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20 Songs That Should Definitely Be on Your Wedding Playlist

As summer quickly approaches, so too does the season of weddings. The weather gets warmer, the church bells get louder and the vows get sweeter. Everyone from Brad and Angelina to Wiz and Amber are said to be getting married in the near future, but no wedding is complete without the perfect playlist.

One thing folks quickly learn when planning a wedding is that details matter, song selections included--from what will be played for father-daughter dance to the tune that will likely have you in tears as you walk down the aisle. You've gotta get it right and we're here to help.

Flip through for a list of 20 sentimental tracks sure to make your day to remember even more memorable. - Shannon Powell

"Spend My Life With You" x Eric Benet ft. Tamia

The 1999 single has wedding soundtrack written all over it. Eric and Tamia's airy voices complement each other so well that you could call the duet a beautiful matrimony made in songbird heaven. The lyrics tell of a one-of-a-kind love so real that you don't want to let go. It's perfect for the walk down the aisle or your first dance with that one person you want to spend your life with.

"Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" x Maxwell

What is love? It's a concept many can't seem to wrap their heads around, something you have to feel for yourself to understand. This one song encapsulates it all so purely and precise within five minutes. A love this strong is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing, making the song a perfect wedding day track.

"Nothing Even Matters" x Lauryn Hill ft. D'Angelo

You know the love is real when nothing could get in the way of that bond you share. Lauryn belts that the skies could fall and it wouldn't even matter so long as she has the man of her dreams by her side. The soulful crooners complement each other and make magic, creating a harmony so perfect for your big day.

"If This World Were Mine" x Luther Vandross ft. Cheryl Lynn

This classic R&B track--a remake of a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet--speaks volumes about true love. It proves that the material things mean nothing without a love to call your own. The late Luther Vandross boasts that even if he had this entire world, he would give it all up for the love of his woman. If that's not a real love, what is?

"Share My Life" x Kem

Kem makes the type of music that's played at every black function and a wedding is surely an occasion to be added to that list. On this gem, the Detroit native expresses his undying love for the lady he wants to share his life with. It's like wedding vows to a tune.

"So in Love" x Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton

It's upbeat. It's fun. Jill and Anthony's chemistry is impeccable. The duo sings of hard weeks at work and the stresses of the world, assuring that at the end of the day it's all good because they have each other. That's what marriage is. It's being there for your partner through it all, and it's why this song is perfect for your wedding day.

"Always and Forever" x Heatwave

The classic Heatwave track was probably played at your first school dance and acted as the backdrop to prom kisses with your high school sweetheart. Several dances and dance partners later, you should keep the tradition going. Play it at one of the most important occasions of your life. This time, cutting loose with the one person you want to be with always and forever.

"Endless Love" x Mariah Carey ft. Luther Vandross

Two legendary vocalists on one legendary track, what is there not to love? Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross bring something so beautiful and sweet to your ears that you can't help but compare it to true love. Play it down the aisle or on the dance floor at your reception. Let your wedding party know that you'll never let go of your endless love.

"Let Me Know (At Your Best)" x Aaliyah

This Isley Brothers' remake is a yet another classic. The angel Aaliyah lays her smooth vocals on the track to create something timeless and unforgettable. It's the perfect tune to play on your big day with the love of your life.

"Forever" x R. Kelly

In one of the most memorable songs from his Chocolate Factory album, the king of R&B belts about his one true love, asking her to marry him. And who doesn't want "about 12 kids" as "you're cooking him breakfast and he's taking the garbage out?" Not appealing to you? Well, his smooth and melodic voice on the track surely is. It's love at its finest.

"For You" x Kenny Lattimore

In the hit 90s track, the sensual crooner boasts that he would do anything for his woman. When the love is real, you feel the same way. The track will act as a perfect backdrop on your big day.

"Stars" x Kindred the Family Soul

"The stars look up at you baby." If that's not about the sweetest compliment anyone could give you, then we don't know what is. Even more sweet is that the duo on the track is actually a married couple. Who better to sing about real love then a duo already living in holy matrimony?

"Angel of Mine" x Monica

Monica sings of love at first sight, affirming that the best things in life are free. One of the main causes of relationship problems is financial struggle, but as Monica so beautifully describes, that shouldn't matter. When you walk down the aisle, remember that as you become one with the angel of yours.

"Halo" x Beyoncé

When your love is so sweet and pure, sometimes you'll see your partner as perfect. Talk about a wedding song!

"Adorn" x Miguel

The modern-day classic from Miguel is a perfect song for your wedding reception, more specifically for your first dance. Not only is it a perfect track for cutting a rug, but it's a perfect indicator of what true love really is.

"Until The End Of Time" x Justin Timberlake ft. Beyoncé

In a power performance, the two living legends come together in beautiful harmony to create something magical. Sounds a lot like love, huh?

"White Dress" x Kanye West

As Kanye literally talks about the woman he wants to see in a white dress coming down the aisle, it becomes evident that this is an ideal song for your big day. Though rap music isn't always associated with the smooth sounds that act as wedding soundtracks, this one in particular gives a different vibe.

"All this Love" x Debarge

The Debarge siblings come together to sing about real love in this classic R&B song. It's a wonderful track to be played on your day as you enter into a new life with that one person your love has been waiting for.

"I’ll Go" x Donell Jones

In this 2000 track, Donell Jones sings of what true support is. When the love is really real, you probably feel the same sentiments, making this a perfect tune for your wedding day.

"Make It Last Forever" x Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat is notorious for making that good baby-making music. On this track, the sexy crooner provides a prequel to children with a track about a forever love. First comes love then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

"You" x Jesse Powell

If this isn't the perfect wedding day anthem...

"Marry You" x Bruno Mars

The name is self-explanatory. What better way to express your love for your woman on your wedding day then to remind her of why you want to marry her? "I'll go get a ring, let the choir bells sing," Bruno says. It offers up the perfect backdrop to your day.

"Love On Top" x Beyoncé

It's happy, light-hearted and fun and it's expressive of true love. "You're the one I love, you're the one I need, you're the only one I see," B belts. You'll likely be singing the same tune as you walk down the aisle toward your prince charming.

"At Last" x Etta James

Few songs make you feel love the way this one does, from Etta's impassioned voice to the lyrics that tell of a love like no other. The tune is so fitting for a wedding when the happy couple is each others' at last.

"Let’s Get Married" x Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge comes together to produce a song filled with love and happiness as they tell their women to meet them at the alter in their white dresses. It's an ideal tune to be played at a reception and encapsulates what this big day is truly about.

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That Glow, Tho: How To Revive Your Skin After A Brick A** Winter

Whew, chile! Freshly fallen snow may be nice to look at, but the dry skin that accompanies the winter months ain’t it. And by the time the first tulip blooms come springtime, best believe your skin—which just endured months of humidity-deprived conditions—is super parched. Pass the moisturizer, please!

“The lack of humidity during the winter months is the main cause for the ‘winter’s itch’ and dryness,” Dr. Meena Singh, board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, told VIBE Vixen over email. And let’s not forget how the shorter days rob us ladies of the melanated variety of our warm and natural glow.

Luckily, there are many ways to combat such cold weather woes, both during and after the winter.

“I personally change my regimen significantly between seasons,” Singh added. “In the winter time, I am more prone to use heavier ointments and butters. Whereas in the spring, I can typically get away with moisturizing with emollient creams and lotions.”

But that’s not all you can do to whip your skin back into shape. Looking to bring your fly and radiant self back to life? Look no further. Vixen reached out to five women of color dermatologists, who’ve shared the following tips to help you get started.

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Hydrate From Within.

How many times have you asked a woman with bomb skin what her secret is and been met with the “I drink a lot of water” response? Did you figuratively roll your eyes? We’ve been there and we get it, especially since science says genetics do play a role in how your skin behaves—but homegirl wasn’t wrong!

Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden, board-certified NYC dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, tells Vixen that while you may not feel as thirsty when it’s cold out, it’s still important to stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses of water a day.

“The best way to avoid dry skin in the winter is to tackle it from the inside out,” she says.

Other ways to stay hydrated? Health.com suggests eating fruits such as apples, pears, and clementines, which are all over 80% water. Plus, not only will the vitamin C content of these fruits help you ward off the flu in the winter, but they’ll also keep you cool and refreshed once the weather warms up.

We stan a multifaceted solution.

Don't Forget To Cleanse.

As important as it is to drink your eight glasses a day, it’s also important to keep up with your cleansing routine—even if you’re not sweating as much.

In fact, board-certified Chicago dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson tells Vixen that maintaining moisture during the harsh winter months begins with cleansing. Washing our face removes makeup, dirt, and debris from the day, preventing buildup and breakouts. This also means the expensive serums and moisturizers you’ve probably splurged on are better absorbed by the skin.

But don’t overdo it!

“I find that many patients are over-cleansing, over-exfoliating or using cleansers that are not appropriate for their skin type and this is causing excess dryness,” she added. “Using a more mild cleanser can help tremendously in the battle against dryness.”

Our dermatologist-recommended favorite? CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar.

It may also help to reconsider what you’re washing with when the weather changes. Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Medical Director of Ingleton Dermatology, adds that as the temperatures go up, your routine should become “less heavy.”

“Switch from more hydrating cleaners and oils to foamy, gel-based cleaners” and to “a lighter weight daily moisturizer,” she advises. And if you’ve been skimping on the SPF don’t—you’ll definitely need it when the sun is back in these streets.

Keeping Up With "Wash Day" Is Important, Too.

Otherwise, you may end up with a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which often appears on the scalp as a result of product buildup, but can also show up in skin folds such as behind the ears, under the breasts, etc.

“A dry, itchy and flaking scalp is very common in the winter and becomes more common as the frequency of washing the hair decreases,” Cook-Bolden tells Vixen. “When seborrheic dermatitis presents, it’s a common belief that applying scalp lotions, gels or pomades will help to treat the condition and is indeed sometimes helpful in temporarily soothing the itching and irritation.

However, as these products build up on the scalp, they can actually worsen the inflammation and overall worsen seborrheic dermatitis.”

So keep up with your hair care regimen, and if you do find yourself with a case of the seborrheic itchies, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist for an anti-inflammatory treatment.

Ceramides & Antioxidants Are Your Friends.

If you’re not familiar with ceramides and their superpowers, now’s the time to get familiar. Why? Because they can be extremely healing for desiccated skin.

As Atlanta board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay explains, ceramides are fats in the surface of the skin. When added to skin care products, they not only help your skin retain moisture, but they also give your skin a boost after being exposed to the elements like pollution and icy wind.

In terms of what to use, you’ll want to look for products described as “non-comedogenic,” which means a product is less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, products containing hyaluronic acid (HA) are also a win because of its ability to attract and hold water at the surface of the skin.

“I typically recommend patients keep their antioxidant serum/lotion (vitamin C) and their retinol on board no matter the season,” Clay also notes. “Over- the- counter retinols and prescription retinoids are vitamin A derived medications that most people use in a topical form.”

And they’re a major win-win. Using retinols/retinoids short term will help exfoliate your skin and give you that Kelly Rowland glow. Their long-term use helps to promote collagen production in the skin, minimizing fine lines and decreasing excess melanin production, which will even your complexion, reduce hyperpigmentation, and help reduce photo-damage.

As for vitamin C, look at it as SPF’s best friend.

“Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, when applied topically in combination with daily sun protection, decreases free-radical damage from ultraviolet exposure,” Clay shares.

Those rays don’t stand a chance.

Exfoliate, But Make It Gentle.

It may be tempting to grab the St. Ives but don’t. Instead, Clay suggests, get acquainted with chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandolin acid, or salicylic acid.

These strong but gentle powerhouses typically come labeled as AHAs and BHAs (alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid) and are way less harsh on the skin. Those over-the-counter scrubs you’re used to? They tend to leave scrapes and cuts on the skin, which can lead to inflammation and—you guessed it—hyperpigmentation... and we ain’t ask for all’at.

If you do decide to use a traditional scrub, Ingleton suggests trying Dove’s Exfoliating Body Scrub.

“This will help to slough away dry, dead cells on the surface and also hydrate/moisturize the skin in the process,” she says. “Apply a hydrating body lotion after doing the scrub.”

But again, be gentle!

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Kylie Jenner Doubles Down On Being Crowned A "Self Made" Billionaire

The premise of "self-made" and its interpretation when it comes to privileged celebrities has been a huge debate. When Kylie Jenner was named Forbes' youngest self-made billionaire, debates were raised due to her timeline in the limelight and her wealthy family. The 21-year-old defended her title, explaining how she doesn't fall into any ofter category.

"There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth," she said in Q&A with Interview Magazine's German edition. "That is the category that I fall under," she started.

She acknowledged how her fan base equated to her success but refuted claims that she used her family's money to jump-start her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics line.

"Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that."

Earlier this month (March 5) the mother-of-one officially surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest person to reach billionaire status, when Kylie Cosmetics hit a billion dollars in revenue.

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'Boomerang' Episode 7 Recap: Family Matters And Pride

Bryson and Simone are a thing, like for real for real. They can’t keep their hands (or tongues) off of one another. As the two of them get steamy in the jacuzzi, a sexually riled up Simone tells her new beau that she wants to treat his face like a bean bag. They are in it, y’all. There’s just one problem — they may be half-brother and sister (insert vomit emoji here). The excitement of finally landing the girl of his dreams is shut down when he reveals that his mother, Jacqueline, informed him that Marcus Graham may be his papa. (Wait. Does that mean Marcus cheated on Angela back in the day? Regardless, what a way to ruin a mood.)

As they wait for the DNA test results, Simone and Bryson still try to be business as usual, you know, chillin’ like they used to. Speaking of business, Bryson is all that. Ari may be his boy and all, but when it comes to directing Tia’s music video, Bryson wants an Italian dude to shoot it instead. He just doesn’t believe Ari can execute. All great directors have vision and through Bryson’s eyes, Ari has none. Simone can’t help but agree. It’s obvious that Tia and her bae are not at all pleased with the video production of her single. Bro gotsta go. Tia has never been one to hold back and in a fit of frustration, she does what Simone couldn’t verbalize; she fires Ari.

Like the “big bad boss” he is, Bryson harshly tells Ari that not only will he basically fail at being a producer, but people will notice that he doesn’t belong here. Hold up. Are we sure Bryson and Ari are friends? Tough love is understandable but to completely obliterate the dreams of someone you’ve been rocking with? That’s foul. Unlike Ari, Bryson knows that he was brought up with the keys and basically helped himself to whatever role he wanted in the industry, a luxury he can afford to extend. Why not help your friend out now even with a little guidance knowing his career aspirations?

Bryson may be able to but Simone is not willing to give up on Ari just yet. She lets Ari collaborate Bryson’s pick, Shayan, who is also seemingly having a hard time capturing dope shots. A conversation with Simone about perfecting his craft leaves Ari somewhat disappointed but open to the constructive criticism.

While enjoying the Atlanta Black Pride festivities, an old filing recognizes Ari and waves him down. In catching up, the discussion quickly takes a turn to sexual orientation labels with a judgemental tone and Ari is not having it. Sure, while he was with her, he liked women but sometimes he’d rather be with a man. “Bisexual,” “Gay,” call it whatever, he just likes who he likes, refuses to be put in a box, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is not about to happen is him being judged by a woman with five kids and three baby favas. Yikes.

That frustration instantly births inspiration. Instead of dryly shooting Tia performing with Pride weekend just happening around her, Ari points out how the world needs to see all black people not caring about what anyone has to say about them, especially when the world includes women rocking $12 jewelry. Sashayers, milly-rockers, and twerkers galore, the video shines on the culture, highlighting Kings and Queens of all shades, ages, genders, and sexualities. It’s a good time. Even Bryson can give up his props and that lead director credit to Ari. You see, Bryson? You gotta have a little faith like David always has.

Speaking of our fave pastor, unlike many Baptist churches, it’s amazing to see that David embraces and participates in the Atlanta Black Pride weekend. With the help of Crystal, David is preaching a message of loving who you are and loving others. His sermon last week no doubt spoke to the soul but if you recall, Crystal did notice that a lovely lady attended the service moreso for David and less so for Jesus. That obviously triggered something. Crystal and David may not have been able to work out their marriage but the attraction is absolutely still there. Could it be one-sided though?

You didn’t think we forgot about Bryson and Simone, did you? It should be noted that for his entire life, all Bryson ever wanted was to be like Marcus Graham, but not like this. David is right: be careful what you pray for. No matter the outcome of the paternity test, Simone and Bryson will undoubtedly be in one another’s life (maybe less like Whitley and Dwayne and more like Denise and Theo).

Well, folks, the results are in (insert Maury voice). In the case of Bryson J. Broyer, Marcus, you are NOT the father! But, you may still have some ‘splaining to do. Now that they are officially not related, Simone can finally go ahead and have that seat. We know, sis has been tired all day. Ow!

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