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Interview: Michelle Williams Talks 'Journey To Freedom' and 12 Random Facts

Michelle Williams Talks 'Journey To Freedom'

During a very intimate listening session for Michelle Williams’ recently released album, the grammy-winning songstress tells all about her untold story that Journey To Freedom will tell. The album has already hit number one on the gospel charts and has a hit single “Say Yes,” featuring former group members Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland. The eclectic-styled album is co-produced by musician Harmony Samuels and has an array of different sounds and styles of R&B and gospel sound.

In light of her 12-song autobiographical album, Vixen chatted with the Rockford, Illinois native about 12 things you may not have known about the real Michelle. The forthcoming album is basically a chronology of the singers' life that we have yet to learn about. We all know the Michelle from Destiny’s Child that went on to become a gospel singer, but we do not know her humble beginnings and inner being. Read on to find out some ungoogleable facts about the singer/songwriter.

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Michelle Williams attends the 2011 Billboard Music Awards

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
You don’t know everything. That’s an age we’re you’re growing and you’re learning and you do know some things because you go to school and you’re educated. I was always up on the news and all that kind of stuff, but still you don’t know everything.

What is an ungoogleable fact about you?
At the age of 16, I took my dad’s car without permission. I think all of us do that at least once in our lives. There was this gas station literally less that a mile a way. We didn’t have a whole lot in my town for young people to do, so there was this gas station parking lot where all the cool people would hang out. There was this guy that I has a crush on and he would always be there. He had these rims on his car and everybody would go there to show off their cars and girls would go there too. So I wanted to be cool and show everybody that I just got my license, so I was acting like I was just going to go and get something to drink. I got in the car and got into an accident literally around the corner from my house. Funny enough, my father laughed about it because he said he had done the same thing to his dad. He was mad for a split second. I ended up having to pay him back even though we had insurance, so every time I got a check I had to give some to my dad. It showed me responsibility.

Three most important values?
Integrity, treating people how I want to be treated, and work for what you want and not expecting someone to do it for you.

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Lessons that you learned from failure?
Failure is not a permanent thing. It’s only permanent if you don’t try again. You can always get a different result and you can always try the same thing again. The first time I took my drivers test, I didn’t pass. I had to practice more. You go back and study and then you’ll pass. That’s just with life.

What is your favorite quote? 
“I had a purpose before you had an opinion.”

Lessons you learned from success?
It’s not what I thought it was going to be and it’s not what everyone thinks it’s going to be. It’s hard to maintain. It’s less glamorous. It’s more work and more business.

What is a bad habit that you have?
Overthinking and overanalyzing everything.

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What is your favorite song of all time?
I always think of older songs that remind me of why I love music. I have to be honest and say that I don’t have a favorite song of all time. I’m still a consumer of music, so when I think of all the music I’ve bought over the years there’s just too much.

What’s an item that you own that you cannot live without?
My phone.

What was the first album that you purchased?
Whitney Houston I’m Your Baby Tonight.

If your life were a song what would be its title?
There’s a song on my album that I believe is autobiographical called “Believe In Me.” That is my life song.

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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.

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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!

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"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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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.

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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.

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