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10 Childhood Crushes We Grew Out of As An Adult… As We Should Have

We all have an embarrassing list of celeb childhood crushes whose names we used to doodle with glitter gel pens and embellish with heart stickers. Our once innocent eyes knew no better and fell for every big screen star and boy band lead—even if they had platinum hair and a weird sun-like tattoo around their navel.

With time and maturity, though, our list grew shorter and shorter as certain candidates lost their charming looks, while others lost brain cells, and some we realized were just never that cute to begin with. Here’s a list of celebs we swore we’d marry before our good sense and eyesight fully developed! —Essence Gant

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Tyrese

Tyrese

His tweets, his “paintings,” and his home video ramblings turned us all the way off! Did I mention his tweets?


 Immature

Immature

Remember fighting with your besties on who was going to marry Batman, Romeo or LBD? The boy band Immature, later known as IMx, had us swooning for reasons we still can’t seem to put our finger on.


 Malcolm Jamal Warner

Malcolm Jamal Warner aka Theo

Malcolm Jamal Warner never did much for me, but he managed to win a lot of hearts during his eight-season run on The Cosby Show. He may have avoided making this list if not for the baby hoop earrings, choker necklaces and really tight button downs he seemingly likes to wear these days.


 Jaleel White

Jaleel White aka Stefan Urquell

The geeky, bent-kneed and clumsy Steve Urkel was quite the eyesore, but when he transformed into the debonair Stefan Urquell, our feelings of disgust turned into tummy butterflies and prissy giggles. Watching reruns 20 plus years later, we now realize that Urquell wasn’t much of an upgrade from Urkel.

 Tevin Campbell

Tevin Campbell

Every girl had a crush on Tevin, especially after his guest appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! While “Can We Talk?” is still our jam, our deep rooted love for the 90s crooner has faded. He still has an adorbs quality, but in a fragile, boney and elderly-looking kind of way.

Jodeci

Mr. Dalvin and DeVante Swing

Before K-Ci and JoJo did their duo thing, they were part of Jodeci, one of R&B’s biggest wonders, with two other bandmates by the names of Dalvin and DeVante. K-Ci and JoJo were the vocalists, while Dalvin and DeVante were the lookers. After Googling how the two Ds kept up their sexy bad boy looks, however, we were disappointed… to say the least.

 Sisqo

Sisqo

What can we say? We were young and dumb.

Kel Mitchell

Kel Mitchell

We loved Kel just as much as he loved orange soda! The All That, Kenan &Kel, and Good Burger actor just doesn’t do it for us anymore though. He looks more like the really cool youth pastor type who you may grab brunch with, but not dinner and drinks.

Ray J

Ray J

Some of us really liked Ray J, while others of us just wanted to be Brandy’s sister-in-law (meeee!). His antics (the Kim K sex tape, the Kim K diss record, the drug induced call to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and so on), however, were just too much to bare and our fire for the childhood actor and singer blew out.

Fredro

Fredro Starr aka “Q” from Moesha

His cool, raspy voice and bad boy swag as “Q” on Moesha had us weak in the knees. Fredro proved to be a bit of a lame though after spilling his alleged dealings with R&B’s beloved Brandy and spazzing on The Breakfast Club when Charlamagne asked him about the allegations. Aside from all of that though, he’s just not that cute.

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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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