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Rihanna refuses to be boxed into just one role. After dominating the pop culture genre and even trying her hand at acting, the singer will begin working the behind the scenes of the entertainment industry as well. According to The Hollywood Reporter, RiRi recently launched a beauty and styling agency with managing partner Benoit Demouy.
The Los Angeles-based firm is called Fr8me and will assist hair and makeup artists as well as fashion stylists in booking commercial and editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red carpet jobs.
“Hair, makeup and styling play an important role in creativity,” said the 27-year-old. “I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do.”
Fr8me has already signed Ri’s longtime makeup artist Mylah Morales, Jason Bolden—who is Taraji P. Henson’s wardrobe stylist, and hairstylists Patricia Morales and Marcia Hamilton.
“We are lucky enough to have some of the best artists at Fr8me,” said Rihanna, “but I also have a soft spot for finding new talent with extraordinary skills!”
Rihanna has also launched a photo agency called Dog Ate My Homework. She has already signed photographers Erik Asla and Deborah Anderson.
“Our goal is to have a stellar reputation,” said Demouy. “The industry’s changed so much — rates have gone down, and clients just grab images off social media, trying to bypass paying artists. But we’re concerned with social media, too — we’ll take a makeup artist with 500,000 followers over someone else.”
Look at our girl making boss moves.
Rihanna was not playing when she threatened “B**ch Betta’ Have My Money”. Fresh off her release with Puma footwear, VIBE reports the “Pour It Up” singer has just closed on a $25 million deal with Samsung, a leader in the tech industry. Samsung has agreed to sponsor Rihanna’s upcoming Anti album as well as the accompanying tour.
Managers Jay Brown and Jay-Z have been spotted at Samsung offices for the past seven months leading to speculation that talks to sell Tidal were in the works. The music–streaming service had its share of ups and downs during the first few months of its debut. But Jay-Z and friends will still be riding the Tidal wave since apparently the meetings had nothing to do with the company but everything to do with Rihanna’s return to music royalty and her much anticipated eighth studio release. The agreement was said to take longer than expected since the artist made a few last minute tweaks to the album. The partnership of music, marketing and technology is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent history.
According to sources, Lebron James is also reported to be an integral part of the deal since he will be involved in anything in reference to the Anti tour, although what part the basketball superstar will play has yet to be revealed.
The Rihanna Navy will be happy to hear that exclusive content will be available to them through Milk Music radio due to the deal. The Bajan beauty who has been romantically linked to artist Travis Scott recently will also appear on CBS’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 10th and she’s been tapped to make an appearance in the film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” by French filmmaker Luc Besson.
Oh, and did we mention she just released her latest fragrance “Riri” last month? I am exhausted just reading about Rihanna’s busy schedule so I can see why rumors of affairs and other nonsense are no match for her career focus right now. Looks like there’s a Rih takeover scheduled for 2016 and I’m sure her Navy is standing at attention.
After literally breaking the internet with her next level Puma Creepers that sold out within minutes, Rihanna is already back another shoe for fans who can’t get enough of her bad gal steez.
Enter the Puma Eskiva Mid, a sleek, boxing-styled shoe, featuring both perforated and leather fabrics and a side-zipper for that feel of authenticity. The second shoe of the newly appointed women’s creative director and global brand ambassador is a sure “knockout,” as ads proclaim. Whoever dares to rock these kicks will definitely have to exude the utmost confidence and not be afraid of pushing the sartorial envelope.
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For years, there have been whispers about an affair between Rihanna and Jay Z. But it seems that we can now lay those rumors to rest. According to the New York Daily News, Rihanna’s former publicist Jonathan Hay recently came clean about fanning the rumors to promote the singer’s debut single, “Pon de Replay.”
“I apologized to her … this whole thing is very awkward,” Hay told the publication via email.
Hay, who says that he previously apologized to Jay Z for the stunt, issued a public apology to Beyoncé on “Inside Edition” Friday.
“The PR stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break ‘Pon de Replay,’” he wrote. “It was reckless, and I didn’t think it was going to work. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick.”
Hay recently received a copy of J. Randy Taraborelli’s forthcoming Beyoncé biography, Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story, which touches on the rumors and is apparently what pushed Hay to come clean.
“I was blindsided by the news of ‘Becoming Beyoncé’ coming out and it couldn’t come at a worse time for me,” Hay said in a statement. “I’m currently releasing projects with my label Urban Hitchcock through Tidal, a company that is owned by Jay Z and Beyoncé … Hopefully, this news hasn’t ruined that relationship for me.”
Hay never spoke with Taraborelli directly, but he says that he did speak to the author’s researcher.
“I didn’t think it would be this big story,” Hay wrote. “But now, seeing Beyoncé on the cover of this book and knowing that people are profiting from speculations and opinions about her really turns my stomach.”
“I’m ashamed that I’m even talking about this. I just want to put this rumor to rest once and for all,” he concluded.
As previously reported, Taraborelli’s book hits stands October 27.
Rihanna’s Race Reality: It’s Cool To Be A Young Black Woman Singing, Dancing, And Partying ‘Til It’s Time To Negotiate A Deal
There are times when Rihanna’s interviews leave us asking what we just read — as was the case last week when she talked about Rachel Dolezal and domestic abuse in Vanity Fair. But then there are other times when the Bajan beauty speaks the absolute truth unabashedly and her recent feature with the New York Times Style magazine is one of those times.
Rihanna spoke in great detail about her journey as an entertainer, like how she’d never let her child go to a foreign country to record a demo the way her parent’s did and how “I’m gonna do what I do” when it comes to photo shoots –whether that means clothes or not. But for as far as she’s come as an artist, there’s one thing that never really changes as Rihanna’s fame increases, and that’s her race and how people react to it.
Journalist Miranda July was curious about Rih Rih being a young Black woman with power in America but scared to ask the outspoken singer, fearing she might be “post-racial” now. Instead, she asked Rihanna if she became aware of race in a different way when she moved from Barbados to New York City as a teen and she said this:
‘‘You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deals,” she said. Business deals. Meaning that everyone’s cool with a young black woman singing, dancing, partying and looking hot, but that when it comes time to negotiate, to broker a deal, she is suddenly made aware of her blackness. “And, you know,” she continued, “that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations. But I have to bear in mind that those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a Black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter. For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.’’
That was a necessary statement for Rihanna to make, particularly given the writer’s initial assumption that money and fame may have somehow allowed the singer to live some sort of post-racial reality. What many white people pretend not to get is no level of status can ever erase our Blackness. No matter how many adorning fan vie for it, there will always be someone richer and whiter attempting to remind us of our place as a Black man or woman, which they assume is beneath them. And with so many entertainers pretending that reality doesn’t exist when they reach a certain level of success because they want to keep getting those white dollars, it’s nice to see Rihanna address it head on. But who would expect anything less?
Check out Rihanna’s full interview here. What do you think?
Rihanna’s highly-anticipated R8 is the equivalent of Dr. Dre’s Detox – it’s never happening.
Why? Well, the #R8 hashtag she’s been stamping Instagram flicks and Twitter updates with, that we all thought was her next album isn’t even the title. On Wednesday (Oct. 9) night, the Bajan pop princess surprised all with a swanky exhibit-style reveal of the forthcoming album’s cover art and actual title, Anti. At Los Angeles’ MAMA Gallery, the bad gal poured it up with friends, family and music execs to celebrate the album we know little about. ”
This is my favorite album cover I’ve ever done,” she said. Created by artist Roy Nachum, the front cover features a oil painted image of young Rih Rih holding a balloon with a gold crown covering her eyes. It’s been reported that the painting is from a photo of her first day of school.
The cover also includes Braille art that we’ve seen in Rihanna’s previous singles, “FourFiveSeconds” and “B*tch Better Have My Money.” On Anti’s back cover, there’s poems by Chloe Mitchell in Braille. One poem reads: “What I choose to say is of so much substance/That people just won’t understand the depth of my message/So my voice is not my weakness/It is the opposite of what others are afraid of/My voice is my suit and armor/My shield, and all that I am.”
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“Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest,” Rih explained to those at the event regarding the album’s art concept.
That same night Rihanna made sure to hop on Instagram and give her fans a litte insight on the chosen title.
And of course, the million dollar question of the album’s release date was answered by Rihanna with an assurance that Anti was “coming soon.”
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Rihanna On Trying To Stay In An Abusive Relationship: “Maybe I’m One Of Those People Built To Handle Sh*t Like This”
In an extremely candid interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna opened up about everything from her sex life to being assaulted by ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. It appears that the “Monster” singer held nothing back as she explained why she tried to make things work with Chris, who she says was her last official boyfriend, after he began abusing her. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On why she doesn’t have no-strings-attached sex “for fun”:
If I wanted to I would completely do that. I am going to do what makes me feel happy, what I feel like doing. But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move. I would wake up the next day feeling like shit.
When you love somebody, that’s different. Even if you don’t love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don’t disrespect you. And it’s about my own respect for myself. A hundred percent.
On media speculation about her love life:
Sometimes it’s the first time I’m meeting this person—and then all of a sudden I’m ‘with them.’ It freaks me out. This industry creates stories and environments that can make you uncomfortable even being friends with someone. If you see me sitting next to someone, or standing next to someone, what, I’m not allowed to do that? I’m like, are you serious? Do you think it’s going to stop me from having a friend?
I’m the worst. I see a rumor and I’m not calling [them] back. I’ve had to be so conscious about people—what they say and why people want to be with me, why people want to sleep with me…. It makes me very guarded and protective. I learned the hard way.
On men of today:
I always see the best in people. I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom. You want them to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men. They think being a real man is actually being a p*ssy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you’re nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you’re less of a man. It’s so sick. They won’t be a gentleman because that makes them appear soft. That’s what we’re dealing with now, a hundred percent, and girls are settling for that, but I won’t. I will wait forever if I have to … but that’s O.K. You have to be screwed over enough times to know, but now I’m hoping for more than these guys can actually give.
On her uneventful sex life:
That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I’m like … what am I doing? I can’t do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me.
It is lonely, but I have so much work to do that I get distracted. I don’t have time to be lonely. And I get fearful of relationships because I feel guilty about wanting someone to be completely faithful and loyal, when I can’t even give them 10 percent of the attention that they need. It’s just the reality of my time, my life, my schedule.
I’m fine being with myself. I don’t want to really let anybody in. I’ve got too much on my plate, and I’m not even worried about it.
A very extraordinary gentleman, with a lot of patience, will come along when I least expect it. And I don’t want it right now. I can’t really be everything for someone. This is my reality right now.
On the person who leaked her bruised and battered photos to TMZ following the Chris Brown assault:
A very nasty woman who thought a check was more important than morals. That shocks you? A check trumps morals by miles.
On being pulled from the Super Bowl ticket because of the Ray Rice scandal:
You’re punishing me for what happened with Ray Rice? Well, I just never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real. A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously. But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me.
On trying to work things out with Chris after the assault:
I was that girl. That girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle sh*t like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing.
[I thought I could change him] A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.
I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.
It’s a mystery worthy of a Murder She Wrote and Matlock crossover episode.
Who is Doris?
If you ask me, Doris is no other than Beyoncé. In fact, it is pretty obvious.
But you can’t tell that to the Internet, in particular, her hive. Her fans are all tripping over themselves to convince the rest of us that the onesie-wearing voices in their heads are real, swearing to the great Spanx in the sky that Doris isn’t her.
In case you weren’t aware, Grace Jones decided to pull the Excalibur’s sword from that dusty old rock and slay every single so-called diva on the scene. I’m talking Rihanna’s head on a stick. I’m talking Lady Gaga diced up so severely you could wear her as a meat dress. I’m talking Kanye West being turned into an eunuch.
According to witnesses on the scene, the massacre occurred sometime yesterday when Time Out released an excerpt from Jones’ upcoming autobiography titled, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. Not only did she call the entertainers out for improperly jacking her style and being fake divas, but she also called them individually out by name – well, almost all of them:
I remember when one of the singers on the list of those who came after me first said that she wanted to work with me. Everyone around me is going: “You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money.” No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention. No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the f**k don’t feel right, don’t f**k it.
With this one, who I will call Doris, I thought she was trying on other people’s outfits: she’s a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit. I could see what she wanted to be when I watched her doing something when she started out that was starker and purer. Deep down, she doesn’t want to do all the dressing-up nonsense; she loses herself inside all the play-acting.
The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.
No one knows for sure why Jones decided to call everybody out by name except for Beyoncé. Perhaps she didn’t want to get blackballed? But being the keen sleuth that I am, I noticed that she did leave us a couple of valuable clues as to the true identity of the mysterious starlet named Doris.
The first clue is the name “Doris” itself.
When you think of a Doris, what instantly comes to mind? That’s right: a little old White lady. While pretty shady, it is definitely an odd choice of comparison to make against a contemporary artist, performers who are all pretty young. Maybe she was trying to point out how aged Beyoncé’s blonde weaves are? It is a thought.
However, I’m picking up on a more classic cultural reference here. I’m talking about Doris Day. For the youngins, Doris Day is a film and theater star from the ’50s and ’60s. She’s most notable for playing opposite Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk as well as James Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much. Like Beyoncé, she wore blond hair.
She was also known widely as “America’s Sweetheart” for her squeaky clean girl next door image. And which one of today’s blonde pop stars does that sound like to you?
That’s okay, I’ll say it for you: Beyoncé, aka Miss “Pretty Hurts.” (Seriously, who writes a song about how hard it is winning beauty pageants and being the most beautiful woman in the world? Women like Doris Day.)
The resemblance in image is almost uncanny. However, I know that is not enough to convince some folks that Doris and Beyoncé are the same person. So I point to this passage from I’ll Never Write My Memoirs as exhibit B:
I look at Doris and I think: Does she look happy? She looks lost, like she is desperately trying to find the person she was when she started. She looks like really she knows she is in Vegas, now that Vegas is the whole entertainment world filtered through the internet, through impatient social media. I don’t mind her dressing up, but when she started to dance like Madonna, almost immediately, copying someone else, it was like she had forgotten what it was about her that could be unique. Ultimately, it is all about prettiness and comfort, however much they pretend they are being provocative.
Now diehards might argue that this is passage is in reference to Lady Gaga, who is known for putting together elaborate stage shows, or even Britney Spears, who is currently doing actual shows in Las Vegas. However, Vegas, to me, is clearly being used here as a metaphor to describe the fabricated yet regulated world of the entertainment industry, where image has been known to take precedence over actual talent.
There are some other holes in the Gaga and Spears theory too. For one, Spears hasn’t really been relevant for some time now – not even in Vegas. Likewise, it should be noted that throughout the excerpt, Jones continuously calls Gaga out explicitly by name, including the last line in which she does a roll call of her pupils. More specifically: “Gaga, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and… Doris.”
Now if Gaga is supposed to be Doris, why the need to shade her (or any of them) after she had already been directly called out? It’s just not logical.
Not to mention, who among the starlets has been called out recently for jacking Madonna’s style? Okay, you got me there. All of them. But who blatantly jacked Madonna’s entire Erotica phase for her surprise album concept, in particular, the “Haunted” video?
Now, admittedly, Rihanna plays up the sexy too. But despite what Jones may believe, there is something pretty authentic about her image. For example, if I see Rihanna pretend-smoking a blunt while getting a lap dance at a strip club in one of her music videos, there is no doubt in my mind that she’s about that life in reality.
But nobody puts on an image like Beyoncé. And I mean that with the least bit of shade. Her ability to transform into characters with ease is one of her greatest attributes (besides her actual singing abilities). She is almost like a living and breathing Barbie. And who doesn’t love Barbie?
Still, no one (without the implant) would believe Activist Barbie is really out here leading anarchist rallies against the system through non-descriptive embattled city blocks like she did in the “Super Power” video. Not dressed like that at least. Even her version of sexy is still kind of controlled and refined, never straying too far from what the stage directors tell her to do. What I am saying is that we will never see Beyoncé cut loose in real life as she does in her music. That’s just not her personality.
So as I prepare to rest my case, I ask the jury to consider Jones’s own testimony here. Jones’s legacy wasn’t about creating buzz for album sales by donning elaborate costumes and putting on sexy stage shows. To the contrary, Jones got naked because she saw herself as an artist. And that free-spirited woman we see on stage is who she was in real life. That is what made her not only unique but a disruption to the status quo.
And while that label clearly applies to all of these divas, there is only one Queen B–er, I mean Doris, among them. And I think we all know who that is…
We all have a group of friends we love to hang out and share our lives with. Whether it’s the friend you go to for advice or the friend who will turn up with you anywhere at any time, Black women build long-lasting friendships and cherish the memories we create with our BFFs. And from time to time, you come to admire women who, if you were very lucky, could be a great addition to your circle of friends. Here are some notable and admirable Black women I would definitely want to call a friend.
“The Unfu*kwitable Friend”
Some of our friends can’t be touched. No matter the obstacle, they are prepared. That’s totally Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Most of us got to know her during her televised announcement of her decision to indict the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. She tactfully read the charges and compassionately addressed the youth of Baltimore with a word of hope and promise that she was working hard on their behalf to seek justice. After the press conference, she was criticized, and naysayers wanted her taken off the case, but the detractors couldn’t have their way. Don’t mess with her!
Nowadays, being a popular musician is harder than ever. Expectations from the public are high, there’s so much competition, and everyone has to continually reinvent themselves to maintain their relevance. For our faves, we are willing to wait. But some of our favorite artists have had us on hold for a little too long (We’re talking to you, Lauryn Hill!). Let’s look at 11 artists and the albums we’re waiting on.