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Friday, April 29, 2016

Get Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts With Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine


If you're a proud member of the procrastination gang, I want you to know you're not alone. I myself am a long time card carrier of the last minute team, and it looks like I'm here again as I search the web for a Mother's gift for my mom. Yes, I  know how could wait so long to buy a gift for the woman who spent many hours of labor to push my head out of her body, then like many mothers put me, and my well before her own, nurtured me, and sent me off into the world with great life fundamentals to help be a productive adult.  Look it happens, but on the day that honors all the special things mothers have done for us, a gift to her for that day outweighs any if the procrastination we are al guilty of. 


There are many ways to satisfy your mom on mothers day and also not delve too deep into your wallet. There are many great ways to get your mom the gift she'll love,  one that I favor is Groupon.



I have used Groupon myself to get deals on restaurants and spa visits, but did you know Groupon also offers coupon deals and coupon codes? Yes, Groupon has coupons you may use online or in store, and you will find over 70,000 coupons from more than 9,000 stores! Here are just a few of the deals you will find

  • Travelocity
  • Rue 21.
  • Macy's
  • Nordstrom's
  • World of Watches 
  •  Swarovski
  • Ashford
  • Peapod
  •  Sam’s Club
  • Khol's
  • Puma
  • Footlocker
  • Dell
  • JC

    My mother loves to travel so I was all into the Travelocity coupon codes, which has up to 70% off hotel stays, 40% off flight and hotel packages and discounts for car rentals. Just because it's a last minute gift doesn't mean it can't be wonderful. I am sure you will find something wonderful for your mom as well.




    What wonderful deals have you found on Groupon? Let us know in the comment section below!












    By Queen 
    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. 
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    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Artist Paints The Universe And Nature Into Women's Hair.


    Multimedia artist Jean Pierre-Louis based in NewYork and Philadelphia whom I found on Instagram, has painted wonderful images of the universe and nature into women's hair. 

    Jean-Louis paints mystical images of the universe and nature onto images of Black women’s natural hair. His intricate works feature flowers, vines, and even an entire forest, all seamlessly woven into coils and kinks. Jean-Louis even invites his followers to tag him in their photos on Instagram so that he can consider their portraits as well.













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    Follow Pierre Jean-Louis @pierre_artista.


    Who are some of your favorite visual artist on Instagram? Let us know in the comment section below!
















    By Queen 
    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. 
    Follow Queen 
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    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Dearly Beloved, Prince Gifs That Will Get You Through This Thing Called Life


    It was on a Thursday morning April 21st, I learned that a man I really thought was immortal left the world in his physical form. At age 57 Prince Roger Nelson passed away, and like many people my heart was broken, there's so many memories, connected to him and his music. There's many speculations surrounding his death, conspiracies theories have been popping up also, which I just don't care to listen to. Lets do more with celebrating all he gave us, unselfishly.

    I didn't learn until later in life he had a great sense of humor. Prince using Dave Chapelle impersonating him as an album cover for a  single, was everything!  Prince was honest, sometimes  too honest, but it's what we all loved about him. He also everything he was thinking with simple face expressions. The many times my friends or I have text or tweeted of with a  Prince gif or meme to  eloquently express our thoughts have been endless. 

    Here are all the Prince gifs you will need to get through life

    When you're over the conversation but still want to end it with grace 


    When your friend tells you she's dating that horrible ex again 


    When that guy on tinder tells you he likes dating women that understand a man's role in a relationship





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    When you and your crush meet eyes
    22 Incredibly Sexy Prince GIFs For All Your Sexual Situations


    When you decide it's time to ask for that raise at work


    When you realize your date is dumb but you'll still have sex with them 
    22 Incredibly Sexy Prince GIFs For All Your Sexual Situations

    When you're clearly cooler than your home girl, 





    These are our go to Prince gifs when words just won't suffice. What are favorite Prince gifs, let us know in the comment section below!










    By Queen 
    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. 
    Follow Queen 
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    Saturday, April 23, 2016

    Her Name is UH-MAND-LA: Dissecting Amandla Stenberg’s Bold Style



    With a name that means “power” in Zulu, Amandla Stenberg has become a voice of an entire generation and manages to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. Stenberg started out doing photo shoots for Disney when she was four and played Rue in the first installment of the Hunger Games franchise. But most importantly, she is a powerful role model and does not shy away from topics such as feminism, her sexuality and even black culture. 

    Last year, she made headlines for her school project turned viral video of “Don’t Cash Crop my Cornrows,” which called out the mass appropriation of black culture in the media. She’s also called out celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry for using cultural appropriation in their music videos while also addressing Kylie Jenner about the problem with wearing cornrows. From being signed to a modeling agency, attending fashion shows and premieres, Stenberg’s presence also graced the cover of Teen Vogue; in which Solange interviewed her.

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    There are probably many reasons to love Amandla Stenberg that also include her natural hair and style. “I know when I used to chemically straighten mine, I did it because I wasn’t comfortable with my natural hair. I thought it was too kinky. So for me, personally, when I started wearing it natural, it felt like I was blossoming because I was letting go of all the dead hair and all the parts of me that had rejected my natural state. But, you know, it’s not like that for all black girls. Some have their hair straight because that’s just how they like it, and it doesn’t mean they accept themselves any less,” she said in her Teen Vogue interview with Solange. 

    With many great fashion bloggers, stylists, designers and game changers, possessing great style is important—especially in the industry Stenberg is in. Though she often turns to Instagram for inspiration, Stenberg’s style is creative, bold and constantly changing. Stenberg chooses pieces that are not only current or on trend but also atypical, for example, the Moschino suit she wore at this year’s Black Girls Rock!


    The burnt orange suit that buttoned up into the menswear-inspired double-breasted blazer, Stenberg also paired her outfit with a flame-yellow collared shirt and layered tie underneath. She could have easily worn any other shoe but she perfectly contrasted the tailored look with black lace-up combat boots. Another thing that makes Amandla Stenberg’s style so incredible is the fact that it is simplified, sometimes relaxed but still leaves people wondering and wanting more. 

    Amandla Stenberg’s voice and ability to impact change is remarkable. Her style represents someone that is equally as bold, fresh and ready for whatever comes her way!






    *all photos courtesy of Teen Vouge and Tumblr 
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    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


    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Hate To Say I Told You So, But Critics Hate 'Nina'.

    Zoe Saldana Nina

     Currently rated at an entire 5% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.1 on IMDBNina, starring Zoe Saldana is really worth all the hate it received these past couple of months. 

    The movie has been criticized for it's irresponsible use of black face, a clear display of colorism and misrepresentation of Nina Simone's legacy, and that was only based on it's trailer. Now with the cinematic release of the film, its been concluded that the movie is simply horrible. 

    Here are some reviews from critics;

    Nina teaches us an important lesson about waiting for a film to come out before criticizing it. For it is only then that we can know how truly heinous it is.

    At its best, Nina is cosplay karaoke, with Saldana in front of a cinematic jukebox belting her favorite artist’s tunes. At its worst, it’s an insult.

    The writing is so generic, the scenes so haphazardly smushed together, the direction so baldly functional that “Nina” seldom reads like a biopic about Nina Simone being revitalized by a new friendship so much as it does like a movie about two people playing fucked up power games in a nice house on the riviera.
    However, there is no other way to put it: this is one of the worst musical biopics you will ever see in theaters. At least the Aaliyah biopic was regulated to Lifetime.
     Yes, Nina is as bad as you imagined.
     Zoe Saldana looks more like an X-Men character than the High Priestess of Soul
    But then, this abysmal piece of shit deserves everything that’s coming to it and more. Not only does Nina reproduce the colorism Simone suffered (and spoke out against) during her lifetime through the casting of Saldana, but also inverts the abusive relationship with her husband Andrew Stroud, and casts the lasting psychic scars from their time together as quirky diva behavior to be smirked at. 

    I hate to say it, but the film was as painful as a UTI. As torturous as getting a tooth pulled. Perhaps even as bad as sitting through a Donald Trump rally. It was bad, y’all. The disjointed Cynthia Mort film is proof of Hollywood’s blindness to its own White privilege. It was the most watered-down, White-friendly version of Nina I’ve ever seen.

















    By Queen 
    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. 
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    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Can We Stop With The Blac Chyna Slut Shaming


    Can we stop with the Blac Chyna slut shaming and hoe discussions?
    Honestly it never seizes to baffle me when the waves of anger crash through social media as strangers come together to deliver a verdict on someone’s worth using their sexuality as a measuring stick for different levels of respectability or lack thereof.








    blacchyna a petty hoe, washed up bitch who wanna remain in the industry so mf bad lmao


    From the way she dresses, to her partners, Blac Chyna's life has consistently been used as a dartboard by the vacuous minds of people who see their sole duty in life being to police and control the bodies of Black women. Misogynoir fits perfectly in the insults hurled in Chyna's direction as her Blackness is seen as an obscene facet of her sexuality. The bodies of Black women are infinitely held to a more vulnerable state of judgment and public scrutiny, and this is directly linked to the fact that Black female sexuality is seen as the opposite to the de facto virtuous purity of white female sexuality. The ways we choose to harness our bodies and exercise our agency as whole beings is constantly scrutinized with verdicts passed by juries whose only understanding of black female sexuality is made up of the stereotypical tropes of the Jezebel, the welfare queen and inadvertently the hoe. 


    Let me be just be petty and rehash the facts. Her fiance and the father of her child left her for a 17-year-old girl; with the girl in question continuously undergoing transformations to attain features mocked on Black female bodies, but loved when presented on a white face. The very same features Blac Chyna is attacked for- wanna be Black girl without the struggle Kylie Jenner- is deemed beautiful for buying. Y'all know this, but the double standard is so insidious and the blinders so narrow, we are incapable of seeing that as we constantly drag a black woman through the mud we are putting on display our own failures to embrace women who do not adhere to the problematic notions of patriarchy. 

    Ironically as feminism is reaching a popularity it hasn't seen since its 60's heyday, self-acclaimed feminists have remained silent as Blac Chyna continues to be targeted. People will praise Kim Kardashian for taking a nude selfie and label her self-love as revolutionary, but let Blac Chyna leave the house in a crop top and leggings and she is automatically a hoe who is a poor example of motherhood. 

    Let women be what they want to be. Specifically, let black women live their lives. Hoeism is a social construct latched onto by those who could not grasp the concept of a woman wanting to have sex without the expectation or desire for a relationship or marriage. It's rooted in a society that still labels victims of sexual assault as "willing participants" based on what they were wearing, their make up and what time of day they were out. People's sexual preferences are no ones business but their own, and for full disclosure, the person they are with. No other opinion matters, neither is it relevant.

    So please leave Blac Chyna alone and focus all that misguided hate on stopping Donald Trump from reaching the White House and also to call out Hillary Clinton for labeling young black children as super predators who need to be brought to heel.

    And congratulations on your engagement Blac Chyna, soon to be Angela Kardashian. At this moment I'm figuratively throwing rice at your feet.













    By Tari Ngangura Lover of all things Michael Jackson, 90s fashion and Sonia Sanchez. 
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