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THROWBACK: Janet Jackson – “When I Think Of You”

This video and song debuted in 1986, with a 20 year old Janet on vocals. Written and produced by the legendary duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it became Janets (“Miss Jackson” if your nasty’s) first number one hit on

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Doin’ It Well: What are GMO’s?

This may or may not be old news to you guys, but I had to share. Everyone’s favorite “Fozzie Bear” inspired Rapper, Wacka Flocka, made headlines a while back after posting to his Instagram a Before & After Photo of

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LIFE: What Happened On My 2 Week Digital Detox?

Hi. Vashtie here. Yes, the Vashtie of Vashtie.Com. Some of you may remember when it was only me contributing to this internet experiment since 2007 and I’m sure you may have noticed that my site has expanded to include a

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FIT: 4-Minute Neck & Shoulders Stretch at Your Desk

If you're reading this, you are probably at your desk which means you've probably been sitting there for a minute and could use some quick and easy yoga stretches. Watch this 4 minute video by Gaiam and get in some

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Why Refined Sugar is not Sweet to your body

For as long as I could remember, I’ve always had a super sweet tooth. So much so that, by the time my parents could afford to send me to a real dentist at age 12 – I had discovered a

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Super Cat

  First of all, his dapper style and West Indian accent murdered it! In hindsight, he kind of looked like one of my uncles (with that “IND-YAN” mix) and attracted/scared me like every old school West Indian man does. He

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#VASHTIEVITALS: IS CELERY JUICE A MAGIC MEDICINAL CURE-ALL? I’M ABOUT TO SEE!

So, as I have been on my wellness and holistic journey since the age of 12 – I like to share all the gems of wisdom I am learning along the way. I recently started following the work and teachings

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Quickie: Naomi Yasuda of Naomi Nails

T H E S H O R T … Name: NAOMI YASUDA Nickname: NAOMI NAILS Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 9th, 1984 – Leo Born & Raised: JAPAN Currently Residing: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Blem” – Drake Hidden Talents?: I can play

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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LIFE: My Parisian Birthday Adventure – Shopping and Visiting The Moët & Chandon Caves!

So, last week I dipped real quick to Paris to celebrate my birthday in Parisian style. It was the second time I was so fortunate to do so. The first time was in 2014 (See the trip that I bogged

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Remembering The 1992 L.A. Riots 25 Years Later

Many of us know of the infamous 1992 L.A Riots, but what really caused all of that violence and unrest in the city of Los Angeles over twenty years ago? Here’s a bit of a timeline of events that led

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S GREEN TO GO VEGGIE

1. It reduces global warming. In 2006, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gasses than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 2. To avoid excessive carbon dioxide production. Livestock produces a large

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Fitted Legitted: Vashtie’s Evolving Excursion in Exercise

So, some of you may know I am a wellness lover and that I dabble in fitness – but I wanted to explain my fitness life, because although I’m committed to it with my #HoodRatGymRat posts…I am actually not in

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes In The Crib

Growing up, my Trinidadian immigrant parents always made us take our shoes off upon entering our little apartment. It always came from a place of cleanliness and respect. I just assumed that was what everyone did because it was all

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Farewells & Fond Memories of Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen has been–for many generations of the young, hungry, and weird–a gateway to New York City. Today, the pioneering East Village vegan eatery closes, after forty years of operation. Rising rent and a changing neighborhood led to its demise. If

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Throwback To When Vashtie Was on a Showtime Docu-Series with Fat Jew & More

At the end of 2014 and into the beginning of 2015, I was filmed to be a feature on a Showtime Docu-Series called “3am” about New York City Nightlife. When they told me that my homies Fat Jew and Kirill

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BEAUTY TUESDAY: Vashtie’s 6 Favorite Lip Balms

The ashy skin and chapped lips are so real this season! I try and stay super hydrated internally, drinking warm water and lemon – but, in severely cold weather you also need lots of physical protection. Here are my 6 favorite

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FLASHBACK: Directing Jadakiss’ “Letter To Big” Video in 2009

It was all a dream. In 2009, I had the honor of directing a video for the Notorious soundtrack. Biggie has been a huge influence on my life and work and having the chance to direct a Jadakiss video for a song about him was monumental–and

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BEAUTY: The Innate Life Scalp Treatment & Rose Hair Elixir

As some of you know, at the age of twelve, I became all about vegan eating, wellness and all things natural. My journey has been an interesting one, filled with lots of discoveries. I’m really fortunate to be able to share any

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NEWS: Vashtie, Cara Delevigne, Binx Walton & More for DKNY JEANS

Um. Like. I can’t. DKNY has been so amazing to me. They made my entire last year super glamorous, having featured me in 3 campaigns and their NYFW runway show. In total, 4 campaigns including their 2013 collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

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POPPING TAGS: Louis Vuitton Pocket Comb Case

As a true Knicks fan, it’s an unspoken rule that you support anything that is offered in a Knicks colorway. Just kidding, but the new Louis Vuitton packaging color way is so New York, I’m obsessed! To preface this post,

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Here’s a Special Valentine’s Day Treat, My ‘To You, From Me’ Mix

Dedicated to all the lovers worldwide (and especially to one very dear and darling to me), on my favorite holiday…Valentine’s Day. ‘To You, From Me’ is a collection of all my favorite love songs, past and present. With artists ranging

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LIFE: DJ’ing for the Working Not Working 5 Year Anniversary Party 1.25.17

Back in 2014, Justin Gignac of the creative agency Working Not Working booked me to DJ their holiday party. I’m pretty sure I bodied it, because they had me back to celebrate their 5 year anniversary with over 1200 RSVPS!

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Life: Migos “Bad & Boujee” Women Only Dinner in NYC – Draya Michele, Saleh Marley & More!

Last night, I was delightfully invited to attend the 300 ENT and Migos (Women Only) Dinner and Party in NYC’ Meatpacking District to celebrate the highly anticipated release of their album “Culture”. I absolutely got dressed as bad and boujee

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#VASHTIEVITALS: Watch Vashtie Get a Colonic Treatment

Warning: This Vashtie TV episode might be highly anticipated and simultaneously highly unanticipated. This latest episode explores the world of Gravity Hydro-Colon Therapy, a procedure I started about five years ago. In the beginning, I went maybe a couple times

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Premiere: Vashtie’s New Mixtape #ONE16GOAT” Honors Sade, Kate Moss, Aaliyah and FKA Twigs Birthday

Another one… Yes folks. Another mixtape by yours truly. These things take a lot of time and work, but I always feel so accomplished after finishing and letting them out into the digital universe. This newest mixtape celebrates January 16th;

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Watch ‘This Machine Kills Racism’ Mixtape Visuals by Vashtie

Back in July 2016, I made a mixtape titled “This Machine Kills Racism”. At the time, I was overwhelmed with all that was happening and had been happening in the world, specifically in my beloved homeland of America. I think

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LIFE: L’Oreal Photoshoot in Paris & Hpnotiq Texas Tour (4.11 – 4.16)

Jeez! This past week was intense. 5 flights in  5 days! I’m not even a musician and I’m not on tour! Yikes. Paris Monday to Wednesday. New York Wednesday night. Dallas Thursday. Houston Friday and back to NYC on Saturday.

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Vashtie’s Holiday Gift Guide – Under 150$

It’s that special time of year when all you want to do is hibernate and chill, but the pressure of our capitalist society has you on edge about what to get your loved ones for the holidays! Here is my

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Shop & Support My Favorites For #SmallBusinessSaturday

As much as I like a consistent chain store, I absolutely love small businesses more. You know, your “mom and pop”, your local spot…those independently owned shops that know you better than some of your own family. It’s so vital to

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Longing In Long Beach With Greg Noire

I met Houston’s Greg Noire while DJ’ing in Texas last year where he also shot some classic images of me in my hotel room. Since then we were also able to grab iconic shots in NYC and now during a

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That Time I Wrote, Directed and Starred in an Art Film to “Hotline Bling” Featuring Johnny Stevens (of Highly Suspect), ASAP Bari, Luka Sabbat & More

Note: This post was originally posted October 6th, 2015 Still from the #UOGLB Art Film. 2015 Me and this girl are very different… Yet… Me and this girl are very much the same. I wrote this story about “Lolita” in

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Natural Sweetener Options for My Sweet-Toothed Sweeties

Have you been trying to avoid refined sugar and need some natural alternatives? Lucky for you, there are plenty of options and here are my TOP 5 FAVORITE & HEALTHY SWEETENERS (via Dr. Axe) Raw Honey (1 tablespoon – 64 calories) Stevia (0

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Open Letter to Our Beloved Scott Mescudi

We’ve come a long way since our downtown New York City years. You worked at the Bape store and I was just starting my brand Violette while doing the parties at Santos with Q-Tip. It seems like just yesterday we

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Food Combining for Weight-Loss, Boosting Metabolism & Reducing Bloat

So, during one of my famous colonics (that I like to share on Snapchat) – my therapist, Jill Wais, told me she followed a “Food Combining Diet”. I was so very intrigued that I had to do my research and apparently

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Vashtie’s Sober October Challenge

I’m going SOBER for the month of OCTOBER! Who wants to join me?! It’s Easy! Just look at the 3 easy steps! 1. COMMIT TO NO ALCOHOL FROM OCTOBER 1st-31st 2. FIND A HOMIE TO JOIN FOR SUPPORT 3. BODY THIS CHALLENGE!

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Vashtie’s Girls Get Together with Moët Nectar Rosé at Jacks Wife Freda

I haven’t done a random and useless “Life” post in forever. For those of you who are new to Vashtie.Com, you might not be familiar with this portion of my site. When I launched this little platform of mine in

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Vashtie’s Morning G.L.O. Recipe

Welcome back for another DOIN’ IT WELL WEDNESDAY edition, where me and the Vashtie.Com Team share Wellness Tips! For today, I thought I’d share my famous morning routine that I have featured on my Snapchat (@ VashtieKola) since it gets a lot

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Princess Nokia Give Us A Lesson In ‘How to Be a Bitch 101’

Oh. My. God. First of all, you may or may be aware of my love for miss Princess Nokia. Previously known as Wavy Spice, and often called her government Destiny (Destiny Nicole Frasqueri), this 24-year-old Afro-Nuyorican babe quite easily slays. She’s

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THROW IT BACK: Mya – “Case Of The Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)”

When Mya ruled the charts back in the day, she dropped this now classic banger in 2000 and it became an instant anthem. According to Wikipedia, it had mixed to positive reviews, but, all I know is that when I play

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