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VV Must Have: Chic Essentials For a Successful Workout

Ah, summer. A time for vacation, pool parties and the chance to do something for YOU. Summer may be far away, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing now. Whether we like it or not, exercise is essential to leading a healthy life. For women, especially African-American women, we let excuses like hair, sweat and physical appearance keep us from the treadmill.  Today is a new day. Whether it's the first or the hundredth time, now is the time to make a statement.  A fashion forward ensemble will turn heads and boost confidence. Our shopping guide's got you covered from head to toe.

vibe-vixen-nike relay print capriQuick Dry Clothing
For me, breaking a sweat at the gym means I'm doing good work.  However, I could definitely do without that sticky, sweaty feeling that comes after. Need a solution? Quick dry clothing! Brands like Under Armour and Nike make products that take care of this AND have cute patterns and colors. Invest in a more expensive pair or go with a something cheaper to start a wide collection of workout attire. 

Vixen Picks:

Aerie Slim Gym Boot Crossover Pant, $24.95

Under Armour Shatter Capri's, $45

Asics PR Skort, $42

Nike Relay Print Capri's, $58

 Old Navy Women's Active GoDRY Running Top, $22.94

 Nike Dri-Fit Knit Long-Sleeve, $70

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vibe-vixen-under armour underwearUndergarments
The worst place to get sweat is in between your legs. Truth is fabric matters more than style. Like your pants and shirt, undergarments should also air dry.  Today, sports brands offer an extensive selection.

Lululemon Light As Air Hipster, $18

New Balance Seamless Boy Short or Bikini (3 pack), $29.99

Patagonia Women's Active Hipster, $20

Under Armour Pure Stretch Cheeky, $12

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vibe-vixen-northface bounce braSports Bra
Keeping the breasts in check is an issue for all women.  We don't want them moving all over and we don't want to suffocate them either. I suggest getting an accurate bra fitting. Once you know your true size, buy a sports bra that isn't so tight it gives you "back fat." It should hold the girls up and minimize the bounce.

Ideology Sleeveless V-Neck Racerback Sports Bra, $40.00

Lily of France Breathable Sports Bra, $32.00

Panache Underwire Sports Bra, $68

The North Face "Bounce Be Gone" Bra, $32

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Now that you have your top, bottom and undergarments, let's talk about the extras.  For all of the ladies who just hit the hair salon, the Save Your Do Gymwrap is your saving grace. Endorsed by Nicole Ari Parker, this product makes "sweating out your weave" a thing of the past. An insulated water bottle will keep your protein shake or water cool for hours and can be reused for hot coffee in the morning. Remember: yoga mats aren't just for yoga. Stick one in your duffle bag and it will remind you to stretch after a strenuous workout.

Save Your Do Narrow Band Gymwrap, $24.95

Nike Varsity Metal Girl's Duffle Bag, $35

Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle, $24.95

Altus Hibiscus Yoga Mat, $14.30

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pretty girls sweat workoutWorkout to Try: The Pilates Chair

When the temperature drops, all we want to do is snuggle under our covers with a hot beverage and watch TV (at least I do). In fact, that's what I wanted to do before stepping into NYC's Chaise 23 studios about a month ago. Joined by the Pretty Girls Sweat team, I thought I'd participate in a low key Pilates routine and be on my way. Boy, was I wrong!
Our 40-minute Reinvention Method session, led by former ballerina Rachel Piskin, was one of the most intense workouts I've ever done. The revolutionary Pilates chair (with arm bungees above it), forces you to use your own body strength to redefine itself. Besides a bit of exhaustion, I felt rejuvenated and energized.

This is one of the many goals of Pretty Girls Sweat, a non profit organization grown out of Teen Diaries. The year old project is spawned from a fitness event that supported Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. Keri Hilson, who hosted, was currently atop the Billboard charts with "Pretty Girl Rock," the song that inspired the organization's name. Since then, PGS has continued to motivate women to work out and have fun with fitness.

Keep up with PGS at to purchase apparel and stay up to date on future events.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

Read the full post below.

@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late...

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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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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