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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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"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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"To be honest, personally, exploration is like growth. I feel like if you don't explore new things, whether it's going outside, meeting people or trying new food, you won't ever grow because you're just stuck in your little comfort zone which can be super scary to come out of," she tells VIBE at The North Face's Explore Mode event in New York on Monday (April 15). The singer is one of three women (including model-activist Gabrielle Richardson and chef Angela Dimayuga) who teamed up with the brand to share a message of enjoying the outside world without digital confinement and the global initiative to make Earth Day a national holiday.

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"It's such a good feeling, especially when it comes to radio," she shared about her track reaching No. 1 on the airplay chart. "I wasn't even sure if people listened to the radio because people have so much access to streaming platforms, but obviously having all three of my singles from my debut album, go number one on urban radio is incredible."

That energy was brought to the Coachella stage with the festival being her biggest artistic exploration so far.

"My favorite part of the performance would have to be when I performed "Naked" and because it was dark, and I performed when the sun went down, I couldn't see how far the crowd actually went back. But during "Naked," it was such an intimate moment I asked everyone to put their lights up (phones) and when I saw how far it went back I was like, "Woah." That moment sealed it for me."

"Even there were two people in the audience, I still would've done my best," she added. "But just to see the crowd be so engaged, even if they didn't know the music, was a really good feeling. I had so much fun."

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"As weird as it sounds, you felt it," she said. "Even in the weather, it was super hot and then everyone got the news and it started raining. Just a weird energy shift." As a new L.A. resident, the singer says Nipsey's influence cannot be denied.

"I feel like the energy shift went both ways; everyone was really sad, grieving and mourning but everyone feels more inspired by what he was doing that they want to go out and do something and change in their community. It's still a very touchy subject in L.A., especially the people that I'm around since they were very close to him. I think everyone is super inspired to do better and try to be more like him, which is great to see. YG's whole set at Coachella was dedicated to him, I know Khalid had a dedication to Mac Miller. Everyone is super aware of what Nipsey was trying to do and how he wanted to change the world."

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"I'm such a live-in-the-moment person," she says of her lack of identity on social media. While she might share a thought or two on social media, Mai is interested in appreciating the world around her. "I feel like everyone is so consumed about documenting the day, you don't really get to live the day. You just watch it back but I like to have the memories in my head. Of course, sometimes, I'll take out my phone but I try to live in the moment as much as possible."

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“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

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"When I work in the studio, I like to be like there for a good amount of time," she explains. "I like to block off two to three weeks at a time, I don't like to go to different studios and different places, it's just a comfort thing but I'm very excited to get back cause I have a lot of talk about. I've seen so many different places and met so many new people and a lot that I didn't get to experience last year."

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