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Reality Recap: Bad Girls Club Chicago 'Rappers Anonymous' Blu Edition

It seemed like Blu had a lot to say in the eighth episode of The Bad Girls Club: Chicago 'Rappers Anonymous.'  This week the girls wonder who Jada really is because of her double identity and Blu tries to make amends with Diamond but that might put her relationship with Aysia in jeopardy. Since Blu decided to freely give her opinion on everything this week click through to see this week's BGC Reality Recap Blu Edition.

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Blu and Aysia's "secret" situationship is over 

“Overall I’m irritated with this whole situation because I still don’t know what Aysia’s purpose was with talking to a random. I’m more concerned about Diamond right now. Aysia is not a factor, at this moment she’s the reason I’m in this situation.”

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Red has to go home for a week because her mom is having surgery. Whether or not she comes back is still up in the air.

“Redd is out of town and I haven’t really been caring if Redd was here or gone so nobody is missed. It’s nice to be without the pettiness and the drama for a little bit."

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Jada and Lo get into a fight in the phone room. 

“I am very upset I miss the fight, and I’m more upset because the phone is broke. I blame Jada for not leaving the phone room, ‘cause I know Lo probably went off on her at the door and one of the b*tches broke my phone. I’m trying to like the receiver part back on and it’s falling off, you can’t hear anything…the phone is like so hood, we so hood with it we getting ghetto in here…Y’all couldn’t step out the phone and fight?”

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The girls find out that Jada's name isn't really Jada, it's Angela Nicole.


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Jonica and Diamond talk about their situationship 

"I always ask Diamond to be in a relationship with me but she don’t give me a title. I feel like if you’re gonna keep turning me down don’t expect me to do relationship things cause at the end of the day, I’m single. I don’t wanna lose Diamond but I have the right to talk to who I wanna talk to and that’s just what it is."

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Aysia and Blu are back on

"It was messy for Aysia to talk to Andrea about anything that her and I have goin’ but I miss her and I’m not upset with her. When something is the truth you can tell whoever you wanna tell."

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...Really back on 

"Aysia and I, we stepped back but I’m still really attracted to her and she’s still attractive so it is what it is."

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The girls decide to confront their issues with  Jada 

I should listen to my life coach, she told me I should trying to help the other girls. I feel like being direct is the best thing and I do not feel like Jada can go through the rest of this house not speaking with anybody so, I think it’s time that we have a house meeting. 

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Redd leaves a voicemail for all the girls that sounds very fake to Blu 

“Redd is a character to me, I try being cool with her over and over again but I don’t do well with BS and time and time again I see Redd is BS, she BS’s a lot and she’s a liar. I’m not saying Redd is my enemy but I need to pay close attention to what’s going on so if you think me and Redd are best friends looks may be deceiving and I’m gonna watch her very closely…it’s my game.”

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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 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!

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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