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Let’s Talk About These Dolce & Gabbana Headphones Rihanna’s Wearing

January 25th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Earlier today Rihanna uploaded the pic above telling her fans she was “listening to ANTI” — her highly anticipated upcoming eight studio album. But after seeing the glorious crown on her head, all anyone could talk about were the $9,000 Dolce & Gabbana headphones she was listening to her album with.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

To be specific, those are a pair of Napa Leather Rhinestone Headphones With Crown and they retail for a cool $8,895 — with free express shipping in case $9K is the max on your headphone budget. The device is certainly a sight to see a metal headband made of Swarovski crystals which also adorn the metallic rings around the padded headphones, along with pearls for extra pizzazz. And just so you know you’ll be getting your money’s worth, the headphones are also compatible with MP3 readers, smartphones and audio playback devices.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

And they come in a box fit for a queen — or a bad girl with a bad a– bank account. Ah well, a girl can dream can’t she?

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Ghanaian Artist Gives Your Favorite Celebs An African-Inspired Makeover

January 20th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Dennis Owusu-Ansah

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Since its inception, pop art has allowed artists and viewers alike to transcend and define how pop cultural icons in America are viewed. Taking the latest spin at the art genre is Ghanaian-born New York artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah who has reimagined our favorite celebrities by dressing them in traditional African clothing. The 26-year-old recently told CNN in an interview the inspiration for his project:

“After witnessing my friend get teased by a group of men for wearing a kente cloth on our way to church, I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture.They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’ I saw this incident as an opportunity to educate people about who we are, and what we stand for through my art.”

By choosing to represent influencers in the entertainment industry, Owusu-Ansah wanted their fans to learn “that Africa isn’t only about what the media portrays on television” but is “a continent rich in history, diversity, and traditions.” He also told CNN he hopes his artwork will help bring awareness to the Africa’s traditional culture and it will spark interest in those to educate them about Africa.

Currently, Owusu-Ansah has 15.8K followers on Instagram and has recently launched a unisex clothing line. For more about Dennis Owusu-Ansah’s artwork and clothing line, visit his site here.

Check out a few more of his pieces, below!

Rihanna Considered “Most Marketable” Celebrity For Brands

January 14th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Rihanna is winning and apparently, that’s not going to change anytime soon. A recent report released by the NPD group suggests that RiRi is the most marketable celebrity for brands, WWD reports. This means that an endorsement deal with Rihanna can potentially yield greater returns than one with Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Usher, Jennifer Lopez or even Steph Curry.

The report explains: “Rihanna’s index score of 367 means that she has almost 3.7 times as many strong brand endorsement opportunities as the average big-name celebrity.” A list of all celebrities who made the top 10 list has been provided below.

Rihanna – 367
Beyoncé – 336
Ne-Yo – 334
Usher – 334
Wiz Khalifa – 325
The Weeknd – 318
Jennifer Lopez – 313
Kevin Hart – 306
Dr. Dre – 301
Khloé Kardashian – 298

“[Chief marketing officers and chief financial officers] have long asked for better data to help inform their expensive sponsorship decisions,” said NPD Group vice president Barbara Zack, “We can now prove what has been suspected when making expensive sponsorship decisions—that celebrities are media properties in their own right, with audiences that have nuanced brand preferences. In the same way that every sitcom is not equally valuable to a particular brand, neither is every celebrity equally valuable to a particular brand.”

Interesting.

Daily Show Staff Upset Over Chris Brown Appearance Due To Abusive Past, But Should They Be 6 Years Later?

December 1st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In case you haven’t heard, Chris Brown is set to be a guest on The Daily Show tonight–whether certain staff members like it or not.

According to The Daily Beast, his booking was something staff was split over due to Brown’s violent past. Several Daily Show staff members actually reached out to The Daily Beast to say that they were concerned about giving Brown a platform as an abuser. But they were told by the host, Trevor Noah, whose own mother was a victim of domestic abuse and was even shot in the face by her ex-husband, that a part of the interview would be used to bring light to domestic violence issues. And that’s the part of the article where I rolled my eyes.

I don’t want to hear Chris Brown apologize for his 2009 assault on Rihanna again. My ears can’t take it.

Not only because we’ve heard it time and time again; not only because it still won’t be enough to please people; not only because it will be weird to have such a serious discussion on a news satire comedy show; but because he’s the only famous person out here still apologizing for his past.

(And before you R. Kelly fans try to come at my head asking, “What makes Chris Brown different from R. Kelly?” know that Brown actually has taken responsibility for his actions. He dealt with the punishment for his decisions, both in the courtroom and in the public eye. We saw the evidence, and he admitted to his abuse. We saw the evidence for R. Kelly–the sex tape and the marriage to Aaliyah when she was 15, and he was 28 alone–and he still has nothing to say.)

I’m honestly a little disappointed to know that not only will his episode focus on those past decisions he’s atoned for, but that many of the staff reportedly were opposed to allowing him to sit across from Noah for what, 10 minutes?

Don’t get me wrong. I do know that these are some of the consequences that come with doing terrible things in the public eye. Particularly in the digital age when images of a battered Rihanna were passed around, as well as the stomach-turning police report. I do know that for years, Brown continued to behave poorly, getting in scuffles and Twitter beef with every Tom, Dick and Frank Ocean. And I do know that if you’ve ever been a victim of domestic abuse, or had loved ones who have been, seeing Brown get to continue with his success knowing the pain he inflicted is probably disgusting.

But I do wonder what it is that will make people happy when it comes to Brown.

It can’t be an apology. He’s apologized more than once. In articles, in interviews and more. And each time his apologies have been picked apart and dubbed as insincere.

It can’t be for him to struggle in his career, because for a time there, he did. There were radio stations that refused to play his music at one point, and when he released his album Graffiti in 2009, stores like Walmart weren’t even stocking it.

And it can’t be for him to be genuinely remorseful for his actions, because who is to say that he hasn’t been? And how remorseful is just the right amount of remorse? Do you need to pull a Robin Thicke and make an apologetic album that no one will buy? Do you need to get on stage and make a public decree? Do you need to be seen in public in tears for weeks on end? Well, that doesn’t work either, because when Brown did break down in an ugly cry at the BET Awards while performing “Man in the Mirror” a year after the assault, people claimed he was just putting on a show.

So I have questions. I guess I’m just trying to figure out the endgame here. Is it that we want to see this young man fall under the weight of his past mistakes to the point where he can no longer sing or dance in public? Do we want him to become a hermit? Do we want him not to grow as a person and father and just be a constant pariah? Are we going to keep forcing Rihanna to talk about that man and that situation until she meets and marries someone else? I’m genuinely interested in figuring out what it is people want to see happen to Brown, a man diagnosed with Bipolar II, over a mistake made when he was 19.

Are we all expected to pay for the mistakes we made for the rest of our lives? And not to get too preachy on you, but as long as Brown has repented to the people who matter in this situation, Rihanna, and God, do the rest of us really matter? Do our gripes with him really matter? Does our decision to look at him as the abuser who hurt us, or our friends or our loved ones really matter?

It’s not something he can run from. And here’s to hoping that one day he will be mature enough to say calmly, “Yeah, it’s something I truly regret. However, it’s something I learned and grew from, and as the father of a daughter, I hope to work to help prevent such abuse from happening to other women.” But to say all that on The Daily Show? On Comedy Central? Please. That’s not the place for it. Especially not when the host of the show whose staff is riled up about your appearance deemed your domestic episode comical enough to joke about years ago on Twitter (“I woke up and my face was puffy and swollen- I looked like I was in the car with chris brown.”). Not when that same show allowed Charlie Sheen to be a guest in 2003, despite him already having about three domestic violence incidents under his belt at that time, including shooting former fiancée Kelly Preston. And especially not on a comedy show with a group of people who don’t stand up for abused women, let alone abused Black women, any other time.

Rihanna’s Next PUMA Installment Is Reportedly Headed To NYFW

November 28th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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#THECREEPER returns with new colors and men’s sizes! #FENTYXPUMA #AvailableAtMIDNIGHT

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2016 is bound to a be big year for global pop sensation Rihanna.

From teasing her faithful #Navy with her eighth studio album ANTI to gearing up for a world tour featuring Travis $cott, The Weeknd and Big Sean to creating her very own talent agency, chick has a lot of exciting ventures lined up in the near future.

Recently, it has been reported that Rih Rih is adding yet another bullet point to her laundry list of ideas for the new year and it includes her position PUMA’s global brand ambassador and women’s creative director. Aside from her wildly popular PUMA Creepers that have been selling out in just minutes upon arrival, the “Presh Out The Runway” singer is reportedly planning to debut a new PUMA collection at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2016.

According to Fashion Bomb Daily, the show will feature her entire collaboration with the apparel and footwear company that has been a huge success and revived the brand’s presence. In addition to reports, Rihanna’s own website for her Clara Lionel Foundation actually unveiled the exciting news, as the foundation will auction off one ticket to the fashion show for a lucky fan–the starting bid is a steep $15K so may the best #Navy faithful win.

The package includes a business class flight to New York City for two nights, a pre-show styling package; backstage access following the show; an invitation to the afterparty; one of each style of the entire Fall 2016 Rihanna x PUMA collection; an autographed pair of her PUMA Creepers and much more.

Sounds like Rihanna is pulling out all the stops for this runway show, and we already know the fashions will be top notch.

 

Rihanna Launches Beauty, Styling Agency

November 12th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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 Partners With Samsung for $20 Million Deal

October 31st, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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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.

Here’s A First Look At Rihanna’s Newest Puma Sneaker Release

October 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Rock City Kicks

Rock City Kicks

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.

#Rihanna for #Puma

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The Puma Eskiva Mid will be available at Puma’s website and select retailers on Monday (Oct. 26) for $110.
Ladies, will you be dropping dough on Rihanna’s newest Puma sneaker?

Rihanna’s Former Publicist Apologizes For Spreading Jay Z Affair Rumors

October 23rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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

October 12th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: New York Times

Source: New York Times

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?