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7 Must-See Shows to Watch in January 2013

For the TV junkies, the dreaded “winter hiatus” is among us. But don't fret, January brings loads of drama filled series. Check out our cheat sheet of this season's must watch TV.

1. The Big Bang Theory

Whether you're a science nerd, or in need of a sarcastic fix, this sitcom is for you. The show’s premise revolves around a group of socially awkward physics professors in California navigating through life with their hot next door neighbor, Penny. The hot and cold relationship between Penny and Leonard, Howard's outrageous outfit choices, and the quotable “Bazinga” of Sheldon are sure to keep us  entertained. The series took a while to catch fire, but it's now syndicated on TBS, FOX and CBS.

The show returns to CBS January 3.

Vibe Vixen The Mindy Project2. The Mindy Project

If you have an affinity for deadpan sarcasm, than the The Mindy Project is great for you. Mindy is a gynecologist who is on a quest for love. She battles with her figure, her co-workers and the men of New York City. Find out what happens after Mindy discovers she is the "other woman" and publicly dumps her two timing boyfriend.

The show returns to FOX on January 8.

Vibe Vixen Scandal3. Scandal

Shonda Rhimes strikes gold once again with her hit drama Scandal. Watch as Washington D.C. crisis management expert Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) pieces together the lives of her clients while simultaneously fawning after her lover Fitzgerald Grant, the President of the United States. This popular show is suspenseful, shocking, and trust me you need those commercial breaks to recover.

The show return on January 10.

Vibe Vixen 30 Rock4. 30 Rock

Tina Fey's unpredictable cult favorite comedy is unfortunately coming to an end in it's seventh season. But Liz and the gang aren't going to leave their fans in tears without a few laugh.

Tune in to see shenanigans of Tracy Jordan, Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy January 10 on NBC.

Vibe Vixen HBO Girls5. Girls

Olivia Pope, Mindy Lahiri and Hannah  Horvath are proving that the quintessential leading lady is no longer a rail thin, 5-foot-6 blonde.

Follow Hannah Horvath as she and her friends traverse life in the Big Apple without the glitz and glamour of having the perfect career, perfect boyfriend and perfect self image. "Girls" is a raw look at life in the city for real women who aren't afraid to make mistakes and experience life as gritty as it is.

It returns to HBO on January 13.

Vibe Vixen Modern Family6. Modern Family

"Modern Family" follows three families—mockumentary style—who are all related through the patriarch Jay and his two children Claire and Mitchell. Each family represents a family in America: Jay is married to a much younger woman, Gloria who has a son from a previous marriage, while Mitch and Cameron are a gay couple who have adopted a Vietnemese baby, Lily. While the premise may sound typical, the writers never cease to fill the script with sarcastic quips, priceless stolen glances, and valuable life lessons.

Watch as Gloria and Jay prepare to welcome their new baby, and Cam and Mitchell continue on their quest for another baby.

"Modern Family" returns to ABC on January 16.

Vibe Vixen Parks and Recreation7. Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope and the crew at the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee Indiana are nothing short of amusing. The sitcom is a spinoff of the popular series "The Office", taking after its mockumentary camera style. You won't find another character on TV more lovable and endearing than Leslie Knope as she goes through hell to make sure her inner circle is tight. Each episode is replete with sarcasm from April Ludgate and bonehead remarks from Andy Dweyer.

"Parks and Recreation" returns to NBC on January 17.

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VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk Podcast: Meet Peppermint, The Boss Using Her Gifts For Good

VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast amplifies the voices of women and she/her-identifying individuals in their respective industries as they discuss their journeys toward becoming the bosses we know today. From their demeanor and confidence and persevering through life’s pitfalls to make a name for themselves in their own way, being a boss is much more than 'just running sh*t.'

Miss Peppermint started as a staple in the New York nightlife scene, and after appearing as a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, she’s continued to make a name for herself.

Outside of the show, she's traveled the world and is hoping to release her third album, which she hints will be influenced by the '90s, R&B, and neo-soul. She's also planning on re-releasing her debut album, Hardcore Glamour, for its 10-year anniversary.

"I'll be doing a lot in New York this year for World Pride," she explains to Boss Talk's host, J'na Jefferson. Pride takes place throughout June. "The last album I dropped was 2017... I'm excited about that, I'm writing it now. It's just poems, but I'm excited."

Peppermint, who was the first openly transgender contestant on the Emmy Award-winning show, was also the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway for her role as Pythio in Head Over Heels. 

 

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"On paper, it shouldn't make sense... it's hard to explain what it is," she says of the musical, which combined a loose adaptation of 16th-century piece The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia with the music of the new wave group, The Go-Go's. It closed in late-2018.

"The better way to explain it now that it's over and closed is 'a revolutionary show about dismantling the patriarchy...'" she says about Head Over Heels. "I knew that they wanted to cast a trans actor... I wanted to put as much as I could into it, and try to do our non-binary siblings well and proud... [the show] became something I really believed in."

Peppermint continues to share her love of performing all over the world and is also an activist, who aims to promote the importance of LGBTQIA representation and advancement. She has worked and supported organizations such as The Point Foundation, which aims to help LGBTQIA students attend college. 

"People are just starting to catch on that having queer voices is essential and inevitable," she says of further representation of LGBTQIA individuals in media and entertainment. She praises Pose creator Ryan Murphy for showcasing trans people of color both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

"Giving [trans people] the power to speak for themselves, rather than slapping the community with stereotypes or archetypes... we're past that," she continues. "We're not in the phase where they're feeling comfortable to be who they are, but I think we're getting close."

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

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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