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Countdown To The VMAs: Beyonce's 12 Best Live Performances [Videos]

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Beyonce knows how to keep an audience entertained. Whether it's the wind blowing through her hair, explosive dance moves or unparalleled voice, this diva has been setting stages ablaze for years. With anticipation building up to her VMAs takeover, we can't help but think about our favorite performances. Historic? Check. Intimate? Check. Incomparable? We think so.

Go back in time with some of Beyoncé's brightest moments. And let us know if we missed any!

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"Single Ladies"- Tyra Banks Show

It's no secret that Beyoncé and Tyra are great friends. While the diva has made several appearances on the now-cancelled talk show, her "Single Ladies" performance is top notch. Backed by an all-female band and male background dancers, it's hard to deny her superior showmanship. Fierce, indeed.

"Run The World (Girls)"- 2011 Billboard Music Awards

You already knew this would be on the list. Cutting edge technology, an army of dancers and a knock-em'-dead costume? This is King Bey at her best. This performance had the audience on its feet and sent Twitter into a tizzy. Who runs the world? She does!

"Halo" Acoustic- Signapore Hospital

In 2009, Beyoncé broke out an impromptu performance of "Halo" to patients at a Singapore hospital. Not only did it show off her natural talent, but her desire to give back.

"I Was Here"- Roseland Ballroom

I'll never forget the disappointment of missing out on tickets to Beyoncé's Roseland Ballroom performances. Luckily, we were still able to witness the magic via YouTube and a DVD release. Her performance of "I Was Here" interjected with flashback videos and images made it one of her most emotional moments on stage.

"Deja Vu"- 2006 BET Awards

If there's one thing Beyoncé is known for, it's her bootylicious figure. She gave us rump shaking at its best with this performance and brought hubby Jay-Z along for the ride. You ready? Let's go get 'em.

"Love on Top"- 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

"I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me." With those words and a belly rub, Beyoncé made VMA history when she revealed she was pregnant with Blue Ivy Carter. Jay-Z and Kanye's (and even Lady Gaga's) reaction at the end is priceless.

"Proud Mary" - 2008 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé can hold her own with music legends, too. In 2008, she went toe for toe with Tina Turner to perform a rousing rendition of "Proud Mary."

"Ring The Alarm"- 2006 MTV Video Music Awards

In her second solo performance for the VMA's, Baddie Bey made trench coats trendy with this dance-heavy performance. Some consider the 1-minute dance break an ode to Janet Jackson, just one of the many artists that have influenced Bey's live acts.

The Star Spangled Banner- 2004 Superbowl

Still complaining about Beyoncé's inauguration performance? Swallow your words after watching her flawless rendition of the national anthem nine years ago.

"Dangerously In Love"- 2006 Grammy Awards

Leave it to the pop superstar to bring the dramatics. During this performance, people behind her were set up to look like a moving painting. She ended the performance with a dove landing on her left arm. Gotta love it.

Medley- 2013 Superbowl Halftime Show

Bey's 15 minute explosion of hits was just what we needed to liven up the monotonous football game. And the Destiny's Child reunion was just icing on the cake.

 "Drunk In Love"- 2014 Grammy Awards

Just two months after shutting down the Internet with her surprise album, Bey and hubby Jay Z brought the sexy to the Grammy's with their latest hit together.

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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."

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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.

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! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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