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Vixen Vent: 5 Reasons You Should Start Watching 'Girls' (If You Haven't Already)

Last night (Jan. 11) every female in America was doing either one of two things or maybe even both: obsessing over Lorde's unexpectedly chic get up at the Golden Globes or counting down the seconds until the season 4 premiere of Girls. I can attest to both, but I must say I was beyond ecstatic to reunite with Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Jessa Johansson, and Shoshanna Shapiro.

I started "binge" watching Girls back in 2013. I remember it vividly. It was winter break of my junior year of undergrad and I wanted nothing more than to be in the comfort of my own company sprawled out on the couch eating ice cream and potato chips – sounds like a horrid combination but at the time it satisfied my raging cravings for junk food. Aimlessly scrolling through my TV guide I stumbled across the greatness that was Lena Dunham's claim to fame, before the internet was flooded with dialogue about the phenomenal comedy-drama.

I ever so vaguely recall my Media Ethics professor professing her love for the off kilter and coming of age adventure of twenty-somethings in New York City that semester so I figured it was worth at least one watch. After all, it had always been my dream to move to New York and become a writer so I figured twenty-something girls + NYC equaled a new obsession for me. I was right and one episode turned into ten. I sat in the same position on the couch for nearly five hours binge watching season 1. The dialogue of the pilot was dead on to the life I was living and the life that awaited me in nearly a year as I had hopes making the concrete jungle my new home upon graduating. I watched intently as Hannah's parent's broke the news to her that after nearly two years post undergrad they would no longer be funding her "groovy lifestyle" as an aspiring writer with a non-paid internship. "This is nuts. I could be a drug addict. Do you know how lucky you are?" Hannah responded as she realized she had to finally grow up and grab life by the balls, for real now.

Never had I ever connected so strongly with such a show. While Sex & The City glamourized the New York City lifestyle, Girls introduced me to the real New York a.k.a "New York Shitty", yes I said shitty. Shitty, meaning the mishaps and frustrations I'd be greeted with in the so-called greatest city in the world that they don't show you in the fanciful world of movies or TV shows. I mean, every female swears by Sex & The City (I still do), but let's face it I'm not in my mid thirties, not able to afford endless pairs of Manolo's on my struggling writer's salary, and I still have yet to find my Mr. Big and honestly at 23 years old I'm more into casually dating anyway. Now, I can say I can relate to Girls' tumultuous synopsis. From partying at trippy underground raves to smoking pot with your boss things get a crazy in Lena Dunham's world.  And that isn't even the half of the craziness that Dunham delivers in season one, try watching both season two and three where the foursome endure a wild night in Bushwick after accidentally smoking crack and Hannah finds out that her ex-boyfriend from liberal arts college is now gay and gave her HPV.

With all that being said after three years and Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Directors Guild of America awards it's safe to say that Lena Dunham is the voice of our generation. Dunham assures us generation 'Y' millennials that while trying to figure out ourselves, life, and the people we encounter in our everyday lives, it's okay to not have all the answers.

Vixens, if you're still not moved by my out-pour continue clicking and check out 5 reasons you should start watching Girls (if you haven't already).

 

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1. It's the new age Sex & The City.

SATC catered more-so to women, and well Girls is for girls. Every crazy experience you've had in life Lena Dunham covers it and then some in this breakout comedy-drama packed with tons of sex, laughter, and tears.

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2. Everyone can relate, literally.

Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Jessa Johansson, or Shoshanna Shapiro, take your choice. Each of these characters are totally different but they mesh well just like your unique clique of gal pals. Whether you're the wandering hipster, cynical virgin, narcissistic yet self-deprecating writer, or good girl gone bad you can relate to one of the four girls.

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3. The content is so real it's unbelievable.

Have you been able to relate to something that it's scary? Welcome to the wonderful world of Girls, ladies and gents. I'm pretty sure these seasons were built upon the foundation of Lena Dunham's crazy journey to self discovery.

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4. If you have an HBO subscription you can watch all seasons.

Even though season 4 has begun you can still experience Girls from the beginning. No band wagon remorse here. Thanks to HBO you can watch the magic unfold from the pilot.

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5. Lena Dunham is the voice of a new generation.

Honesty is key and Lena Dunham has mastered it. And if you're thinking it, she's squabbled it in a notebook for her notes for the next episode. The creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls is one of the brightest millenials under 30 we've witnessed in years.

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Melody Thornton Provides Power Vocals To Stirring Solo Single "Love Will Return"

There's a romantic and mysterious aura that seeps into Melody Thornton's solo single, "Love Will Return." From the big band production to Thornton's riveting vocals, it's almost shocking that a gem so bright was hiding in plain sight.

The recent release is the lead single for her forthcoming EP expected to be released next year. Formerly a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Thornton has shown off her singing chops over the years through the group's most popular tracks like "Buttons," "I Don't Need A Man" and her 2012 solo project, POYBL. With "Love Will Return," Thornton pays homage to inspirations like Eartha Kitt and her Arizona roots. Co-producing the track with Eric Zayne, the singer shared with VIBE how cinematic the creative process was.

“The entire evolution of the song was magic,” she explained. “There’s just something spiritual about it. It moves me in a way like no other song I’ve written before.” The track is a strong introduction to her vocal abilities that appeared to be gravely overlooked during her PCD days.

Last week, The Pussycat Dolls reunited without Thornton, leaving many wondering why. "What I want for myself and for my bandmates are for them is to really enjoy their lives," she told Chart Show TV in January when rumors began to surface of a possible reunion. "When I was in the group, I was a kid...I'm primarily a vocalist. Nicole had been signed twice so it only made sense for her to sing the majority of the leads. But then, I kept being asked to wait my turn and it never came– and we only released two albums. So it's this mistaken identity that I've kind of had to unravel. For me, there's really nothing to go back to."

The ladies are all on good terms with Thornton as Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the ladies wished her well wishes on her solo endeavors. "It just didn't align [with] where she is in her life right now," Sherzinger said. "She's doing a lot and doing her own music and we totally respect and understand and support her."

Nonetheless, we're thrilled about Thornton's new journey.

Listen to "Love Will Return" below.

 

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Ashanti Joins Omarion's Millennium Tour

Our prayers for a female presence on Omarion's Millenium Tour have been answered with one of the most talented singers in R&B.

On Thursday (Dec. 5), Omarion announced singer-songwriter Ashanti as a special guest for the upcoming tour. "So excited to announce that Ashanti will be joining The Millennium Tour lineup!" he said in an Instagram post. The singer announced the follow-up show last week to what was perceived as a B2K reunion tour featuring Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Bobby Valentino and the Ying Yang Twins earlier this year.

Hailed as The "Millenium Tour 2020," the new bill features Soulja Boy and Sammie, with the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd returning to the mix. The tour will also include Bow Wow, who has several jams (and an album) with Omarion like "Let Me Hold You" and "Girlfriend."

Before joining the tour, Ashanti was a special guest during Lloyd's performances of their 2004 hit, "Southside." With such a large and memorable discography, fans will be thrilled to hear some of the Grammy-winner's biggest hits like "Foolish," "Only U," and recent releases like "Say Less" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and "Pretty Little Thing" featuring Afro B.

This will more than likely be a another big financial boost to the tour. The inaugural Millennium Tour grossed $6.7 million from its first eight reports, according to Billboard and set a career-high for B2K. They also went on to earn $5 million from three additional dates at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (April 13-14), State Farm Arena in Atlanta (April 4-5), and Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (April 12).

 

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Boss Goals: B. Simone Earns $100K In Two Months With Beauty Line

Renaissance woman B. Simone is wrapping up her year in a big way. The comedienne, rapper and businesswoman scored a major win after raking up $100K in sales of her beauty line.

B. Simone Beauty was announced over the summer but has been in the making for over a year. Vegan and cruelty-free, her line supplies colorful lip liners, bold lipsticks, makeup bags and accessories. Simone officially launched a site for her products just two months ago with a plan to make $100K. The goal was met ironically on the last day of November, leaving her speechless.

B. Simone shared the moment in an emotional Instagram post Monday (Dec. 2). "This is bigger than me it has NOTHING to do with me," she captioned the video. "It has EVERYTHING to do with God and showing people Him by the way I act and spread LOVE. Even on every tube of lip gloss it says “FAITH OVER FEAR” on the back! I live by that ... God won’t let you down you just have to believe even when you can’t see the outcome. The sky is the limit when it comes to me I swear I’m a monster and I’ll never quit! Manifestation at its finest ... God favors me because he trusts me.

Simone also opened up about her doubts but continued to have faith in meeting her goal. "I had one more day to meet my goal and I started thinking, 'Maybe you aimed too high! Let’s just do a 100k$ goal for December.'  THAT WAS THE ENEMY y’all !!! When I woke up this is what happened... I do none of this alone I keep God-fearing people around me who love me, believe in me and see my vision. Thank you to my manager, my team, all of you and God. None of this is about money it’s all about walking in your purpose and changing the world around you to a more comfortable better place."

 

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B. Simone has experienced plenty of other wins with her other talents. As XONecole reports, she hosted Will Smith's birthday party, produced and starred in her own hilarious dating show, provided comedic relief on the VH1 series Girls Cruise with Mya, Lil Kim and Chilli, as well as sharing tips on monetizing in the social media space at the Revolt Summit.

Boss goals indeed. Check out B. Simone's stunning beauty line here.

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