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Confessions of a Video Vixen

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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 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: something mindless to do while waiting for your laundry to finish
Shelves: memoir-biography
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
May 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Feb 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Mindlessly entertaining if reading about a floozy sleeping her way to the top of the bottom amuses you.
Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Damn she a HO
Mar 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir, trashy
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
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
Feb 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
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
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 17, 2017 added it
No..No..and No... I honestly feel embarrassed to even admit that I attempted this book. Let me explain why I did. It was a free audiobook. When things are free, passed along, given as a gift or loaned we're more prone to try things we may not normally try. Things that we are not familiar with. Things that are not normally in our wheelhouse, so to speak. How many times have we all been in the grocery store and been offered that free sample of some tidbit that you normally wouldn't think twice ...more
Malcolm Jamal
Jan 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Aretha Love
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Is it possible to give a book 0 stars? Terrible, terrible, terrible. Complete trash. But then again, I guess it could be said against me that I did pick it up and read the whole thing. Okay, I'm a sucker for a kiss-and-tell, but this book had way too much info that actually made me cringe and feel sorry for some of the guys that got involved with Vixen. She tried to justify being so promiscuous, but none of it made any sense, so it was really hard to see her in any good light. Did I mention she ...more
Stacy Fetters
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
After reading these confessions, I will never judge anyone who follows in her footsteps. Everyone has a story to tell and most times its not so neat.
Looking at some of these reviews, it makes me sick that someone would say some vile and nasty things about a human being who had a rough life.
Yizette is no longer. You grow up and learn. Make mistakes, correct yourself and move on. Ms. Karrine drops huge names and doesnt give a fuck about the consequences. You can't censor someones life because you
Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend
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
Safra Ducreay
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jonathan Maxen
Jul 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I never want to hear "the age old adage" ever again. Her story is less compelling than she thinks it is and she cannot write a lick.
Aug 15, 2017 added it
She was a super freak!!!!!!!!
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hip-hop
The ultimate guilty pleasure. I've read this more times than I care to admit, even though I find absolutely NONE of the men she describes sleeping with attractive. I don't even like any of their music, except a little bit of Jay-Z or Dr Dre is good now and then. There's just something about the train wreck that is Karrine.

I often wonder how true this book is. Nobody has sued her for it.. And she says she has much more dirt on these celebs than what she included here, so many of them were even gr
Tajo Rivera
Dec 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs
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
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