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Wendy Raquel Robinson Talks Career, Relationships And Life Changing Advice For Women

You'll know the second Wendy Raquel Robinson enters a room. From her infectious smile and ability to light up a room, to her charming personality and quick wit, Robinson is definitely one of a kind. The versatile ball of fire, whose resume is highlighted with fan favorite roles, including the feisty, mom-ager Tasha Mack on BET's "The Game," to Regina Grier on the long running 90's breakout sitcom, "The Steve Harvey Show," reigns as one of viewer's favorites, thanks to her down-to-earth and no-holds-barred demeanor.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the cum laude Howard University alumna is no stranger to unapologetically grabbing life by the horns. Balancing career and family with ease, to tackling national stage plays and out-of-the-box characters, the gorgeous 47-year-old continues to shine with pizzazz and talent.

Vixen caught up with the superstar as she dished on her favorite role, advice for women looking for love and what she'd tell her younger self.

VIXEN: You recently toured with "Things Your Man Won't Do" stage-play, how did you get involved?

Wendy Raquel Robinson: This is actually my third production with Je'Caryous Johnson. The first was Cheaters with Vivica A. Foxx and then I did Cheaper to Keep Her with Brian McKnight and this is the newest installment. He's a wonderful playwright who really knows how to fuse relationships, black love and the antics that surround it. And we have a really good time.

The play is based on faith, relationships and being celibate until marriage. Could you relate to anything in the play in your personal life?

No. (laughs)

I'm kidding, I'm kidding! What's funny is I didn't get married until I was 37. I've gone through a whole lot of courting but when I did decide to get married, I was at a wonderful place in my life where I accepted me for who I was. I was comfortable with that. When I met my husband, we were both at the same place in terms of knowing who we were, what we wanted and what we didn't want. So neither one of us were trying to change the other person. Marriage is nothing you do fleetingly. It's a wonderful thing, but it does take work. The same things you did to get that man you got to do to keep him. But you need to be ready for it as well.

You're a wife and a successful career woman, what would you say to the woman who says you can't have it all, specifically love and career?

I would say why can't you? It's been a sacrifice, especially with this tour. I've been on the road for five weeks then I go home and try to balance, but everything works together for good. It's great because it gives us a chance to miss each other. He also comes down to spend time with me as well, but everything is doable. Before we started doing long distance and traveling, we heard from some celebrity couple that said they didn't let two weeks go by without seeing other, even though they're divorced- this works for us. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, it's like we're still dating when we see each other.

But you can have it all and the career. I can't speak for everybody but I can speak for me and I want someone who has dreams, passion and purpose. So don't give up your dreams to get that man because that's what he fell in love with, and what he wanted and chased. But don't surrender yourself.

You sound very wise!

I don't have it all together!

What's something you know now you wish you would've known when you were younger?

That you can't do it all by yourself. As I get older, I'm learning how to delegate and empower people to work around me and with me and to not be so much of a control freak in order to have longevity and sustainability. Don't be afraid to share the knowledge and wealth and don't be threatened by that.

What has been your favorite role to play from Tasha Mack from "The Game" to Regina Grier from "The Steve Harvey Show" to Karen from Two Can Play That Game?

I don't think I have a favorite! They all bring out something different in me and I enjoy myself while I'm sitting in those shoes. I can't put one above the other because Regina was straight laced and corny and working with Steve, Cedric and Terry, that elevated me to a whole another level. And Tasha [Mack] and her being a little bit of everything with the writers and that whole production team and the cast.

But it's neck and neck with Tasha and Regina, probably because I sat with those characters for a long time and were able to break those characters in. I was able to Improv with them and have freedom especially in TV, which is a rarity.

What's one thing every woman should try at least once?

I got to be careful with this one! (laughs)

There's a lot of things ladies! I play with hair as an accessory and I think every woman at least once should change their look completely; from long to short, short to long, curly to straight, light to dark. I love the whole transformation process and maybe that helps me as an actress going from external to internal. So change the hair, be bold and be a risk taker with that.

Now I sound shallow. (Laughs)

Not at all changing your look can help with the inside, too...

It really does! It makes you feel a certain way and you can always change it back.

I also suggest living in another city. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I'm in D.C. now and I'm going down memory lane because it changed my whole landscape and how I look at life and who I am as a person. I feel so much more evolved moving from one coast to the next, understanding different people, the climates, seasons and appreciating God and I think every woman owes it to herself.

Do you have any regrets?

I got a lot of boyfriends I dated that were a waste of time. But I don't have regrets because I don't want to become bitter, so I look at my regrets as teachable moments. Do I have those teachable moments that made me the woman I am today? Plenty. I guess a lot of it is, I undervalued who I was as a person and not rewarding myself because I work so hard. A teachable moment is it's OK to treat myself and not feel remorseful. I don't do much for Wendy, I'm such a giver.

What can we expect from Wendy this year?

Expect the unexpected! I'm really excited because I played the first black Cruella De Vil for Disney. It's a huge musical coming out July 31. I just did some post production work on it and it really looks amazing. The possibilities of where that's going to take me are endless.

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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 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!

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."

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After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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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! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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