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Vixen Roster: NBA Players You Should Know

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If you've noticed that your boo has been ignoring you a little bit more now, it isn't another woman, it's because basketball season is back. But don't worry vixens we've got a way for you to stay in the know and actually have your man conversing with you while the Rockets play the Heat. We've compiled a quick and dirty list of players you should know that'll have you graduate from rookie to seasoned veteran in no time. Check out our Vixen NBA Roster:

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Player: Kobe Bryant

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Position: Shooting guard

Alma Mater: Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania

This shooting guard is a five time champion, future hall of famer, and dubbed the greatest Laker ever by Magic Johnson. After being sidelined right before the 2013 postseason due to a ruptured achilles you'll want to see how the Black Mamba strikes back.

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Player: Lebron James

Team: Miami Heat

Position: Forward

Alma Mater: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio

Affectionately called King James by his many fans, this forward has won two consecutive championships as well as nabbing MVP for both championships, bringing him to four MVP titles. James will be looking to gain his third championship this season as he and the Heat defend their title.

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Player: Carmelo Anthony

Team: New York Knicks

Position: Small forward

Alma Mater: Syracuse University

Known as Melo, this small forward is trying to get over the hump to win his first championship. As one of the NBA's elite players and one of the best pure shooters in the league, Anthony will either lead the Knicks to a long awaited championship or say his goodbyes to the Empire State.

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Player: Kevin Durant

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Small forward

Alma Mater: University of Texas

Durant is arguably the best player in the league. He's still trying to amend his loss from the 2012 NBA Finals and lead OKC to a championship.

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Player: Derrick Rose

Team: Chicago Bulls

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: University of Memphis

After tearing his ACL in the 2012 postseason, Rose had to bow out of the 2012-2013 NBA season, leaving the Bulls to fend for themselves. This season will bring Rose and the Bulls back together and if the preseason is any indication of what's to come then the Bulls will be ready to charge.

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Player: Stephen Curry

Team: Golden State Warriors

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: Davidson College

Known as the Baby Face Assassin, Curry is a definite threat from the three point line. He holds the Warriors' franchise record for most three pointers in a game, at 11.

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Player: Blake Griffin

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Power forward

Alma Mater: University of Oklahoma

Although the Clippers have undergone a lot of changes this offseason, Blake Griffin is constant. Griffin is a prolific dunker and though his focus is on winning, he always adds excitement to the game.

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Player: Anthony Bennett

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Power forward

Alma Mater: University of Nevada Las Vegas aka UNLV

Bennett was this years number one draft pick. For a guy his size—6'8", 240ish pounds—he can get to the rim really quickly and has a great outside shot. He will be a key asset for Kyrie Irving to pass to.

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Player: Michael Carter-Williams

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: Syracuse University

At 6'6" his length poses a problem for those who try to score over him. MCW can easily garner at least 10 points and 10 assists in a game because of his ability to find the open man on the floor. Willams teaming up with fellow rookie, Nerlens Noel, give Philly something to look forward to.

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Deron Williams from the Brooklyn Nets

Player: Deron Williams

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: University of Illinois

After three years with the Nets, Williams has proven to have a great basketball IQ. He sees the floor well, a great mid-range and free throw shooter, and  owns a smooth crossover. With the acquisition of Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, Williams will have people to pass the ball to when drives the lane.

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James Harden from the Houston Rockets

Player: James Harden

Team: Houston Rockets

Position: Shooting guard

Alma Mater: Arizona State University

Formerly the sixth man off the bench for OKC, he's becoming a star in Houston. Leading the team in scoring and becoming more and more deadly behind the three point line, Harden is definitely one to watch.

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Victor Oladipo from the Orlando Magic

Player: Victor Oladipo

Team: Orlando Magic

Position: Shooting guard

Alma Mater: Indiana University

This years number two draft pick, Oladipo has a really high field goal percentage so he knows which shots to take. He knows how to create contact (drawing a foul) when driving the lane. The Magic are going to be looking at him to help them rebuild.

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Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers

Player: Roy Hibbert

Team: Indiana Pacers

Position: Center

Alma Mater: Georgetown University

Hibbert is a true center who's difficult to defend in the paint. He forces his opponents to take tough shots and is an impeccable shot blocker.

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 Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs

Player: Kawhi Leonard

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Position: Forward or Shooting guard

Alma Mater: San Diego State University

He's a lock-down defender. He has no problem guarding a bigger player, i.e. Lebron James in the 2013 finals. He had a breakout season proving himself as a great perimeter shooter and quick off the dribble.

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John Wall from the Washington Wizards

Player: John Wall

Team: Washington Wizards

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: University of Kentucky

Wall is one of the fastest players in the league right now. He recently signed a five year $80 million contract with the Wizards and we're sure to see what this million dollar kid is worth.

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Lalah Hathaway To Perform At Future x Sounds LA

Five-time Grammy award-winning artist and activist, Lalah Hathaway will curate and perform at the Los Angeles edition of Future x Sounds LA at Ford Theaters (Aug. 31). The multi-city and art series will also present the sounds of Anna Wise, Justus West, Gwen Bunn, DJ Battlecat, and an appearance by Hathway's art collective, #realmusicrebels.

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LA! #futurexsounds #futurexsoundsLA #shiftingthespotlight #realmusicrebels @annathewise @djbattlecat @justus.west @gwenbunn AUG 31!

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"Their curation [Future x Sounds] is based on mutual inspiration, respect and the will to support each other's individual projects. It's pretty beautiful and powerful. As one of the most respected and authentic voices music today, Lalah Hathaway was an ideal choice to showcase Los Angeles with our inaugural series in this city," said Future x Sounds founder and executive producer, Angela Gill.

Hathaway was most recently nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2019 including, Best R&B album. The artist is one of the most elite of her time with 30 years of music under her belt. As a singer-songwriter and producer, she has collaborated with an extensive list of hitmakers including Dr.Dre, Anderson .Paak, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell Williams. Also gracing the stage with legends Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Herbie Hancock.

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Bald & Boujee: A Guide To Cutting It All Off This Summer, As Told by Black Women

Summer is upon us, which means the temperatures are turnt up. And while the sunny season typically calls for cornrows and goddess braids, once the block gets hot, sometimes less is more. Considering becoming a bald baddie but not sure if you're ready for the clippers? Vixen asked four bald beauties to share their experiences to help you take the plunge.

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Dee Williams, Photographer

 

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Time for a haircut 🧓🏾

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When did you first cut your hair, and what inspired you to do the big chop?

I cut my hair in November 2016. I don't have a cool awakening story, I honestly cut my hair because I was tired of doing it. I had dry, long, thick, 4b curly hair and the daily maintenance was driving me nuts. I'd spend my whole wash day doing my hair for it to look a mess in the morning. I swear every two seconds I saw photos of beautiful women that had shaved heads on Instagram (someone spying on me lol). I think it was meant to be.

How did you feel afterward? Did you regret it at all?

I felt amazing! I called my parents and my mother was pissed (laughs out loud). There is a lot of conditioning in the Black community that ties beauty with the length of your hair, especially within her generation. But, I felt like a million bucks and the most beautiful I have ever felt. My hair was always the main focus, but now it's my face and I love it.

Since cutting your hair, have you noticed that people have treated you differently?

I honestly don't think people have treated me different. I do get praised a lot and told I'm "bold and super confident" to rock a baldie, though.

What’s your favorite thing about having short hair?

Dying my hair a rainbow of colors and not having to worry about it breaking off or damaging my hair. If I don't like a color, I just shave it off and try again. I didn't really get to do that too much with my hair before, because my hair was already super dry and I didn't want to make it worse. So I would only use henna or vegan hair dyes and not bleach it.

What words of motivation do you have for other ladies wanting to go low who may be a little hesitant?

I think all women should shave their heads at least once in their lives. It will grow back! That's about all the advice I give because it is a huge lifestyle change, one that you should 100% make on your own.

Nadirah Simmons, Editor and Producer

 

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When did you first cut your hair, and what inspired you to do the big chop?

I first cut my hair in February of 2017. I always wanted to have a buzz cut, and after having weaves, braids, and extensions and then cutting off all of my hair and returning it to its natural state in the form of a big afro, I knew it was time. I was also going through a bit of a transformation. I felt like I had relied so much on my hair and sometimes hid behind it.

How did you feel afterward? Did you regret it at all?

I felt nervous. The crazy thing is when I first cut my afro off I actually didn’t buzz it. My hair was long enough for finger waves. I still had some red dye in my hair from when I had my afro, and my hairdresser who’s also my aunt couldn’t get it all out with bleach. She kept trying to cut it short and I wouldn’t let her. I was holding onto it and preferred to burn my scalp with bleach than go any shorter. Then a week or two later I got the courage, went back to the shop, and got it buzzed all the way down. My confidence skyrocketed and hasn’t gone down since.

Since cutting your hair, have you noticed that people have treated you differently?

Men call me Amber Rose all the time! Or they tell me to get waves. I don’t like waves in my hair. Just a lot of requests for what to do with my hair or which famous short-haired woman I look like.

What’s your favorite thing about having short hair?

All of the fun colors I can do without worrying about damaging my hair since I shave it all off every week!

What words of motivation do you have for other ladies wanting to go low who may be a little hesitant?

Just do it! The more you think about the more you’ll push it off!

Gynai Kristol, Filmmaker

 

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“And when you see a nigga, please act like you know. Won’t sit around here stressing on no old hoes...”

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When did you first cut your hair, and what inspired you to do the big chop?

I first cut my hair in 2008 because of Rihanna (LOL I am not ashamed of this at all). And then I ended up having to chop it all off in 2017 because of breakage from going blonde.

How did you feel afterward? Did you regret it at all?

The initial cut in ‘08 made me feel like I was grown because I did it at the start of my senior year. But when I had to cut all the way off I cried because I'd never had my hair this short and automatically felt like I was going to look like a boy. But now, I'm more confident than ever and I don't regret cutting it off and I don't plan on growing it back anytime soon.

Since cutting your hair, have you noticed that people have treated you differently?

I'd say yes, mostly women though. I feel like I bond with more women over hair now whether it be about the color my hair is or them trying to convince themselves to cut it off.

What’s your favorite thing about having short hair?

The fact that my morning/night routine is much shorter. Like all I have to do is brush it and move on with my day. My ultimate favorite thing though is taking showers. I completely submerge myself under the water every time. I love it so much.

What words of motivation do you have for other ladies wanting to go low who may be a little hesitant?

It's just hair! It will grow back and if it doesn't grow back quick enough for you, get you some cute head wraps, hats, or even a wig.

Sofiya Ballin, Journalist

 

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When did you first cut your hair, and what inspired you to do the big chop?

I cut my hair last year, July 2018. I’ve been natural my entire life and always had a thick, healthy head of hair, but I noticed it began thinning. My styles weren’t coming out how they used to so I decided I should start over.

Also, I was always very curious about what I would look like with short hair.  And I wanted to challenge myself to expand what I felt made me beautiful. My hair (short or long) was part of my beauty, but it isn’t and will never be all of my beauty.

How did you feel afterward? Did you regret it at all?

Cutting my hair was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. After the first big snip, I thought “there she is.” I felt like I really saw ME. At the time, I was so nervous, I convinced myself I wanted a tapered cut but I knew I was going to go lower because I saw her (me) under there.

A few days later I went to the barber and had them cut all of it off. I was shaking. I felt nauseous. But I had never felt more beautiful. It took about a month and a half for me to not have phantom fro, haha. I would wake up and forget I cut my hair and I’d get a pang of nausea or start questioning why I did it. But when I looked in the mirror and I saw that beautiful face and spirit that I hadn’t seen so clearly before, I knew I made the right decision.

My confidence has increased because I feel like I’ve made my self-love more unconditional. Cutting my hair removed the condition or feeling that I needed to have hair to feel and be beautiful. Now, I feel beautiful no matter what. I care less about what other people think when it comes to beauty because when having a baldie/short cut, you’ll learn real quick not everyone will be a fan.

Since cutting your hair, have you noticed that people have treated you differently?

Yes. Especially when it comes to men and dating. There are those who LOVE it and those who don’t like it all. The first week I cut my hair, a guy felt the need to tell me he doesn’t usually go for women with short hair but he’d “make me an exception.”

Yeah, that was a dub.

For the most part, people have loved it.  I think a lot of that has to do with the confidence I’ve gained since cutting. This confidence is a different breed. It doesn’t need to be validated by anyone but me.

What’s your favorite thing about having short hair?

I love how it shows off my face and neck, I love how easy it is to maintain and love what it’s taught me about patience. I’ve been growing my hair a bit, and since I’ve always been natural, this is my first big chop experience. I’m learning to fall in love with my hair at all of its stages. Like life, it’s really about falling in love with the journey and my hair has helped me see that more clearly.

What words of motivation do you have for other ladies wanting to go low who may be a little hesitant?

Definitely, be sure this a decision that YOU want for YOU.  And also be prepared to feel free and liberated in a way you may not have felt ever or in a long time. It’s an opportunity to reacquaint yourself with yourself.

And even if you’re not feeling it, your hair will grow faster than you think.

Orixa Jones, Artist

 

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When did you first cut your hair, and what inspired you to do the big chop?

I cut my hair in January 2017. To be honest, I was scrolling through Pinterest one night looking at women with buzz cuts and decided to shave my head. No trauma. No man troubles. Just a late night decision.

How did you feel afterward? Did you regret it at all? Has your confidence changed in any way?

I had a few moments of uncertainty in the first couple of days of cutting my hair, but it never takes me long to find my groove. So the bounce-back was amazing. For the first time, I could see myself completely, my power started showing itself. And since then I have no desire to grow it out.

Since cutting your hair, have you noticed that people have treated you differently?

Oddly enough I started receiving more attention once I stripped myself down. Both men and women approach me about how well I wear my shaved head. Those encounters are always humbling because it feels like they're complimenting my being moreso than what I look like if that makes sense.

What’s your favorite thing about having short hair?

My top two favorite things about having short hair are the freedom and low maintenance. I don't spend a dime because I cut it myself. The wind doesn't bother me anymore and neither does water. I'm good on any block, ha! Except for when its cold out.

What words of motivation do you have for other ladies wanting to go low who may be a little hesitant?

With anything in life, I would encourage someone to decide and commit. Make your decision, and commit to your decision over and over again. It might feel weird in the beginning, but once you find your pocket - get well acquainted with her.

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