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Beyoncé's Biggest Announcements

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There is nothing small about the force that is Beyoncé.

For over 10 years, we've watched her go from bootylicious lead singer to record-shattering solo superstar. Her every decision--both professional and personal--is headlining news for us to obsess over. Like the old Hollywood stars, we love to see her move on and off the stage. Let's take a look back at some of her biggest (and sometimes record-breaking) announcements as we play her fifth solo album over and over.......and over.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z

Marriage to Jay-Z
There was no big announcement, but the 2008 marriage of Bey and Jay was enough to send us all into cardiac arrest. After six years of speculation, the power couple tied the knot in a private ceremony at Jay-Z's apartment. Attended by only close friends and family, the nuptials weren't confirmed until a year later by the couple who remain protective of their personal life to this day.

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The Baby Bump Reveal
"I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me."

That sentence took on a whole different meaning by the end of Beyonce's 2011 VMA performance. With just a spotlight on her, the mommy-to-be dropped her microphone, ripped open her jacket and rubbed her growing baby bump. To this day, her big unveiling holds the record for most tweets per second (8.868).

Blue Ivy Carter

The Birth of Blue Ivy
The amount of rumors surrounding Beyonce's pregnancy were endless. From a fake bump to a hospital shut down, we weren't sure who to believe when it came to the impending birth of Blue Ivy. Bey and Jay caught everyone off guard when they decided to show off their newborn through a Tumblr account.

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Beyonce and Matthew Knowles

Father-Daughter Break Up
Matthew Knowles masterminded Beyonce's takeover with and without Destiny's Child. After what seemed to be a successful relationship, Beyonce announced that they would severe their professional partnership in 2011.

In Life Is But A Dream, we learn that their preserving their father-daughter relationship was more important.

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Beyonce announces Superbowl Performance

The Super Bowl Announcement
After what hardly seemed like a break, B announced via her website that she would headline the Superbowl halftime show. Soon after, her multimillion dollar Pepsi campaign kicked off, putting Bey's face pretty much everywhere.

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BeyHive Blog

The BeyHive Blog
Beyonce expanded her reign over the blogosphere with "The BeyHive Blog" in January. The picture-heavy site is a combination of Bey's personal offerings and fan-made creations. It also serves as an extension of her ever popular Instagram with candid shots of 1-year-old Blue Ivy.

Beyonce on vacation

Writer's Award From NY Association of Black Journalists
She's racked up 17 Grammy's for her music, but she earned a different kind of writing award in 2011. The NYABJ recognized Bey for her 2011 Essence cover story where she chronicled her eye opening 2010 vacation. The magazine's entertainment editor Cori Murray labeled Knowles as a "real writer. We had to edit her, but everyone gets edited except Toni Morrison."

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Blue Ivy in "Life Is But A Dream"

Life Is But A Dream
It came as a surprise to many that Beyoncé would let us in on her private life with this 2013 documentary. Not only did we get to see her unparalleled work ethic in action, viewers got to finally see Blue Ivy's face.

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"Bow Down/I Been On"

Bow Down
Bey solidified herself as the only girl who runs the world with "Bow Down/I Been On." The chopped and screwed track is quite the departure from her girl power anthems causing quite the stir. The verdict is still out on whether her beloved BeyHive approves. If this song is any indication, she's not too concerned anyway.

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Beyonce second baby bump

A Second Baby Bump?
Will B break her own Twitter record? E! Online previously announced that the singer is expecting a second child with hubby Jay-Z. That turned out to be untrue, but when the real time comes, we're sure there will be a one-of-a-kind announcement.

Beyonce's fifth album

A Surprise Album

Just before the strike of midnight on Friday, December 13, Beyonce quietly unleashed her self-titled studio album, sending the Beyhive into cardiac arrest and pretty much breaking the Internet. Have you stopped listening yet?

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VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk Podcast: Meet Peppermint, The Boss Using Her Gifts For Good

VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast amplifies the voices of women and she/her-identifying individuals in their respective industries as they discuss their journeys toward becoming the bosses we know today. From their demeanor and confidence and persevering through life’s pitfalls to make a name for themselves in their own way, being a boss is much more than 'just running sh*t.'

Miss Peppermint started as a staple in the New York nightlife scene, and after appearing as a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, she’s continued to make a name for herself.

Outside of the show, she's traveled the world and is hoping to release her third album, which she hints will be influenced by the '90s, R&B, and neo-soul. She's also planning on re-releasing her debut album, Hardcore Glamour, for its 10-year anniversary.

"I'll be doing a lot in New York this year for World Pride," she explains to Boss Talk's host, J'na Jefferson. Pride takes place throughout June. "The last album I dropped was 2017... I'm excited about that, I'm writing it now. It's just poems, but I'm excited."

Peppermint, who was the first openly transgender contestant on the Emmy Award-winning show, was also the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway for her role as Pythio in Head Over Heels. 

 

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"On paper, it shouldn't make sense... it's hard to explain what it is," she says of the musical, which combined a loose adaptation of 16th-century piece The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia with the music of the new wave group, The Go-Go's. It closed in late-2018.

"The better way to explain it now that it's over and closed is 'a revolutionary show about dismantling the patriarchy...'" she says about Head Over Heels. "I knew that they wanted to cast a trans actor... I wanted to put as much as I could into it, and try to do our non-binary siblings well and proud... [the show] became something I really believed in."

Peppermint continues to share her love of performing all over the world and is also an activist, who aims to promote the importance of LGBTQIA representation and advancement. She has worked and supported organizations such as The Point Foundation, which aims to help LGBTQIA students attend college. 

"People are just starting to catch on that having queer voices is essential and inevitable," she says of further representation of LGBTQIA individuals in media and entertainment. She praises Pose creator Ryan Murphy for showcasing trans people of color both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

"Giving [trans people] the power to speak for themselves, rather than slapping the community with stereotypes or archetypes... we're past that," she continues. "We're not in the phase where they're feeling comfortable to be who they are, but I think we're getting close."

Listen to the full episode below.

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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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