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The Cover Girl for July is Jessica Williams, the witty, smart and hilarious political correspondent of the Daily Show. Many were hoping she would be the next host, when John Stewart from the Daily Show later this year, and although that wasn't what happened she has other grander things in mind for her career, she plans to model herself to be her own version of an Oprah like media Mogul. 

Thankfully I already have a mogul I can pattern myself after: Oprah. We’re a lot alike. I’m black, I love to relate things people talk about to myself, and people think my best friend and I are lesbians! My strength is that I’m more relatable. Maybe I’m missing a shirt button, maybe I have a food stain on my pants. People would grow to find that endearing. (Take that, Mom! I don’t need to “clean myself up” to keep a job!)
Another thing that I can learn from Oprah: She always puts herself on the cover of her magazine. Oprah picking vegetables, Oprah reading at the beach. I’m going to do that, but in every post. It’ll be right up at the top. Let’s not forget who’s running this piece, who brought you here.

This colorful rambunctious editorial of Jessica Williams is from, read more about Jessica Williams there!

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.   

When I think of a period panty, I think of the old briefs that I only wear when I have my period, mostly so if I have an accident I can simply throw them away. The company THINX  may be innovating our old thoughts in relation to what is a period panty. 

Could you wear panties with built in pads, and do away with tampons and pads permanently? That seems to be a new option for menstruation cycles. One particular company  is looking to be that next option.  Founded in 2010, women’s underwear company THINX  is making strides in 2015 with their line of period proof undies. Although  the company’s website offers a disclaimer that the underwear is intended to serve as a back up in the case of leaks while wearing tampons or menstrual cups, it’s also becoming widely known as the alternative to wearing a pad or tampon altogether. Similar to the multiple types of pads and tampons currently on the market to cater to different menstrual cycles, the site offers a variety of different underwear according to your “flow.”

According to the descriptions of each pair on the website, the “thong” underwear holds “up to ½ a tampon’s worth” of liquid, while the cheeky underwear holds “up to a full tampon’s worth” of liquid and finally, the “hip hugger” holds “up to 2 tampon’s worth” of liquid. The underwear prices range from $24-$34 per pair and are machine-washer friendly with instructions to rinse before washing and hang to dry.

The site suggests that these underwear are leak resistant! I am skeptical but would love to be able to not worry about purchasing tampons and pads. I would save money, but I will also be helping eliminate waste. Think about it though, a handful of products a month, 12 months a year, for 30 to 40 years, multiplied by the female half of the population… It really does add up. According to the book Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation, the average woman throws away up to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene related products in a lifetime. Image how much waste we'd save if we simply had underwear we may reuse.

I still get skirmish thinking about re wearing something that i've bled in all day, what are your thoughts, about THINX and this new-age approach to dealing with menstrual cycles?

By Queen
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Queen is a 30 something woman 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. Follower her on twitter  @TheQueenSpeaks_ or instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

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I’ve been working since I was 14 years old. Started with summer jobs mostly but by the time I was 17 I had already started my first full time job. It was working at the movie theater. I will be honest, I really didn't like that job at all, that’s sugar-coating it…. I hated that job! But it was a paycheck and I was able to buy myself little things and that brought me sense of pride and responsibility. Fast forward 10 years later I’ve pretty much held a job this entire time with only small breaks in between. I have always had this independent spirit about me, I like supporting myself and not needing to worry about anyone telling me what I could and could not do with my money.  I've never really liked any of my jobs but it was an income, so I would tolerate whatever extra BS came along with having said job.

Sometime last year the realization came that I did not have to dislike my job, I could live a life where I could *gasps* actually enjoy my job. I made an exit strategy to leave my job of over 3 years on the search for something much better suited. Well, life has a funny way of saying screw your plans and I was laid off from my job in December of 2014. I can’t say it was a complete surprise, I had been having some issues with the management for some time now but I wanted to leave on my own accord. I went through a stage of being really sorry for myself. I mean, I never been unemployed, not as an adult with REAL responsibilities -like providing a roof over my head. I got engaged in August, and lost my job and my Grandfather in December. It was rough, I was on a high from such an exciting time of planning a wedding to extreme lows of death and loss of a job. I did my best to try to keep myself busy I read and I cooked doing things that made me feel productive. I searched for a job every day, which let’s be honest is like a full time job. I remembered how much I disliked job hunting, the interviewing and the rejections can be overwhelming to deal with. I went through bouts of depression, feeling like not having a job somehow devalued who I was as a person. It took a lot of soul searching, long talks with my Fiancée and prayer to get me to understand that nothing that brings monetary value can ever determine my worth.  

Then what seemed like the light at the end of the tunnel I found a new job. It paid slightly less than my old job but it was a job and we have a wedding to pay for. I had a funny feeling about the place when I first interviewed for it, something seemed off but I ignored it and thought I was just being paranoid. Fast forward to a week into me working there I called my Fiancée upset that this would not work out. The management seemed extremely unorganized and I never felt like I was actually learning anything. Yet and still I put my feelings to the side and sucked it up and did what an “Adult” does, work the job and collect the pay check. It only progressively got worse, I started to get lots of  negative feedback, and I began to notice the pettiness of some of my fellow employees. My manager was extremely rude, unprofessional and literally critiqued everything I did including which direction I walked to the bathroom.. I am not kidding. My manager told me I needed to yell more at my subordinates if I felt like they weren't being productive which is something I told her I would not do. It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable yelling at people who are adults like me, just trying to make a living. I wrote up at least four  people during my time there, one being a young woman who was late  for her shift because she was experiencing morning sickness. I felt horrible writing up a pregnant woman whom also still looked visibly sick at the time I had to administer the write up.   I left work every day feeling drained, frustrated and stressed.
My job was threatened simply because other people did not like me, It all became too much to bare. I began to question how much I am willing to put up for a paycheck. When you are being demeaned, disrespected and you're being asked to do things that are against what you believe is right do you stay? I opted to leave, I decided that the paycheck was not worth the stress and me going against what I believed is right. It was extremely hard to walk away from a steady paycheck when I did not have another job lined up. I battled with feeling like I failed, like I was just giving up and that as an adult I should have just stuck it out. I now believe that being an adult is knowing when to bow out gracefully. I put in my two weeks’ notice and carried out my last days in a professional manner even though I was met with nothing but unprofessionalism in return. I walked out on my final day with my box of personal items in hand with my head held high and a smile on my face knowing I made the right decision. And it felt damn good!

By Electa Johnson 

Electa is a Writer/Blogger and a self proclaimed foodie. She is in her 20's and figuring out life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Follower her on twitter @emazing17 and instagram @emazing17 

Most of us haven't lived through Nina Simone's hey day, but know the impact of her music. Her pieces are timeless even after her passing in 2003. In the new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, filmmaker Liz Garbus goes looking for the details that have slipped through the cracks. The documentary  will be available for streaming on Netflix June 26th, 2015. We get to meet  Nina Simone the woman, outside of her music. 

Here's a look at the official trailer for the documentary

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By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenSpeaks_
Many of us have heard of Karrine Steffans, and her first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, her tell all book about her sexual rendezvous with men in the hip hop industry. Seven books later she's still very vocal about her views on the double standards that society places on women and sex. Although controversial I have always been into her, and how firmly she stands next to her sexuality.

What are your thoughts, do you agree with the idea that women are slut shamed or not? Leave your thoughts in a  comment below.

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By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

I'm  a firm believer in- you are what you eat- although I don't eat healthy all the time. I try my best to put nutritious foods into my diet as much as possible. If you treat the inside of your body well it flows onto the outside. 

There are actually foods that help you beauty shine through. Here is a list of a few Beauty Rich Foods 

Water. Crucial for flushing out toxins, delivering nutrients, and keeps skin looking fresh. Hydrate with: Water, Peaches, Green Tea, Cucumbers
Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. Helps skin heal and rebuild tissue, and is an anti-aging tool to prevents wrinkles. Eat:  Broccoli, Papaya, Carrots
Vitamin B Complex. Gives your skin a glow by boosting blood circulation and helps your skin receive oxygen. Eat: Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas, etc.
Vitamin C: Stimulates the production of collagen in your skin, making it elastic, youthful and firm.  Eat: Grapefruit, Kiwi, Papaya
Vitamin E: Reduces the appearance of age spots, wrinkles, stretch marks.Eat: Greens, Nuts, Tropical fruits
Fatty Acids:  Protects against sun damage, allows water and nutrients into the skin while keeping toxins out, and wards off inflammation dark. Eat: Beets, fish, almonds, avocado
Pectin: Prevent wrinkles and blemishes, keeps skin conditioned and toned, essential in driving acne away for clear and beautiful skin.  Eat: Kiwi, Apples, Peaches, Peas
Selenium: Improves the skin at a cellular level, helps regenerate vitamins E and C, protects against sun damage, helps heal injuries, and flaky skin. Eat: Brazil Nuts, Whole Wheat, Brown Rice
Lycopene: Protects against agents that clogged pores and create breakouts, and helps reduce inflammation. Eat: Tomatoes
Natural Alpha Hydroxyl Acids: Refreshes and brightens skin. Eat: Apples
Other Antioxidants: Fights against free radicals and helps rejuvenate the skin.  Eat: Cantaloupe,  Plums, Blueberries 

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By Queen
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Media attention has largely been fixed on the perpetrator of Wednesday nights tragedy in Charleston South Carolina. Captured gunman Dylan Roof murdered 9 people and injured others after sitting with the congregation for prayer for a full hour, before he began his hateful murderous rampage. Many of the headlines concerning this incident are about him, and transfixed on why he may have committed these crimes. The criminal's name is often carved in our  minds and the people who fall victim to the crimes are often forgotten, as their names are hardly spoken. Very little is ever known of them, and we are hardly ever shown a photograph, yet it's these people that deserve a memorial. 

Throughout the country, vigils were held to commemorate the dead and to honor the lives they had lived. Below are the nine ordinary people taken from the world before their time. 

By Queen
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1. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41

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The 41-year-old pastor and South Carolina state senator was the most publicly known victim of Wednesday night's shooting. Previously, Pinckney had been well-known as a community activist and supported legislation requiring police to wear body cameras. The senator also served on the Southern Mutual Insurance Company's board of directors. He leaves behind a wife and two children, according to an official government website. 
2. Cynthia Hurd, 54

According to her employer, the Charleston County Public Library, Cynthia Hurd "dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others." Photos of Hurd smiling can be seen on the library's Flickr page. In honor of her death and 31 years of service, the library announced it would close all its branches Thursday. "Her loss is incomprehensible," the CCPL said, Buzzfeed reported
3. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45

We love you, Coach Singleton. Gator Nation is where it is today because of your leadership. You have our thoughts and prayers.
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Pinckney wasn't the only religious leader taken in Wednesday's massacre. Another reverend at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was also a local high school track coach and a mother of three. The Facebook page of Goose Creek High School described their loss and said a vigil would be held in Coleman-Singleton's honor at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Her son Chris also asked for prayers from his Twitter account.

4. Tywanza Sanders, 26

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The banner of Tywanza Sanders' Facebook page reads "your dreams are calling you." For him, that meant a degree from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, in their Division of Business Administration in 2014. Sanders, who friends suggested was shy, had expressed an interest in broadcasting. In a statement reported byBuzzfeedthe school's vice president of Institutional Advancement, Flavia Eldemire, said Sanders was "a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education." Initial reports indicate he died while protecting other members of his family.
5. Myra Thompson, 59

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Myra Thompson was the wife of another religious figure, Rev. Anthony Thompson, the vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston. Church official Archbishop Foley Beach asked followers to pray in the aftermath.

6. Ethel Lee Lance, 70

Ethel Lee Lance was a grandmother and sexton at Emanuel AME when her life was taken. Her grandson Jon Quil Lance told the Post and Courier, "Granny was the heart of the family," and added she had worked in the church for more than three decades. 

7. Susie Jackson, 87

Another grandmother, Susie Jackson was also a longtime member of Emanuel AME and was identified as a victim by a relative. She was also Lance's cousin, according to the Post and Courier
8. Daniel L. Simmons, 74

The only victim who did not die at the church, 74-year-old Daniel Simmons succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital, authorities said at a press conference Thursday. Simmons, a retired pastor from another church, regularly attended Wednesday Bible study services at Emanuel AME and June 17, 2015 was, tragically, no exception, ABC News reported

9. Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49

According to her LinkedIn profile, Doctor worked as a former manager of the U.S. Department of Commerce and graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a Master's degree, Organizational Management. 

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Everyone laughed when Piper Champan emerged from the shower during the first season of Orange Is the New Black with bootleg shoes made of maxi pads – and inmates do sometimes waste precious resources like sanitary products with off-label uses. At York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, where I spent more than six years, I used the tampons as scouring pads – certainly not as sponges, because prison tampons are essentially waterproof– when I needed to clean a stubborn mess in my cell.

That should not lead anyone to think that sanitary products are easy to come by in jail. At York, each cell, which houses two female inmates, receives five pads per week to split. I'm not sure what they expect us to do with the fifth but this comes out to 10 total for each woman, allowing for only one change a day in an average five-day monthly cycle. The lack of sanitary supplies is so bad in women’s prisons that I have seen pads fly right out of an inmate’s pants: prison maxi pads don’t have wings and they have only average adhesive so, when a woman wears the same pad for several days because she can’t find a fresh one, that pad often fails to stick to her underwear and the pad falls out. It’s disgusting but it’s true.

The only reason I dodged having a maxi pad slither off my leg is that I layered and quilted together about six at a time so I could wear a homemade diaper that was too big to slide down my pants. I had enough supplies to do so because I bought my pads from the commissary. However, approximately 80% of inmates are indigent and cannot afford to pay the $2.63 the maxi pads cost per package of 24, as most earn 75 cents a day and need to buy other necessities like toothpaste ($1.50, or two days’ pay) and deodorant ($1.93, almost three days’ pay). Sometimes I couldn’t get the pads because the commissary ran out: they kept them in short supply as it appeared I was the only one buying them. Read More


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