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11 Artists Who Need To Quit Playin’ And Drop That Album

September 2nd, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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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.

Remember That Time Beyoncé Announced Her Pregnancy? 15 Epic VMA Moments

August 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.

“I’m Too Grown To Be Lying” Matt Barnes Sticks To His I “Dated” Rihanna Story

August 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Despite being publicly clowned by an international pop star and subsequently roasted by the rest of the blogosphere, Matt Barnes is sticking to the story that he and Rihanna were dating…or talking…or seeing where their relationship would go.

You may remember that he told TMZ that his friendship with Rihanna had moved past the crush stage.

Rihanna, the Clapback Queen, heard about Barnes’ claims and responded on her own Instagram page.

badgalriri#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter

We all scratched our head at Barnes’ desert thirst and chuckled at his expense.

We would have moved on to the next story, had it not continued to pop up on our newsfeed. First, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who played, most famously, for the Boston Celtics, said that Matt Barnes was a stand up guy and wouldn’t lie about dating Rihanna. He was adamant about it.

Then he seemed to suggest that they text each other.

I don’t know about Matt Barnes being all that good of a guy. The disrespect he showed to James Harden’s mother, telling her to suck his dick and the way he’s publicly disrespected his wife and mother of his children seem to suggest otherwise.

Now, Barnes is stepping forward with his own defense.

In a recent interview on The Jim Rome Show,  he stuck to his story.

“You live and you learn. When you’re in a situation like this and, you know, you just learn. You just got to keep stuff to yourself obviously,” Barnes said. “But the way I’m putting it right now, I’m too grown to lie, you know what I mean. It is what it is, I’m going to let this blow by like everything else blows by.”

When asked how he responded to Rihanna’s hashtag scolding, he said:

“I just smiled. I just smiled, that’s it,” Barnes said. “What can you do? At the end of the day we’re all grown-ups. Like I said I’m too grown to be lying about stuff but life is life. You live and you learn.”

Then Matt explained why he he’s not about that lying life.

“In life in general, there’s no need. I’m grown,” Barnes said. “My upbringing just doesn’t allow me to have that kind of stuff in it. Life, sports whatever it is I’m just about the truth. I’m always going to be me, even if you know sometimes my mouth gets me in trouble. I’m always going to be me, because I speak on things I feel passionately about. So love me or hate me I’m going to be me regardless.”

Matt’s a funny dude.

Either way, until he can come up off some receipts to corroborate his story, I’m choosing to believe Rihanna.


Rihanna Swiftly Shuts Down Rumors Of Dating Matt Barnes

August 16th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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TMZ recently caught up with NBA player Matt Barnes, ex husband of Gloria Govan, to talk about the rumors of him hooking up with and even dating pop sensation Rihanna. When asked if the two were in fact dating, he offered that they are “friends right now.” “We’ll see where it goes,” he added when asked about their future.

Half way through the 47-second video, Barnes did admit that the rumors were just speculations and false, but he did seem pretty hopeful that he had a chance with the 27-year-old Bajan beauty. He even laughed and said that they were past the crush stage.

Just a few hours after the footage went viral, Rihanna took to her Instagram account to respond to Barnes’ comments. Rih wanted to make it clear to her 24.4 million followers that Matt was being dishonest. And in bad gal fashion, she added humor to lighten up the awkwardness, as people question both him and her. She posted a snapshot of TMZ’s video featuring Barnes and added the hashtags: #bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter. Leave it to Rihanna to entertain us on a Sunday afternoon. 

Rihanna has never been one to by shy about who she is, so we’re definitely giving Barnes the side eye. After Rihanna shut him down on the ‘gram, it was also reported that he left a comment under her photo saying, “Hahaaa wow.” Awkward, much?

What do you all think? Is Matt Barnes Rihanna’s new boo or what? Watch the video here.



15 Sistas That Have Graced The Cover Of ‘Vogue’ Magazine

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.

Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.

Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine



Rihanna, Claudia Jordan And More Turn Up In Barbados For Crop Over

August 4th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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All over Barbados, residents are celebrating the grand finale to the five-week celebration of Crop Over. It is a celebration that began in 1688 during the colonial period and Kadooment Day is the end of the festivities, signaling that the harvest of sugar cane has concluded.

Basically, it’s one massive party! People dress in elaborate and colorful costumes and dance through the streets. Rihanna is a mainstay at this annual celebration, but this year, quite a few celebrities traveled to Barbados to enjoy the carnival. Here are some images they shared of all the fun they’ve been having while the rest of us are stuck at work.

Crazy in Love: 15 Artists Who Collaborated With Their Boos On Hit Songs

July 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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There’s always a special spark when two artists make love and art together. While the unions may not always last, the music lives on forever. Popular music is at its best when couples collaborate. Check out 15 artists who put their boos on the track and made beautiful (or at least decent) music together.

Chris Brown Performs Rihanna’s “BBHMM” At Concert In The Philippines

July 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Aside from Chris Brown’s traveling travesty while in Manila, Philippines, it looks like the singer definitely gave his international fans a show they will never forget.

During his performance, a shirtless Brown, serenaded the Macau crowd with his hit songs and extensive catalogue. However, he surprised all when his set list included ex-girlfriend Rihanna’s club banger “B*tch Better Have My Money.” Awkward, much? Then again, the two have made it known that they are friends and have a cordial relationship. No matter, the crowd still turned up with the notorious bad boy of R&B.

#PressPlay: #ChrisBrown singing #Rihanna’s #BBHMM in Macau!!

A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on

After gaining clearance to leave the country, Brown is headed to Hong Kong to perform for yet another sold out crowd. He also teased a collaboration with singer Rita Ora on his Instagram just hours before hopping on a flight.

Coming soon (BODY ON ME)

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Police In Pursuit Of Alleged Rihanna Stalker After Online Death Threats

July 13th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Police are investigating another man accused of stalking Rihanna, TMZ reports. According to law enforcement sources, the suspect, who goes by Alex Mercer on Twitter and Ralph Alexander on Yahoo, posted a selfie on April 30 in which he’s standing in front of Rihanna’s former residence.

Within 24 hours of his original post, he followed up with a tweet, which reads:

“Should of killed @rihanna a minute back I would be good right now. Sorcery is a weapon I use guns, bout to get a gun license, can’t use my hands.”

Police responded to the home after being tipped off about the frightening message, but the suspect was gone by the time they arrived. Reportedly, investigators are now using technology and social media to track him down.

Strangely, this isn’t the first time the singer has received terrifying threats. Last summer, 54-year-old Kevin McGlynn was arrested for delivering handwritten notes to Ri’s Manhattan apartment. He was eventually released to a psychiatric hospital and prohibited from contacting the “BBHMM” singer. He was also barred from going near her home. A Manhattan judge compared McGlynn to the man who killed John Lennon in his November 2014 ruling.

“He appears to be a ticking time bomb who is wholly fixated on (Rihanna), and poses a direct threat of serious physical harm or death to her and anyone around her,” Judge Orlando Marrazzo said. “It is entirely foreseeable that if he were free to continue to act upon his psychotic delusions without this court’s intervention, it may result in the death of (Rihanna) or other innocent persons.”



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Rihanna Used Instagram To Cast Her Accomplices In “BBHMM” Video

July 7th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In order to cast her henchwomen for her acclaimed “BBHMM” video, Rihanna took to Instagram to find the perfect accomplices to work alongside her.

Three months ago she was wowed by a selfie taken by Sanam better known under her @TrustMeDaddy Instagram alias. Rih began to follow the Indian beauty and sent her a direct message saying, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so f*cking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.”

Afterward, the production company who produced the BBHMM video contacted Sanam to confirm casting. Before she knew it, Sanam was flown out to Los Angeles to star in Rihanna’s first co-directed music video.

In an interview with VICE, Sanam shared what it was like working on set and how she plans to use the exposure she received from the video to help with her art career.

VICE: You posted an Instagram snapshot of Rihanna following your account a few months ago. What happened between Rihanna following you on Instagram three months ago, to Rihanna casting you as her co-star in her new video?

Sanam:  I went to work, and I got a DM from her on Instagram. She was like, “Hey, I have this idea I want to run by you. I think you’re so fucking rare. Let me know if you’re interested.” I had no idea what she was talking about. I was just freaking out, because Rihanna is messaging me on Instagram, telling me that she thinks I’m cool. Then I got another message from someone who works for the production company that made the video, and they were like, “We want to put you in Rihanna’s video! Send us an email or give us a call.” At first, I was just like, This can’t be real. This is really weird. I don’t know about this. But I ended up getting in touch with the guy who messaged me and it was all legit. I spent my entire day at work going back and forth talking to them. At the end of the day, they were like, “We just got the confirmation from Rih: We want to cast you, and we want to fly you out tomorrow.” And I flew down there the next day. She followed me on Instagram on a Wednesday night, and then I was in LA on Friday morning. It was crazy.

VICE: It’s already a pretty iconic video. How did they describe the concept to you?

Sanam: For the first few days, I had a general idea of what was going to happen. We’re going to be kidnapping this person and you guys are going to be her henchmen and you just have to be really tough. I think the term they used was “bad b*tch.” When they told me more about the video, I was like, Holy shit. Knowing Rih, I knew this shit was going to be super controversial.

VICE: What was she like in person?

Sanam: She’s so sweet. She was showering us with compliments. She is so fucking real and down-to-earth, which is the corniest thing to say about a famous person, but she really is. When we were down there, the first day I met her, I was like, “How did you find me?” She was like, “I saw you on my Explore page.” She saw that picture of me where I was wearing my nath and my tika. She was like, “I just thought you were so cool, and I was like, I don’t know if I should message her or not. I don’t know if she’s going to be down.” I’m just sitting there, like, “Are you crazy? How could you be nervous to message me?”


To read Sanam’s entire interview, click here.

Further proof that a good IG account can get you a job.