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Try This: Sweating Sexy With Exotic Dance Fitness

Confession: Working out is the bane of my existence. As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, I want that end result without the work beforehand. Like other women, I've attempted thousands of crunches on my bedroom floor. Even when I thought a gym membership would help, navigating the weight machines became counter productive.

When we're not doing that, superficial (and sometimes addictive) activities like hair appointments, designer gear and Instagramming take priority. Unfortunately, there's no happy medium when it comes to fitness. You either do it or you don't.

As a New York transplant, moving here was a dream come true, but the one thing I miss about attending a women's college was the gym. It was a safe zone that made me feel comfortable and kept me far from the grunts of men trying to lift heavy weights.

StripXpertease was my saving grace. Yes, I know what you're thinking. You see “strip.” You see “tease.” You see “x.” No, it's not a strip club or an escort service. This exotic dance and fitness company is all about transformation. Want a booty like Beyonce and a bad gal attitude like Rihanna? Learn strip club style moves without the bruises a pole leaves behind.  
strip teaseBeing comfortable in our own skin is so important.  That is the goal of all SXT instructors including Jessica McGhee, who teaches my "Booty, Jiggle and Pop" fitness class. "Stripper strength" moves combined with belly dance, reggae and hip-hop strengthen and tone your legs and backside.

"I feel like this class incorporates the sexy side of things that women are missing from a lot of their classes," says Jessica. "When the pole dance craze took over, everyone thought pole was amazing. But typically people don't have a pole in their houses. We really incorporate a lot of those strip club style movements [into our classes]. We make women feel hot and get a lot of confidence. We have no problem telling women to grab their tits and smack their ass."

Although the "flirty" workout craze appeals to a younger generation, there are all types of women in SXT classes. Mothers and daughters, divorcee's and single twenty-somethings all keep Jessica motivated as an instructor. "We have a lot of girls that come in really uncomfortable with the movement," says Jessica. "It takes a lot for people to step into class for the first time, especially after reading our website and recognizing that we're a lot more of the sexier stuff. It's really funny to see someone come into class and say 'My friend brought this Groupon for me' and then at the end of class, they're giving themselves the 'predator face' in the mirror and they're rubbin' themselves up and feeling fantastic. We really love to see that."

Visit stripxpertease.com for more info and sign up for a class...if you dare.

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Summer Walker's Debut Album Inspires Drake To Write New Music

Summer Walker's debut album Over It has everyone's heart aflutter, including Drake.

Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.

 

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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

Things have been looking great for the singer. Her album has topped Spotify and YouTube since it's release Friday and is expected to make a nice debut on Billboard's 200 charts.

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Tinashe Resurfaces With Exciting Message: "I'm Back And Better"

Tinashe fans rejoice! After a hiatus, the Joyride artist resurfaced on Instagram Saturday (Sept. 28), in a brief video expressing that she's “back and better.”

After a tumultuous relationship with her label RCA, the singer-songwriter broke ties with the company. Since then, she's been hibernating in her “cave,” as she puts it.

"Creatively, I just feel like I needed to go through what I went through in order to be the person that I am today and to get back to my roots," she explained. "You pretty much put your heart and soul and emotions into all these songs and then you put them out there for the world to judge and tear down and pick apart. It's terrifying and it can really mess with your head."

 

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In an interview with VIBE, Tinashe expressed how important it is for her to stay true to herself and artistry. “It’s not even necessarily speaking up but coming to your own conclusions yourself and owning your own instincts and trusting in yourself and creative power,” she said. “I think that’s something that is always important to continue to maintain. It’s easy for that sometimes to get derailed, and it’s important to come back to that.”

During her recent statement, she broke down the importance of art and how it should be expressed through individuality and free expression, sans any boxes or limitations. Making people happy through her music is the goal.

"Music and art are supposed to be these wonderful beautiful things that bring people joy and happiness, and that's really why I started making music in the first place—to give people something that means something to them,” she said.

Although Tinashe did not say when fans can expect new music, she did share a snippet of what she’s been working on in the studio in a separate post. “I’m too emotional.”

 

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I’m too emotional

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Eva Marcille Gives Birth To Third Child

In late September, Eva Marcille gave birth to her third child, a boy, Essence reports. The model/actress announced she was expecting in May, over a year after she gave birth to her second baby and first child with husband Michael Sterling. Their son, Michael Todd Jr. is 17 months while Marcille's first child, Marly Rae, 5, is from a previous relationship.

In a 2016 interview with Rolling Out, Marcille discussed the importance of having a close network of supporters to help in raising a child. "You know, I have a great mother myself and if it wasn’t for my mom and my support system—my friends that helped me out—I don’t know what I would do, honestly," she said. "It’s a balancing act and you know they say 'it takes a village to raise a child,' I have definitely cultivated my village to raise my child."

A year ago, the couple tied the knot which was showcased on Bravo's hit reality television program Real Housewives of Atlanta. The series is set to return in November.

 

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Couldn’t be happier 🌻 (thanks @cynthiabailey10 and @itsmikehill for my #Chill blanket) #lifesaver

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So I decided to go ahead and have a little maternity shoot. You know what they say third time is a charm🌻 so, WELCOME TO THE GARDEN OF EVA🌻 It really was a simple situation thanks to the most amazing team ever: Photographer: @stanlophotography Dress designer: @theodoreelyett Florals: @creativetouchevents Location: @parkstudios.co Makeup: @iambarbielee Produced by: @ellybevents Baby Maverick i think Mommas ready 🌻

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