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13 Female Collabs We'd Love to See on 'The Pinkprint'

Heavy is the head that wears the crown and as the hottest female MC in the rap game Nicki Minaj feels every ounce of it—especially when it comes to beef. Regardless of the touts artists and media alike may have thrown her way, she always silences those remarks and rumors with ease or most recently, "No, no no, shade."

Yet, in a male dominated industry where the old school myth of "there can only be one star female," the claws are always out and things can go from 0 to 100 real quick. Nevertheless, with a bevy of collaborations under her belt for 2014 ranging from Beyonce to Jessie J and Ariana Grande, it's apparent that Nicki is all about female empowerment and uplifting her fellow ladies. No beef here, just positive vibes and girl power.

With an official release date for her highly anticipated second album, The Pinkprint, we're hoping for some dope collaborations. After all she is the unofficial queen of remixes. Aside from the usual male, female collab we've got our fingers crossed for a slew of female mashups on this album—something like a feel good ode to our favorite old school jam "Ladies Night" to put all the rumors surrounding Nicki's ability to share the spotlight to rest.

Vixens, continue clicking to see the list we've compiled of 13 female collabs we'd love to see on The Pinkprint.

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Remy Ma

Remy Ma

Since the ruler's return, fans and audiences alike have been raving for a collab from New York's finest female MC's. Can you imagine the level narcissism on one track? And from the looks of it, neither Remy nor Nicki have denied the rumors. Guess we'll have to keep our fingers crossed and ears to the street for any news.

missy elliott

Missy Elliott

The veteran rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer has a bevy of talents that would take a Nicki track from 0 to 100, real quick.

Kelis Cat Suit

Kelis

If Peter Rosenberg thought "Starships" wasn't hip-hop enough then he also won't approve of this collab either, but who cares. Kelis' futuristic, raspy and off-the-beaten trail sense of style and music would make a very memorable mashup with her Minajesty.

Junglepussy

Junglepussy

Her name says it all. This rap newcomer hailing from Brooklyn is equipped with mouth and then some as her lyrics boast of the usual sh*t talking and raunchy phrases, all of which are right up Minaj's alley.

Katie Got Bandz

Katie Got Bandz 

Minaj has already hopped on the Chiraq, Drillinois wave so it's only right Ms. Bandz be up next.

Lorde Feud

Lorde

As random and left field as this collaboration might seem to some, we also say why not? If Rick Ross can hop on "Royals" the possibilities are endless.

sza

SZA

We can already envision something magical brewing between these two. Chill wave meets rap, it's the biggest trend in music today.

Little Dragon

Yukimi Nagano

The vocal master and front gal of electronic band Little Dragon's quirky voice would make for a great mash up with Nicki's many personalities—Roman, Harajuku Barbie, Martha, you take your pick.

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Gwen Stefani

Punk rock's queen is due to make some more next level music, and without a doubt Nicki would be the best candidate. Remember that Eve and Stefani run in the mid 2000's? Nothing but hits.

miley cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Only a 21-year old from Nashville could keep up with Nicki's crazy antics. It only seems right that these risk takers combine their talents and unleash Youtube shattering creations. Honestly, they might break the internet.

Foxy Brown

Foxy Brown

Back in the day, Foxy held it down with swag raps and impeccable flows. Decades later we're sure she still has that same feistiness bubbling inside of her. Remember, Caribbean girls run it.

 

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Del Rey's sultry persona is hot and has already proven to sound like heaven over rap beats. Just reference the underground mashup with A$AP Rocky "Ridin'" if you don't believe us.

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Jhene Aiko

Aiko's sweet, airy vocals in the midst of Nicki's chameleon flow would be interesting to say the least.

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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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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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