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On Sunday (November 3) the annual Black Girls Rock Awards show aired on BET. Each year the show honors Black females who have broken barriers and allowed the existence of the black women to still stand strong in media and everyday life. This year the show honored Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Mara Brock Akil, Venus Williams, Marian Wright Edelman, Misty Copeland, and Ameena Matthews. If you missed it, I'm sure it will come on again, but each performance and honoring moment was successful and well deserved. However with every triumph there is always negativity not too far behind. Unfortunately while the show was on television and a trending topic on twitter, another topic sparked a trend, #whitegirlsrock. Throughout the night, some twitter users using the hashtag gave opinions and asked questions of why African American woman were worthy of our own show. Well Vixens, we've put together a few reasons why black girls rock. Check them out after the jump!

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Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton 

Like the many African American women in politics who came before her, Aja Brown is a force to be reckoned with. Don't let her young age of 31 fool you, the newly-elected mayor of Compton is making changes in her home city of Compton.

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Primetime's newest diva and the rumored mom-to-be has been winning us over for 3 seasons on ABC's Scandal. Not only is she beautiful but has the brains as well, as she is a women's cancer activist and political supporter of President Obama, just to name a few.

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Ever wondered how they created the shot for polio or came up with gene mapping? We have Henrietta Lacks to thank. If that is not a Black Girl Rocking, I don't know what is! Lacks, an ordinary woman diagnosed with cervical cancer passed away in 1951, but her cells did not. Considered by doctors to be "immortal", Henrietta's cells were apart of some major medical breakthroughs!

The University of Law graduate Gabrielle Turnquest, 18, will become the youngest person in the history of the English and Welsh legal system to be called to The Bar after passing The University of LawÕs Bar Professional Training Course. Her achievement will be formally recognised at a call ceremony at the Honourable Society of LincolnÕs Inn on Tuesday 30th July 2013 in London.

Gabrielle Turnquest

As the youngest person to pass the bar exam in the UK, this Florida teen is one of the greatest reasons why Black Girls Rock, she's educated. Gabrielle Turnquest graduated from Virgina's Liberty University at 16 and is now a qualifying barrister in the UK and Bahamas. Let's just keep in mind that the average age of a lawyer is 27.

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Janelle Monae

Taking the music game by storm and changing the average appearance for female singers, Janelle Monae is definitely rocking! A previous BGR award recipient, Monae, released Electric Lady, her second studio album earlier this fall. As one of the newest faces of CoverGirl, Janelle Monae is dedicated and all about her craft!

 

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Michelle Obama

With her heroic qualities she captivates the world and contrary to what Kanye thinks she is definitely an influence to many, Michelle Obama rocks! During her time as First Lady, not only has she implemented initiatives and spearheaded events, but been a great mom all while doing it. She is the quintessential woman!

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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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