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Vixen Chat: DJ Traci Steele Talks 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' and Being the Next Oprah

DJ Traci Steele already keeps the party rocking in Atlanta as Hot 107.9's resident DJ, but the mother of one is bringing that same flavor to VH1 hit reality series Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Never afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to her son with DJ Baby Drew, Steele is a refreshing new dynamic to the mix.

Vixen caught up with the radio personality as she breaks down her many business endeavors, what Rasheeda has taught her about the business and why she's in route to be the next Oprah. -- Desire Thompson


VIBE Vixen: Is it a little surreal being on a show that you’ve covered and watched happen in your city?
Traci Steele: First season, I had to talk about about the crazy that was on the show and now I’m apart of the crazy. So yeah, it’s a bit surreal, but it’s exciting, fun and entertaining.

What do you think your role as a radio personality means to the show?
I’m hoping that they show more of the entrepreneur that I am. A woman can multitask, as far as her career and being a mom. I hope we can focus on that and it’s not “turn up central” all the time.

Women can have it all, and a lot of people don’t believe that. What are some of the other business that you’re a part of?
I’m a landlord. I’m also a web designer and a graphic designer, and I’m on a television show called Off The Chain that I DJ, so we’re looking at six or seven different checks coming in already. I handle a lot of different things, but I don’t have to be running the streets to handle my business. I sit in my office and I get things done. And of course I rock parties and I host. I wholeheartedly believe that one form of income coming into the home is not going to make you a millionaire. You have to build your brand and expand into different realms in order for you to build your empire.

So do you see yourself building your own media conglomerate or just sticking to music?
I would love to do that, I wanted to buy a building and turn that building to my little Oprah Center, where I can do television broadcasting and production. We can have a studio and I can do all different forms of communications in this one building. I definitely want to venture out and do something like that and be the next Oprah.

Nice. Now on LHHATL, you and Rasheeda seem to be good friends. How do you guys know each other?
We know each other from industry parties and events. I see her out a lot and grinding really hard for her career, so we're always running into each other.

Has she taught you anything about the industry or relationships since you've been apart of the cast?
Not about relationships, but she does give great advice of how to carry yourself, who to trust and who not to trust. She's a real positive person until someone crosses her and her family.

As we saw on the latest episode.
Exactly. Outside from crossing her, she has such a positive energy. She will help you with anything, and I appreciate her. I think she's an amazing person.

Can the same be said of the other ladies on the show? How are you gelling with them?
No, I cannot say the same about the other ladies at all. I have some good relationships with some people but others I really cannot stand. We don't vibe and we're not the same in any way, shape or form. I'm not going to say who it is, but you're gonna see it get on and poppin. In any situation where you have a group of girls, not everyone is going to get along, but it's all about how you handle the situation. If you can't stand them, it's all about keeping your distance or you start swinging on people. Those are your only options.
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VV: Speaking of families, the relationship between you and Baby Drew is different than Mimi and Stevie J's. How do you still manage to keep things moving smoothly with you child's father?
A functional family is the wife, husband, two kids and a white picket fence. I don't have that, but I hope to keep grinding to keep me happy and to keep my son happy. It works when Big Drew and I are getting along. Don't get it twisted, we have our disagreements. I do turn up every now and then but then I have to come back down and think about my son.

It's the perfect comprise.
But it's not easy. What people don't see is that a lot of judgement comes with the show. Everyone has their own opinion, but I want people to try to understand these women. They're trying to maneuver through life the best way they possibly can. We're doing the same things you guys are doing, you just aren't on TV. Don't tell me you haven't turned up ever in your whole life. Just watch and be entertained.

I feel like we are being entertained, especially with Baby Drew and his "THAHA" movement.
[Laughs] "These Hoes are Hoes Always," but I say " Haters are Haters Always." He's been selling those shirts like hotcakes. That's just another check coming in, boo.

Any plans for Mother's Day?
I just plan on hanging out with Big Drew and my son. Every year they take me to go eat, so we'll probably go out and be a big, well,  some type of family. I don't know what kind of family we are, but we'll be together.

That's so sweet!
When you watch this next episode, you're not going to be thinking that. There's nothing sweet about this next episode, but we always work through it and that's what it's all about. That's what family does.

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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 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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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."

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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!

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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