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The hues in your 64-pack with the built-in sharpener never looked this bold... This spring, the ROYGBIV spectrum you know and love is getting an extra jolt of color, with primaries like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Rx ($10;, The Body Shop's Sunny Affair ($8;, and Pop the Trunk by China Glaze ($7.50; turning up the contrast. Seasonal brights like Dolce & Gabbana's Bouganville ($26; or CoverGirl's Pump the Pear ($8; are another way to put a literal spring in your step without getting too matchy-matchy against a floral sundress.


At first glance, these lacquers may seem like your run-of-the-mill colors, but once they make contact with your nail, they create stunning and unexpected finishes. The glitters used in Sephora's Formula X polish in Marine ($13; and Illamasqua's Marquise ($17; dry to a pebbled texture that almost mimics crushed glass. For glitter-free takes on the trend, opt for Ciate's Liquid Chalk ($25 for two; to get a completely matte appearance, or the 2B Colours Leather Effect Polish ($4;, which adds a touch of edge to an otherwise feminine ensemble---not unlike that killer biker jacket in your closet.

Nothing ushers in the start of spring like warmer weather, and the return of our favorite pastel nail hues. Because some versions can be thin, requiring multiple layers, a full-coverage creme formula is ideal for nailing the look. Give a nod to the blue skies ahead with soft azures like Christian Louboutin's Batignolles ($50; and Vette by A Beautiful Life ($12;, or lacquer up in candy colors like ORLY's Lemonade ($8; and Impala's Cinturinha ($5; for a super-sweet finish that won't trigger a cavity.


If deep wine is the standard nail hue for the colder months, then consider coral to be its seasonal counterpart. Punchy shades like Essie's Sunday Funday ($8.50; and Burberry's Bright Coral Red ($22; instantly warm up any skin tone ahead of your spring break getaway. We're also obsessed with how the gold hints in OPI's Go With the Lava Flow ($9.50; and Jin Soon's Pastiche ($18; add to the bronzed goddess feeling.

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Brooklyn Museum for the New Republic exhibit by Kehinde Wiley, which addressed questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The work exhibited at the Brooklyn museum spanned his 14 year career, and features 60 paintings and sculptures.

I was familiar with his work previously because he had a small exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum that has been there for about a year, but seeing a larger collective of his work was simply phenomenal. His sculptures, which I'd never seen before had me in awe. The details were incredible, mostly consisted of copper a medium. I had a great appreciation for his sculptures because i'd never seen sculptures that had the appearance of current Black people, style and culture. Generally when I see sculptures in Museums or art galleries it's typically historic European body forms, or if it is Black body forms it's usually in the context of indigenous culture and style.


The whole exhibit is amazing, and his work has even been featured in popular shows like Fox's Empire. There was also a documentary  at the exhibit that partners the journey in his whole creative process to create his pieces. The series will be available at the Brooklyn Museum  until May 24th 2015. Here's a peek at some of his work, but you may take a look at more or get more updates of when he'll have exhibits in your area at his website,

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight Amber Rose discussed the motivation behind her upcoming SlutWalk in Los Angeles. After her ex, Kanye West, stated in an interview that he had to take 30 showers after dating her, to date Kim Kardashian, Rose said she couldn't understand why he would attempt to slut shame her.
“We were happy when we were together! And now all of the sudden, I'm getting slut-shamed because we're not together anymore, and it’s not fair,” Rose stated. 
“I deal with it every day. I deal with it via social media. People out on the street. They don’t quite understand why I post what I post and how I speak on social media,” Rose said, adding that slut shaming hurts all women. “I’m sick of it, and I’m here for my girls, and we’re gonna do the #AmberRoseSlutWalk this summer and it’s gonna be awesome. 

Rose then decided to make it her mission to take a stand against slut shaming for all women.The first SlutWalk, which was held in Toronto, was attended by thousands of women. Rose hopes that her SlutWalk, if successful, can be extended to New York City as well.
The first SlutWalk, which was held in Toronto, was attended by thousands of women. Rose hopes that her SlutWalk, if successful, can be extended to New York City as well.

Check out the video of her interview at 
I am always looking for new ways to prepare food. I saw this recipe and liked that there were ingredients I regularly have in my kitchen. The recipe initially calls for ground beef, but I used ground turkey meat. I don't eat beef, and I ground turkey is a healthier alternative. I've also never made any kind of casserole , and Im always into trying new ways to prepare food. 

It tasted amazing , and was a great alternative to simple burgers and french fries. 

This is a great dish to get out of the "what to cook for dinner" rut, please comment at let us know if you enjoyed the meal! 

Serves: 4

  • 2 and 1/2 cups rotini pasta
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 and 1/2 tbsp. mayo
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup bread and butter pickles, or sub dill pickles, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 15-20 frozen waffle fries
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

  1. In a large pot of water, boil the noodles all the way through. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, follow package directions to cook about 15-20 waffle fries (or desired amount to top the pasta with).
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until all the way cooked through. Drain any excess fat and add in the chopped onion and minced garlic.
  4. Stir until fragrant and add in the ketchup, mayo, and mustard.
  5. Stir until completely combined. Add in the drained petite tomatoes, and stir.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the cooked pasta into the skillet and then top with the cheese.
  8. Stir the cheese around until it's melted.
  9. Top the skillet with the chopped pickles and then the waffle fries and serve immediately.

This is a great dish to get out of the "what to cook for dinner" rut, please comment at let us know if you enjoyed the meal! Writes

Queen Latifah's gunning for some major awards in HBO's upcoming Bessie Smith biopic.

Written and directed by Dee Rees, "Bessie" follows the life and times of legendary "Empress of Blues," Bessie Smith (played by Queen Latifah)."Bessie" also stars Mo'Nique, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Mike Epps and Tika Sumpter, promising high drama, great period costumes, even greater music and greatest-of-all performances.
"Bessie" will premiere May 16 on HBO. Check out the teaser trailer above for a glimpse of Bessie's meteoric rise to fame and the subsequent drama and heartbreak through the gilded '20s and harsher '30s, all in just 30 seconds.

With several musice releases this year already, Willow Smith is steadily making her mark on music; and the youngest of the Smith clan is doing the same with fashion. Check out her editorial in the Spring edition of CR Fashion book, modelling designers such as Tom Ford and bespoke jewellery from Lisa Eisner. In the Bjorn looss lensed editorial, Willow says: "I want to embrace my full self, as natural as I can be". Take a look at the stunning captures below.

Photos via * CR Fashion Book

The top three dramas on prime time television have Black women as the lead character. Scandal has Olivia Pope, How to Get Away with Murder has Annalise Keating, and Empire has Cookie. All these shows created by Black producers, who have helped put color back on our television screens. All women of action, and suspense which I don't see when I watch a lot of web-series. Most web-series I watch are about love, romance and are usually comedies, so when I was introduced to the web series Bandittes,  about three sultry young women who shake down a fictional city's wealthiest men out of their riches by pulling heists, I was sold!

Is crime good, of course not, but this web series is more about the twist and turns of life, and adapting. Women making decision that may not be wholesome, yet they are in control of their choices and its very entertaining watching it all unfold . Created by two women, Ayshia King and Raquel Davies, who met last year while attending Bill Duke's Master's Class at the American Black Film Festival. They put their dreams into action and created Bandittes! They took charge and did what they felt they needed to make it in life, similar to the characters in the web-series. We see women who are not perfect, but still trying to figure this life thing out, and I'm sure we all can relate to that.

The series premiers on Youtube March 3rd at 8pm with two episodes. Then there will be two new episode a week, Two- A Day-Tuesdays, through out the month of March. Women making history during Women's history month, I love it! 

Here's a preview Trailer, be sure to press that subscribe button on their channel and never miss an episode. 

By: Queen 

Twitter @TheQueenSpeaks_
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We are actually living within the birth of a revolution currently within the USA, the future of this country is beginning to shift as Black people in this country begin to pick up and tie loose ends where the Civil Rights movement left off in the fight for equal rights. The spark that began this flame of what has now been been titled the Black Lives Matter movement, a statement that demands the world to acknowledge that all Black lives are subconsciously deemed disposable, and with that admission to differ that narrative. Through this onset of many protest and public outcries a spawning of new of grass root organizations has come about. One organization very intrical in  many of the protest currently in Ferguson Missouri are the Millennial Activists United whose mission is to build powers and leadership to create sustainable communities. Lead by three young women Alexis TempletonAshley Yates and Brittany Ferrell who are determined to keep the fight for justice very fluid, relevant and its narrative recorded correctly. I had the pleasure of speaking with two of the three founders, Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell about what’s currently happening in our country and what they hope to see change. 

Partners Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell 
When asked why they felt there was a need for new Black centered organization to be created, and why not continue on with the many organizations birthed during the Civil Rights movement, they both replied with responses that spoke of women and members of the LGBT community not being visibly present in past movements, which is a problem. Much of Black history is taught to us from with the Black men as the centered focus. Brittany went on to say “It’s not on purpose, we live in a society where men are generally made the center of everything, the world doesn’t purposely choose Black men over Black women”.
Which I would agree, I don’t believe black men purposely put themselves in the center focus of our fight for justice, it’s a social norm that many aren’t aware of, but that narrative has to change, and is changing do to organizations like MAU. Alexis added that she believes that since the Civil Rights movement was very centered around the Black church that narrative was pushed forward.
.“There are scriptures in the bible, sorry I can’t remember exactly which at the moment, that say a woman is subserviant to men, and also homosexuality is a sin. I just didn’t seem right at that time to attach these things to the cause.”
We all briefly acknowledge that Bayard Rustin was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement, who worked very closely with Dr. King; yet he worked in the deepest shadows not because he was a closeted gay man, but because he wasn’t trying to hide who he was, it  was considered to be a liability. That isn’t happening in this current movement at all, The faces of women and Black people of the LGBT community are are very present, visible and in most cases beacons of distinguishable solidarity within the Black community.
There has been criticism of the many protest that are presently going on, public figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Al Sharpton have publicly made statements. From the perspective of people who may be not involved in the movement it could be interpreted as hurtful and dismissive of the many sacrifices people are making to fight for justice.
“There are no clear leaders” are some of the responses said by Oprah Winfrey when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement when she was promoting the movie Selma, which was centered around the march in Selma during the Civil Rights Movement.
Sharpton’s and Winfrey’s defense is to infantilize the young activists, to deflect the implicit indictment of what currently passes for Black leadership by framing the conflict as generational, rather than substantive. Sharpton launched into a panicked rant at a recent meeting of his National Action Network, in Harlem:
“Anytime you have movements, whether it’s in Ferguson, whether it’s in New York, whether it’s in Denver, wherever it is, when they got you more angry at your parents then they got you at the vote you’re supposed to be out there for, you’re being tricked and you’re trying to turn the community into tricks. And they are pimping you, to do the Willie Lynch in our community,” (
When I asked Brittany and Alexis about these statements they both had lots to say. As far as Oprah they both felt she has a disconnect from Black people currently in the trenches because she is wealthy, and has been for a long time. Also, the way in which these movements are currently spreading and  the information is being shared is (mainly through social networks) people of older generations don’t understand or are fully aware of what is currently happening.
Al Sharpton actions and many of the statements he make seem to be reactions to not being the center of the movement, and doesn't seem to understand that because the youth are using solutions to achieve social justice with new innovative ways doesn't mean it’s the wrong approach.
“Al Sharpton seems to want all of this to be about him, this is not about him, this is about us, this is about Justice, this is about change. This is bigger than just one person, I wish they would understand that.” was Brittany response to Al Sharpton's statements.
A very heavy statement that does seem to be lost among the bickering coming from the nay sayers of the the many movements going on around the country.
Much attention has been paid to Black influential figures who have negative things to say, but many have been supportive. As told by Brittany she has received kind words from people like Harry Belafonte. They have met with Cornel West and Spike Lee who have all said good things, and have told them to keep fighting. Alexis states her grandfather's words were the ones that touched her the most. He is a retired office of St Louis police department, who simply told her to “keep at it”. To have her grandfather tell her that let her know the path she chose for justice was the correct one.
The majority of the movements that have gone forth are non violent protest with goals of civil disobedience. I couldn’t help but ask if they felt the non violence approach is effective and how long can we keep the movement non-violent. They both agreed that the non violence approach is effective and the best way to start.  
Alexis - “We will inconvenience people until we get what we want, we’ll continue to block your highways, make you late for work, we will disturb your shopping, we will make people pay attention.”
A common sentiment amongst protester. Black lives are beyond inconvenienced, abused and treated as subhuman, these protest are actually the small inconvenience in relation to the way Black people live in this country daily. Peace is always the goal, but realistically this is a movement sparked because of violence, and although all protests have started with peaceful intentions, the opposition always counters that. They were met with police officers dressed in riot gear shooting tear gas, clearly a precursors to commit violence.
“We want to keep this movement nonviolent, people’s lives are at stake. We don’t want to lose anymore Black lives, but yes violence is inevitable. That’s what happens in war and revolution, so yes violence will happen. What I can say is that from our side, violence will not be the intent, violence will not be our starting point. If violence happens it will begin from the side of the opposer, not from us.”-Brittany
The journey will be long, hard and will meet many twists and turns along the way, but it’s necessary. Organizations like the Millennial Activist United are intrical in helping guide and set the tone of the Black Lives Matter movement. The differences in the path of the past  and present Black movements for social justice are evident, but the goal is the same, and that’s the key piece that can not be left out. Social Justice, full liberation and equality for Black people in this target. Lets not lose sight of the goal, it is the movement that gives birth to leaders, not the reverse. We have only just begun this journey, so lets all at the very least be grateful for those who are making sacrifices for Black Lives, and our future. Thank you to these lovely young women who decided to come together and be mobile for my freedom, our freedom.

By Queen, AFROPUNK Contributor 
* Twitter @TheQueenSpeaks_

Hello, readers! Many of you may know that outside of Ms. Vixen I write for other publications, but my main goal as a writer is to become an author. I do a lot creative writing on my own time and on my personal blog, but I don't do much here. I've deciding to start a blog series, that I will add a new chapter to bi-weekly and hopefully will later become a memoir about my dating life. Memoirs of a Dater

It was the weekend of my 30th birthday and I had many lunch, brunch and dinner dates scheduled. I’m guessing everyone felt the need to feed me, and maybe that's what 30-year-old people do; go out to eat all the time. I don't really know, but if that is in fact the truth, I need a gym membership fast. I'm seriously fine with reaching the big 3-0 as long as I'm not the shape of the zero in it, huge and round. Nonetheless it was a great way to be welcomed into the third decade of my life. It was an intimate birthday, spending time with only my closest friends and family. Not my usual scandalous extravaganzas because I am known to do my birthday very huge. A grand opening into a new year of my life. A national holiday that celebrates the anniversary of me entering this great old planet of ours. In comparison to my 29th birthday, which featured a stripper who shot water at me from her vagina, this  low-key weekend was the complete opposite of any celebratory function I'd ever held.

In all honesty, I needed this brunch with my mother because I was deathly afraid. Not of   being 30, not about being single and childless. I was afraid because I knew I would have to continuously defend my reasons for still being unmarried, still being childless, and yet still being happy. Yeah, I said happy. It sounds foolish, but so many people tie a woman's accomplishments to marriage and motherhood that they are perplexed with a happy woman who is single and also childless. It's like we're these unheard of mythical creatures. So since that's what the world thinks I am, I've decided to be a mermaid. Yes, a damn mermaid! Why can't I be!? I’d have nice perky breast, a great silhouette, and no more foot pain from wearing 5 inch heels. That would be cool, but I'm not a mermaid I'm a woman. So I'll put on my big girl face and just deal with it.

We met in Harlem, my mother’s favorite place to be in NYC; it's her childhood stomping grounds, and in many ways mine too. I was born and raised in the Bronx, but most of my childhood and teenage exploits happened in Harlem. So it's a special place for me as well. Where I've done a lot of running around and learning. We're sitting at the restaurant and besides our usual catching up I'm waiting for the question I get  from everyone I come across at this point. "So, is there someone special in your life?" I've grown to hate this question. Of course there's someone special in my life - there's my mom, my siblings, my friends. I have many special people in my life. That answer usually isn't good enough, so I say “No”. No one special because yes, I am still single. My mom I know is worried about me being single, although she won't admit it. It's the general thought I assume a parent would have of her daughter who seems perfectly fine in all other areas, yet can't get it right as far as romantic relationships with men. I feel like the problem is I actually do think I get it right. I learned early that if the love I have for somebody challenges the love I have for myself, then it's no good and I'm walking away. My slogan, " if it's not conducive to the progress of Naima, then no thanks." I want no parts of it.
It wasn't until much later in life that I came to these conclusions about my love life. I've actually pulled, plucked, observed and tweaked many things along the way and although not perfected, I'm pretty damn close to Naima nirvana. That special place in my heart and soul where I feel at one with myself. Good, bad and even the boring pointless stuff in the middle. So as I sit and reflect on my life with sex and romance I'm okay with it. No I'm not yet married, yes I've experienced more heartbreak than I would suggest, but these stripes I earned are mine, and I love them too. Let me walk you through how I got to where I am now.

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