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Empire's Grace Gealey Talks Relationships, Fashion And Empowerment

Grace Gealey has been gracing our Wednesday nights with her beauty and brains by portraying the fierce fiancé of Luscious Lion on FOX’s Empire. Her character, Anika Calhoun (also known as Boo Boo Kitty), deals with the many perils that come from dealing with a man who has a family and a multi-million dollar empire.

While Anika seems to struggle with finding a balance, Grace Gealey knows exactly what she wants for her real life and real relationships.

VIBE Vixen chatted with the actress about her take on life, relationships, and some of her biggest inspirations.

Vixen: Describe what life was like for you as a young girl growing up in the Cayman Islands?
Grace: Amazing. I have a sensational family so I am happily laden with memories of close-knit bonds and island fun. My cousins, sister and I played sports in the backyard, went exploring in the bushes, stained our clothes with mangoes, created treasure hunt maps in the sand, swung in hammocks, climbed trees, had countless beach birthday parties, sold fruit on the side of the street and thanks to my phenomenal grandparents, learned the importance of a good education. I had a ball.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from an influential woman in your life?
My mother is a rock star. She always told me to focus on God. It was so annoying to hear growing up because she said it all the time and I'm like: "Yeah I know, Ma. Geez." As the years went on, I learned just how important that was and how everything aligns once you do that. My spiritual foundation fortifies and carries me through every single situation in my life. So, yup. Ma's pretty dope.

In the show, we see Anika having to deal with an “ex” wife. What’s your take on dating a man who keeps in contact with his “exes” (because of children or business)?
Men have to take the responsibility of establishing the kind of environment that is conducive to everyone's well-being. Compromises must be made on all parts in a fair and mature manner. Once the male backs away from that and you let the power struggle occur between the two women, it can become messy. The same, of course, goes for females if ever in this situation as well.

Anika has some great fashion choices too (along with Cookie). Who are your real-life fashion inspirations?
I love all kinds of styles and I can appreciate anyone who expresses themselves in their own splendor. Every day I dress differently. Sometimes sporty, sometimes edgy, sometimes funky, sometimes boyish. Sometimes glam! Just depends on my mood.

You, along with Keke Palmer and Shanola Hampton, are a part of the “Saving Our Cinderella’s” initiative. What do you hope others can take away from it?
Bullying is so destructive; both for the one doing it and the one being subjected to it. To highlight that is a top objective. But more than that, empowering our young women is vital. Once empowered, it is a tool that will continue to sharpen you for years to come - which is not only irreplaceable but necessary in this world.

What’s your favorite:
Song? "Nothing Can Change This Love I Have For You" by Sam Cooke
Food? Cayman stewed beef
Hobby? Ballroom dancing
Book? The Shack by William P. Young
Designer? Gucci

With all your recent success, what are your plans for the future? Any upcoming projects or events?
I'll keep you updated!

Photo Credit: Gilles Toucas

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Rico Nasty And Kali Uchis Join Bad Bunny As Performers For 2nd Annual Pornhub Awards

Pornhub has turned things up a notch for their second annual awards show with performances from Bad Bunny, Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty and Tommy Genesis.

The celebration of the adult film industry will also welcome Benny Blanco as Musical Director and British Art Director and graphic designer Peter Savill for the redesign of the show's statue. Last year's inaugural show proved to be a learning lesson for the company. Kanye West's presence attracted most the attention, with everything else including the show's presentation falling to the wayside. The rapper/producer performed last year with Teyana Taylor and also performed his single "I Like It" without Lil Pump (he was arrested at the time for violating his probation).

But with creative daring acts like Rico, Bad Bunny and Kali, the show might be visually stimulating for fans–musically speaking. Benito was previously announced as a performer last month. “Last year, we made history and we’re building on that momentum,” Pornhub's vice president Corey Price told Forbes. “No other awards show has ever even attempted to do what we do.”

The show will compete with the Adult Video News Awards — or AVNs — which honor stars in the adult film industry. Price is hoping to reach its very diverse audience with their selection of performers.

“We’re very excited to announce the additions of several creatives to the 2nd Annual Pornhub Awards Show. Peter Saville is absolutely legendary, having had some prolific output that has gone on to inspire entire generations of creatives,” Price tells VIBE. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ian Isiah, Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty and Tommy Genesis take the stage with Bad Bunny on October 11th. We are so lucky to have such complementary talents entertaining for us on our big night. ”

The show will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Categories include: Most Popular Female Performer, Most Popular Male Performer, Most Popular Verified Amateur, Top Channel, Top BBW Performer (c' mon diversity), Top Fetish Performer, Most Popular Gay Performer, Most Popular Network and Top Celebrity, among others.

Fans are encouraged to vote for their faves here.

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Nicki Minaj Offers Advice To Women In Abusive Relationships

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter over the weekend to address her female fans. In a series of tweets, the MEGATRON artist offered advice to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship.

When u see a woman in a toxic relationship, rather than laugh & say mean things, try to offer sound advice from your heart & root for her to learn her worth. We’ve all been there. I saw my parents fight & argue non stop & never divorce, so I thought this was normal behavior...

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

It's unknown what caused Sunday's tweets, (Sept. 1)  however, in 2018 Minaj revealed the abuse she witnessed as a child in her Apple Music documentary trailer, as well as two toxic relationships she experienced.

"I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her, and she always brings up this story as a little girl, I would stand in front of my mother and go like this," she recalled while extending her arms.

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Newly engaged to music executive, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, Minaj re-opened the conversation on domestic violence, self-esteem, and toxic relationships. She offered words of encouragement and advice to those who could be in situations she was once in.

When u see a woman in a toxic relationship, rather than laugh & say mean things, try to offer sound advice from your heart & root for her to learn her worth. We’ve all been there. I saw my parents fight & argue non stop & never divorce, so I thought this was normal behavior...

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

Minaj also provided a checklist of warning signs women shouldn't ignore if present in their relationship.

Dear all of you beautiful souls.

A man who loves you does not:

1. Humiliate you on social media 2. Beat you 3. Cheat on you 4. Call you out of your name/put you down to lower your self esteem due to his own insecurities. 5. Hide his phone, passwords, where abouts, etc.

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

The "Hot Girl Summer" collaborator also advised that loving yourself should be your top priority, not attaining a relationship goal.

I remember being so afraid to speak cuz I never knew when that person would be in a particular mood and I could maybe say one wrong thing that would get me hit. So the diff you see in me now is that feeling when a woman feels lifted up, safe, appreciated & unconditionally loved.

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

But I first had to learn how to love MYSELF. 🙏🏾 if you wouldn’t let a man treat your mother, your sister or best friend like that b/c you LOVE them, then you wouldn’t let a man treat YOU like that b/c you love YOU. This isn’t about judging. We judge too much. Lift them up. 🙏🏾

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

Although the 36-year-old never revealed who her abusers were, the Barbz surmised Meek Mill and Love and Hip-Hop star Safaree Samuels as her two alleged abusers.

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Hair Hero: Tracee Ellis Ross Launches Pattern Hair Care Line

Tracee Ellis Ross is hoping to change our curl patterns for the better with her new haircare line.

The multi-hyphenate blessed fans with news about the line called Pattern on Monday (Sept. 3). Ross told WWD her vision for Pattern started on the set of fan-favorite series, Girlfriends in 2008. After realizing she was one of the few actresses in La La Land rocking her natural curls, she put together the idea for Pattern, which specializes in curly, coily and textured hair.

"I believe everyone should have access to their most beautiful selves in the bathroom," she said. Just before announcing Pattern's launch, Ross highlighted her hair journey on Instagram over the weekend, sharing how she came to terms with loving her curls.

"I can literally chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair," she captioned a gallery of hair pics from her youth. "Growing up, society told me there was a right way to wear my hair and a right way to look. Those ideals didn’t match what I saw in the mirror, so I tried to beat my curls into submission— putting body lotion in my hair, sleeping in rollers, blowouts, relaxers, texturizers, ponytails so tight they gave me a headache, and I even whipped out an iron (the kind you use for clothes) in an attempt to straighten it that way."

After coming to terms with her hair, Ross says she's ready to take on the beauty industry for women of color, especially those in the 3b to 4c category. "The culture of beauty has been so steeped in patriarchy, racism, and sexism for so long," she said. "It’s not that those skin tones and hair types haven’t existed, but there hasn’t been a large space and understanding for it. That’s why it’s taken me so long to make these dreams happen.”

Ross explained on Instagram that Pattern "is for those of us who need more than a quarter size of product" and encouraged fans to share their journey with the hashtag, #RockYourPattern.

Sign up for updates on Pattern's launch here.

 

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Thrilled to introduce PATTERN // my new hair care brand specifically for curly, coily, and tight textured hair.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @patternbeauty is the result of 20 years of dreaming, 10 years in the making (I wrote my first brand pitch in 2008, right when girlfriends finished ) and 2 years of working with chemists. I’m so excited to share this with y’all. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @patternbeauty is here to empower and nourish curly, coily and tight-textured hair. 3b to 4c. The formulas are unique and packed with luscious & safe ingredients-trust me I know, because my panel and I tried 74 different samples to get these 7 formulas for phase one.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @patternbeauty is for those of us who need more than a quarter size of product. large conditioner sizes that actually fulfill the unmet needs of our community. accessible pricing because everyone should have access to their most beautiful hair in their own shower, and gorgeous packaging that conjures the legacy of our history and makes us all feel like the royalty that we are. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I’m excited for PATTERN to join the natural hair movement, and to celebrate our hair for what it is: beautiful! The line will be available on patternbeauty.com this Monday, September 9 at 9am ET!!!! #RockYourPattern

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IF MY HAIR COULD TALK ~  oh, the stories it would tell. i can literally chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair. growing up, society told me there was a right way to wear my hair and a right way to look. those ideals didn’t match what i saw in the mirror, so i tried to beat my curls into submission— putting body lotion in my hair, sleeping in rollers, blowouts, relaxers, texturizers, ponytails so tight they gave me a headache; and i even whipped out an iron (the kind you use for clothes) in an attempt to straighten it that way. trying to make my hair look “easy and breezy”, “bouncin’ and behavin’” actually had the opposite effect. my hair was broken, damaged, and tired of trying to be something that it wasn’t. i finally took the leap and stopped relaxing my curls, thereby beginning the healing journey towards loving my hair. it was a long road to knowing, understanding and, eventually, loving my curls. now i just let them be the happy little ringlets and zig zags of joy they want to be. if your hair could talk, what would it say? #fbf #hairlove

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