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16 Sexiest Athletes of 2012

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Let's face it, watching sports is not most ladies' cup of tea. However, when you do sit down to catch a heated game, match or race, there's a heap of eye candy to keep any Vixens' eyes glued to the tube.

Check out our list of this year's most swoon-worthy athletes!

16. Shannon Brown

This traded-to-the-Suns baller has been a longtime beau to many (in their minds, at least!). But settling down and becoming a family man thanks to singer Monica only added several points for him on our scoreboard.

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Dwight Howard

15. Dwight Howard

We can’t decide which aspect of this All-Star Orlando basketball player is more attractive: his smile, his silly sense of humor or his chiseled Superman arms. Either way, we've taken notice.

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Ryan Lochte


14. Ryan Lochte

If we were ever drowning, having an Olympic gold medalist in swimming like Ryan Lochte to come save our lives would be very nice.

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Desean Jackson


13. Desean Jackson

What's not to love about the Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver? He's known as a bit of a bad boy, but then again, ladies love a little naughtiness.

Victor Cruz


12. Victor Cruz

He’s not only good on the field but also the dance floor. We’re not sure if we rather watch him score touchdowns or dip us while dancing salsa.

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11. Chris Paul

We would make Los Angeles Clippers starting PG a starter on our team any day. Add the fact that he seems to be the sweet, romantic type. No wonder we've been swooning all year.

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10. Dwyane Wade

He’s been in the media for more than just playing with the Miami Heat and it’s only made the ladies love him even more. Not only has he snagged Hollywood's beauty Gabrielle Union, but also he loves and takes care of his kids. Our hearts never stood a chance!

Adam Scott

9. Adam Scott

The PGA tours have never been this attractive. If all golf instructors look like handsome Mr. Scott, we'll sign us all up for lessons.

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8. Carmelo Anthony

Who doesn’t love Carmelo Anthony (especially Knicks fans). Not only does he put in time and work for his team and family, but he's a man of his community. If we didn’t love La La like we do, we would be jealous of her for keeping this beau all to herself.

Kerry Rhodes

7. Kerry Rhodes

Where have they been hiding this one? This Jets baller seems to be NY's best kept secret, but we're exposing it. Plus, we wouldn’t mind getting tackled  by him.

Matt Kemp

6. Matt Kemp

His smile is enough to make us thank Rihanna for putting him back on the market. This Dodgers outfielder could definitely make a homerun our way.

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Cristiano Ronaldo


5. Cristiano Ronaldo

This soccer sensation is so hot it should be illegal. Watching him kick a ball all day is something we're definitely into.

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Cam Newton

4. Cam Newton 

Let’s just name him “Million Dollar Smile.” Add in the fact that this Panthers QB is incredibly talented and... Yeah... Wow, that smile is captivating.

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3. Serge Ibaka

What’s the French word for “fine"? We wouldn’t mind learning Spanish and French just to communicate with this Oklahoma City Thunder hunk. As long as he plays for OKC, we will always be fans of the team.

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2. Derrick Rose

Recovering from a season-ending injury and welcoming a new baby, this MVP and point guard for Chicago Bulls understands how to hold things down. We can appreciate a fine man who's about his business, and we'll surely be awaiting his sweet return to the court.

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David Oliver

1. David Oliver

Just take a second to look at him. (Seriously). Not only is he gorgeous and very deserving of this top spot but he’s also an Olympic track star. Though, he wouldn’t have to jump over any hurdles to impress us.

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Melody Thornton Provides Power Vocals To Stirring Solo Single "Love Will Return"

There's a romantic and mysterious aura that seeps into Melody Thornton's solo single, "Love Will Return." From the big band production to Thornton's riveting vocals, it's almost shocking that a gem so bright was hiding in plain sight.

The recent release is the lead single for her forthcoming EP expected to be released next year. Formerly a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Thornton has shown off her singing chops over the years through the group's most popular tracks like "Buttons," "I Don't Need A Man" and her 2012 solo project, POYBL. With "Love Will Return," Thornton pays homage to inspirations like Eartha Kitt and her Arizona roots. Co-producing the track with Eric Zayne, the singer shared with VIBE how cinematic the creative process was.

“The entire evolution of the song was magic,” she explained. “There’s just something spiritual about it. It moves me in a way like no other song I’ve written before.” The track is a strong introduction to her vocal abilities that appeared to be gravely overlooked during her PCD days.

Last week, The Pussycat Dolls reunited without Thornton, leaving many wondering why. "What I want for myself and for my bandmates are for them is to really enjoy their lives," she told Chart Show TV in January when rumors began to surface of a possible reunion. "When I was in the group, I was a kid...I'm primarily a vocalist. Nicole had been signed twice so it only made sense for her to sing the majority of the leads. But then, I kept being asked to wait my turn and it never came– and we only released two albums. So it's this mistaken identity that I've kind of had to unravel. For me, there's really nothing to go back to."

The ladies are all on good terms with Thornton as Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the ladies wished her well wishes on her solo endeavors. "It just didn't align [with] where she is in her life right now," Sherzinger said. "She's doing a lot and doing her own music and we totally respect and understand and support her."

Nonetheless, we're thrilled about Thornton's new journey.

Listen to "Love Will Return" below.


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Ashanti Douglas attends "It's a Wonderful Lifetime” first holiday party of the year at STK Los Angeles on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
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Ashanti Joins Omarion's Millennium Tour

Our prayers for a female presence on Omarion's Millenium Tour have been answered with one of the most talented singers in R&B.

On Thursday (Dec. 5), Omarion announced singer-songwriter Ashanti as a special guest for the upcoming tour. "So excited to announce that Ashanti will be joining The Millennium Tour lineup!" he said in an Instagram post. The singer announced the follow-up show last week to what was perceived as a B2K reunion tour featuring Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Bobby Valentino and the Ying Yang Twins earlier this year.

Hailed as The "Millenium Tour 2020," the new bill features Soulja Boy and Sammie, with the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd returning to the mix. The tour will also include Bow Wow, who has several jams (and an album) with Omarion like "Let Me Hold You" and "Girlfriend."

Before joining the tour, Ashanti was a special guest during Lloyd's performances of their 2004 hit, "Southside." With such a large and memorable discography, fans will be thrilled to hear some of the Grammy-winner's biggest hits like "Foolish," "Only U," and recent releases like "Say Less" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and "Pretty Little Thing" featuring Afro B.

This will more than likely be a another big financial boost to the tour. The inaugural Millennium Tour grossed $6.7 million from its first eight reports, according to Billboard and set a career-high for B2K. They also went on to earn $5 million from three additional dates at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (April 13-14), State Farm Arena in Atlanta (April 4-5), and Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (April 12).


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Boss Goals: B. Simone Earns $100K In Two Months With Beauty Line

Renaissance woman B. Simone is wrapping up her year in a big way. The comedienne, rapper and businesswoman scored a major win after raking up $100K in sales of her beauty line.

B. Simone Beauty was announced over the summer but has been in the making for over a year. Vegan and cruelty-free, her line supplies colorful lip liners, bold lipsticks, makeup bags and accessories. Simone officially launched a site for her products just two months ago with a plan to make $100K. The goal was met ironically on the last day of November, leaving her speechless.

B. Simone shared the moment in an emotional Instagram post Monday (Dec. 2). "This is bigger than me it has NOTHING to do with me," she captioned the video. "It has EVERYTHING to do with God and showing people Him by the way I act and spread LOVE. Even on every tube of lip gloss it says “FAITH OVER FEAR” on the back! I live by that ... God won’t let you down you just have to believe even when you can’t see the outcome. The sky is the limit when it comes to me I swear I’m a monster and I’ll never quit! Manifestation at its finest ... God favors me because he trusts me.

Simone also opened up about her doubts but continued to have faith in meeting her goal. "I had one more day to meet my goal and I started thinking, 'Maybe you aimed too high! Let’s just do a 100k$ goal for December.'  THAT WAS THE ENEMY y’all !!! When I woke up this is what happened... I do none of this alone I keep God-fearing people around me who love me, believe in me and see my vision. Thank you to my manager, my team, all of you and God. None of this is about money it’s all about walking in your purpose and changing the world around you to a more comfortable better place."


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B. Simone has experienced plenty of other wins with her other talents. As XONecole reports, she hosted Will Smith's birthday party, produced and starred in her own hilarious dating show, provided comedic relief on the VH1 series Girls Cruise with Mya, Lil Kim and Chilli, as well as sharing tips on monetizing in the social media space at the Revolt Summit.

Boss goals indeed. Check out B. Simone's stunning beauty line here.

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