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The Baby Boom of 2013

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2013 was the year of the babies in Hollywood. It seemed like every other week a new baby popped up out of nowhere. From hip-hop royalty to to America's Next Top Model, the entertainment industry has breed a new heap of genetic talent set to takeover in the next few years. We still have our list of celeb favs that need to either get knocked up (think Gabrielle and Meagan); however, until we ring in the new year, we can still be elated for the blessing of this year and those on the way!

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Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit

Elton John and David Furnish's son

Born: January 11, 2013

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Shakira's son Milan

Shakira and Gerard Pique's son Milan

Born: January 22, 2013

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Baby-Sebastian

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa's son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz

Born: February 21, 2013

Brixton King Los Lola Monroe

Lola Monroe and King Los' son Brixton Royal Coleman

Born: March 12, 2013

Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush and Lilit Avagyan's daughter Briseis Bush.

Born: May 6, 2013

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Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes's daughter Alaia-Mai Humes

Born: May 20, 2013

Amare Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire and Alexis Welch's son Alijah Carsares Stoudemire

Born: May 22, 2013

Channing Tatum and Jenna

Channing and Jenna Tatum's daughter Everly Tatum

Born: May 30, 2013

Tamar's son Logan

 

Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert's son Logan Vincent Herbert

Born: June 6, 2013

North West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter North West

Born: June 15, 2013


Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson's son Ace Knute Johnson

Born: June 30, 2013

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The World Reacts To The Birth Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge's New Son

Prince William and Kate Middleton's son George Alexander Louis

Born: July 22, 2013

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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Sighting In Madrid - July 20, 2013

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's daughter Luna Encinas Cruz.

Born: July 22, 2013

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Vince Vaughn A Celebration Of Tony Bennett And Exploring The Arts

Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber's son Vernon Lindsey

Born: August 7, 2013

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Donald Faison

Donald Faison and Cacee Cobb's son Rocco Faison

Born: August 15, 2013

Axl Jack Fergie

Fergie and Josh Duhamel's son Axl Jack.

Born: August 29, 2013

shannon brown and laiyah

Monica and Shannon Brown's daughter Laiyah Brown

Born: September 3, 2013

SHonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes's baby Beckett

Born: September 18, 2013

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Halle Berry Celebrity Sightings - Bauer-Griffin - 2013

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez's son.

Born: October 5, 2013

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Alfonso Ribeiro Celebrity Sightings in Los Angeles - July 6, 2013

Alfonso Ribeiro and Angela Unkrich's son Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Jr

Born: October 27, 2013

Dylan SKye Bosh

Adrienne and Chris Bosh's daughter Dylan Skye Bosh

Born: November 5, 2013


Kim Fields announces pregnancy on 'The Real'

Kim Fields and Christopher Morgan's son Quincy Xavier Morgan

Born: December 3, 2013

Jay Sean

Jay Sean and Thara Natalie's daughter Ayva Loveen Kaur Jhooti

Born: December 13, 2013

Eva Marcille and Kevin McCall baby shower

Eva Marcille and Kevin McCall are expecting their first child together. 

Evelyn Lozada unveils baby father

Evelyn Lozada is expecting her second child.


Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha are expecting her first child.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba and Naiyana Garth are expecting their first child together.

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Thandie Newton "Half Of A Yellow Sun" Premiere - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Thandie Newton and Ol Parker are expecting their third child together.

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Simon Cowell Celebrity Sightings In New York City - September 19, 2013

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman are expecting first child together.

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Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto are expecting twin girls.

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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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