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18 year old Disney star Zendaya Coleman has been making headlines for all the right reasons, she's addressed racism, cultural appropriation and gracefully shutdown E! network's Giuliana Rancic’s racist comments about her faux dreadlocks worn at the 2015 Oscar awards.  As told to Galore Magazine
“My parents always taught me that there is knowledge in your voice. I could have clapped back and gone off. Of course I wanted to, everyone wants to do that. I just kept thinking there were other young people dealing with the same kind of issue who were watching me to see how I would respond. . . .I think the way we react to things is a big indicator of our character and what type of person we are. I just had too much respect for myself and didn’t want to prove everybody right that’s waiting for me to be ignorant and do something dumb, so I took my time until I thought of the best way I could address the comments.”
As a star on her show KC Undercover she gets to be kick ass girl who actually kicks ass, great seeing that transpiring off set as well. 

To check out her full spread and full article visit 

Maria Lucia Hohan DressFausto Puglisi JacketThe Way We Wore BeltRuthie Davis Shoes & Vivienne Westwood Necklace

Vivienne Westwood DressRuthie Davis BootsJennifer Fisher JewelryPluma NecklaceBernard Chicago Hat & The Way We Wore Belt

What do you think of Zendaya's recent fashion spread? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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 doing interviews with artist, especially artist that are fun, uninhibited and just real people. No list of questions not to be asked, no PR person down my back trying desperately to be a gatekeeper of what the public should know as real. This has never been my experience at any of the She's Ryan events I've done press for, so when her team reached out for me do an exclusive interview about her current single Been a Lie FT. Manolo Rose there was no hesitation.

She chose where we met, and although many would assume we'd met somewhere loud and party like, she chose a setting completely opposite of that. We met in the park, and actually had a picnic, with lots of fresh fruits and other healthy choices. She finally had a day off from her hectic schedule and she just wanted to relax, lay back and do something simple like lay in the grass. I enjoyed this idea, and without her even saying it, it let me know she trusted me, and this interview would be great.

We sat and ate, I pressed record and her and I just flowed and talked.

So, this is your 3rd single, what makes this single different from the your second single money on my mind?
I think what makes Been A Lie a bit different from Money On My Mind is how fun it is.  Even though both songs speak about cash and how it's so fun to spend it, I was speaking more on how the world we live in can kind of seem like one big lie.  The broke pretend to be rich, the rich pretend to be richer, when in all actuality, it's cash, it comes and goes, and to be quite frank, I know how to have fun, and do almost anything I want with or without it. This is what I'm talking about it the song.

Who are you talking to in this song, who's lying to you girl?!
(laughs loudly) In the song, I'm just comically addressing the men and women who not only lie to ME, but to everyone around them, and most importantly, TO THEMSELVES.  Girl it's okay to go to the club with a pair of shoes that aren't $1,500, I still think you're beautiful.  Boy it's okay if you borrowed your boys diamond watch to impress that girl on your first date, just give that shit back when you're done.  And for anyone else who is living a lie, I see you. You "Been A Lie".

What was it like working with Manolo Rose, and how did this collaboration come about?
I was introduced to Manolo Rose through my musical family, Fame School.  The producer of Fame School, Slim, one day made this really fun, up tempo party beat, and we started vibing, and of course, created this dope ass song.  After the song was done, it still felt like something was missing, not just a feature, but a DISTINCT sound. A voice, some flare, and fun character. And that's when my boy Manolo Rose came into play. Both slim and I had the idea of asking Manolo to get on the record with me, and he was happy to.  Working with Manolo is motivational.  Every time I watch him record, he's extremely serious, and won't move onto his next verse until he's perfected the current one. He's clever, witty, supports my moves, and super talented.  I'm really happy to have him on this record with me.
How is it working with Fameschool, being the only woman in the boys club?
Working with Fame School, besides being extremely fun, inspirational, and invigorating, is one big learning experience for me.  Fame School consists of a super producer, and an incredible vocalist/ song writer.  A power duo who has been in this game over 10 years.  Two men who have worked their way from the bottom to the top, and took me in because they simply believe in me. It's such a blessing.

As far as being the only girl, I'm always the only girl.  At work, school, where ever, I've just always attracted a lot of good men into my life.  So Fame School are my bros.  They treat me like family. It's all love.

Will there be a music video for this single?


What's the worst lie someone has ever told you?  I'm sure the fans would love to know!  

The worst lie that someone has ever told me was of course, a boyfriend situation.  I was young, dumb, and in love.  This guy told me he was single, lived alone, worked at a software company doing marketing, and had no children.  I found out he was 12 years older than me, lived on his mothers couch, had two kids, and a girlfriend! Haaaaaaaa! Fuck my life!!!!

You're in a business where a lot of people pretend, or people feel the need to lie. How do you keep that energy at bay?
People lie in any business.  But for some reason, in the music industry, or in current hip hop, people feel like their song won't be as good if you're not talking about having a million cars, making it rain on every stripper they see, and drinking expensive cups of lean.  (she breaks out singing the popular internet meme) "WHY YOU ALWAYS LYING?!"  If that were the case, we'd all be rich, no one would work regular jobs during the day, you'd pull up to all your shows in a Lamborghini, etc etc.  How I handle people who boast about imaginary money is to simply go along with it, they aren't harming me.  Sometimes I get a kick out of it and actually entertain the fact that they think they're impressing me.  I have one rule as an artist, and as a free spirited human being, and it's simply to keep it real with yourself...ALWAYS.

What's next for She's Ryan, what should your fans expect, not expect etc.
What's next is more visuals!  More videos, a web series, more music, my first EP, just everything!  Being an artist is so exciting.  I make sure to enjoy every single moment of it, even the overwhelming times.  I make sure to push my limits, over step all boundaries, and never play by the rules.  So the fans can expect a more personal, realistic look into the life of She's Ryan.

Take a listen to She's Ryan latest track Been a Lie (Featuring Manolo Rose) 

Also, purchase her single on iTunes Been a Lie (feat. Manolo Rose) - Single by She's Ryan

What do you think of She's Ryan's single Been A Lie Ft. Monolo Rose, is it Ms. Vixen approved? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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.   
It is now officially fall, The most fashionable season of fashion in my opinion. Time for knit sweaters, layers, stunning hats, and boots! Yet this year I became reacquainted with sneakers, and I want to work them back into my wardrobe. I stop wearing sneakers a long time ago, because I didn't think I looked like a woman in them. I felt the market was for children and men, huge bulky footwear that made my feet look like spaceships was nothing I wanted to be a part of. 

As an adult I see more feminine fashionable options that don't look like mom sneakers, and i'm  so for it. Still holding on to a feminine look while wearing sneakers has always been a challenge. I went online to find inspiration, and I found lots! Here are my four favorite looks, and why, check them out.

Via: Tumblr
  • This look is very relaxed, laid back and casual but the hat refines it and brings the casualness sneakers contribute to an outfit to newer heights.

Houndstooth | @musingof
  • The houndstooth patterned coat with the slip-on sneakers creates such a cozy look that is perfect on those lazy days.

Styling On Bart | @SimplictyxStyleg
  • The neon yellow sneakers paired with the camo jacket and Bart Simpson t-shirt is a fun take on the classic white tee with jeans and sneakers look.
Biker Chick | @alealimay
  • A biker jacket makes any outfit look adult, with loose fitting pants and vans. I would suggest wearing a full shirt, instead of a bra top, but if that's your thing, go for it! 

Brown Bomber Jacket | @rochelledianne

  • Sneakers and dresses are always a great combination. This simple midi black dress coupled with a brown bomber jacket is great with this white Converse high tops. 

What cool ways will you dress up your sneakers this fall? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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 never watched the Emmy awards in my life, mostly because I find award shows incredibly boring. In addition to them being a snooze fest I decided to stay away from many of these awards shows such as the Oscars, the Grammys and many more due to the lacking presence of people of color. I decided at a very young age that I didn't want to support things and institutions that didn't support me. I even took that thought further and begin to feel we should create our own award shows, and give ourselves these accolades rather than wait for mainstream white entertainment to do so, and I still stand by those feelings.

So, although I did not watch the 2015 Emmy awards, the swarm of images and video through social media displaying the sisterhood that was present touched me deeply. From Viola Davis acceptance speech to Taraji P. Henson amazing display of love and support to all the winners. 

It's the best of times, it's the worst of times. Our bad days are ubcredibky , but our good ones are so damn glorious. 

Here were my favorite sisterhood moments of the night.

When Viola Davis ran to hug Taraji P. Henson as she before she walked on stage to get her award

When Viola Davis made her acceptance speech. She opened with a powerful quote from Harriet Tubman, and also closed her speech thanking other Black women actors.

Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Tweet about Viola Davis's win!

Taraji P. Henson screams in excitement as she offers her friend and first time Emmy winner Regina King her award.

Kerry Washington cried as she looked on as Viola accepted her award

More Black girl magic 

What were your favorite Emmy awards? let us know in the comments below!
This photo series  by photographer Michelle Marshall is a stunning collection  of  portraits of Black red heads. No, redheads aren't only white people.  

 Julie Zeilinger of writes:

 Michelle Marshall Photographer Michelle Marshall is raising awareness of this fact through her photo series "MC1R." The series, named after the gene variant responsible for red hair and freckles, features individuals of Afro-Caribbean descent who carry this gene and, therefore, embody certain aesthetic traits associated with redheads.

Source: Michelle Marshall
"I want to stir the perception that most of us have of a 'ginger' as a white Caucasian individual, potentially of Celtic descent," the French-born, London-based photographer told Mic. "As we struggle with issues of immigration, discrimination and racial prejudice, Mother Nature, meanwhile, follows its own course, embracing society's plurality and, in the process, shaking up our perceptions about origins, ethnicity and identity."
Experts confirm this: "Red hair carriers in the Caribbean and Africa are for the most part due to migration or gene flow," Barry Starr, a geneticist from Stanford University, told Vice

Source: Michelle Marshall

"This might also explain why you occasionally see red hair on a black Caribbean person who has two black parents," George Busby from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics concurred in Vice. "By chance alone, it might be that they are both carrying a European mutation which has come together in their child." 
Even beyond the diverse backgrounds redheads specifically embody, Marshall hopes the series will encourage viewers to rethink assumptions about racial identity more broadly.

Source: Michelle Marshall

"With their striking and beautiful features, each and every one of my subjects are challenging the very parameters of race and identity and the idea that skin color informs one's heritage and provenance," she said. 
While Marshall predominately shoots in the United Kingdom, United States census supports her observation. More than 7% of the 3.5 million children born in the United States in 2009 were of two or more races, according to the Washington Post, and that number is only growing. 

Source: Michelle Marshall

"As the nuances are now becoming so subtle, the notion of belonging to a black or a white community becomes difficult to ascertain, and similarly it becomes confusing for one to identify with one or another (just as it becomes difficult for a given community to embrace those blurred lines)," Marshall told Mic.
Capturing this rapid change is at the heart of Marshall's work. "I wish to create compelling portraits," she said. "A visual census representing our constantly changing society."

Source: Michelle Marshall

Ultimately, though, the photographer hopes her images will encourage people to move past a narrow understanding of race. 
"I am perplexed that despite being all intrinsically the same from a biological point of view (after all, we all have two legs, two arms, one head), we allow small variations in skin colour, shape, gender etc. to dictate how some individuals should be perceived and treated," she concluded. "Our primal fear of the unknown still yields some snappy and completely irrational behaviours."

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h/t Vice
The newlywed stages are so nice. The cuddles, the butterflies, the promises of forever, the perfect moments. Fast forward to your first child and that can be a distant memory. I remember the first time I realized I went two weeks without sexy time with bae because my then newborn wanted a zombie milk machine of a mother. It had slowly become the norm that I would realize I hadn’t had intimate time with my husband and even while our family was growing, sex was becoming yet another thing being swept under the “ I’ll do it later’ pile.
Of course successful marriages aren’t based on the amount of sex a couple engages in but a happy bedroom is always a happy home. When kids come along, every parent experience a significant slow down with their sex life because there is never enough hours in a day to care for the kids, yourself and your marriage. My marriage has seen a couple of speed bumps since my son made his grand entrance three years ago so I try to keep us on the same page for the sake of our union.

The most important part of being in a marriage or any relationship is having an open avenue of communication. Many times I’ve found that when I open up and be honest about a concern or insecurity, we work it out together. The biggest arguments, the most heated fights and even the silliest squabbles we talk it out after. How it made us both feel and how poisonous negativity is to our growth when we start to bicker. We understand each other and we trust that we both have the best interest of our union at heart. Our communication game is strong and I don’t think we would be the team players we are without it. So many times I’ve witnessed levels of miscommunication that could have easily been avoided. Listening is hard, learning is hard, loving is hard, but together it doesn’t have to be.

Enjoy Your Journey TOGETHER
This was the man I chose to spend forever with. He was not the same after a year or three but neither was I. I had to learn that. With everything, growth is ever changing. There were times when I didn’t recognize the person I had married but in those moments I had to learn the new person he was evolving into . We both have grown from the giddy high energy lovers we were when we first met and in those moments when we built on our relationship, we grew to slow down and enjoy the simple things. I have learned so much of the smaller details about this man that I wouldn’t have had to time to notice had I not slowed down. It’s important to slow down. Just like exploring womanhood and motherhood, I had to take things slow to appreciate the gems around me. I find it frustrating when I think too far ahead in the future that I forget to enjoy the now. We try to remember to enjoy our journey because it's the journey that will keep us connected.

Include the little one
Building a family takes a bucket of patience and a whole lot of creativity. My son is a great pain in the butt when I want to spend time alone with his dad so I naturally give in and just let him join in on our company. If we’re having a date night and no sitter, he’s included. If it’s movie night and he refuses bedtime, we would watch a kiddie flick together. When he’s bored and we’re busy, we like to include him or give him his own tasks for the moment. Creating tiny ways to include him has helped us spend so much quality time as a family and I got to learn my husband as the dad. It’s amazing the transformation that takes place before my eyes when the man becomes the father. Kids can add such a headache to the marriage sometimes that the energy wasted trying to make everything perfect can simply spent enjoying the tiny adjustments. It took me some time to get over trying to achieve the perfect family when mine was blossoming right before me at its own pace.
Marriage is a joining of forces. It’s teamwork to make the dream work.. Not all the laws of marriage apply when building strong foundations and that’s the beauty in the union. Manipulating it to fit your relationship.It’s easy to follow rules but breaking them are much more fun. Embrace your journey as a team; love, live, learn and build.

What was your best piece of advice on marriage? What advice would you give to married couples?

Stella is a mom first and girl power advocate second. She spends her afternoons binging on chocolate and writing about her twenty somethings over at her space. Get more of her writing on her website

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