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Confessions of a Video Vixen

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,613 ratings  ·  362 reviews
Part tell-all, part cautionary tale, this emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed 'Superhead' goes beyond the glamour of celebrity to reveal the inner workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the physical and emotional abuse that's rampant in the industry, and which marked her own life—to the excessive use of drugs, sex and bling.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Amistad (first published 1975)
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Aug 09, 2007 Morgan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: something mindless to do while waiting for your laundry to finish
Written with a shoddiness that defies the laws of imagination and gravity. I whipped through it in an hour and a half and promptly returned it to Barnes and Noble. Whatever she managed to learn along the way it certainly did not include grammar or storytelling. Makes you wonder why they didn't just get a ghost writer or at least hook her up with Neil Strauss. At least he could have made this morass of stupidity and degradation somewhat more readable. However, the saddest part of this whole book ...more
Luis Damian Robles
Nov 16, 2012 Luis Damian Robles rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Star magazine
Recommended to Luis Damian by: Mr. Marcus
Shelves: trash
At the Arclight cinema in Sherman Oaks, there once was a slacker at Guest Services who kept a copy of The Vixen Diaries behind the front desk. He smuggled it there from the theatre's own Gift Shop, which sold all kinds of Hollywood-related tripe, and wrapped it in a work binder as a child might hide a comic in a textbook. Whenever business was slow and nobody was around, he would be steadily reading it. He thought that he was pretty slick and he would even wink at me as if to say: "Our little se ...more
Mindlessly entertaining if reading about a floozy sleeping her way to the top of the bottom amuses you.
I made a brand new bookshelf, Trash, just for this book specifically. Hands-down this is the worst "book" in existence and I include such self-published treasures as BIRTH CONTROL IS SINFUL IN THE CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES and also ROBBING GOD OF PRIESTHOOD CHILDREN!!in that statement.

The "author", best known as that chick who sued Bill Maher for palimony,' recounts in detail all the famous rappers and sports figures she's fellated. . . and that's the entire book. So if you want to hear a detailed acc
I went into this book genuinely, seriously wanting to love Superhead. I expected a memoir by a woman owning her sexuality, shaking haters off, all of that good stuff. No dice. This woman hates herself, hates other women, and feels sooo sorry for herself, even though the only people she should feel sorry for are the people in her life.

Choice parts of the book:
-the first sex scene with Ja Rule is incredibly hilarious, because Superhead/Karrine Steffans is a terrible writer. Every time she has se
Sep 28, 2007 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not really sure...
Shelves: nonfiction
It was my weakness for celebrity gossip that led me to pick up this book, and the book delivered plenty of gossip. For that, it was a fun diversion. But for all the drama and action Steffans describes, the writing is humorless and unexciting. I'm not at all convinced she has actually learned the lessons she claims to want to teach the rap video-girl wannabes that pick up her book. Not to sound stodgy, but she spends the whole book glorifying the people in her world that perpetrated some pretty d ...more
Just finished reading this book, and it was certainly very interesting, especially for the high "wow" factor of all the names that she lists in some detail. BUT, I have noticed that Karrine never fully takes responsibility for her own actions. She blames her mother, her father, the men that didn't come through for her....everyone but herself,really. I found some unsavory comments that she made about Tyra Banks after their tiff on Tyra's show and yet again it proves the type of person she is: I'm ...more
Im not going to lie, Im am so ashamed that I was dying to read this book. Not because I am a fan of Karrine Steffans because I didnt even know who the hell she was when I was told about the book. Embarrissingly enough, I wanted some inside celeb juice. So I read this book (using the word book loosely) to see what it was about. I must first say that if you do not have the creative ability to consider yourself a writer, you shouldnt write. If you dont read books often (im only assumming based of h ...more
Aretha Love
I'm not going to tell a lie. I enjoyed this book, I felt for her as a child. Her story was real, that is what I respect about her. It seemed as if she was pouring her heart and soul out to be heard. I for one can not jugde her.. No! I do not agree with the lifestlye she lived. However, understanding her, and her past background forced her to do what she had to do to live. She did not know any better.. WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER YOU DO BETTER! (Not to menton she was a child during all of this) As she s ...more
It’s a book that is more of a work of gossip. Karine Steffans writes a tell all to warn girls of how easy it is to be corrupted and to have self confidence to make something of yourself and tries to discourage them from doing things she did but then gloats about how rewarding some of the experiences were and what they have gotten her and how successful it made her because of it and she makes it seem like it is ok.

I know it is her memoir but she writes melodramatically almost like she is a colle
Wake Up!

In this no holds barred memoir, Karrine Steffans shares with readers the intimate moments of her life. If you are looking for a deeply emotional look into her life, life-altering revelations, secrets of success and lessons learned, this is not the book for you. Steffans gives a glimpse behind the scenes in the world of hip hop. She tells of her "love affairs" (and I use the term very lightly) with several celebs, music artists, rappers and actors. In an effort to gain acceptance, she dro
Malcolm Jamal
I borrowed this book from a friend because I did not want to assist Karrine in her pursuit for riches from immoral acts. But I was interested in hearing what all the talk was about. Well, I'll tell you one thing...fathers...stay close to your daughters and show them all the love you can show them because if not you might have a daughter or daughters like Karrine....searching her whole life to be accepted and love by men to replace the love she needed from her dad!! That was the message loud and ...more
I thought this was an excellent book and I'm annoyed when people who obviously haven't read it think it's just Carrine bragging about all the men she's slept with.

The book is basically Carrine's autobiography, and it's a *cautionary tale.* Carrine was raped when she was a teenager, then fell into drugs and the hip hop crowd. She had a lot of screwed up relationships and drug problems while she tried to raise her son. The point of the book is she came to realize she can't live like that, and she
Her story might be more interesting if told by someone else. As it is, she's a pretty lousy writer (grammar/language wasn't as bad as I expected but narrative needed an editor in a BIG way), and I can't tell if it's the writing or the person that fails to compel me or evoke true understanding. Is she not a good or interesting person, or is she just not capable of communicating what is good or interesting about her?

All told, I found this tale rather sad, as it should be, but almost more because
Elise-banned from infomercials and ebay
This was a complete waste of paper and I am glad that I did not purchase this book (library). This was written by a self serving, drugged out, and Heaven help me I don't like to use the word, whoring gold digger. She allowed herself to be sexually used by anyone with money and then when the men ran out, she wrote a tell all. Really, you are proud to be known as "superhead". It just means you have a hypoactive gag reflex. Karrine is what my Grandmother would call "a nasty, nasty thing". I hope th ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an unreasonable amount of curiosity about the sex lives of nineties rap stars
Trash-flavored trash!

Highly disturbing. Horribly entertaining.
Confessions of a Video Vixen
This book wowed me in so many ways. Video Vixen is a true book, a book about a lady’s life and her relations with other famous people. That is the first thing that made me want to read this book, because I love the truth, and is book had lots of it.
There was one area of the book that really got my attention. It was when the main character Yizette or also known as Super Head, at the age of 13 he and her friend went to the mall. And on that same night they left the mall
I know it's trashy to like groupie memoirs. But I do. I've read a few of them.
This is far and away the worst of them. First of all, Steffans tries to identify herself as a "video vixen" but then reveals in the book that most women in music videos are actually professional models and have little to do with the hip hop social scene.
I would almost never call a woman a slut. I think it endorses a really sexist idea of women's sexuality. This book really stretched my beliefs though. Steffans tries
Wow, what can I say….What a sad story, but not just about what happened to the writer, but also her inability to truly understand the consequences of her own choices and actions and how much that fact plays a big part in many of the things that happened to her. Throughout the book she places blame for her circumstances on almost everyone that she comes in contact with in life. She starts out blaming her mother and from then on anyone that does not let her get her way is the blame for where she e ...more
I normally don't read this type of thing but my mother's friend's daughter said it was good so I thought I'd give it a shot. I read some of the reviews given on here for the book before i read it, and from the reviews alone, I wasn't holding out high hopes for it. But I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think some of the complaints given on why the book was so bad were completely warranted. Like the one complaint that has been made that sticks out the most for me is on her grammar. What's wrong ...more
This book is a little black book of the hip hop game with a sexual oomph. Since that was the appeal, I easily got bored with other details (like the bit about her movie role).

Her need for acceptance was both understandable and annoying. Each time she spoke of or met anyone with a status or a famous story behind their name, she slaughtered her self-respect and her worth. She always wanted to prove to them (with her mouth or hot pocket) how much she belonged there; or prove to them her appreciatio
Safra Ducreay
Look, I read this book when it came out because I'm a woman and a fan of hip hop. For what it was at the time and where my head space was, it was very good. I felt empathy for this woman and I bought the second book. Seeing her defend herself and portray such a strong character in interviews made me feel there was conviction. Then, very recently, I watched the porn film she did with Mr. Marcus. It suddenly sank in that this woman who wants to be respected in the literary world is a plain and sim ...more
Tajo Rivera
I'm not sure why people give this book such shitty reviews. I mean, you didn't pick it up expecting to read Dickens, did you? Karrine isn't the best writer, but she isn't the worst. I found her writing easy to follow and the reason I was able to devour this rather quickly in less than two days. I'm sure everyone knows the story by now. She rose up through the ranks of video ho stardom shaking her ass for various important rappers and ball players, eventually finding herself in a tailspin of drug ...more
I grabbed this one when I heard it was on the Quick Picks List. Confessions of a Video Vixen is an abused woman's account of how low self-esteem plus a smoking hot 100 pound body led her to a life of prostituing herself with hip hop icons (and the occasional NBS superstar and rock god, to boot) for attention and gifts.

In this tell-all, laden with juicy sensory details, Karrine details poverty of her youth, an absent father, sisters of different paternity than she, a hellcat strumpet of a mama, a
♥ Marlene♥
Finished last night March 27. At the end I was getting so disgusted with this woman I wanted to stop reading. Everybody else is to blame and come on, she did not learn anything at all.
What a selfish floozie. How she treated her son, I felt so bad for that little one , her family helped her out and when they stopped she was talking how everybody never helped her.

I thought it was an interesting read the first half of the book was okay, but after a while it became a who ,did I sleep with, is who.

Apr 15, 2014 Bri added it
Reviewing this book is more embarrassing than admitting that I was obsessed with the twilight series. This book was a whore's guide to making it in L.A. Ms. Steffans prides herself in that she wants to empower young girls to understand that they don't need to use sex to get ahead in the world, but even on the last chapter she is having a man (or men) paying her bills so that she can dedicate her time to writing. With all the money she was getting from her exes I would think she could afford a go ...more
Ugh. This book was complete and utter trash. Do not even bother wasting your time. The ONLY reason I read it was because I needed a quick and easy read to catch up on my book goal (30 for the year) which I was behind on. Easy... is a word that very much sums up this book. This female has the audacity to claim over and over throughout how she was looking for love in all the wrong places basically by blaming her pity party on her parents and poor childhood. Get over it. A lot of people have poor c ...more
Although primitively written, it was very entertaining. There were several aspects of the narrative that struck me as odd/funny and I hadn’t seen them before in a tell-all. One is the way she casts EVERY sexual encounter as a dewy passing romance between herself and her fifteen minute paramour. A sex life like no other, sex with almost everyone “would go for hours on end, each hour more satisfying than the last.” It made me sore just reading it!!! LOL. but overall I enjoyed this book!
I remember enjoying Pamela Des Barres' groupie tell-all "I'm With the Band," and was hoping for something along a similar vein. However, while Steffans' book has plenty of juicy details about her relationships with Usher, Ray J, Vin Diesel, and many others, it just wasn't the same. It was actually really depressing, and not very well written. This is the last time I check out I book I heard about on a BET countdown!
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