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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Debbie Allen Taught African Dance Classes to Girls in the White Housein Honor of Black History Month




We are only 9 days into Black History month, but the turn up has been amazing. Yesterday legendary director/choreographer Debbie ALlen shared a video of little Black girls getting a lesson in African dance, IN THE WHITE HOUSE! There was drumming, hips swaying and every call of Blackness happening in the house that stolen Africans built. 


A video posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on



A video posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on



There were many other dance greats present at the White House during the dance class. Queen Alvin Ailey, Ms. Judith Jamison, dance choreographer Fatima Robinson and Virginia Johnson from Dance Theater of Harlem, and of course FLOTUS, Michelle Obama was home too. 




A photo posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on



What  have you been doing to honor Black History Month this year? Let us know in the comment section below! 














By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul.   

Empowered to Impact: The NAACP Image Awards

Merely a few weeks ago, the world saw as #OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic on Twitter. Many re-tweeted, commented and shared their thoughts on something that has been a prevalent issue---both on and off the script. The lack of diversity made its way from the Oscars to the hearts of prolific people of color who should have been nominated. But weren’t. 

“It’s a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is,” Chris Rock said in an op-ed he wrote last year for the Hollywood Reporter. For 87 years, the Oscars have been a momentous time that celebrates filmmaking. But ever so faintly, however unintentionally, the message is hard to miss: certain voices matter than others. 


When an African-American actor or actress is both casted and nominated for an award, it unites all the little black boys and girls. It reminds them that they have someone to look up to or emulate. They don’t have to become a statistic or fall by the waste side because they have someone holding their hand and guiding the way. 

From Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Taraji P. Henson, celebrities gathered for the annual NAACP Image Awards. The annual event honors the accolades and achievements of people of color in films, music, books and television. On this day, the world did not have to worry about another #OscarSoWhite moment. 


Instead, the world got to see something that has been lacking for years during awards season. For example, the world witnessed Pharrell win for Outstanding Male Artist, “Straight Outta Compton” for Outstanding Motion Picture, Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and “Empire” for Outstanding Drama Series. The list of all the many great things people of color do and have done is extensive—but it shouldn’t stop at being recognized during the NAACP Image Awards. 



The concept of diversity encompasses so much more than what meets the surface. It means acceptance, respect and recognizing yet embracing an individual’s differences. If the world forgets to highlight people of color on the award stage (and in life), then who are the little boys and girls going to be able to look up to?

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We don’t. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said Taraji P. Henson in her acceptance speech for 
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. 


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What are your thoughts on #OscarsSoWhite? Let us know in the comment section below!















By: Ajea Nicole
Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or
somewhere in a sushi restaurant.

Connect with her!
Twitter: @ajeanicole
Instagram: @ajeanicole

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9 MAC LIPSTICK DUPES (& THEY ARE WAY CHEAPER)




One of my favorite things about being a woman is the fun we get to have with changing our looks almost daily, from fashion, hair and makeup alone we have lots of variety. Everyday we have a  new way to express ourselves visually to the world.  Another thing on my favorite list is saving money. I live on budget, and have found many ways to keep my beauty regime up without going broke. 

I found this great cheat sheet on pinterest that has helped me out immensely. Mac lipstick is great but there are many drugstore brands that have the same qulity at a much lower price! 
maclipstickdupes
Photo Credit: LifeUnsweetened.com



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What makeup dupes do you have? Let us know in the comment section below!







By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul.   




Monday, February 1, 2016

How to Have a Budget Friendly Valentine's Day

Valentine's day is upon us and it's time to start planning a special day with your bae. Although V- Day can definitely be one of those holidays that can break the bank, It doesn't have to be! I am all for going all out and making your significant other feel special on days devoted to love but that doesn't have to mean $200 dates and expensive gifts. Check out our few budget friendly tips for having a awesome Valentine's day for the Low Low.

1. Skip the actual day: This is actually something I have be doing for a few years simply because I despise on Holidays because I hate the crowds. It was later discovered that it can save you some coins especially if you choose to go out on a weekday which usually offers more deals such as happy hour, drink specials and food specials. Your V-Day celebration won't be any less special if you don't go out on February 14th. 



2. Create a Romantic Evening in: Not only can this save some money but It be pretty fun. Break out the good plates and silverware, light a few candles and play some music. Buying and cooking a meal usually winds up being significantly less expensive than going out to eat at a restaurant. Now if neither of you know your way around kitchen, grub hub is your friend! Ordering in and plating it can be just as special. 




3. Skip the gifts: While of course getting gifts is always a beautiful thing. It is not needed to show your love to your partner. Me and my Hubby opted to skip the gifts and instead do something nice for the other person. It takes a lot more thought and effort to think of something nice to do for your partner that cost nothing than to buy them a gift. It can also be more personal as this comes from the heart and not the wallet. It also of course saves you so money.




While I am all for having a good time for Valentines day It doesn't need to break the bank. Spending time with your partner and expressing your love is all that matters!






What are your plans for Valentine's day??? Do you have any tips for saving money? Let us know if the comments below!!












Electa is a self proclaimed foodie. She is a wife, a domestic goddess, and aspiring chef in training, and a Writer/Blogger from Brooklyn with serious Wanderlust. follow her on twitter@emazing17, instagram @emazing17 and snapchat @Emazing1787 




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

She's Ryan Debuts her latest EP "Hood Hippie" and Does It Her Way



She's Ryan is back giving us eargasms with the release of her newest EP titled Hood Hippie. With a sound that i'd call trap pop, it's a mixture of Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and Rock. A feel good project that was a lot of fun putting together, her and her Fameschool team. 

On this project she worked with Fameschool Slim, Kiz, and Lars for production. Including a feature from, Manolo Rose, dope song writing by herself and Fameschool Telli. The Brooklyn writer and songstress broke down to Ms. Vixen what  parts of her are hood verses hippie.

The word "Hood" is casual dialect in 2016.  It's lingo for so many different things.  So the "hood" in me can be anything from me getting drunk, and making a stop at the chinese restaurant at 2am for 4 chicken wings (chopped up) smothered in hot sauce and ketchup, to my little habit of drinking wine out of a straw (behind closed doors lol).  These are things that are quite normal to me, but to MANY people would be considered ratchet behavior, or "hood".  As I mentioned, the hippie in me wants everyone to get along.  I want peace, and for people to be themselves. I live to express love and expand consciousness, whether through music, tweets, a book, or my appearance.


Her last project had more of a pop sound, with this project she did it her way. She let go and had fun, and you can here that in every track.


My motto for the album is just to let people know that everything ain't that deep all the time.  Have fun, dance, laugh, smile, and enjoy what makes you FEEL good.

Check out her album below












By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul.   

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dolce & Gabbana Debuts A Line of Hijabs and Abayas


When you think of Dolce & Gabanna, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, I immediately think of quality, luxury, signature silhouettes and the sophisticated woman. The high-end fashion brand has put together something more modest for one special collection.

For the first time, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have released a collection of hijabs and abayas (ankle-length robes) specifically targeting Muslim shoppers in the Middle East. The collection is intended as “An enchanting visual story about the grace and beauty of the marvelous women of Arabia.” A few pieces within the collection include long black and beige dressed made of georgette and charmeuse fabrics. In addition, some pieces are embellished with lace featuring daisies, lemon, polka dots and rose prints from their Spring/Summer 2016 line.


Though the Italian fashion house is catering to Muslim women, this is not the first time the brand has designed for a specific market. According to a report by Thomson Reuters, “Muslim women are expected to spend $484 billion on clothing and shoes by 2019. Not only is Dolce & Gabbana tapping into the Middle Eastern fashion industry, they are also showcasing modest fashion and creating a spotlight for Muslim women to be acknowledged.







Head over to Style.com/Arabia to take a peak at the Dolce & Gabbana collection!

What do you think of this collaboration? Are there any pieces you would wear? Let us know in the comment section below!

*Pictures all from Style.com/Arabia and Tumblr












By: Ajea Nicole
Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or
somewhere in a sushi restaurant.

Connect with her!
Twitter: @ajeanicole
Instagram: @ajeanicole

 
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