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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What We Hope Brands Learn From Dove

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Over the weekend Dove released a  three-second GIF, that featured three women, each removing her shirt to reveal the next. There's one part of the GIF that was alarming, a Black woman removing her shirt and revealing a white woman,  which had many calling Dove racist, all calling to Boycott Dove. For many, it brought back a time when Black people in the USA where use as racist punchlines in lots of advertising in the soap industry. 

Dove has also been known to use language that is extremely tone deaf (no pun intended) on the labeling of its products, such as "from normal to dark skin"  because naturally, the opposite of normal is dark skin.  this isn't the first time social media called out Dove on their advertising foolishness.

On Saturday, Dove — owned by Unilever — apologized, writing on Facebook: “Dove is committed to representing the beauty of diversity. In an image we posted this week, we missed the mark in thoughtfully representing women of color and we deeply regret the offense that it has caused.”

Personally,  I didn’t understand the dove soap issue, but I’m all for people finding reasons to buy products by Black people. So either way, I was happy to see people seek Black own businesses they rather give their money to. Also, I critique everything sold to me, my money doesn't come easy so whether a good claim or not, being critical of companies is important. Seeing the full ad or not, we now know (or hope)  Dove knows not to be careless with Black imagery, you just can’t be. It’ll cost you, and that’s a great thing.

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All the “y’all race baiting” people make no sense and don't understand the overall critique of the careless use of Black imagery. It also shows how many Black people aren’t in these companies making these crucial decisions in advertising. The lack of diversity is the most evident issue here. Diversity would've given space for someone to tell, them "don't post that, you will be dragged" 
So, many may think it’s about crappy ass soap but it’s not. It’s about you, their Black consumer being an afterthought. Cause why care

Also, why is everyone up in arms at people for dragging Dove? A rich ass company that’ll be alright? All capitalistic structures that carelessly use Blackness should be dragged, daily. Who we dragging next?

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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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Let's Stop Silencing Dark Skin Women's Reaction To Fenty Beauty

The discussion surrounding Fenty Beauty is exhausting. I'm so sick of people silencing dark skin Black women. It sparked a conversation that

1) Needed/needs to be had and
2) Continues covering a concern many have spoken on for entirely too long.

Why should they have to ALWAYS be the ones to wait for their tones to finally be out? It'd be different if this wasn't a common issue, but it is, and to see those who are constantly speaking on inclusivity regarding all shades and hues telling dark skin Black women to be quiet and be happy? Nah, man, this is a fucking problem, and we know that because it spans outside of online [social media]. This fills the ENTIRE industry.

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We got fashion models bringing their own foundations to give "pro" makeup artists before a runway because rarely do they have their matches. None of this is brand new and we're fully aware of that, even those who've had a problem with the discussion circulating lately. The entire beauty industry deserves critique in all areas, be it race, colorism, hair texture, body types, ableism, ageism, etc.

This isn't a conversation we should be running away from. This isn't a conversation we should be silencing those who are marginalized. I know, personally, I'm excited to cop something from Fenty Beauty. But we can be both excited and critical.

This mess has gotten so far as to ppl posting gifs of a mentally and physically disabled person to mock another for requesting representation. I'm not exaggerating when I say people have gone too far in the name of stanning. It just isn't worth being that damn cruel.

By @xchemoni 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

30 Ways To Get Over Heart Break and Heal Correctly

It's difficult  navigating heart break and healing in a way that doesn't leave you jaded. What's most important is, the other side of heartbreak is freeing and gives you the tools to grow. Also, the lessons you learn from heartbreak can help you make better choices, and create higher standards for your next relationship. The ups and downs of a heartbreak can literally feel like a roller coaster, with twists,  turns, and sudden drops that you feel in the pit of your stomach. There are ways to get to the other side of this with a healthy heart, here are 30 ways to get over the heart break and heal correctly.

  1. Cry, cry a lot and don't hold back. 
  2. Self-Inventory, what should you keep and what should you leave behind in you love style 
  3. Make a bad bitch playlist 
  4. Revamp your look 
  5. Pray 
  6. Workout 
  7. Start doing things alone 
  8. Go to a restaurant with a kind of food you never ate before 
  9. Busy yourself with things that'll make you a better person
  10. Relearn yourself 
  11. Dance 
  12. Start journaling 
  13. Masturbate 
  14. Buy a new comforter set for your bed 
  15. Delete their phone number 
  16. Embrace all the emotions, even the bad ones 
  17. Eat your favorite ice cream 
  18. Be honest with yourself about why it's over 
  19. Meditate 
  20. Delete the text thread both of you share 
  21. Watch a lot of feels good comedy movies and TV shows 
  22. Delete their photos 
  23. Sing 
  24. Fast from all negativity 
  25. Take a solo trip 
  26. Learn a new recipe 
  27. Hang out with people that make you feel good 
  28. Change your hair 
  29. Create a project and finish it 
  30. Trust the power of time 

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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Monday, July 10, 2017

Tips To Build Your Self Esteem and Be The Best You!

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As we grow and evolve, and become the women we want to be, our confidence and self-esteem are continuously challenged. The many things that make us special are also the tools used to challenge your existence in society. The world can be tough, and often times drains ones sense of self. 

As the the term self care becomes more contemporary it's important that many of these practices become part of our everyday. Actively working on things that fulfill your self-esteem is the best self care you can treat yourself to!

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  • Traveling is a great way to get exposed to new experiences. It also challenges your independence. Learning about new places, cultures and neighborhoods that aren't your own; especially in places where people don't speak your native language. If traveling abroad isn't in your budget, start small with weekend trips and places right outside your city or town. 
  • Living alone, helps improve your confidence and self esteem. Making your own adult decisions, paying your own bills is a huge self esteem booster.
  • Learn a new hobby or take on a new project, challenging your self and completing a goal will instantly boost your self esteem, and strengthen your sense of accomplishment. Small life changing projects like creating a budget for yourself, paying off a credit card, or training  for a marathon are great ways to start. 

    • Recognizing threats to our self esteem, being in environments that are sexist, racist and full of micro aggression contributes to hurting your esteem of self. It challenges you in an unhealthy way, and also makes you question your abilities when it's actually the hostile environment influencing your feelings. These are outside of you not within you; try your best to eliminate these factors from your life
    • Volunteer! Being of service to the world is an instant self esteem booster. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. 
    • Develop or deepen your spiritual or religious practice, explore what feels good to you, try  new things, feeling connected to a hire power, or a thing that is bigger than you can help with life perspective and definitely will help your confidence
    • Journaling or meditation. Engage in some kind of regular practice that gives you time alone with your thoughts apart of our voices becoming lost or small based on things outside of us. Getting more acquainted with your own thoughts and your own perspective can help you become grounded and help your self esteem greatly.
    • Develop healthy connections and finding yourself in affirming and validating environments, relationships and friendships. The company you keep, and your everyday environment has a huge impact on your self esteem as well. 

    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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    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Fashion Crush: Cardi B. Is A Fahsion Icon In The Making

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    Cardi B. describes herself as a regular degular girl from the Bronx, she forgets to add future fashion icon, here are our favorite recent fashions from Queen Cardi B. 

    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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    Monday, June 19, 2017

    10 Things I Learned at the 2017 Hustle HER Way Summit!

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    I am a firm believer that empowered women empower women. I am also a firm believer that when you fill an entire room of powerful women, the result is pure magic. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to experience this kind of magic during Kyshira Moffett's Hustle HER Way Summit in Pittsburgh, PA.  Moffett is also a certified girl boss, with a variety of titles such as Brand Strategist, Business and Lifestyle Blogger, Author, and Bombshell to her brands, which includes: HER Movement, The KSM Group, Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics, and Hustle HER Way.

    Moffett is such a kind and humble person, both inside and out. If you're thinking about attending Hustle HER Way next year, definitely read on!

    1. Don't get caught up on what to wear 
    Prior to the Summit, I definitely spent a ton of time thinking about to wear, what to pack, what not pack, etc. Although I do think it's important to dress your best, I think it's important to be realistic about several things 1) your finances, 2) your level of comfort, and 3) everyone has their own style. If you're considering attending Hustle HER Way next year but are not sure what to wear, I suggest looking at pictures from previous years or simply ask a friend what she's thinking of wearing to get some ideas.

    2. It is crucial to SLAY in your LANE 
    On night one of the Summit, PR maven Lola Sims talked to us about slaying in your lane, what it means, and why it's important to do so. "Slaying in your lane is owning who are. No one is going to think the way you think," she said. No matter the variety of moves she made and currently makes, Sims also mentioned that she was able to bring things she learned from one lane and apply it to another lane.

    3. Be mindful of who you roll with 
    "Relationships are like math. Pay attention to what people are adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing into your life and purpose." (Lachelle Binion,

    4. Every FAB Hustler must have:

    • Fresh perspective and clarity 
    • Authentic presentation 
    • Biz Bestie (aka accountability partner) 
    Teresa Renee Hunt (Life-Makeover Strategist)

    5. Landing pages should be visually appealing 
    "Your website is literally your digital website. When you're building your website, think about the process before the platform." (Rita Olds- Robinson, Web Designer,

    6. Surefire ways to get publicity for your brand 
    • Build your squad  
    • Get digital house in order 
    • Know they goals 
    • Own your story 
      • (What is the story behind the brand?) 
    • Do your research 
    • Nail your pitch 
    • Dust yourself off (and try again!) 
    Lauren Gill (Founder/Chief Power Specialist at Power Publicity) 

    7. Enjoy the journey but don't rush the process 
    "Don't stretch your life out trying to do everything at once." (Lakisha Greenswade, Personal Brand Strategist, 

    8. Victory over defeat 
    "Plan your success, not your failure." (Kyshira Moffett, Hustle HER Way Founder,

    9. Go with your gut 
    Whether you're starting something brand new or revisiting old ideas you haven't completed, go with your gut in each move you make. If something doesn't feel right, you will know it for sure. 

    10. It's okay if you haven't established a brand...yet!
    I was so inspired by everyone that I met, specifically to the point where they were encouraging me to launch my personal brand. I realized that in a sea full of amazing brands, it's okay if you haven't figured yours out yet. But it is important to spend time crafting, shaping, and developing it. 

    Overall, Hustle HER Way was an amazing experience both professionally and personally. I left meeting new friends and endeavors, while also learning from different women from different walks of life. I am 100% sure that the future is DEFINITELY female.  I highly recommend any creative, entrepreneur, business owner, whomever, to attend next year; I know I will be! 

    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.

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    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    35 Reasons To Touch Yourself As a Form of Self-care

    Self-care can be displayed in many ways. Simple things like manicures, spa days and a sip of wine.  Or other things that help your physical and mental well-being like meditation, prayer, yoga or a nice run in the park.  

    These are great ways to center yourself in the name of self-care, but what seems to be omitted out of the self-care narrative is masturbation. Sexual satisfaction as means of self-care isn't usually a part of that list.  Solo-sex is usually something perceived as a devious act socially,  or something to be ashamed of.  Let's do away with those ideas, and welcome masturbation in you self-care regimen. 

    Here are 35 reasons to touch yourself as a form of self-care Via

    1. Masturbation keeps your yoni healthy.
    3. Masturbation helps create & sustain your sexual sovereignty.
    4. Masturbation is the best way to get to know your sexuality.
    5. Masturbation relieves stress & tension in your body.
    6. Masturbation gives you a delicious natural high.
    7. Masturbation helps you have a better relationship with your desires.
    8. Masturbation grounds you into your body.
    9. Masturbation is an invitation to practice healthy selfishness.
    10. Masturbation feels good.
    11. Masturbation cultivates self-intimacy.
    12. Masturbation can ease PMS symptoms, like cramping & moodiness.

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    14. Masturbation fosters self-acceptance.
    15. Masturbation is a natural sleep aid & fights insomnia.
    16. Masturbation is free!
    17. Masturbation makes the sex you have with others more enjoyable.
    18. Masturbation promotes body mindfulness.
    19. Masturbation helps you explore the many different orgasms you can have.
    20. Masturbation helps you build sexual confidence.
    21. Masturbation can jumpstart your creativity.
    22. Masturbation creates an intimate kinship between you & your genitals.
    23. Masturbation is the ultimate form of self-love.24. Masturbation is easy!
    25. Masturbation helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
    26. Masturbation expands your capacity to experience pleasure.
    27. Masturbation helps cure headaches!
    28. Masturbation is a great way to reconcile your relationship with porn.
    29. Masturbation helps you have more orgasms more consistently.
    30. Masturbation helps heal sexual core wounding & traumas.
    32. Masturbation is a form of meditation.
    33. Masturbation is a great way to stretch & play with your erotic imagination.
    35. Masturbation is a bold gesture toward nurturing your sexual essence.

    Steve Madden

    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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