 1-10, how bitchy were you on the show?
I was actually sweet! I was very sweet, but when things weren’t going my way, I was probably a 10 [laughs]. My whole family is Christian, my father’s a deacon, so I tried to be the righteous, Christian girl that I am, but that "Bad Girl Bridezilla" in me always comes out. You get to see me really nice and you get to see me being a bitch.

Why did you decide to do the show?
When Jacob and I went to Jamaica and he proposed to me, [my fans] knew. I feel like we have a connection, and maybe that’s the connection that happens after being on TV for three years. They were like, 'If you don’t film it, then we don’t get to see it, and we don’t get to be there.' They were going to be really hurt, so I ultimately did [the show] because I know the 300,000 followers on Twitter, hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook, the millions that have watched me on Bad Girls Club, Love Game, Hair Battle Spectacular, and all these shows, if they didn’t get to see it, they would have lost that connection with the next thing we’re doing. It would have been a big scare. People would have been like, 'She’s married now? What?' I did it for them. I did it for everyone that wants to love to hate me. It doesn’t matter who is watching. The numbers are there, and they want to see it. We were going to get married with or without the cameras so it didn’t matter. I just wanted them to see it.

VV: People have been saying the marriage is fake. Do you have any thoughts on that?
NN: This is where it was hard for to, honestly, do my wedding on TV and bring Jacob into this limelight. I’m going to be very resentful when somebody says my wedding is fake. I had a couple of friends who were upset about not being in my wedding, which were a couple of the other "Bad Girls" who thought they were close enough to be in my wedding and they weren’t. They’ve been saying my wedding is fake and because of that, I’ve cut a lot of people out of my life. Jacob and I have been dating for a year, and there’s nothing fake about it. There are other relationships out there that I can, hands down, say is fake, but I keep mine two cents because who’s to say what’s real and what’s fake. We decided to do Bridezillas because my fans on both Twitter and Facebook knew who Jacob was. He was always in pictures. He was in one picture with me and my family at Christmas that ended up hitting the web. They knew who he was, but it was never out there. So, when we decided to do Bridezillas, we sat down and we were like, Are we really going to do this? This is opening a can of worms for people for everyone’s opinion.

How did you meet Jacob?
I met Jacob in Detroit. I had an appearance, and one of his boys was the promoter at the club I was having my appearance at. He was there with his boys and the promoter. From that night, I was like, “Oh my God, I’m in love with this guy [laughs]. I’m kidnapping him.” A month to two months later, he came to L.A. to visit. He was only coming to hang out and he never went back since; that was last year. We had all his stuff shipped, and he’s just been on the road with me, all over.

What was the most exciting part about the wedding process?
Trying on my dress and bring our families together. We had a big family dinner, which you guys will get to see. It was really awesome. You get to see the chemistry of the Midwest meeting the Bay Area for the first time. Everyone’s going to see me meeting Jacob’s family for the first time on TV. He had been in L.A. in California for a while, so my family already knew him. [Viewers] get to see it from their perspective and what they thought of me.

You expressed the possibility of Bridezillas opening the door for other opportunities. Are you and Jacob interested in doing a ‘married life’ reality show?
Absolutely! Jacob and I discussed that possibility. We’re going to move forward. I think it’s important for people to know who I am, and get to see a ‘Bad Girl’ that’s now married. That’s never been done before. There’s so much going on, with my shoots being half naked in Smooth magazine and this week I'm shooting for King Magazine. My husband was asking me, 'Are you going to be wearing a wedding ring at this shoot? I want your wedding ring to be in those pictures.' It’s like, 'Honey, I’m shooting for King Magazine. It’s a men’s magazine. They’re not going to be happy that I’m married and then there’s my wedding ring.' There are a lot of things that’s going on that I think people need to see. That people want to see. Is Natalie going to take her wedding ring off or leave it on? It’s just real things like that. We’ve got some things coming. I’ll say that much.

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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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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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