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In Case You Missed It, Rihanna And Teyana Taylor Finally Squashed Their Beef

September 19th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While people spent late last week worrying about whether or not Iman Shumpert cheated on Teyana Taylor (the findings? Shumpert did slip up early in their relationship, they moved past it, and all is well in their world), what went under the radar was a positive turn of events involving Taylor that should have been celebrated. The 25-year-old was able to mend fences with Rihanna, and the proof is in the gift the Bajan bad girl sent Taylor recently:

Taylor shared the gift from Rihanna’s latest Puma collection on Instagram with the lovey-dovey caption, “Thanks for the dope a– gift Ri, I love them!! Gimme kiss!” The caption was followed by the kissing emoji and a heart.

The two used to be friendly when Rihanna dated Chris Brown. However, if you will recall, it was in 2013 that all hell broke loose between both ladies via social media.

It started when Taylor recorded video of herself singing Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture.” Soon after, Rihanna posted a video of a hairstylist from her team wearing a curly wig and basecall cap, poorly singing the same exact song. It was seen as a jab at Taylor, so she responded. Both women ended up taking pretty strong shots at each other, and Rihanna’s friend Melissa Forde even jumped in. But things got really out of hand when Taylor made her Twitter banner an illustration of her fighting Rihanna — and used the leaked police image of the pop star’s face after being attacked by Chris Brown in 2009.

The drama caused Taylor to lose her partnership with Adidas after collaborating on a few very successful sneakers with the brand. As a company rep told us in 2013 via email: “All I can say is that adidas partners with athletes and artists who blend well with our brand values. We evaluate our relationships with partners based on the values we hold at adidas and we don’t condone violence of any kind.”

From there, their beef went pretty quiet. There were even moments where Rihanna defended Taylor from unnecessary hate. One particular instance included the time a fan said something about Taylor’s late grandparents in 2015 and the “Work” singer sent them a direct message saying their behavior was “f–k sh-t,” chiding the fan. “I know ya’ll protective, but c’mon, that sh-t was unnecessary.”

Not sure what motivated the push for peace but we’re happy about it. With all the love Taylor’s been receiving since doing Kanye West’s “Fade” video (West is quite close with Rihanna by the way), it’s nice to see that so many doors are opening up for her and that old drama is being put to rest. Fingers crossed for a future collaboration!

10 Artists You Need To See In Concert Before 2016 Comes To A Close

September 8th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Summer might soon be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Concerts are still in full effect. Lucky for you, there’s still time to see some of your favorite artists live and in the flesh as they continue to bring fans the music they’ve been longing to hear and experience in person. Beyoncé has been on her “Formation” World Tour, arguably the most anticipated – and also one of the highest grossing – concerts of 2016. No surprise there from the slay maven. But plenty of other artists in numerous genres are doing their thang on stage, and waiting to see you cheer them on in the crowd. Maybe you’ll catch one or some of them when they come to your city. Peep the artists and concerts you need to see before the year comes to an end.

More Moonmen More Money? Black Women May Have Dominated The VMAs But Does That Equal A Big Payout?

September 7th, 2016 - By Ann Brown
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards as seen on MTV.
Rihanna performs a medley of “Stay,” “Love on the Brain” and “Diamonds.”
Featuring: Rihanna
Where: United States
When: 29 Aug 2016
Credit: Supplied by

The most recent MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) could have just as easily been called the Rihanna and Beyoncé show. The singers delivered the most dazzling performances we’ve seen in a long time and took home the most numerous — and important — awards of the night. And even though only 6.5 million viewers tuned in on television — down from 9.8 million the year before — the 2016 VMAs ranked as “the No. 1 most social show of the night, making up 90 percent of all TV-related social media chatter for the evening,” reported Deadline.

VMA fans tuned in to see Beyoncé, who was nominated for 11 awards, surpass Madonna to become the biggest winning artist in the show’s history grab eight Moonmen, including Video of the Year. Rihanna was honored with the Video Vanguard Award. And due mainly due to the these two standouts — and Teyana Taylor’s body — Vulture declared “Black Women Dominate the VMAs, and Pop Culture.” And looking at the music charts, the fashion catwalks, and product endorsements,this does hold true. But while it is nice to dominate, does this domination equal more opportunities and money?

Typically with awards like the Grammys, artists do see what’s called a “Grammy Bounce,” i.e. an increase of at least 55% in concert ticket sales and producer fees during the year following a Grammy win,” reported Forbes in 2012. Rapper/producer  David Banner, who took home a Grammy in 2009 for his work on Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III,” said his producer fee jumped from $50,000 prior to winning to $100,000 or more after his Grammy win. “The financial benefits of the award can be tremendous for big touring acts as well, according to concert data provider Pollstar. “In the year after grabbing Grammy No. 1, crooner Bruno Mars’ average nightly gross swelled from $130,000 to $202,000 (+55 percent); multi-instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding swung from $20,000 to $32,000 (+60 percent); and pop-country superstar Taylor Swift surged from $125,000 to $600,000 (+380 percent),” reported Forbes.

So will Beyonce and Rihanna receive a VMA bounce? Veteran music jounalist A. Scott Galloway, who has written liner notes for albums by such heavyweight artists as Nancy Wilson, D’Angelo, Patti Labelle, and Bill Withers, thinks so. He told us, “In this day and age, the microscope and cinemascope that MTV’s Video Music Awards’apply to the Black women dominating them definitely translates into more money. While record sales are merely the diminishing peak of this marketing mountaintop, the resulting social media bonanza that follows only raises the ladies’ topicality, trendiness and hotness, which heightens their marketability and brand, ultimately opening them up for more lucrative endorsements, appearances, media features, etcetera. All of this translates into more money. It’s a great time to be a Black Entertainment Mogul-Diva.”

2016 MTV Video Music Awards as seen on MTV. Beyoncé accepts the award for video of the year and dedicates the award to the people of New Orleans. Featuring: Beyoncé Where: United States When: 29 Aug 2016 Credit: Supplied by

2016 MTV Video Music Awards as seen on MTV.
Beyoncé accepts the award for video of the year and dedicates the award to the people of New Orleans.
Featuring: Beyoncé
Where: United States
When: 29 Aug 2016
Credit: Supplied by

Music industry veteran Jacqueline “Jackie” Rhinehart,  Founder of  Organic Soul Marketing, on the other hand thinks the winning women might not get as much bounce due to a lack of interest in the VMAs“The MTV VMA show had a viewership of only 6.5 million people on multiple channels, which when compared to either the Trump debates or the Food Channel –is still a dismal failure,” she argued.

“The poor ratings, bottom line, prove that young people – and the general public don’t care about MTV (does anyone demand “their MTV” anymore?) — or the artists, to that extent,” added Rhinehart, who was the first ever Sr. Vice President of Marketing at Universal Records. “So, as in regards the show translating into dollars for the Black female artists–nah, not really! The artists that performed are powerful for other reasons now. Power was the centerpiece of the show– not the actual sales dollars–not in the number of viewers or the number of records sold…It was about the power they wield in concert (butts in seats) and ancillary byproducts of their musical fame, but certainly not about the music.”

Which is why Rhinehart said Bey and Rih won’t see an increase in record sales as a result of their VMA dominion.”Not much money in music, per se these days. Rih, Drake, and  Beyoncé were already at the top of their game in amassing money touring…So what is there to be derived from their MTV appearance — what is there further to buy? Perhaps another ticket to their concert, but rarely the actual music.”

#AubRih: Rihanna Finally Kisses Drake After Curving Him At The VMAs

September 1st, 2016 - By madamenoire
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From HelloBeautiful

After the swerve of the century, fans have been wondering if Drake and Rihanna are really dating, or if this is some elongated publicity stunt.

We previously reported the love-struck rapper professed his adoration to RiRi on stage at the MTV VMAs while she received her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. He went in for a smooch, and Rihanna gave him the cheek.


But it looks like the Bajan beauty is getting a little more comfy with her potential romance, as she casually smooches Drake on stage in Miami:

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Lunchtime Chat: Did You Notice Only The Black Girls Were Slaying At The VMAs?

August 29th, 2016 - By Quindara Lazenbury
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Today’s episode of #LunchtimeChat posed the question: why are only the black girls slaying the VMAs? The ladies share their opinions on Teyana Taylor’s emerging career, Beyonce’s outstanding performance, RiRi and all the #blackgirlexcellence from last night’s VMAs.

Catch the chat and share your thoughts below!  Make sure to tune in to #LunchtimeChat every weekday at noon on Facebook Live!



10 Highlights From Rihanna’s MTV VMA Performances

August 29th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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The 2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient, @rihanna 💫

— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016

Last night during the MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna, under-30 icon and queen of damn near everything (hey – we haven’t forgotten about Beyoncé), received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Given each year to an artist who has had a profound impact on pop culture, Rihanna is only the 9th solo artist to receive the coveted award since it was renamed in Michael Jackson’s honor back in 1991. In addition to receiving the special award, Ri Ri opened the show – the first of several performances she had throughout the night. And to top things off, the Vanguard Award was presented to Rihanna by none other than Drake, who made a not-so-surprising confession while introducing his favorite bad gyal, Ri Ri (and let’s not forget the billboard he signed off on days before the award show). A night full of great fashion, great moments and great performances, particularly for Black women, we’ve got the best of Rihanna from the 2016 VMAs. Click on to read all about ‘em.

#RelationshipGoals: Modern Lovers Coloring Book Lets You Color Your Fave Celeb Couples

August 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I live for a good coloring book. And as we’ve discussed around these parts, you should invest in one since adult coloring books help alleviate stress. If you’re still on the lookout and just so happen to be a hopeless romantic, I have the perfect option for you: Modern Lovers: The Relationship Goals Coloring Book. 

Brought to you by Belly Kids, the book pays homage to some of the celebrity couples people can’t seem to get enough of. The curator of the coloring book, Michael Coley, told Mashable that the artists behind each of the illustrations wanted to create “a picture of love gone right.”

“We’ve come together to create something fun, cute, a little bit dorky but immensely positive and warming.”

The book includes the likes of Bey and Jay (drawn by Elena Boils), Kim and Kanye, and though she’s never claimed him publicly, Rihanna and Drake. Fictional couples even get some love, including Mulder and Scully from The X-Files and Jon Snow and Ygritte from Game of Thrones.

With the right set of colored pencils, a pencil sharpener on deck, and a glass of wine, this coloring book seems like it will give you quite a bit of entertainment — and of course, all the relationship goals. It can be yours for just $9.

Next Month You’ll Finally Be Able To Cop Rihanna’s Debut Fenty x Puma Collection

August 22nd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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COMING SOON! My #FENTYXPUMA debut collection drops September 6.

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It’s been nearly two years since PUMA crowned Rihanna as their creative director and the singer has done an excellent job thus far. From starring in several campaigns, selling out sneakers in just a matter of minutes, and presenting her first runway collection with the brand at New York Fashion Week, there’s much to celebrate.

Most importantly, her Fenty x Puma fall runway collection, has been given an official release date. Today (Aug. 23), the singer and PUMA announced that come Sept.6, fans will actually be able to purchase items from the collection.

“As Creative Director, [Rihanna] fuses her independent approach to music and fashion with the sport-driven design of PUMA,” the brand’s Instagram account said in the announcement. “The result is fearless.”

Details regarding where the collection will be sold or the price points have yet to be revealed.

Rihanna Is Just As Geeked Over Naomi Campbell Modeling Her Fall Fenty Campaign As We Are

August 18th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If you thought Rihanna’s Fenty collection was everything before, you’re sure to believe it’s everything and then some after seeing Naomi Campbell rock her Fall fashions for Vogue Italia. And you should feel free to think as much, considering Rihanna had a total fan-friend moment over the photos herself.

Earlier today, Badgalriri took to IG to shout out Campbell for not only fabulously rocking her clothes but being a friend she can always depend on, writing:

What a delight to see this beautiful Queen in my designs for @VogueItalia ! This is a crazy feeling man! @iamnaomicampbell From the very first moment in your career, you’ve touched and inspired so many young girls all over the world! I was one of them, and to see this come full circle is a trip to say the least! I’m blessed to have you as a friend, one that will pick up the phone at any hour of the night, one that still makes time even when she has none, just to send me vitamins and facial products, or even tanning oil for my vacation lol!!! That’s why these photos mean so much more to me, you’re a True beauty, One love!

As much as we’d love to say we get calls from Naomi Campbell in the middle of the night too, all we can relate to is the fact that it is indeed delightful to see this queen in these designs. Check out the pics on the next few pages.

Work, Work, Work: Rihanna Will Be Joining The All-Female Cast Of Ocean’s Eleven Spinoff

August 11th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Credit: Derrick Salters/

From HelloBeautiful

Hit records, fashion endorsements, and being one of the biggest artists in the world is apparently not enough to satisfy bombshell Rihanna, as she continues to fill her already crowded resume with acting jobs.

The latest role RiRi has landed is in the all-female spin-off of the popular 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven, which originally starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.

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