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10 Things We Learned From Past Vixen Chats


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We love doing Vixen Chats. Not only do we get to know our favorite celebrity better but sometimes they drop exclusive gems that drop our jaws. It's been a while since we reconnected with past vixens and we're ready to take a walk down VC lane. Find out what two celebs are close friends and what songstress urged Wale to keep his dreads!

Check out 10 things we learned from our Vixen Chats!

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Tweet's First Single Was a Mistake:

"In a way, yeah. Honestly “Oops (Oh My)” was a mistake. I never really said I’d want to do “Oops.” I was riding in the car with Missy [Elliott], and she was playing some music that Timbaland did for her. “Oops” came on, I sung it and she was like let’s just re-record the record. They didn’t push me to do it but it just stuck. So I compromised a little bit on the first album. It just happened." —Tweet 

Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis and Melanie Fiona are close friends:

"I’m really close with Melanie Fiona. She’s been my girl for many, many years. Maybe because we’re both Canadian. We both have West Indian background. She’s just a truth teller. Melanie keeps it real all the time. She’s always been my closest friend." —Andrea Lewis
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Sanaa Lathan Loves Rocking Her Natural Hair:

"I love it. I wear my hair natural. I wear weaves when I’m working because I have a lot of hair and basically it would be damaged because of the different styles that I wear it. So when I’m working and doing movies, I’ll just use a weave. Even if the character’s hair looks like my hair, I’ll put in weave that looks like my hair. But, I love it. I go through phases where I won’t wear weave and I’ll wear my hair out natural." —Sanaa Lathan

Logan Browning

Logan Browning Auditioned For The Role of Ahsha:

"I auditioned for Ahsha–the nice girl in the show–three times. I guess they don’t see me as sweet because I didn’t book that role." —Logan Browning

Chanel West Coast

Chanel West Coast's Father is a DJ:

"My dad is actually a DJ from New York. Everyone is like “she got it from her daddy!”  My dad is a white boy with soul. He grew up in Brooklyn doing graffiti and DJing. He’s super-supportive, but he doesn’t like to hear me talk about explicit stuff (because I’m his little girl)." —Chanel West

Chrisette Michele and Wale

Chrisette Michelle Told Wale to Not Cut His Dreads:

"I remember right when I was about to shave my head Wale said, ‘Man, nobody else got dreads, I don’t look like everybody else. I’m not gonna win with these dreads.’ I told him, ‘Wale don’t cut off your dreads. They are beautiful.’ He kept his dreads and he braided them back for the Ambition album cover. He ended up having a top record, everybody fell in love with him all over again and all he did was be himself." —Chrisette Michelle

Sommore Chandelier Status

"I hate when I’m finished working and I don’t look ugly because that means I didn’t work hard enough. When I’m done, I’m usually sweating. I try to use a mattifier, but the lights are hot. Nine times out of ten, I got on some sequins or something hot. I wish I could learn to wear something breezy, but I’m always picking something hot and dramatic." — Sommore
Coco and Breezy

 Coco & Breezy Think Every Vixen Should Have a Septum Piercing:

"Septum nose piercing. It’s our obsession and favorite piercing. We have had it for years! A hat or beanie, sketch book, and pencil at all times. You never know when you will have the next big idea. Gold accessories–gives you that goddess look." —Coco & Breezy 

'Hit the Floor's' Taylour Paige

'Hit The Floor' is Taylour Paige's First Big Gig:

"Yes, it’s my first big gig. I’ve done tons of Debbie Allen musicals. I was a dancer in Glee and I was a Laker girl for three months. I’ve done my share of dance, but this is my first breakout show." —Taylour Paige

Po Johnson

Po Johnson Left Her Good Paying Job to Follow Her Dreams:

"I was making almost six figures at a very young age, which was cool, but the quality of life is more than that to me. If you love something so much you can’t stay away from it, it becomes a drug. That’s what music is to me. I can’t see myself going to an office and working at a place for the rest of my life just for money. I need to be happy on the inside and out. At the end of it, I’ll be Po Johnson. I can say that I tried." — Po Johnson

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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.

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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.”

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