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Azealia Banks recently sat down with HOT 97’s morning show for a very uninhibited interview.I was definitely into it.

Azealia Banks is a passionate young lady with an even more passionate opinions on society & the depiction of black people in America. This passion brought her to tears quite a few times in this sit down. But what takes the cake in this interview were her feelings on the Grand Hustle family, T.I and Iggy Azalea in particular. A very explosive conversation I think many people need to hear.

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Different seasons require different hair care techniques to maintain healthy hair. While you might wear your hair out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it's warm outside, your hair care routine will change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your tresses in great shape so that when spring rolls around, your hair will be ready to face warm weather in good health.

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1 . Beware Breakage

If you experience breakage in one or two specific areas of your hair, it might have nothing to do with how you care for it, but what you wear on it. Wool hats and scarves can rub against and pull on delicate black hair, breaking it off at the nape of your neck (where the scarf might sit) or at the crown of your head. You need a hat and scarf if you live in a snowy climate, but the trick is wearing them the right way to avoid damage. Try sewing a satin or silk lining inside your wool cap. If you're not crafty enough to do this, ask a friend or family member who is. Before wrapping that wool scarf around your neck, make sure your hair is out of the way, either through a protective style or already secured beneath your properly lined hat. More »

2 . Deep Condition More Often

Heated homes and work spaces can dry out your hair, so combat this dryness with extradeep conditioning. Look for products which hold in moisture and use a good deep conditioner about once a week. As for humectants (touted for helping your hair to hold onto moisture), they are not all created equally. While glycerin is a popular ingredient for adding moisture, its intense water-binding properties will have the opposite effect in winter weather. Sticking to natural oils is a better bet for holding in the moisture that you get from water.

3 . Wet Less Often

It's no fun leaving the house on a frosty morning with wet or damp hair. If you live in a freezing climate, your hair may actually freeze and break if you step outside with wet hair. Even if a wash n' go was your go-to style in the spring and summer, winter requires less shampooing and daily wetting. You should still shampoo and condition about once a week, but since you aren't swimming often, you don't need to wet and/or conditioner wash as much.

4 . Use Heat Even Less

Indoor heating is going to suck some of the moisture from your hair. Don't help it along with flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons. Winter is an ideal season to practice setting techniques like wet sets (completely dry before you head out the door), pin curls and wraps, none of which require heat to style your hair. More »

5 . Rethink Protective Styling

While wearing protective styles is always a good idea for keeping hair ends up and out of the way, they work especially well in winter for protecting your hair from harsh weather. Snow, sleet and heat won't be able to damage your hair as much when you keep it styled in buns, topknots, braids, twists and French rolls. More »


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Thursday morning, Quvenzhané Wallis scored a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy film for her titular role in Annie.
The precocious 11-year-old faces tough competition against far more experienced actresses - Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars), Amy Adams (Big Eyes), and Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey).
The 'modern re-imagining' doesn't hit theatres until December 19, but the Hollywood Foreign Press is already impressed with the charismatic child's performance as a streetwise foster kid from Harlem.

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Every month I will pick my favorite Cover Girl, this month it's Tami Williams by Takay for Elle France December 2014.

The color blocking in this photo is amazing, and shows you your winter and fall can be bright, and full of life also!

Every month I will pic my favorite Cover Girl, this month it's Tami Williams by Takay for Elle France December 2014.

The color blocking in this photo is amazing, and shows you your winter and fall can be bright, and full of life also!

It wasn't until I saw a tweet on my twitter timeline did I ever think about the the amount of missing Black Women in girls in the the United States, currently there are 64,000 missing Black women and girls in this country, and most of us know nothing about it. Despite representing 12.85 percent of the population, Black Americans accounted for nearly 226,000 — or 34 percent — of all missing persons reported in 2012, said an article by Identities Mic, citing FBI figures. Those numbers are huge, and the lack of national attention to this matter qualify as a huge case of negligence by this country. How does such a large population of people go missing and there is no outcry about it. Or an outcry large enough for all of us to be aware?

I begin to do research and what I found wasn't too great either. There has not been much coverage in the mainstream media about these appearances in the US. Critics say this underlines a racial divide in news coverage of such incidents. In addition, critics charge that law enforcement authorities do not seem to put in the same effort in finding victims or perpetrators when the missing persons are black. I don’t like to compare tragedies, and put them  on scales as to which are more deserving than others, yet I saw more voices and calls to action about young girls being kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria by alleged terrorist group Boku Haram. The “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign was a huge one, that I even actively shared. Where is the campaign for the black women and girls here in this country?

So many questions with not enough answers, I decided to create a Tumblr specifically for missing Black women and girls within the United States of America. A simple place for people to go to, and get information on the missing, and also Submit information for other Black women and girls who are missing and aren't getting national attention. The year 2014 has been a very draining one for me personally and also by the continuous disrespect to Black life within this country, that I needed to do something to counter that energy. This is the result of that. I needed to do something because honestly, we all we got.

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Please follow and share lets help these Women and girls get back to their families. Also please comment your thoughts below.

By Queen

Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_

The relaunch of Ms. Vixen TV has happened! I will begin conducting video interviews of amazing people in NYC for my YouTube channel. The event to kick it off was The Take Over-Veterans and Cancer Event hosted by Jasmine Hill-Carter with designs by JC Creations. An event to honor U.S military veterans and people we have lost do to various kinds of cancer.

I was a great a event, with creative fashion, performances and an emphasis on cancer awareness. check out the video and pictures below!

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By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_
I stand firm by all the Black Friday boycotts that are presently going on in protest of
police and vigilante violence that goes unjust in the United States. Many people don’t seem to understand the power of the black dollar, and realize this is a great way to show the impact we have on commerce in the country. If you must shop I suggest buying Black.

I've been searching the internet looking for ways to make buying black easier for all my readers, here’s what I found.

Here's a list of black owned etsy shops from the Huffington Post

My favorite online BookStore

Great for the Tshirt lover  
Check out my online thrift store,
nothing over $30

There are certainly more black businesses to shop from, if you know any, please add them in the comments.

By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_
I would assume  many of my  Ms. Vixen readers, read articles while at their desk at work. Why not treat yourself and sneak in some yoga! This sequence is ideal for those who want to sneak in a quick yoga break or for those who are in healing and want to practice a little bit of opening with the support of a chair. Practice a little energetic hygiene and deep breathing! Open your heart, your shoulders and relieve tension! You can practice this routine without sound too!

So, take a break from work, relieve some tension at try to make this simple routine a part of your everyday!

By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_
Two weeks ago the internet went crazy debating the street harassment issue, when YouTube video of a woman walking around New York City went viral. There was a hidden camera, tracking her for 10 hours walking through many neighborhoods throughout the city. This video created a great opportunity for dialogue, some of it was great, some complete garbage, but that's typically how it goes. My main stance on it was there's a huge difference to me as to what is street harassment and what is catcalling. As long as what is said to me while I walk down the street isn't disrespectful, and overtly sexually motivated I'm pretty okay with it. Honestly harassment is in the eye of the person being harassed. It is the woman's determination as to what is street harassment, perpetrators just have to respect the boundary she puts forth, its really as simple as that. I go further explaining my views on what I feel constitutes street harassment in a piece I wrote for Afro Punk titled, My Name is Not 'Yo Shorty'

One question that no one has asked is, does Cat Calling work? In my experience it has once,   I was in a relationship and engaged to man whom I met from being cat called. Yet, most of the time i'm typically annoyed by it and generally don't respond, or simply smile if there's something nice said. When I asked other women their thoughts  were pretty similar.

I polled some Ms.Vixen readers and the response was very similar to my thoughts. Most women aren't into being catcalled and are turned off by it. One reader states "I've never been catcalled and thought to myself 'Oh I hope he takes me out for dinner' The guys I've been attracted to weren't necessarily the ones that would catcall or harass a woman." Another reader  felt that catcalling has caused her physical stress, and she's glad this conversation is happening, a common sentiment among most Ms. Vixen readers and other women.

Another reader left a very interesting comment, she actually had a relationship with a man she met from a catcall,  and she remains friends with him  presently. She states "There's a difference between catcalling and harassment." Which I actually have to agree with, as I mentioned earlier I  had a relationship that began from a catcall, but I am also against street harassment. It’s all tied to respecting women’s boundaries and interacting with her in accordance to what she deems is okay for her. Where the problem lies is the false sense of entitlement many men feel that have over women. If we do not respond we are rude, stuck up bitches. I have even heard men say women want this, we want to walk around and get compliments. Let’s be clear, many of us don’t get dressed everyday  to look good for men, we dress to look good for ourselves. So, your acknowledgement of how we look can just be a thought and not something that needs to be heard.

The majority of women aren’t into catcalls, and all of us aren’t into street harassment. Whether it works or not depends on many factors, but the general consensus is It doesn’t. Are we open to friendly conversation, be we  would appreciate  if the entitlement you feel about us interacting with you cease to exist.

By Queen

Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_
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