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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 KMBZ.com, 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):

WOMANIST

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?

Tried And Failed: When Celebrities Trying To Speak On Serious Social Issues Goes Wrong

September 18th, 2014 - By Asha Boston
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Everyone wants celebrities to speak on a social issues–until they actually speak on them. Here are 10 different times that celebrities decided they wanted to make a difference or speak about hot button issues in a less than serious way by way of social media, but it didn’t turn out the way they hoped. Fail!

“F**k You!” Rihanna Slams CBS For Pulling Her Song From Thursday Night Football Over The Ray Rice Controversy

September 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last week, CBS aired their first “Thursday Night Football” broadcast and things got off to a bumpy start because of the controversy surrounding Ray Rice. The network had planned to have a narrated opener from actor Don Cheadle, and a taped performance of “Run This Town” from Rihanna. This opener was set to play for the entire 2014 NFL season anytime games were played on the network. However, in an attempt to address the actions of Rice and to set a serious tone while doing so, CBS decided to cut the opener and focus on commentary from sports analysts about domestic violence. And because Rihanna was once a victim of domestic violence (at the hands of Chris Brown back in 2009), they thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to play her performance.

Well, it’s a new week, and though there is still scandal surrounding the league (Rice wants to appeal his indefinite suspension and Adrian Peterson is dealing with child abuse charges), CBS is still hoping to open this Thursday’s broadcast with the taped openers from Cheadle and Rihanna. However, the singer isn’t having it.

She finally decided to address her opener being snatched on Twitter this morning. And though she waited a few days to say anything, she still seems pretty pissed…

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Do you think the network was wrong for pulling the opener last week? Would it have been insensitive to air it?

A few years ago the singer spoke in detail to Diane Sawyer about the abuse she faced the night she was attacked by Brown on the way home from a pre-Grammy party.

“All I kept thinking was, ‘When is it going to stop?

At that point, I just didn’t know what could happen. He was clearly blacked out. There was no person when I looked at him. It was almost as if he had nothing to lose. He had so much to lose. But it was almost as if he had nothing to lose. It wasn’t the same person that says I loved you. It definitely wasn’t those eyes.”

In a recent chat with Sway, Brown said that he still seeks therapy twice a week to keep his anger issues in check and that he’s grown a great deal. He encourages Rice to seek the same help.

“To Ray, or anybody else. Because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road. I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”

What ‘Chu Say Boo? Caption This Picture Of Rihanna Running Into Chris Brown

August 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When you’re famous and your ex is too, it’s inevitable that you’d run into each other on occasion. And that certainly seems to be the case with Chris Brown and Rihanna. Not only were the two in the same vicinity during his welcome home party a few months ago; yesterday, at Roc Nation’s charity basketball game Chris volunteered his time on the court while Rihanna sat in the front row.

So naturally, they were in close contact with one another.

And the images are priceless, Rih Rih is looking through Chris like he was made of glass.

What do you think was going through Rihanna’s mind in this photo?

Rihanna Among Those Considered For Super Bowl Halftime Show, But She’d Have To Pay To Play

August 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The NFL is already thinking about the next Super Bowl and, most importantly for those of us who don’t really care about football, who’s going to play the halftime show. The shortlist for next year includes Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry. One thing though: If they want to play one of the biggest shows of the year, they’re going to have to pay for it.

Word is the NFL has asked those acts that they’ve contacted to perform to kick in some money to the league, though there’s no word on how much they asked for and no confirmation from the league about any negotiations. A spokesperson for the NFL specifically told The Wall Street Journal that when they have something to announce, “we’ll announce it.” The show doesn’t take place until February 1, 2015, so there’s plenty of time.

The newspaper says the acts who were told about the new plan gave it a “chilly” reception, which probably explains how it got out to the newspapers. From the NFL’s perspective, the show typically costs millions to put on and it gets tons of publicity for both the NFL and the act that performs. Last year for Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 115.3 million people tuned in. There’s also a “temporary bump,” the newspaper says, in album sales. And it could lend a hand for concert ticket sales.

However, from the act’s point of view, they know that they add cache to the event and attract viewers who, as we said, aren’t really that interested in the game. The halftime show generates talk on social media and becomes one of the talked-about highlights in the day following the big game.

Not to mention the acts they’ve narrowed it down to have enough fans on their own. Unlike the advertisers who are willing to shell out millions for a 30-second spot, Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry can — and do — generate millions on their own. Says the paper:

Ms. Perry, for example, sold 92% of the tickets to the concerts she headlined from May to July, grossing more than $36 million, according to Pollstar. Rihanna grossed $141.9 million on 90 shows around the world in 2013; Coldplay grossed $171.3 million on 67 global dates on their last tour in 2012, according to Pollstar.

As of now, there’s no word on what’s what. If we had to place a bet, we’d say that there are very few acts that would be willing to pay to headline the game and the NFL will have to back down from this request.

Your thoughts? Who would you like to see perform?

Is Jhene Aiko Really The Next Sade? 10 Musical Comparisons Made That Don’t Make Sense

August 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In today’s day and age, you can’t just be a talented musician without someone looking to compare your talents to someone else. That includes the legends, as well as today’s icons. But sometimes, even when people mean well, some reach quite far when comparing today’s artists to those of the past and present. Here are a few examples of musical comparisons gone left…

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Jhene Aiko Being Compared To Sade

I’m a pretty huge Sade fan, and really, I don’t think there is anyone like her musically. This is not to say that she’s the greatest to ever do it, but she carved out her own lane and is one of the few performers who can go on long breaks and still be welcomed back with open arms (and #1 albums) when she returns. So when I heard the comparisons between Sade Adu and Jhene Aiko, I raised an eyebrow. Aiko said that at one point, people classified her and her music as a “younger Sade with urban stories.” And in VIBE she said it’s a comparison she embraces: “That’s great if people think that because she’s amazing. That’s someone I’d love to be in the same lane as.”

Overexposed: Celebs We Wish Would Take A Break And Go Sit Down Somewhere

August 14th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Sometimes too much of anything can drive even the  most die-hard fan crazy. Too many celebrities haven’t realized that taking a break from the spotlight can actually be healthy for their career! But many of them, fearful of becoming irrelevant at any given moment, think that we still want more. Well, we want to encourage these 14 celebs to sit down somewhere for a while and give themselves, and us, a break!

Kiss Kiss! MAC Ruby Woo Red Lipstick Is America’s Best Selling Lipcolor

August 13th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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I must admit, MAC Ruby Woo lipstick is my go-to lip color. When in doubt, I put it on. And the confidence the right red can instill in a women is amazing. It seems I am not the only one who feels this way. MAC’s Ruby Woo ($16) is America’s favorite. According to a new study by the NPD Group, MAC’s velvety red matte formula was the country’s best-selling shade of 2013.

Last year Americans spent $377 million on lipstick. In fact, lipstick sales reflect the state of the economy. “If you’re tracking the economy, start tracking women’s lips. If they’re red, plump and glossy, then you know that the economy is heading into a recession,” reports Town Hall. It was Estée Lauder chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder who first came up with the “lipstick index” to describe the spike in cosmetic sales he saw during hard economic times.

And even in hard times, women still love to buy MAC Ruby Woo, which first debuted in 1999 as part of collection with a new formula called Retro Matte, reports Yahoo. Basically, it is a mattified version of MAC’s popular Russian Red. “It immediately rose to success as the best red on the market,” says Jennifer Balbier, senior VP of global product development at MAC. “It is iconic! We sell millions of units a year. We call Ruby Woo the perfect sexy red from the runway to you.”

Women globally seem to love the color as well as such celebrities like Dita von Teese and Scarlett Johansson. Rihanna liked it so much it inspired her to do her own. “Rihanna loved Ruby Woo and wanted to work off that shade with a few tweaks to make her own personalized limited edition shade, Riri Woo,” says Balbier. And when RiRi Woo was introduced it sold out within minutes.

But while women worldwide like Ruby Woo, it wasn’t the top seller everywhere. According to the same NPD study, Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge 06 Rose Nu came in first in the UK and Chanel Rouge Allure 104 Passion was tops in Spain. Dior Rouge Dior 999 beat all other lipstick shades in France and Italy.

Separately but related, there’s this news above that we’re just seeing. Excited?

‘Rih Is A Great Girl:’ Drake Denies Calling Rihanna The Devil

August 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week, we reported on the questionable imagery incorporated into Drake’s OVO Festival performance in Toronto. In case you missed it, the actor-turned-rapper was performing “Days Of The East” when an image of Rihanna popped up on the screen followed by a six. Then, another image believed to be of the singer popped up and was followed by another six. The second six was followed up by another image of the Bajan beauty and then, another six. Naturally, fans assumed he was calling his former flame the devil. What else would it mean? Drake, however, is denying calling Rihanna the Antichrist.

I mean, I suppose we have to take his word for it, but his explanation still doesn’t reveal why he flashed the images in the first place.

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Did Drake Call Rihanna The Devil? [Video]

August 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You know they say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but apparently, a man scorned is nothing to play with either.

Last night, Drake performed in Toronto during his fifth annual OVO Fest. And as he was sing-rapping his song “Days In The East” there were some pretty haunting/disturbing graphics playing on one of the screens in the background.

As Drake harmonizes, a fiery number six pops up on screen, in the midst of flames. Then immediately after it, a picture of Rihanna. Then another six, allegedly another picture of Rihanna (I couldn’t make it out.), then another six.

Now, I’m no Biblical scholar–and you almost have to be to interpret Revelations–but it’s pretty much common knowledge that 666 is the mark of the beast aka the devil.

It’s no secret that Drake and Rih Rih have had their break ups to make ups. But whatever happened with them, likening her to the devil is a bit much, right? I typically ride for Drake over Rihanna but even I can admit that this is eerily out of line.

Maybe we could have interpreted the whole thing incorrectly. Maybe that wasn’t Rihanna at all and perhaps those three 6’s mean something else to Drake. But even as I wrote that, I know it’s highly unlikely.

Wonder if he’ll speak on this.

Take a look at the video below. Do you think this was a jab at Rihanna? Did Drake take it too far?