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Let's face it, most of us do not enjoy working out! Yes, being in shape and staying in shape is extremely important, especially as you get older but most of us don't really WANT to work out. Especially in the warm summer months where you would much rather be out at a BBQ or having drinks outdoors with friends. Working out doesn't have to mean slaving away in the gym on some machine! 

Here are some creative ways to get your workout on that can also be a lot of fun! 


Roller Skating: Now this is not just a fun activity of your youth, but this can be a really great workout! Its best not to do this in peak sunlight hours and if you do be sure to put on sunscreen. Rollerskating can on average burn up to 1,000 calories per hour! So go out there and get your roll on.



Bike Riding: Another great  workout that's also fun. Whether you choose to bike in a park and take in the scenery or hit the city streets biking is great cardio. It also has been known to tone and strengthen your Legs and Glutes aka THE BOOTY! Who wouldn't want to look great in a pair of mini shorts. It can on average burn about 700-900 calories. 



Swimming: Whether you do it on a beach or in a swimming pool it's an awesome way to get some exercise. It can burn on average 600-800 calories per hour. Its a great way to cool down on a hot day, and is truly a full body workout so its definitely not for the faint of heart. If you are truly a workout warrior this is another way to feel the burn.


Exercise should be an important part of your life and it is super important to your overall health, It doesn't have to be boring, bringing some friends along can make for an even better time. It doesn't matter how you do it, Just get Moving!!!


What are your favorite ways to work out?? Let us know in the comment section below!!











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 






Netflix and Hulu are the go to streaming sources for most people in the US and the world. It's the go to place for mainstream films and TV shows, but where do you go when you want to see films and television shows of the Black diaspora? Right now the options are slim, but kweli TV is looking to change that! 

kweliTV is a streaming service like no other. It’s a network and app that offers documentaries, news programs, original docu-series, educational content and independent films of the global Black community that will be accessible through Smart TVs, Internet TV devices, tablets and smartphones and the computer—all on demand.
Currently the site is in its beta phase, but when it launches in December, it’ll be interesting to see what additional programming it will offer.
Unlike Netflix, the site also offers a range of subscription types, from yearly to pay-per-view rentals. So if you're in the market for a streaming service that caters to the Black experience all over the world, kweliTV may just be what you're looking for.
To learn more check out www.kweli.tv.

Would you subscribe to kweli TV?

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.   



I love listening to older women's perspective on love and relationships, they always leave me in awe and always leave me with things to think about deeply and apply to my life.
I love everything about this eccentric woman. Her wicked laugh, her confidence, her passion and love for life. From the 1982 documentary "All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story".


Love you Eartha Kitt, may you continue to rest in piece






What are some of the things mature women have taught you about love?


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.   





Yet another new monthly feature we are excited to announce is our Book of the Month. Each Month we will provide you with a review of a book you may just want to add to your collection! This month our pick is by author Joulezy titled. Send it on. this book contains Short stories on the evolution of faith in love, vulnerability and freedom as a young girl takes on becoming a woman.


What we loved about the book: This book depicts many different stages of a young woman's life. It talks about many different issues young girls experience going into womanhood and what we face when trying to find ourselves. It contains stories of family struggles, dating and even tougher issues such as rape and depression. It takes you on a journey of the highs and lows in this young woman's life, some parts make you laugh and smile and others make you a little angry and sad. It was amazing how much we could completely relate to the stories being told.


What we didn't quite Love: There was a few grammatical and punctuation errors and sometimes the stories kind of flowed into one another making it more like chapters than individual stories. This is after all a self published booked and a first one from this author so the errors weren't too much of a surprise. 

This book was an excellent quick read, definitely something you can add to your late summer reading list!

Send it On is Ms. Vixen approved! If you would like to read Send it On, you can purchase it here for the kindle app and in paperback form. 

What are some of your favorite books on your summer reading list? Have you read Send it On???? Let us know in the comments down below.








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 






How much do you know about your clitoris? It's pretty wild to me how much a women's stimulation isn't talked about. Our vulvas are still a taboo subject and the only way to change that is to openly speak about our bodies, and not only in terms of health. When I first learned about my my sexual parts it was mostly taught to me in terms of reproduction, and my reproductive health. Everything I learned about my clitoris and sexual pleasure I, like many women learned on my lonesome. A lot of sexulaty for women is taught in a perspective of how to appeal to and appease a body that isn't our own.

Here's an insert of an article I read in the Huffington post that's all about the clitoris that I enjoyed!

Pamela Madsen Writes:


1. If you want to address the clitoris, labia and vagina together, vulva is the all-encompassing term.
2. Fifty to 75 percent of women who have climaxes (orgasms) need to have their clitoris touched (clitoral stimulation). Most women are unable to have an orgasm through intercourse alone.
3. The clitoris is only partially visible to the naked eye. The clitoris is actually close to four inches in length (kinda like the average non-erect penis), but three-fourths of it is hidden from view within a female's body. It's buried treasure. Think of all that pleasure potential in the entire region. Have you explored it?
4. The clitoris grows throughout a woman's life. After menopause, the clitoris can become 2.5 times larger than it was when the same woman was a teenager. I don't think that there has been an actually study about clitoris size in relation to pleasure. And I don't think that women have a size thing about their clitoris, the way men do around penis size. I have never ever met a woman who has measured her clitoris, but Ihave met men who have measured their penis.
5. The clitoris contains 8,000 deliciously sensitive nerve endings, double the nerve endings in the glans of a penis. Sorry, guys.
6. Most of us don't know that all babies have the exact same genital tissue when they are conceived. At about 12 weeks, each baby's genitalia begin to differentiate into a penis or labia. We are more alike than we are different. The clitoris and penis are the same materials assembled in a different way. The clitoris has glans, a foreskin (also known as the hood), erectile tissue and a very small shaft -- all the parts that a penis has. It even swells when it's aroused.
7. Back to being an "inny" and an "outy" -- as I already stated, only one quarter of the clitoris is visible. The rest of it is inside the women's body. Besides the clitoris being made up the clitoral head, the hood and the clitoral shaft, it is also composed of the urethral sponge, erectile tissue, glands, vestibular bulbs and the clitoral legs. Only the clitoral head and the hood are located outside the body. Some sex experts believe that the G Spot is actually a part of the clitoris.
8. The clitoris is designed to bring a woman pleasure. That is its sole purpose. Not reproduction.
9. Yes, there are all kinds of orgasms. Vaginal, Cervical and G Spot Orgasms do exist, but they are much harder for most women to achieve than a clitoral orgasm. Very few women are able to achieve an orgasm without any kind of clitoral involvement. There is nothing immature about women having orgasms through their clitoris. Sorry, Dr. Sigmund Freud.
10. The clitoris varies in size and shape on different women. Some are hidden under the hood, and some stick out. Some like to be touched softly and others like a lot of pressure. It takes time to get to know a woman's clitoris. Don't assume that you know what it likes. Take your time and get to know each unique clitoris, just like you would take the time to get to know the woman it is attached to.
11. People have all kinds of nicknames for the clitoris. You may have heard "man in canoe," "rosebud," "joy buzzzer," "cherry pit," "love button," or "bald man in a boat," just to name a few. I have also heard chick pea and lentils. Anyone have a chip?
12. A clitoral orgasm can bring about anywhere between three and 16 contractions and can last from 10 to 30 seconds. But that doesn't exclude the fact that many women have multiple orgasms that can include pelvic contractions. Some sex educators have compared and contrasted male and female orgasm and have concluded that even the most average clitoral orgasm lasts longer than even the best ever most fantastic male orgasm. Once again, kinda bad news for the men. Woman have more nerve endings in our clitoris.

What are things about women's sexual pleasure you think need to be talked about more? 



By Queen
Header photo via madamenoire.com
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_    

Warm weather is upon us, naturally you will be spending more time having fun in the sun! Whether you're spending time at the beach, park or just taking a stroll anytime you're out during the day your skin is exposed to the sun's rays. While this can give you a beautiful sun kissed glow it can also lead to Sunburn and with more extreme cases, Skin Cancer. Yes, people with dark skin can get sunburn! So although a sun bathing is fun, be careful and do things to keep your skin healthy. 

Here are our Top 3 tips for protecting your skin in the Summer.

  1.  Although this one may seem obvious, wear Sunscreen! If you plan to be out in the sun all day it's best to put on a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Putting on Sunscreen may seem tedious but it is important to protect your delicate skin. You should aim to try to reapply sunscreen every 3-4 hours. Also keep in mind that regardless  the shade of your skin you need sunscreen! No skin color is immune from sunburn and damage.
  2.  Cover up (just a little!). Wearing a wide brim hat not also makes a fashion statement it  provides coverage for your face and neck from the sun. Sunglasses also protect your eyes from harmful sun rays,  which most people forget they need. Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as your skin. 
  3. Try to avoid sun exposure when the sun is at it's highest. Usually that is between 10 am- 4 pm, when the Sun is at its strongest it of course is more harmful. Of course we know you can't avoid the sun but if you are going to be out during those times it's important to make sure you are protecting your skin.



We hope you find these tips helpful, and remember its important for your skin to not only look healthy but BE healthy!





Do you have any tips for how you care for your skin in the Summer??? Let us know in the comments below!  







By: Electa J.




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 


We're coming to the close of Ramadan, and although I didn't fast this year I know first hand the many silly question people asked me during Ramadan, when fasting. It was cool seeing that I wasn't the only Muslim woman getting asked silly awkward questions about Ramadan.





Have you experienced asking someone an awkward question about their race religion or culture? Have you ever been asked an awkward question based on these things? What happened, tell us your story in our comment section below.


By Queen
Header photo via superselected.com

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_    

We are happy to announce a new Monthly feature for Ms. Vixen, Business of the Month! In this feature we will be highlighting businesses that excel in customer service, quality products and also help the communities they are in.

The first business we will be featuring is Mikey Likes It, it's an  Ice cream shop in the East Village of NYC. Now, this is no ordinary Ice Cream shop, not only do the make their ice cream fresh in the store daily. They also have some pretty unique flavor combinations, and tend to put a pop culture spin on their flavor names. Some of the flavor names range from Ice Ice Baby, Real Love, and Home Alone.



One reason this business is special is because of its owner and creator Michael Cole also known affectionately as "Mikey". His story is not a common one but an inspiring one none the less. Mikey learned his business skills on the street, but after serving time in prison, he got a degree in Economics and Business Management. Which enabled him a better opportunity to create and grow his own business. 






As noted in this Huffington Post article featuring the business: 


With the profits from his company, Mikey caters youth events, free of charge, and provides scholarships for local students. He's starting off small, but he's starting; "About three weeks ago, we donated 250 servings of ice cream to a school and paid $1,200 for a girl to go to summer camp. We're a business that doesn't have money yet like that... but you know, to give back is the most important thing for us."


For having a quality product (Trust us we've tried it!), a determined business owner and for their efforts to give back to the community Mikey Likes it   is Ms. Vixen approved! 

For the full Huffington post article you can see it here.

Have you ever tried Mikey Likes it? What are some of your favorite businesses? Let us know in the comments and we could feature one of your favorites next! 





Photo Credits: MikeyLikesItIcecream.com



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 


I wanted to have a section in my apt where I kept  my many journals candles, and meditate from time to time. I live in a small apartment in Brooklyn so there's no way I could have a room for this that's why I settled for a section. It is this spot in my apartment where I place things that have to do with my wellness, both mental and physical, cause they are equally important to me at this point in my life.

Here's what I used to create my meditation corner.
  • A large piece of fabric that I purchased a year ago. It was actually larger but I cut it, I paid $10 for 6ft of this fabric.
  • Small mirrors from Ikea, I purchased two in purple for $1.99 each  
  • Turquoise picture frame that I had already, I think I bought it at Marshall's for about $7
  • Magazines, I chose a funky picture I liked to frame, magazine was free. I  ripped the picture out of an Essence magazine while in the waiting room at the doctors office (Don't snitch)
  • Red ottoman-I've had this ottoman since my first apartment when I was 20 years old. This has sentimental value
  • A bust that I got for free when a clothing store went out of business, and the gold accessories were added because it’s an ode to my  fashion style.
  • Some of the candles I got as gifts, but I love candles from Bath and Body Works, which are expensive but great. I only purchase them when they are on sale, which is mostly on all major holidays. I wait for a sale then rack up!!
  •  A shoe rack, I purchased this from Target, it was only $10! I also purchased it father’s  day weekend so there was free shipping. Shopping on holiday is always great for discounts.

The shoe rack was very easy to put together and I used thumb tacks to attach the fabric to my walls with a similar color as the fabric so it blended in and looked uniformed, I used small nails to hang the mirrors and picture frames on, and added  some other personal touches as well. 


I only put in this corner, things that make me feel calm, and relax. Things that make me smile that I don't have to use everyday, but still represent great things to me. I have crystals and tarot cards as well, that were a gift from my best friend. 


Here's how it looked when I was done!



                  

                   




























What are some ways you have made peaceful oases in your home or apartment?

Header Photo via Target



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.   





   

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