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Puma Hires Rihanna As Their New Creative Director

December 16th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Rihanna is a hardworking woman who wears many hats and now, a new role has been added to her long list of responsibilities. According to the Wall Street Journal, the 26-year-old recently signed a multi-year partnership with Puma.

Per this new deal, RiRi will serve as the brand’s global ambassador for women’s fitness and creative director for women’s products. The singer will step into her new roles beginning next month and “will work with Puma to design and customize classic Puma styles as well as create new styles to add to the Puma product portfolio.”

“Signing Rihanna is a fantastic step for Puma,” said Bjørn Gulden, Puma’s chief executive officer.”Her global profile, her charisma and individuality, her ambition – all these things make her a perfect ambassador for our brand. With a strong portfolio in football, running and motorsport, finding an inspiring partner for women’s training was very important. Rihanna was a natural choice for us. We’re delighted to have her as a partner, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“I’m excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with,” Rihanna expressed in the company’s recently distributed press release.

Fellow singer Solange is currently working as an art director and creative consultant for the German brand.

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“Ain’t None Of This Sh*t Promised”: Did Rihanna Release New Music?

November 26th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer

The Rih-turn of Rihanna is upon us.

Last night, the 26-year-old shared a clip of new music on her Instagram, captioning the post, “phuckin roun in da studio.”

Could this mean we will see a Rihanna album drop on Black Friday? Her brother has been counting down all week on his Twitter timeline, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Rumors have been swirling around Rihanna and a new album, her eighth, for awhile now with the hashtag #R8 trending on Twitter from time to time. Adding more fuel to the fire, the singer also recently tweeted, “ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!”

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What’s My Name? Rihanna Lookalike Makes Thousands Of Dollars On Resemblance

November 24th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Celebrity lookalikes can make pretty good money. And that’s what a Rihanna lookalike is doing.

Boston-based, 22-year-old Andele Lara is often mistaken for the pop star, so now she’s cashing in on the uncanny resemblance. “The comments started in my sophomore year. My friend had a magazine with Rihanna on the cover. He held it up to my face and was like, ‘You look like her!’” Lara told the Daily Mail.

When people started asking Lara for photos and autographs, she knew she had something. And, brands hire Lara to represent them and their products because she looks like the singer. According to Lara, she was paid $20,000 by clothing companies to endorse their products. She has also promoted sneakers, mascara, and hair accessories. “I know I could happily give up my part-time job and studies to have a career as a Rihanna lookalike,” Lara told the Daily Mail.

There is a downside. Just like the real celebrity, Lara has her own stalkers. She says sometimes she’s been followed to work.

While that can be a bit dangerous, Lara says she doesn’t plan on stopping her lookalike career. And she hopes to meet the star one day: “I would love to meet Ri-Ri and take a selfie with her!”

Does She Have What It Takes To Be A Gladiator? Rihanna Wants To Guest Star On “Scandal”

November 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Like many other avid television watchers, Rihanna is a big “Scandal” fan. So much so, that she dreams of guest starring on the Shonda Rhimes-driven series someday.

“I love Scandal! Are you kidding?” RiRi told E! News.

“We’ll see,” she said at the idea of starring in the series. “I would love that. I just love Scandal, period.”

She’s not too sure what her ideal role would be, but she wouldn’t mind playing an enemy of Olivia Pope or Secretary of State.

“Duh!” she laughed at the idea. “That’s amazing. Let’s make it happen!”

Last week during a visit to the White House, the “Stay” singer posed for a photo in the press room pretending that she was “Scandal” White House Press Secretary Abigail “Abby” Whelan.

“#heyAbby,” she captioned the photo.

It seems that Shonda is pretty selective about who she allows to guest star on her shows, so we won’t hold our breath waiting for a RiRi feature. It also seemed that Ri was joking about appearing on the show; but hey, stranger things have happened.

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Rihanna Reveals The Best Thing About Visiting The White House: “My President Is Black!”

November 11th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From TMZ 

If you’re an African-American considering a run for the White House in 2016, you’ve probably already sewn up Rihanna’s vote.

Rihanna went on a tour of the White House Monday … pretending to be the press secretary or a character from “Scandal.”

On her way out, our photog asked what the best part of her White House visit was … and her answer was all about race.

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Judge Compares Rihanna’s Stalker To John Lennon’s Killer: “He Appears To Be A Ticking Time Bomb”

November 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last summer, a man by the name of Kevin McGlynn, 54, was arrested in New York for threatening Rihanna and delivering creepy handwritten notes to her Manhattan apartment. The notes reportedly included references to murder and gang rape. He also expressed belief that he and RiRi were in a relationship and accused her and other artists of using his material in their songs.

Back in September, a court ruled that McGlynn was unfit to stand trial on the stalking charges, so he was committed to psychiatric hospital. He later filed a petition requesting to be released.

On Friday, Judge Orlando Marrazzo issued an order that would grant officers permission to arrest McGlynn if he is spotted by RiRi’s home, as opposed to officers being required to wait around until he does something more dangerous, Reuters reports.

He has also been prohibited from contacting the “Man Down” singer by mail, phone and internet. In his ruling, Judge Marrazzo compared McGlynn to Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed Beatles musician John Lennon.

“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 Marrazo wrote.

“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,” he warned.

McGlynn was initially admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Staten Island. He was later transferred to the South Beach Psychiatric Center where he is still being held.

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Hostess With The Mostest: Rihanna To Throw “Diamond Ball’ To Benefit Her Global Arts Foundation

November 11th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Rihanna is ready to throw her first-ever black-tie gala. The Diamond Ball, which promises to be fabulous, will benefit her global, health, arts and education foundation, the Clara Lionel Foundation.

The “‘Diamonds” singer will host the ball for around 600 guests on December 11 in Beverly Hills, reports The New York Daily News. And according to The Boom Box, Ri Ri will perform with a live orchestra at the event.

Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, named after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, stating in a press release. “One of the greatest benefits of my job was being able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of my grandparents.”

Of the ball, she said: “There is truly nothing I’m more proud of and we’ve just gotten started.” She added, the ball will be “elegant and inspirational.”

For more information about the Clara Lionel Foundation, click here.

Say What Now? How To Properly Pronounce The Names Of 11 Of Our Favorite Artists

November 6th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When trying to get into a new artist, or even trying to talk about one of your favorites, I always find it interesting the different ways people pronounce an artist with a complicated moniker’s name. I mean, how were you saying Jamiroquai when they first blew up? Did you know how to say Mtume when you were jamming to “Juicy Fruit”? With that in mind, I thought I’d help you with the pronunciations of a few names you’ve heard and/or probably seen in the past or in the past few years at least, but might not have been saying correctly. I know I was messing all the way up on a few of these:


– click at 0:15 mark

My friend swore Goapele’s name was pronounced, “geo-pel,” but she was waaaay off. Think of it more as “go-op-ull-ay”:

Rihanna Tells Elle Magazine She Wants A “Big, Trimmed D-ck” For Christmas…

November 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Rihanna has no filter. So it’s not surprising that the Bajan beauty’s recent Elle interview is filled “Oh my God I can’t believe she just said that” moments. Inside of the December 2014 issue, RiRi blabs about everything, from wanting a “big, trimmed d-ck” for Christmas to her fear of childbirth. Check out a few excerpts from Ri’s Q&A with Elle below.

“ELLE: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Rihanna: That’s still a secret.

ELLE: What do people misunderstand about you?

Rihanna: I’m shy.

ELLE: What’s the sexiest thing a man has ever said to you?

Rihanna: Any man that tells me what to do is sexy!

ELLE: What’s your mantra?

Rihanna: “F-ck b-tches, get money!”

ELLE: Your worst fear?

Rihanna: Childbirth!

ELLE: The last time you were starstruck?

Rihanna: When I met Aaron Paul at the Spike awards.

ELLE: The best hangover cure?

Rihanna: Ice, Chinese food! And an upside-down trash can and towels, preferably next to the toilet.

ELLE: Are you a good cook?

Rihanna: I’m a fun cook! My specialty is seafood, but I also make the sickest mac ’n’ cheese you will ever taste.

ELLE: If you had to listen to three albums on repeat, what would they be?

Rihanna: KoL’s Only By the Night, Buju Banton’s ’Til Shiloh, and Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits (1985–1995). And the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack.

ELLE: Do you ever sound like your mother?

Rihanna: My mother doesn’t say much, but that one “ummmm” is a full paragraph of things I was grateful she didn’t say. I catch myself doing that a lot recently.

ELLE: If you weren’t a singer, what would you be?

Rihanna: A wife.

ELLE: If you were a piece of jewelry, what would it be?

Rihanna: I’d be a choker!”

ELLE: What’s on your Christmas list?

Rihanna: A big, trimmed ****!!

The December issue of Elle hits stands November 11.

Check out photos from RiRi’s spread below and on the following pages.

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University Of Texas To Offer Course On Rihanna Womanism Vs. Beyoncé Feminism

October 23rd, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Good news for stans! You can finally get college credit for doing what most of us have been doing for free – and without accreditation – on Twitter since its inception. You can now argue about who is better? Rihanna or Beyonce?

Better yet, you can argue Beyonce’s feminism vs. Rihanna’s womanism. According to, The African & African Diaspora Studies department at the University of Texas will be presenting “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” (course number: AFR 372C, 29690 for those interested in changing majors).

According to the course description, which is available on the website, It’s All Academic:

By comparison, this class has a very eye-catching title. Whether or not you are a Beyoncé Bey or part of the Rihanna Navy, it will cause you to do a double take while scrolling through electives. The one downside, students may not realize the type of academic inquiry or material that will be covered in the course.

Students in this class will learn that there is far more than catchy melodies to Beyoncé’s and Rihanna’s music. They will not be simply listening to Beyoncé and Rihanna for fun or even comparing the roles of Beyoncé and Rihanna in popular culture, rather, students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression. The instructor hopes for students to understand the role black feminism plays in popular culture as well as everyday life.

For any student interested in women’s and gender studies or how popular culture reflects social studies, this is a class that will make them fall crazy in love.

While Beyoncé has been very vocal about her feminism, I don’t recall Rihanna declaring herself a womanist. So I’m not certain how fair and empowering it is to put a label on her that she might not own or even want. But there is no denying that Rihanna’s entire persona is so expressive, culturally centered, sexually-liberated and steeped in independence. With that in mind, I can certainly see the correlations. For instance, think about her in regards to Alice Walker’s definition of womanism, taken from In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose (and off of this Tumblr):


1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one. Interested in grown up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge. Serious.

2. Also: A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength. Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or nonsexually. Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. Not a separatist, except periodically, for health. Traditionally a universalist, as in: “Mama, why are we brown, pink, and yellow, and our cousins are white, beige and black?” Ans. “Well, you know the colored race is just like a flower garden, with every color flower represented.” Traditionally capable, as in: “Mama, I’m walking to Canada and I’m taking you and a bunch of other slaves with me.” Reply: “It wouldn’t be the first time.”

3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.

4. Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.

Note: For those who want a refresher course on defining feminism, you can check out this link here. But even without the labels (or mislabeling), I can see some very fruitful debates coming out of this course, particularly around how we relate to each celebrity’s womanhood. And in fact, I can probably write an entire dissertation myself on the parallels as well as distinctions, but there aren’t any jobs out here for knowing Beyoncé and Rihanna.

What is interesting to note about this course description is how Rihanna is given the title of womanism, which has cultural ties, while Beyoncé, who has declared herself a feminist, is looked at from that angle, and according to some, “feminism” is only made for white women. I’m interested in seeing how the intersections of race (including intra-racial issues) as well as class (is feminism for more affluent women whereas womanism is for us commonfolk?) play into the debate.

But what say you? Are we here for a course focused on Beyoncé and Rihanna’s gender politics?