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Vixen Vanity: Po Johnson Talks TV, Plastic Surgery, and Turning Over A New Leaf With Eye For Design Hair


Since the first season of Vh1?s Lala’s Full Court Life, Po Johnson has proven to be far more than just another reality star. When it comes to boundaries, she has none. Broadcasting her personal struggles with her father to undergoing plastic surgery, Po shares with Vixen that it’s important for her to inspire other women. “I publicize it all, because I know there is someone out there going through what I’m going through. I hope to inspire that person and have them face whatever is going on.” Sassy, sexy and every girls favorite wing (wo)man, it’s easy to follow the eccentric star on her journey to the top. As she preps for the new season of LaLa, and a new year ahead, Po Jo is taking everything to the next level. In a nestled midtown salon in NYC along with Po's glam squad, celebrity stylist Troy Styles and makeup artist Shenelle Mays, we caught up with the reality star and the Eye For Design team, to discuss her brand new look, the decision to go under the knife, and she even spills the beans on her budding career and fresh love interest. I’m excited to watch this new look you’re going for! What’s going to change? I always have this platinum blonde hair because I just love blonde. But this color is softer and much more toned down. I’m used to not [like] being warm, because I’m very hard and aggressive, so this is exciting because it’s just so calm.

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IMG_9001 That’s right, because when you first came on the scene you were really hard core and had this punk rock edge—but now you’re style has matured a lot. This has all been a really big learning process, but it’s also really cool because everybody gets to see me grow into whatever it is that I’m going to grow into; I get to watch it too. It’s a natural progression and it’s nothing forced about whatever it is that I’m turning into. I’m a crazy person, however there is a difference when there is an audience watching. And sometimes I have to learn that what I think is super cool and right just ain’t the best look. So when there’s a team involved you start to reevaluate things. So you’ve teamed up with Eye For Design Hair—are you prepping this look for the New Year and this season of LaLa Full Court? This look is because everything is about to go to the next level in regards to my career. There’s this season 4 of Lala that we’re about to start shooting, I got a new deal on the table that I do believe I’m going to sign and I have this huge deal with this DJ, that I can’t talk about yet. So I think each season from the Wedding special to the one we’re about to film now, each one of us, myself, Lala and Po, we’ve grown in front of you; career-wise, style-wise, and personality. I’ve went from having a blonde shag to getting a long blonde weave to getting a nose job. I don’t want to stay the same and keep showing people the same things. If anything I think it’s important that I share growth.
IMG_9117 You do open up very publicly especially in private manners regarding your dad and the nose job. Was that difficult? I can’t front, opening up about my dad was harder than the nose job. That was a situation I was dealing with all of my life, and I wanted to inspire someone and show people that I’m going through this, then maybe it’s okay that others are. A lot of times we as black women ignore our daddy issues and say “fuck him.” But we really need our dads. I wanted someone to be inspired and reach out to their own fathers. Definitely. As you said a lot of what you show is something a lot of young women are going through. How did your father’s absence affect your self-esteem? I’ve never been the type of person to hide something. If I was feeling something or wanted to do something I want everybody to know because I want everyone’s opinion. I’m always that researcher asking everyone, because I never see anything wrong with how I felt. If I want a nose job, I don’t see anything wrong with that. Of course opinions may come and let’s just be all the way honest, the black community often frowns upon it.
IMG_9122 What were some of your insecurities you battled with? One of my biggest insecurities growing up was my crooked teeth, which I got braces for, and my nose. I’ve always wanted to get my nose fixed, so when I had to the opportunity to do it, I wasn’t going to let anybody tell me otherwise. Not even my mother. She was one of the main advocates of saying, “you don’t need that, you’re beautiful.”  I was like mom, come on. How do you feel about young girls getting butt implants and that type of surgery? I think that if it’s a decision that’s going to help you feel better about yourself moving forward, I think that you should do it—as long as you’re safe. There are a lot of procedures that women are getting that may not be the safest. And I would just hope and advocate for every woman to be smart doing so. I do believe that it can get a bit obnoxious, but do what works for you.
IMG_9139 On a lighter note! You hashtag #Po Jo Loves You a lot in your tweets. Is this a new brand that you’re building? I started saying that because everyone I work with musically, and this producer specifically, calls me Po Jo. The whole idea behind it for me is just that I love to love. There are very few times where I feel ill-will towards anyone, and I think love, this is going to sound very cliche, overcomes all. Po Jo Loves You is just something I say to people that has turned into a brand. There are a couple of fashion things I have going on. I’m going to release my Po Jo loves you sweaters in a couple of months. And it’s just my gift to everyone from me saying, “I love you.”
IMG_9162 So with the new season of Lala, what are some things we should expect to see from you? You guys are going to see a lot of my music stuff become official, a lot of career endeavors are happening. I have a new love interest. Finally! Are you in love? Finally, right! [laughs] You’ll have to find out. But also at the end of the season, God willing, I’ll be going on tour. Do you have any New Years resolution? I want to start paying my cell phone bill on time. And a big one is the tour that is about to happen. I also want to take my philanthropy to another level. I’ve been working with a few organizations, which I really hope to put them on my back; make whatever audience I do have become more aware. My biggest New Years resolution is to be considered an amateur boxer though! I train with Hollywood Hino and he’s always trying to get me to do golden gloves, so I want to become amateur.
IMG_9040 You gotta watch for that new nose through girl! I know! That’s the problem, I don’t want to get punched in the nose. It’s absolutely not allowed right now. What products do you use to keep your hair and skin healthy looking? I do keep coconut oil in my hair. With blonde, you have to keep it moisturized and add some type of sheen to it. I work out a lot so I’ll wear a silk bandana unless I’m getting laid. I’m not the girl who has sex with a bandana on; I gotta give you a whole moment. And I live by Kiehls for my face, their midnight oil. I use Olay in the morning and scrub my whole body in Apricot scrub. This is going to sound extremely ghetto, but I put baby oil gel on my legs and then put tights on at night to keep my legs smooth. #WCW is popular. Who’s a girl crush of yours? You know what? It used to be Rihanna every single Wednesday, but it’s truly my girlfriend. I gotta be honest, I’m super obsessed with that girl. She’s super hot and she’s very intriguing and I’m always learning something new. You guys will see who she is this season.
IMG_9077 Do we know her? No, she’s not a celeb or anything like that. I thought being on TV I would bag some celebrities but I haven’t. Nobody wants to mess around with Po Jo. Will we be getting more music from you soon? Absolutely! So many features and I seriously can’t believe what’s going on. The new single is coming out in February and it’s incredible, it’s called “Monsters.” So I’m excited! Flip the pages to check out more of Po

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.


This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.


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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019



Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

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Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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Alexis Fields To Star In Church Comedy Produced By Kerry Washington

Our favorite actresses from the 90s are coming back bigger than ever. Alexis Fields, known for her work on Moesha, Sister Sister and Kenan & Kel is heading back to the small screen in a church comedy pilot produced by Kerry Washington.

Shadow & Act reported Wednesday (March 12), the untitled series will also star singer-actor Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton fame and is based on real-life married progressive pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes-Roberts. penned by Saladin K. Patterson (The Last O.G., The Big Bang Theory), the comedy  "revolves around Omari and Hope, who are joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books, they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone, and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils."

Fields joins as the lead of the show with Odom Jr. Kelly Jenrette from The Handmaid's Tale will also be apart of the series after a three-year hiatus from acting.

Fields took to her Twitter account to express her gratitude. "Humbled....grateful....so honored," she said. "God doesn't give up on us. Any of us."


Humbled....grateful....so honored. God doesn’t give up on us. Any of us. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EaLwRLLiPf

— Alexis Fields (@Alexis_Fields) March 12, 2019

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