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Tuesday App Review: Have You Tried The New Dating App Tinder?

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Think Ok!Cupid, E Harmony on the go. But much more compact, convenient and accessible.

Tinder is the new wildly popular dating  app that is etched with the superficial appeal of everything you need to partner pick. As long as you don't mind a hub negated of displaying your personal interests, hobbies or even standards. It's just not that kind of app.

The city is raving with success stories floating around about the ability to find true love through Tinder. Well, after hearing these alleged "happily ever afters," I decided to connect to the free digital dating service to check it out for myself. Flip to the next page to check out my review and grades.

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First logging onto Tinder, you'll be bummed automatically by the apps partnership with Facebook. Every picture is linked to your prehistoric Facebook account. Good news for those who continue to use FB actively, and not such a great idea if you haven't uploaded a pic since high school. Your options are limited; Tinder doesn't permit any of your pre-stored selfies or Instagram pics. Definitely a bit of a struggle to have to settle with posting our best throwbacks.

Picture Uploads: C-

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Chances are you haven't stumbled upon a more shallow, superficial dating app yet. Tinder doesn't welcome any updates or personal notes about yourself. Essentially, the guy scrolling through your pics is judging you solely off of your looks (similar to being picked out in a bar or a party). There is a lot of pressure to capture six perfect pictures to best represent you; nothing too crazy, or too sexy. Since you can't back up an image with words, perception of a pic plays a big role as to whether a guy likes you or not. You both have the option to reject or accept a match which is the only time you can connect with him. It's a two way operation and both parties have to be interested.

When the "It's A Match!" icon jumps across your screen—a message will appear indicating that the two of you can chat. It can be an instant ego boost.

Being Able To Connect On A Personal Level: C 

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Before downloading the app, you have to be 100% into dating all types of guys; because that's exactly what it provides—a colorful palette of men. To be honest, for every 30 non black men, you'll come across just one. And he's not the 6 foot Morris Chestnutt type either. On average, he's a little underwhelming in looks, or is modeling alongside either a newborn or a suggestible ex. Black men aren't the main attraction to this site as of now, but there are still an array of cuties.

The great part? If you dislike someone, they'll never know.

Great opportunity to try new people and venture outside of your confined dating box.

Sexy Man Candy: B+

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Conveniently, this dating app lets you know just how far or how frightening close you are to each of the guys you're checking out. I was matched with a guy that lives exactly one mile from me. Creepy? Yes. but a great idea for filtering out travel time and commuting for a hookup. Double perfect if trains, buses and catching flights aren't your thing.

The app scans the area using the preferences set by you in the settings tab. Preferences include the distance from a 5-mile to a 50-mile radius, along with selecting the age and gender you’re interested in.

Accessibility Grade: A+

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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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"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

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