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Beyonce's Best Moments of 2013

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They don't call her Queen Bey for nothing. Beyonce has had one hell of a year. We are counting down her top moments of this year to show you why this Vixen favorite stays at the top—and still manages to look fly while doing it. Mrs. Carter has us all bowing down. Here's hoping her success, creativity and energy continues in 2014!

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The Mrs. Carter World Tour

Proving she's a force that can't be reckoned with, Beyonce put any and all haters to shame. Putting her single status on the shelf, Mrs. Carter added some surprise performances from her hubby showing that family comes first and distance never keeps this power couple apart. Singing live all the while dancing her bootylicious butt off, Beyonce kept energy throughout and proved she's super human by never missing a beat (or step).

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Skydiving

Showing that she's fun and fearless, Beyonce went to new heights—literally. Queen Bee jumped off the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. And if that wasn't enough, she screamed "this is awesome" mid-air. Can you imagine what you would look like jumping off a building? Certainly not this gracious! It's only a matter of time before she flies without the harness.

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Not only is she talented but she's humble, too. Beygood accepted donations through each of her tour stops for those less fortunate. As much as she has received, Beyonce makes it a point to give back. We gotta give it to Mrs. Carter, she's a definite class act.

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Beyonce Rides the Cyclone in Coney Island

Shooting a music video over the summer at the historic park, Beyonce showed love to her hubby's hometown (notice the Biggie hat?) while causing a frenzy over her unexpected presence. Once again sporting a flawless look, Mrs. Carter epitomizes grace.

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GQ's Sexiest Women Cover

Beyonce had the ladies and fellas drooling over this cover. Just in time for Superbowl Season, Beyonce kicked us all into fitness gear hoping to look something like this come bikini time. Mrs. Carter is also Ms.Bootylicious and this cover shows that no one is taking that title from her anytime soon!

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Fan Interactions

Whether it was to photobomb, facetime or simply give a hug, Beyonce showed that she's aware she wouldn't be where she is without all of you (and us).

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As if she doesn't have an abundance of means of transportation, Beyonce showed she's health conscious and motivated by biking it over the Brooklyn Bridge to her concert at the Barclay Center. With no Jay Z in sight, Queen Bee posted the photo on her Instagram account to let fans know that health comes first.

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Life is But A Dream

Not only can she sing, dance and act but she can direct and produce films too. In her first feature film, Beyonce gives us a rare glimpse into her life and we love her even more for it.

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Superbowl Halftime Show

Giving the performance of a lifetime, Beyonce showed that she's a one-woman show and can do it all herself if need be(y). She stole the show so much that there were rumors circulating that the lights shut off mid-game due to her performance. Do you even remember who was playing in that game?! We sure as hell don't.

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Beyonce Releases Surprise Visual Album

Bey capped the year off in the best way possible with a surprise album that included no hype or promotion. Selling over 400, 000 copies in one day, Beyonce shook the music industry and showed that she got it like that. What else can we expect in 2014?!

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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!

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

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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."

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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.

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Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

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