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Vixen Chat: Karrueche Tran Talks The Importance Of Self Confidence And Positive Energy

Karrueche Tran stops by for a session of Vixen Chat.

Karrueche Tran is no stranger to the business of Hollywood, and certainly no stranger to living life under the microscope of the public eye.

As her session with life coach Iyanla Vanzant aired on OWN this past Sunday we witnessed Karrueche give her first in-depth account of her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown. Here, Vixen chats with Karrueche to talk about her life outside the public eye, her acting aspirations, and the importance of positive energy.

 

To you, what does it mean to be an empowered woman?
I think the key to an empowered woman is self confidence. I believe every woman is entitled to creating her own definition of what that is. That's what makes women strong and beautiful, we are able to become what we want. I truly believe putting yourself first and believing in yourself and knowing what you want makes you a better you.

As March is women's history month, what woman has been the biggest inspiration and influence in your life?
I would say my mother and godmother, as I was raised by both of them. I learned to be caring and giving from my mom. She would give me the shirt off of her back if she had to. My godmother taught me to be a strong, classy woman. She taught morals and responsibility in my life at a young age. I'm very appreciative of it now because it made me the young woman I am today.

A lot of young women seek to imitate what they see in the media as well as social media. What's your advice for females who feel the pressure to conform?
Be original and be natural. All that glitters is not gold. Society is very consumed with the exterior and forgets about the interior. What's important is what's on the inside. There are plenty of people who are beautiful and rich on the outside, but poor and lonely on the inside. Being kind and having a beautiful soul is much more impactful. Live in your own real world, opposed to what you're shown. You can only be the best you.

How would you describe your personal style? And what inspires your wardrobe?
It mainly is based on my mood and energy. I may feel like dressing more casual one day, sporty another or even sexy. I also lean towards what works better for my body type, which is small and petite. I don't limit my style on certain brands or price points. I think one's style should be universal.

You once were a stylist for Nordstrom, are you still interested in styling or is modeling the direction in which you hope to continue?
Honestly, my main goal right now is acting. I want to continue to work hard at it while working with my acting coach and working my way up with different gigs. I still want to model ‘til my face can't take any more pictures. I probably wouldn't take on too many styling jobs because there is so much work and time involved. I'm very hands on so I love to be involved and take control, but it's impossible to handle alongside other gigs I have going on.

We recently saw you guest star on 'The Bay Series.' Is this something you're hoping to continue doing?
Yes, definitely! Acting is something I definitely want to take seriously. I've recently started getting into it within the past year and a half. It's tough competition since a lot of actors have been doing this all their lives, but my goal is to continue to work hard and reach for the stars. The more I keep working, the more I will grow.

Career-wise, where do you see yourself within 5 years?
On a path of growth like a little blossoming flower. I have learned life is one hell of a ride so I couldn't really say where or what I'd be doing exactly, but I know I want to keep progressing and continuing to fulfill my happiness. Keeping positivity, love, and hard work at the forefront of everything I do.

Even though we're 3 months into 2015, what is your motto for the rest of the year?
Keep smiling! The energy you put out is the energy you will receive. I've been telling myself lately to smile more throughout my day. It really makes a difference to me and makes me feel happy. Happiness is the key to life, everything else will fall into place.

 

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Each episode will place three chefs against each other as they craft three-course meals with cannabis as the central ingredient. Each episode’s winner takes home $10,000. Guests will play an integral role in who takes home the cash prize. Too $hort, and El-P are just a few of this season's guests.

 

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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In a previous Lenny Letter profile, Kelis shared she comes from a line of culinary influences beginning with her mother who owned a catering service. In 2008, the “Milkshake” singer sought to refine her cooking skills by enrolling in the Le Cordon Bleu school. Receiving a certificate as a trained saucier, the New York native put her expertise to the test during pop-up restaurants in her native city, created a hot sauce line, and co-owns a sustainable farm in Quindio, Colombia.

“Food is revolutionary because it is the one and only international language. It’s the most human thing you can partake in,” she said in an interview with Bon Appetit. “We are the only species that cooks.”

This isn’t Kelis’ first foray into the reality-cooking television world. In 2014, she partnered with the Cooking Channel for Saucy and Sweet and published the "My Life on a Plate" cookbook a year later.

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Volkswagen's Atlas Cross Sport Brings Adventure Back To Modern Road Trips

Crucial elements conjure a memorable road trip. For one, a definitive no-shuffle playlist has to hit all the right grooves. Breathtaking sights are a must and importantly, you need a reliable ride to bring it all together.

Before the coronavirus pandemic led to Canada’s closure of the border for non-citizens, VIBE took a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, where we tested out Volkswagen’s Atlas Cross Sport along winding roads, rain and snow. Hailed as the “boldest SUV in the Volkswagen stable,” the vehicle is worth the hype as its upgrade puts a spin on the modern SUV with its sleek design, three rows of comfortable seating for the crew (or your groceries) and amazing speakers.

Fender Premium Audio is also provided on the SEL Premium trim. Their dedication to sound is thanks in part to the collaboration with Fender and Panasonic. With 12 speakers in total, the 480-watt 12-channel amplifier brings the sound to an arena-like level so when you need Siri, she’ll hear you loud and clear. Woofers are in each door with two wide-frequency speakers and a subwoofer in the rear.

“Pairing high design with the distinctive driving dynamics and value the brand is known for, the Atlas Cross Sport allows you to show up without showing off,” Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America said in a press release. With a $30,425 starting price, consumers can get the best of both worlds in terms of style and substance. An all-wheel-drive SEL Premium R-Line is also under the $50,000 price tag.

But we know you have other questions. How was the ride? Did you meet Nardwuar? Do all Canadians have a sparkling patios accent like Drake?

Fortunately for you, we can answer two of those questions with confidence. While keeping a timestamp of the road trip, we enjoyed a few wild shenanigans, breathtaking views with the Atlas Cross Sport and plenty of songs you can add to your own road trip in the future.

Take a gander of our adventure below.

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5:55 am MST: I wake up ready for the day but there’s only one thing on my mind–how does Mountain Time work? The curiosity makes me hit the snooze button.

6:00 am PDT: Okay, I’m awake and as it turns out, we’re on Pacific Daylight Time. Welp.

6:45 am PDT: Okay, I’m actually awake.

8:30 am PDT: I befriended some other adventurous spirits last night and we agree to take the trip to Whistler together. Emma and Kai will split the driving and I will supply the tunes.

8:45 am PDT: We get a look at our ride and the midnight blue Atlas Cross Sport is a vision, even with the morning dew across its bumper. We’re going to call him Lil Atlas. We were informed of the ride’s Car-Net Remote Access technology, which is offered at no additional charge for a solid five years. VW’s Car-Net also comes with a solid GPS signal and cellular connectivity.

8:50 am PDT: After snapping a few pics with Lil Atlas, we’re officially en route! Our stops include Horseshoe Bay Park, Porteau Cove, Shannon Falls and lastly, the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel for our winter activities. Myself, Kai and Emma are all scheduled for bobsledding. My mind is filled with Cool Runnings clips and the instant regret of not bringing a swagged out bobsledding outfit.

9:15 am: I’m reading the room and we seem to be typical millennials– meaning we have extraordinary music taste and a strong appreciation of all genres.

Now Playing: Major Lazer’s “Particular” featuring Jidenna, Nasty C, Ice Prince and Patoranking and Shakira and Maluma’s “Clandestino.”

9:20 am PDT: The sights between Vancouver are so quaint and refreshing. It’s commendable to see so many local shops being embraced by residents. Horseshoe Bay Park is just as calming, despite the heavy overcast.

Now Playing: A Kaytranada back-to-back session featuring his remix of Teedra Moses’ classic bop “Be Your Girl” and Bubba cut “10%” with Kali Uchis.

9:56 am PDT: The turn up to Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” is real...a bit too real.

10:08 am PDT: Kai’s super cool GoPro has fallen off the side of the car. Turns out this timestamp is a good idea as we used it to help backtrack our time on the highway. Yes, the GoPro fell off on the highway.

10:14 am PDT: As Emma turns Lil Atlas around, Kai and I scale the roads for the GoPro. Luckily for us, we were on the shoulder which means it fell on the side of the highway not the middle of it.

Now Playing: Silk City’s “Electricity” featuring Dua Lipa

I’m not sure if the melodic vocals are hurting or helping our search.

10:19 am: It helps, we found the GoPro!

10:28 am PDT: We’re feeling relieved and relaxed. Maybe it’s the heated seats or the notion that we didn’t lose a pricey gadget.

Now Playing: Beyoncé’s “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar and Jorja Smith’s “On My Mind” with Preditah

10:40 am PDT: Pulling up to Porteau Cove looks like every mountain graphic tee I’ve ever seen, minus the wolf. With so much interior space, we’re able to pick up another media pal and take a few pics with Lil Atlas.

11:30 am PDT: After stocking up on some road trip essentials like wet wipes, vitamins and coffee (tea for me), we’re off to Shannon Falls.

11:45 am PDT: We arrive at Shannon Falls but we’re craving one more adventure before our bobsledding appointments.

12:04 pm PDT: Going off route was a great idea as we uncovered a forest dripping with moss and fresh air. As we get some shots of Lil Atlas, I feel inclined to hug a tree.

12:46 pm PDT: We’re back on the road and I miss an opportunity to play Gucci Mane and Drake’s “Back On Road.”

I. Had. One. Job.

12:50 pm PDT: There’s still some Drake love.

Now Playing: Drake and Future’s “Life Is Good,” Pop Smoke’s “Welcome To The Party”

1:00 pm PDT: We’re just a few minutes away from the Summit Lodge when we learn the tale of Hut Man. According to legend, there’s a man who has lived in a hut in Whistler and takes trips across town on foot. This is rather interesting but also a bummer as the roads get foggy by the minute.

1:04 pm PDT: As we ride up to Summit Lodge, we have an opportunity to take a trip back in time. I decided to take us to the early 2010s when everyone had EDM fever (including us) and a fascination with ombre hair.

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1:25 pm PDT: We depart from our good friend Lil Atlas. It was a long ride but we’re ready to chow down, specifically Kai.

 

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Breakfast of Champions here in Vancouver @olympics city🏅 fueling up before sliding down the bobsled with @teamcanada & @vw on the world’s fastest ice track! ❄️🇨🇦 #whistler #winterolympics #KaiEatsBC 📷 @desire_renee

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3:02 pm PDT: We en route to Whistler’s Sliding Center, the world’s fastest track. Whistler played host for the 2010 Winter Games which means I’m 10% more athletic.

 

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3:18 pm PDT: We get a quick lesson in bobsledding and we’re learning the basics.

Get big in the sled (hold on to the ropes and broaden your shoulders) Keep head low Keep head low

It’s about to go down...the slide that is.

4:15 pm PDT: There’s no bobbing around on the sleds. We sign on our permission forms and we’re ready to go. With my amethyst close, “Mortal” plays on a loop in my mind.

4:46 pm PDT: The slide was less than 50 seconds but was thrilling as I felt gravity keeping my butt to the sled. If I could compare it to anything, it would be Coney Island’s Cyclone roller coaster. I know I’m going to feel this in the morning.

While a very long day, Lil Atlas kept our minds at ease and the sound system kept our spirits high. Cheers to Lil Atlas and the chance of doing this again in the future.

Learn more about Volkswagen’s 2020 Atlas Cross Sport here.

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The serenading sounds of Snoh Aalegra have won over R&B fans as the singer-songwriter officially scored her first No. 1 single on the Billboard charts.

On Tuesday (March 10), Snoh's single "I Want You Around" reached the top spot of the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart after 41 weeks. The Iranian-Swedish singer released her second album Ugh, Those Feels Again in August 2019, under No I.D.’s ARTium Recordings.

In addition to her Billboard feat, Snoh enjoyed a brief stint at No. 1 on the Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart according to MediaBase. Her track glided over recent mainstays like Khalid's "Talk," Wale and Jeremih's "On Chill" and the megahit that is Chris Brown's "No Guidance" with Drake.

The rise in her single could be attributed to her recent performance on NPR's Tiny Desk series where she performed her second single "Woah" and the album's fan favorites like "Love Like That."

Snoh also raised a toast with Roc Nation as they welcomed her to their team. The singer's "Ugh, a tour again" has nearly sold out as it officially kicks off March 18 in Vancouver before reaching New York, Portland and Los Angeles.

Congratulations to @snohaalegra on your #1 at Urban AC Radio and welcome to the Roc Nation family! pic.twitter.com/Z5iDe8m6Zp

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) March 9, 2020

Watch the soothing video to "I Want You Around" below.

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