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10 Celebrity Best Friend Duos

Kelly Rowland and Beyonce

Best Friends. Besties. Girlfriends. Sidekicks.

There are a million names for those that knows you better than anyone else. Proving that celebrities are just like us normal folk, Kelly Rowland's admission of Beyoncé envy have girls around the world singing her praises. Truth is, even the kindest of souls get jealous when their peers catapult to greatness. As humans, we're flawed when it comes to our emotions--superstars included.

But some of our favorite famous duos don't let fame get in the way of that essential female camaraderie. Whether it's decades-long relationships or new frienships, these Vixens prove that best friends are soul mates too.

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Katy Perry and Rihanna

Rihanna and Katy Perry: It's rumored that Perry ended her friendship with RiRi over Chris Brown, but recent tweets claim otherwise. "Don't worry @rihanna I'll make it up to you at Barclays...Or more like let you make it up to me... Hehehe @rihanna," the "Teenage Dream"playfully wrote during the "Diamonds World Tour."

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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: These two met almost 20 years ago at Chicago's ImprovOlympic. Since then, they've co-anchored SNL's "Weekend Update" and co-hosted this year's Golden Globes. Business and friendship mix well for this comedic duo.

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Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox

Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox: As friends on and off screen, they've been there for each other through their respective divorces and professional achievements. You can bet on Courtney serving as maid of honor at Jennifer's wedding to Justin Thoreau.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce

Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce: We would have never put Gwen and Bey together when the Destiny's Child starlet was singing "No, No, No." But when you consider their musician husbands, oddly named children (Blue and Apple) and superstar status, the similarities outweigh the differences.

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Kim Kardashian and Lala Vasquez

Kim Kardashian and La La: The life of a socialite like Kim K. requires navigating many Hollywood circles. Fortunately, one of the few friendships she maintains is with fellow TV personality Mrs. Anthony.

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JWoww and Snooki

J Woww and Snooki: The Jersey Shore crew were tight, but no two cast members bonded more than buxom beauty J Woww and pint-sized starlet Snooki. Their kooky exchanges earned them a spin-off that has just been approved for a third season.

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Karrueche and Draya Michele

Karrueche and Draya: They both dated Chris Brown and somehow managed to trade in the drama for a newfound friendship. It's normal to see these two supporting each other at various events and Hollywood gatherings.

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Tia and Tamera Mowry

Tia and Tamera Mowry: Sisters and besties? These fan favorite twinsies take sibling love to another level. Not only have they collaborated on two shows together, they also support each other's individual endeavors.

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Tyra Banks and Kimora Lee

Kimora Lee and Tyra Banks: Back in their heyday, these two former models worked the runways in Paris side by side. Today, Tyra is godmother to Kimora's two daughters.

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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King: With a friendship that spans over 30 years, these two know what it takes to sustain a strong friendship. Gayle currently serves as editor of Oprah Magazine and continues to support her bestie on Oprah's Next Chapter.

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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."

Listen to the full episode below.

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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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