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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Chairman and CEO of Advance Publications, Si Newhouse and Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour attend the Bergdorf Goodman celebration during Fashion's Night Out at Bergdorf Goodman on September 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman)

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Bergdorf Goodman Celebrates Fashion's Night Out

Fahsion's Night Out, may be canceled this year in NYC, but that certainly won't stop the fashionistas from celebrating the kickoff of New York Fashion Week. Whether you're working like a maniac behind the scenes preparing for a major show or looking to attend a few, we've got you covered on where to go to let your hair down and celebrate the presentations of the Spring/Summer 2014 Collections. Check out our rundown of the Fashion's Night Out alternatives and don't forget to RSVP!

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Kickoff New York Fashion Week with LookMazing and Ted Baker

Thursday September 5, 2013 6:00pm to 8:0pm (est)
Ted Baker
595 5th Ave
New York, NY 10020

Ted Baker London is celebrating NYFW and the release of the AW13 Collection in a major way, by throwing a Fall styling event. Attendees will have the opportunity to be personally styled by the blogger hosts Tommy Lei of MYBELONGING, and KT of KTRstyle and have their photos taken in the LookMazing photo booth.

In addition to the 20% off all full price merchandise, there will also be a chance to win a $500 Ted Baker gift card. Enjoy refreshments by Bulldog London Dry Gin and of course they'll be live music.

RSVP here.

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Fashion Week 2013 Fashion Night Out- A Show by Designer Phil Harris

Thursday, September 5, 2013 8:00pm - Friday, September 6, 2013 1:00am (est)
Holy Apostles Ballroom
296 9th ave
New York, NY 10001

If you're looking for the perfect balance of work and play, then this event is for you. It's a networking event, captivating show, and afterparty all in one. Email [email protected] for RSVP, Press, VIP seating, and VIP tables.  Make sure you arrive early. There won't be a cover until 10:45 PM.

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Ultimate Fashion Feast
New York Fashion Week Ultimate Feast Mixer

Thursday, September 5, 2013 9:00pm- Friday, September 6, 2013 1:00am (EST)
Chelsea Manor
138 W 25th St.
New York, NY 10001

This is another fashion forward place to celebrate NYFW that features an open bar from 9:00pm until 10:00pm. You'll also receive first look of the Spring Summer 2014 collections from WeirdoInk Funky- Classy and Underwood NY will also be featured.

You know this event will be fun as it is powered by Beauty Within Tv (BWTV), Top Notch Trend, I Style Starz, and Motives for La La.

RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]

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Fro Fashion Week

'Fro Fashion Night Out Boutique Hop

Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:00pm

Naturalistas this event celebrates you! The Fro Fashion Week team will visit several boutiques in Brooklyn to enjoy fashion, accessories, and of course cocktails.

Make sure you check the site here for updates on boutique locations.

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FNO Fash Fest
Glam Beaute and the MEP Collective

Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
PS 20
225 Adelphi St.
New York, NY 11205

The fun doesn't have to stop at the kickoff of New York Fashion Week. If you still have energy then this FNO event in Brooklyn is the place to be. FASH FEST will be filled with vendors from the world of fashion and beauty. Don't miss the opportunity to network, enjoy fashion shows, and a chance to showcase your own items. Who can say no to free exposure?

Click here to RSVP.

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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."

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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

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