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Vixen Chat: Latarsha Rose Blooms on 'Being Mary Jane' Second Season


What do you get when you combine a gorgeous, kinky mane, glowing skin, sugary-sweet smile and undeniable talent? Latarsha Rose. Appropriately named after one of the nature's beloved eye candies, the Brooklyn born beauty shines in BET's fan favorite Being Mary Jane. Portraying the BFF of title character Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), Dr. Lisa Hudson's plot line holds its own, complete with its roller coaster love life and friendship woes.

Rose's blushing personality oozes through each performance on BET's first ever hour long scripted drama, but the world was first introduced to the humble starlet in her break out role as Portia in the highly-grossing flick, The Hunger Games. The versatile actress, with performance roots in dance, isn't boxed in Hollywood's dimensions, as her multiple Off-Broadway stints accentuate her impressive resume.

With the highly anticipated second season of Being Mary Jane premiering on Tuesday, February 3rd, loyal viewers crave their weekly dosage of the TV drama, suspense and real-life situation-ships playing out on the small screen. The Georgetown University graduate gets candid with VIBE Vixen about the sophomore season, her favorite on-screen kiss and her enlightening advice on conquering fear.

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VIBE VIXEN: As the second season of Being Mary Jane premieres, what would you say to the show's critics who isn't a fan of the 'black woman sleeping with a married man' plot?

LaTarsha Rose: If you look at television across genres and cross ethnicities, sex is a part of what we see on TV. It's fantasy- exploring the dark side of different characters of humanity. It's a drama, it's entertainment.

[The show] shares the secrets that pop up and these are things that are happening and here's the thing- it's looking at one woman's story. It's revealing in terms of the title character but there's other characters who have other story lines going on, as well. We have an opportunity to tell this particular woman's story and how she deals with it.

VV: How similar are you to Dr. Lisa Hudson, Mary Jane's best friend?

I do my best to be genuine in my friendships- I really value my friendships, I think that's a shared quality, with finding the way to heal or grow relationships with the skills that I have. I am diligent with my work; I'm very committed to that and Lisa's a woman who's constantly searching. If you listen to the books they talk about her reading she's always looking for books and inspiration to help her be a better person.

There's your public persona and private persona. You put your best foot forward when you're out there, sometimes you have to fake it 'till you make it either on an emotional or confidence level. But there's a human quality in Lisa; the dark undercurrent and her life as well. She's a woman of faith who's struggling.

VV: Who's the most outgoing on set?

It's hard to say because we have so many cool spirited individuals, but I will definitely say B.J. Britt and Aaron D. Spears.

VV: Who's the quietest on set?

I don't know if that one exists!




VV: Who was your best on-screen kiss?

LR: When I was on Swingtown on CBS, I had a recurring role, Grant Show, who played my husband was my best kiss- he's been my only on-camera kiss!

VV: What's something every woman should try at least once?

Climbing a tree. I do it all the time, I've been doing it since I was little.

It's an amazing experience, it's like changing perspectives. I grew up in the suburbs- I love being barefoot in the grass and running on the beach, I love all seasons. All I can say is try it.

VV: What's something you know now that you wish you would've knew when you were younger?

That the unexpected doesn't have to be scary. In college I had planned A-through-Z and it was such a stressful period of time. Now I've come to realize there's what I imagine, then there's what God imagined for me. So that's the unexpected and it's not to be feared. Fear may protect you from hurt, but you don't need the fear to protect you.

I remember I used to worry a lot and over-think things then you start to realize worrying and obsessing is fear and it's exhausting! And you realize it's never what it looks like in your head or your nightmares.

VV: New York or LA?

LR: I'm from New York so I'm a New Yorker all the way, that's my first love. Nothing can compare to that. But there's things I really enjoy about LA, so I wouldn't do a disservice to either city.

VV: What are your go-to places when your want a new outfit?

I love vintage and there's some great vintage shops I've found along the way in New York and L.A. One of my favorites in LA is Sheries Vintage, for like special occasion stuff. And the Marshall's in Atlanta-Buckhead has some really good stuff! Marshall's is always a good go-to. I got my whole summer wardrobe from Marshall's in Atlanta.

VV: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Swimming in the Indian Ocean. I have a dream of swimming in every ocean- while I'm on hiatus from one of my productions. I want to be working on amazing period pieces with some heavy hitters and have opportunities to create roles beyond my imagination and work steadily.

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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 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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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!

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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