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Chris Brown and Other Celebs Who Announced Retirement But Never Left

If we had a dollar for every second a celeb "retired" we'd be on the Forbes list.

Yesterday Chris Brown—our favorite king of dramatics—announced his upcoming album would be his last. Brown follows a list of entertainers that chucked the deuces to their careers several times, but it's hard to believe any celeb would completely abandon their craft. Check out our list of artists who've retired but never left the game.

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Lil Wayne

After the Carter V, Wayne's bowing down on his career. This isn't the first time he's said he'll quit, so we're just waiting on the next hot track after the albums release.

Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber's ex is retiring from her music to focus on her career. But in reality that's not retirement, but rather a career change.

50 Cent

50 Cent

The G-Unit rapper vowed to quit if Kanye West sold more albums than him. Kanye sold more albums and he's still in the studio making music. What an idle threat.

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Nicki Minaj

When you aren't getting the respect you deserve what better way to receive it when you threaten to stop. The femcee announced retiring, but with all her ventures—Myx and perfume—Nicki won't be leaving the radio waves anytime soon.

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Jay Z

Jay Z  retired way before Blue was a discussion in the tabloids, but this month he's dropped the Picasso video from his new album and performed on stage with Beyonce. In the words of Jay "we don't believe you, you need more people."

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Jean Grae

This femcee has been in the game for years but she's still only received underground success. We're happy her retirement talk was only talk because we're big fans of the rapper.

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 Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco has hinted at quitting ever since the Chief Keef incident. We would believe him if he didn't do the same thing in 2007 before Lasers became his first no. 1 album

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Brangelina

Angelina Jolie stated in 2010, she won't be acting for much longer and in 2011 Brad Pitt said in 3 years he's retiring. We'll see what happens in 2014, but we aren't expecting any movie absence from the couple.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

The greatest ended his career in 1979. Stepped back out in 1980 and 1981 to loss twice before officially calling it quits.

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Pheonix

The phenom actor was dead serious on his retirement announcement from film in 2008. He wanted to focus on his hip hop music. Luckily for us, he's still acting and left hip-hop dreams for fellow actress Amanda Bynes.

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Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Cudi quit before he started. The kid wrote a blog on his retiring before his debut LP Man on the Moon was released. two albums later he says he's retiring after four additional albums. We'll see...

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan went from basketball to baseball, then to coaching to playing basketball and later he moved to golfing. The basketball great loves sports we just wish he made up his mind.

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Diddy

Considering he can't stay committed to his own name—Sean Combs, Puff Daddy, P-Diddy, Puffy—we never took his music retirement talk seriously.

Soulja boy

Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy made it big from his "Superman" track but after little success he took to Twitter (as they all do) to hang up his cape. Since then he's dropped his third album.

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Waka Flacka Flame

"I rather work in Walmart than rap," Waka said before dropping "Round of Applause".

Mase

Pastor Mase Bethem left Harlem world after two albums to practice his ministry. He later returned with Welcome Back and teamed with G-unit.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Before her recent antics, Amanda Bynes announced her retirement. We kinda wish she stuck with it.

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

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 thebomb.com 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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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

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."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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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! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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