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Friday, May 27, 2016

Maya Glick Wrote and Starred In This Short Fanmade Film About Storm


Storm is a comic book character that hasn't gotten a lot of recognition on the big screen, which isn't a huge surprise, she's a Black woman. We hardly get full rich stories about ourselves in movie theaters, so a fictional BLack comic book character is nowhere on Hollywood's radar. With the buzz surrounding the upcoming Black Panther film, I would only hope his love interest Storm will have a full featured film in the future. 

Writer and fan Maya Glick set out to to change this by taking matters into her own hands. Glick, who says that she was “dissatisfied with the complete lack of empowered women of color in Hollywood’s superhero pantheon” decided to create her own fanmade film.
The end result was Rain, a 23-minute long short film, 2 years in the making. Rain stars the “Punk” incarnation of Storm, which was briefly featured in the comics in the 1980’s. During this time period, Storm temporarily lost her powers but proved her skills as a fierce fighter.
Glick, who paired up with directors Zane Rutledge and Jeff Stolhand and producer Matt Joyce, alongside ZaneFX studio or visual effects, artfully performs her own stunts.
Watch Rain, below, in its entirety, and remember to keep watching after the credits roll.

Would you want to see a featured film all about Storm? 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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VIDEO: A 30-Minute Strength and Cardio Circuit to Challenge Your Entire Body

Photo Credit: Getty Images 

Ready to take your home workout to a new level? While you may have heard about interval training—trainers' dirty little secret for a stronger body (and a less boring workout)—you’ve never seen it like this before.

the 30-minute workout will get your heart rate up while strengthening your upper body, lower body, and core—all without the use of equipment. 

Check out this video from Grokker.com








To recap: Perform each exercise for 40 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of squat spins. Rest 20 seconds between each set.
Set 1: 
Single-leg squat
Push-up with shoulder tap
In-out jump
Tuck crunch

Set 2: 
Curtsy lunge
Elbow dip
Split lunge, 180-degree jump
Starfish

Set 3: 
Single-leg hip raise
Swimming plank
Wide-leg squat thrust
Single-leg V-Sit

Set 4:
Lateral lunge see-saw
Single-leg inverted push-up
Lateral jump
Full kick-up

Set 5: 
Walkout push-Up
Y dorsal raise
Tick-tock lizard
Full core rock

Article was adapted from Greatist.com

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Regina King on the Challenge of Working as a Director and an Actress

Photo Credit: Hollywood Reporter 


Regina King is a child star that has learned to maneuver through Hollywood on her terms. I almost forget that I've been seeing her on my television and in movies practically my whole life, and she has nurtured her craft in ways that impress me in many ways. 

As a director she is equally amazing "The best directors are someone who actually inspire something in you," says King of directors. 

Listen to her thoughts on the challenges of working as a director and actor on The Hollywood Reporter  ROUNDTABLES  2016 Emmys: The Drama Actresses


















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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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hush Your Mouth When Black Women Are Talking


In mainstream culture, the number of Black women in the realms of social commentary is extremely limited. Whenever you see Black women speaking on the politics of Blackness and femininity, it’s either on alternative media sources or a one-time gig to add some “diversity” to an obscenely white media company.

Because of this lack of representation and visibility, it is no surprise that when conversations are happening on issues that specifically affect Black women, non-Black women take up these spaces. This creates a dialogue where issues specific to Black womanhood are skewed to have a universal appeal, and the voices of Black women are silenced to make room for all women. Don’t get me wrong, all women are subjected to patriarchy, misogyny and the wage gap, but the oppression of Black women is compounded by the fact that we exist in an anti-Black society, where our Blackness is linked to our struggles for equity.


For society to truly make room for the most marginalized amongst us, we need to create spaces where those speaking on their pain, are those who are the closest to it. Are you with me so far? Take Lemonade for example, Beyoncé’s 6th album that has been met with critical acclaim from all across the board. Ebony Magazine and Essence to Rolling Stone and the New York Times have all ranked the album as one of the best of 2016. It cannot be denied that Beyoncé has mass appeal that has made her music something that can be appreciated by people from varied racial backgrounds, spanning the scope of the gender spectrum, and from different socio-economic locations. Beyoncé is for everyone, but her latest album is an unmistakable ode and love letter to Black women, highlighting their sorrow, praising their resilience and from the highest apex of fame, screaming for their liberation. Her words carry a truth and power that make them a welcome and much needed remedy for the moments Black women have felt the most forgotten and unheard. The themes of heartbreak and forgiveness present in this album are intertwined with Beyoncé’s identity as a Black woman. Damn, all the women in the music videos are Black, and if that doesn’t tell you whom the album is meant for, I don’t know what will.

So it’s not divisive, and it doesn’t require mental gymnastics for non-Black women to understand that when it comes to explaining, dissecting, and being truly quenched by the Lemonade, Black women should be at the forefront. It is Black women who can properly see the nuances and intricacies of the album, and it is them who can wholly appreciate it for the message it tells them. That Black women matter, their voices matter, their pain matters, their joy matters and their existence matters.

When it comes to talking about Black womanhood, give Black women the pedestal and raise the volume on that megaphone. It’s only right.



What were your thoughts on non-Black women's opinions on Black women and our culture? Let us know in the comment section below!







By Tari Ngangura Lover of all things Michael Jackson, 90s fashion and Sonia Sanchez. 
Follow her! Twitter: @journotari Instagram: @journotari
Check out her Website : carefree-blackgirls.com

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Make Your next Event Pop By Putting Down the Sangria And Make Strawberry Whiskey Sours



I have a new love affair.... and it's with Whiskey. I will be honest I thought nothing could trump my love of a good tequila but my husband put me onto a dope whiskey and low and behold my life was changed. Similar to many people my drink of choice for whiskey was a Whiskey Sour. Don't make that face, it's pretty good but there are always ways to make things better. I was searching pinterest for some drink recipes and came across this one below. Take a look and enjoy!



Strawberry Whiskey Sour

Author: 

Recipe type: Cocktail

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

For the sour mix:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice

First, combine the water and sugar in a small pot and simmer until the sugar completely dissolves. Turn down the heat and add the lemon and lime juice. Remove from heat and let the mixture cook before straining it a final time into an airtight glass container.


For the strawberry simple syrup:

  • 1 pound of strawberries, fresh or frozen 
  • 1 Cup of granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup of water

In a saucepan add the Sugar, Water and Strawberries. Let come to a slight boil than turn down to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes than strain out the strawberries. Put in a heat safe container and let cool, once cool put in airtight container in the fridge til ready to use. 

For the strawberry whiskey sour:
  • 2 ounces whiskey (bourbon recommended)
  • 2 ounces sour mix
  • 1 ounce strawberry simple syrup

Put Ice in Glass add ingredients than give the drink a stir and serve. 

Although this drink may take some prep work both the Sour Mix and Strawberry simple syrup can last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container meaning you can have quite a few rounds with friends!


partially adapted from: Magnolia Days


What are some of your favorite drink recipes??? Let us know in the comment section 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 






Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Allow Her to Reintroduce Herself: Meet Pepper. B


To seek and find beauty, art and positive thinking in one place is a simple task if  Makeup artist and Beauty Journalist Pepper. B is near. A seasoned makeup artist from Brooklyn, with work featured in Self Magazine amazing Beauty Editorial work for A.R.T.S.Y Magazine , and a client list from everyday women to celebrities, she has managed to remain humble and continuously promotes to her beauty fans that even with a beat face, beauty and confidence isn't something maintained on the surface, but inside of us. 

Pepper. B has  fully taken charge of her path in life, and works continuously to be at the top of her game. As a sales executive for Urban Decay, she has extensive knowledge of the beauty industry  from differing perspectives, which gives her an innovative edge many beauty influencers lack. It's inspiring to see depth, artistic expression and great business sense intersect like is does with her brand, so naturally when she agreed  to be featured in Ms. Vixen I was all over it.

Read our chat below, and really Meet Pepper. B

via Pepper. B's Instagram

Define beauty, what are some essentials you think are necessary to be  beautiful.

The first necessary essential for being beautiful is confidence. Honestly, it doesn't matter how much money you spend on making yourself look amazing if you aren't confident it shows. If you're looking for a beauty product to make yourself feel beautiful that's the wrong route. The true task is working with what's on the inside first and once you've tapped into that, that's what makes a beautiful woman. The makeup is just the enhancement.

How did you start your career as a makeup artist?

My career with beauty started with consistency and passion once I discovered my niche. I  started at a very early age, I just began to work towards it. I've always had a natural interest and love for beauty and the arts. I picked up my first real brush entering high school where I would do weird makeup application on myself and it became something that won my heart over. 

Who are your beauty inspirations, are they people, places, things, etc? 

My inspiration are women who are independent, who have beautiful souls. I don't aspire to apply makeup on women who are self absorbed and lack something as simple as humbleness. I am inspired by women of all complexions who are fearless and have a story that they wear on their sleeve like their favorite leather jacket.


Pepper B.'s Work 


You recently re-branded your beauty blog and website, what has changed since Composition inc, until now, you reemerging as with Meet Pepper. B?

Real shit!, growing up and being inspired. Life will bring you to crossroads in your life where you have to sink or swim. Life challenges are truthfully unavoidable. When you're evolving sometimes that requires you to upgrade your business endeavors. You're life goes through different chapters and composition inc is a chapter that's done. I learned so much but I know more now. I feel it's time for people to be introduced to the new elevated version of me. Meet Pepper. B 

You're also a sales executive for Urban Decay, what does that entail, and what does that knowledge add to your own business as a Makeup artist and Beauty Journalist?

 My job requires me to be knowledgeable about the beauty industry and ignite brand passion through education. I spend a lot of time in different markets building brand awareness.


Your work at Urban Decay also has lots of travel, what are 5 beauty items you couldn't travel without!

Okay, so if I was stranded on a work trip and I only had a budget to buy 5 products to complete my makeup look I would buy..

The B6 spray for complexion 
Brow beater & tamer 
Mascara 
Highlighter & blush duo 
Brown lipstick 



 Makeup editorial from A.R.T.S.Y Magazine 


What are some of your favorite cities or places you have traveled to and why?

Truthfully I love smaller cities. I love meeting women who second-guess my capabilities because they're in small towns and never come across woman like me, and creating a life experience for them and making a connection with them is incredible. We all have a common interest, women love make up and love to feel beautiful and at the end of the day it doesn't matter who it's provided by as long as we can  create a relationship that's all that matters. 

My favorite places: 

Providence Rhode Island: it's a tiny city with so much swag. The women aren't judgmental, like, they just want to learn about beauty. 

Chicago: it reminds me of the city [Manhattan], huge attitudes and lots of amazing stores to shop at I always feel like I'm at home.

Long Beach California: Long Beach reminds me of Brooklyn with tons of local businesses and a huge beach, it reminds me of home there is something that's organic and still authentic about it and has tons of culture, I love that!


You have done the makeup for many celebrities, beauty publications and everyday women. Please tell us stories of your best, and worst kind of clients.


My best experience was recently been featured in self magazine after undergoing a transition. Seeing myself featured in a magazine that I look at on a consistent basis through the digital platform is absolutely amazing. I got to voice my opinion on tips and tricks on things you should be doing currently in your make up routine that would enhance the overall make up lifestyle. 


I don't have a worst experience that stands out in my mind specifically however I do find myself a little irritated from men that desire to have more make up then needed on set. 

There's nothing more attractive than a man that feels comfortable in his skin and can take a look and at  himself in the mirror with a little scruffiness. 

What advice do you have for anyone looking to work in the beauty industry, any 
do's and don'ts for our readers?


Discover what type of Artist you are before you dive in. Some artist get trapped doing things that we don't truly love deep down inside. So first start with something that truly makes your heart sing. 

I have more suggestion  here on my website: MeetPepperB.com



What should your beauty fans expect next from Pepper. B?

They should expect consistent growth and more from meet pepper b website. I am all about challenging myself to be the best version of myself so I can reassure that they can expect to always see me pushing. 

I have project coming that I want to leave for excitement. You can't give away all your magic :) 


Special note from Pepper B. to the Ms. Vixen Reader: 

Understand the timing is everything and at times we want things to work out a little bit more quickly than others but if you allow time to work this process things will align the way they need to. Trust your path. 

Want more Pepper. B, be sure to check out her website MeetPepperB.com or follow her on twitter or Instagram @downtopepper! 

















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, May 9, 2016

Laura Muvula Debuts A Beautiful Visual For Her Single 'Phenomenal Woman'





With a song inspired by Mya Angelou this amazing video filled with colors and smiles. The music video for the empowerment anthem was shot in the Bo-Kaap section of Cape Town, South Africa.


The song marks the second single off of her forthcoming album, The Dreaming Room, which drops on June 17.
                 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

8 Essential Things For A Woman's First Apartment

I remember when I moved into my first apartment, it was a cute studio in the Bronx, I also remembered how unprepared I was to live alone. I had a housewarming a received many gifts that helped enhance the aesthetic and look of my apartment, and I felt more like an adult.  I had previously lived with an ex boyfriend so I wasn't aware of the many things I should have in my apartment simple because I was a woman living alone.

I had a housewarming party, received many gifts that helped enhance the aesthetics and look of my apartment but no advice or gifts that would prepare me for being a woman living alone. Besides cute throw pillows, bed sets and a dinette set, but I needed way more. I would've been great to have a list of these items, so I made on for our Vixens!



  • Spare keys- A spare set of keys left  with a family member or safe place at work. This is pretty self explanatory, but many people forget to do this. Also make sure the person who has the spare key lives close to you, so you may be able to get to them quickly.  I got locked out my apartment with no bra on once, and quickly learned my lesson
  • Renters Insurance This is the  most important thing on the list, yet it is the most overlooked item as well. Could you afford to purchase everything in your apartment again if it all got damage or stolen? Many people can not, so renters insurance is a great way to help you deal with any damage or loss of your possessions. It's very affordable, about $15-$20 a month, at most you're paying $240 a year, which is much less than replacing all the items in your apartment. 
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  •  Window Bars/locks- This can help prevent burglaries when you're not home, and deter intruders to target you when you are home.  
  • First Aid Kit - I learn this lesson the hard, I cut my hand cooking once and didn't even have a Band aid. Now I have a full first aid kit in my apartment.
  • Flash Light and Batteries- This is one may think isn't necessary because we have flashlights on our cell phones. I still think it's necessary, because phones break and get lost, what happens then? Just keep your flashlight in a place you will remember with batteries.
  • Portable Cellphone Charger- As we get more dependent on our cellphones they must always be charged. This can help you if a power outage happens in your neighborhood.
  • Cash on Hand- We're also very dependent on debit and credit cards. Electronic devices make things very convenient, but what will you do during a power outage, a technical glitch or a if you cards are lost. I suggest a hidden place where you keep at least $50 for emergencies. 
  • Keep Knives Hidden- I'm grateful no experience  with violent encounters in my home, but anything is possible. I honestly got this idea from watching so many murder documentaries on the Discovery ID channel. So many violent crimes in the home that don't involve a gun seem to involve a kitchen knife. I keep all my knifes stored in a drawer in my kitchen, I don't store them any other way because I much rather only I know where I store my knives. It makes me feel safer.
These are the nine essentials things every woman should have in have in her apartment, especially if she lives alone. What items or ideas would you add to this list.








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 
Instagram @TheQueenSpeaks_
 
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