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Earlier this week there were rumors floating around that G.O.O.D Music artist Teyana Taylor had been dropped from her Adidas deal, considering the shoe that was expected to drop on Black Friday never happened. At the time, Teyana’s publicist denied the news, saying:
Teyana has not been dropped, the sneaker is on hold, no other comments or statement is ready to be issued at this time.
Finding it odd that no definitive statement from Adidas had been made on the matter, we reached out to the sneaker brand for a comment and that’s when they told us Teyana has in fact been dropped from her deal. A Senior PR Manager for the corporation wrote to us in an email:
“We have ended our relationship with Teyana Taylor and do not have any upcoming product launches with her.”
When asked whether the decision was based on Teyana’s altercation with Rihanna and if the petition calling for Adidas and Reebok to eliminate the endorsement factored into the decision at all, the rep added:
“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.”
In other words, yes. This news is unfortunate considering Rihanna was the initial antagonist in this drama. We’re sure you remember how Rihanna and Teyana’s beef spiraled out of control within minutes on Twitter after Rihanna posted an Instagram video mocking Teyana’s cover of “Rapture of Love.” After warning Rihanna, “Don’t let twitter get you F-CKED UP!!!!,” Teyana went on to post this picture, which we can only speculate was the final nail in her endorsement coffin.
Considering the success of Teyana’s Harlem GLC sneaker release earlier this year, we imagine it will only be a matter of time before another brand gives her an opportunity like this again. But in the meantime, word to the wise: Do not let Rihanna get you caught up in these streets. Unfortunately her victim’s losses always seem to be greater than hers.
Celebrities are often paid thousands of dollars to lend their notable faces for the endorsement of popular products and beauty services, but these business-minded beauties have decided to go after much larger pieces of the pie by going into business for themselves and establishing their own product lines and brands.
Many of us clowned Rih Rih for rocking that doobie wrap at the American Music Awards, as she took the stage to accept the first Icon Award. Those in minority communities knew the very second we saw her that she was rocking the very same style many of us wear when we’re leaving the salon, trying to preserve the style we’ve just paid good money for. And though many wrote it off as Rihanna being lazy or not taking the ceremony or the award seriously, I thought this Rihanna attempting to make some type of statement. I can’t say what exactly that statement is but if I had to guess I’d say it was something along the lines of let me show ya’ll something. Watch me turn this protective measure, something that was once only worn in places where you gave no phucks into a legit, high fashion hairstyle. And that’s exactly what she did. While I’m sure you won’t be quick to see any more sistas trying to wear Rihanna’s doobie wrap at formal events, those who weren’t “in the know” beforehand, have certainly gravitated to it.
First, Glamour, clearly ignorant, called it a “faux pixie crop.”
LOL nice try.
And now this group of women took debuted their doobies during their Black Friday shopping. I can’t tell if they’re taking the style seriously or they too were making fun of the power of Rihanna’s influence. I don’t know. The Spanish on their shirts and the comments on their Instagram page led me to believe they’re Latinas. Many in the Latina community are no stranger to the doobie so maybe they know what’s up as well.
Are you ready to see Rihanna’s doobie wrap out and about on the street? Would you ever wear it out, like to a respectable place, why or why not?
Ooo and while you’re at it, go ahead and caption the thoughts of these women in the picture above.
The AMAs have come and gone, but people can’t seem to stop talking about Rihanna’s infamous doobie wrap. One angry ex-manager even came forward, accusing the “Diamonds” singer of stealing the look from her former artist, Patwa. During a recent interview with Elle, RiRi’s stylist Ursula Stephen discussed the controversy. Ursula revealed that wearing a doobie to the AMAs was actually Rihanna’s idea.
“It was actually Rihanna’s idea. She had her mind made up! Honestly, I was a little hesitant but I knew she could pull it off, so I was all for it,” Ursula said.
She adds that she realized the style would attract a huge response.
“I knew it would get a reaction but I wasn’t sure if it would be positive or negative. A doobie on the red carpet has never been done before so I knew it could have gone either way.”‘
“I mean, it’s already been done. I see girls on the street rocking them all the time shopping, eating, etc. It’s just never been seen in a formal setting.”
As for what she thinks about Rihanna being slammed by the African American and Latina communities for her hairstyle choice, Ursula says the doobie was simply a “nod to fashion.”
“It was a nod to fashion! This is a style that can be worn by some of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood.”
“Everyone has an opinion. However, the doobie has been worn to Bergdorf Goodman. They just haven’t been paying attention. And it’s been around since the ’30s. Part of my job is to know eras, trends and fashion, and to keep looks alive by adding a modern twist.”
Rihanna stirred up quite a bit of controversy when showed up to last night’s America Music Awards show rocking a doobie wrap—bejeweled bobby pins and all. Folks took to social networking sites like Twitter in droves to poke fun at and critique the Bajan singer for the peculiar hairstyle choice.
RiRi’s doobie wrap has certainly been the talk of the town, but now one frustrated manager is coming forward, claiming to NecoleBitchie that RiRi actually jacked this look from her artist’s style book.
“I am writing to express my extreme frustration and anger over the blatant theft of a image that my former artist and I cultivated. A few years ago I worked with an up and coming female rapper named Patwa. She’s a Bronx born 2nd generation Jamerican who fused hip hop, reggae and culture into her music. During 2010 we began generating a buzz in the underground hip hop community. This lead to a couple of meeting with some big wigs at def jam, Geffen, Atlantic and yes Roc nation who manages Rihanna. While meeting with A&Rs with these labels we were continuously told that the imagery we were trying to brand was not “lady like” was ‘too street,’ ‘too hood’ and ‘too ghetto’ we were told that ‘white America would never get behind such ignorance,’ the manager wrote.
The manager went on to describe the significance behind her artist’s decision to rock a doobie and how Roc Nation execs. weren’t feeling it.
“Ratchetness had yet to become an accepted house hold term. The image we were trying to run with was what Patwa knew from the streets which was the doobie wrap. She wore it proudly with jeweled pins to signify she was a Queen and this was her ghetto crown. Something that many females coming from where she came from could relate to. You know when you get that hair wrapped you feel like the Bomb You just got your hair did no one could tell you nothing. After putting a couple of videos up we met with a certain head honcho in roc nation who will remain nameless. We were offered what amounts to a development deal if we softened image and sound.”
“Sticking to our guns we declined because we really believed in the look and knew with a proper push it would catch. So we left that office with our respect. Unfortunately offers started to dry up. Maybe we were too hard and middle America would never understand the doobie wrap. Eventually Patwa and I stopped working together and she returned to school and I to a less then glamorous 9 to 5. I’ve never told her but i always wondered what if we had softened up and changed that hair.”
The unnamed woman also insists that RiRi actually came face-to-face with Patwa prior to jacking her bedazzled doobie.
“Fast forward to 11/24/13 and who do I see grace my flat screen while sitting in my modest one bedroom apartment wearing a doobie wrap with jeweled pins at the AMA’s. Roc nations own Ri Ri. I honestly felt violated. You see during 2011 Patwa and I crossed paths with Rihanna at a Roc Nation event. Rihanna who on that evening was wearing a hairstyle that she “borrowed” from Cassie, complimented the jeweled pin wrap said it looked nice and even inquired as to who did it? We of course were flattered out of our socks and felt almost validated. Two years later it appears middle America is ready and Rihanna really liked what she saw. By no means did we invent the doobie wrap or name. However prior to the AMA’s no one had attempted to wear the doobie as a hairstyle in public. No one!!!!!!”
She concluded by expressing in disgust with Rihanna’s swagger-jacking antics.
“I just find it very insulting that something we brought to those people was too ‘ghetto.’ But now Rihanna can accept awards while proudly displaying it. I am really hurt by this and wanted to scream. But I wrote to you guys. Wanted to let someone else know that she stole that look from Patwa.”
Who knew that a doobie and a few bobby pins could stir up such controversy?
Check out one of Patwa’s videos below. Would you say RiRi is guilty of stealing the bedazzled doobie wrap look?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
While some people disagreed with the statement Bill Maher made about Rihanna being the voice of our new generation, the record sales kind of prove it–as well as her great performance of “Diamonds” right before she picked up her Icon Award. She is the first artist to pick up the award, which celebrates the following:
“The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level. Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and bestselling artists of all time.”
With her wrap adorned with pearl barettes and a black gown, the singer took the stage and probably did her best performance of the number one hit yet. She also picked up her award from her mother, Monica Braithwaite (who looked fabulous) and shared a story about figuring out at five years old in Barbados that she wanted to be the star she is today. If you missed out on all of it, check it out here and share your thoughts!
We’re sure you didn’t, but just in case you missed it, this actually happened last night. Yes, Rihanna showed up to the American Music Awards with a doobie wrap on her head — a fierce one though, we might add. At first we thought Ri Ri just ran out of time trying to get her hair done before she unexpectedly won the “Best R&B Artist” award at the AMAs, but when she hit the stage later to perform before accepting her Icon Award with bedazzled bobby pins in her doobie wrap we knew it was on purpose.
Of course you know the Internet couldn’t let this go and we caught the most hilarious reactions to Rihanna’s hair at the AMAs, which stand as a reminder that Rihanna is the only woman who could pull this off.
Wear that doobie to work tomorrow cuz of rihanna and Pon De Unemployment line
— Jus Smith (@thaG5) November 25, 2013
They’re international, baby!
It’s no surprise Mrs. Sasha Fierce and her equally ferocious husband have taken the world by storm landing on Forbes’ 2013 list of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians. Beyonce took ninth place in a tie with country singer Kenny Chesney, while Jay Z landed in the 18th spot. The wife and husband duo earned $53 million and $42 million this year, respectively.
Beyoncé snapped back with a quickness after the birth of Blue Ivy and launched the Mrs. Carter World Tour, an homage to her husband. She grabbed $2 million in every city she performed in and let’s not forget the steady flow of cash she collects from her old hits. The sultry songstress, endearingly called “Queen Bey” by fans, also accumulated her wealth through endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M.
Her husband, making $11 million less than his wife, made his 2013 fortune with his keen eye for business. His ventures with Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, and his Roc Nation management firm helped place him on Forbes’ coveted list.
Jay Z’s bad girl protégé, Rihanna, sits right on top of her mentor in 16th place. The Bajan beauty pulled in $43 million in 2013. With the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic, and dishing out hit-after-hit, like Diamonds and Stay, Rihanna’s rockstar persona continues to rake in the dough.
Dr. Dre, Jay Z’s former partner in rhyme, ranked 20th along with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, earning $40 million. Diddy outdid them all, and even his former lover, Jennifer Lopez who’s in 15th place, and ranked 12th on the list. Hip-hop’s richest artist earned himself $50 million in 2013 thanks to his Ciroc vodka deal, Bad Boy label, Sean John clothing line, and marketing firm Blue Flame. That $50 million might grow exponentially if Diddy’s new TV network, Revolt, takes off.
As for the top three richest musicians of the world, the honor go to Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Bon Jovi, who reaped in $125, $80, and $79 million, respectively.
To come up with their list, Forbes looked at the musicians’ income between June 1st of 2012 and June 1st of this year, taking into account concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals, and other business ventures. Their data sources included the RIAA, Pollstar, Nielsen SoundScan, attorneys, managers, and even many of the artists as well.
There’s very little hate we can for the American Music Awards’ first “Icon Award” winner, who isn’t even American. But Rihanna’s new hairstyle is probably the worst one she’s had this year.After a very busy international tour, the singer settled in NYC this week, where she’s officially moving.
In addition to her Chinatown home, the singer also got a new hairstyle done by hairdresser, Ursula Stephen. The stylist has a salon in Brooklyn’s Ft. Greene neighborhood.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
The fastest man on the planet can’t seem to catch up with the one thing he’s been chasing the hardest these days— Rihanna. A few days ago, Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt took to Twitter to express his admiration of RiRi after being mesmerized by her smooth dance moves, which she demonstrated in an interesting twerk video shared to her Instagram page a few days ago.
TMZ caught up with the Jamaican-born athlete yesterday, and he continued his campaign of RiRi’s heart. And luckily for us, it was caught on tape!
“I’m in love with you. Hit me up, Rihanna,” Usain hilariously states while looking dead into the camera.
RiRi has yet to publicly respond to his advances, but we find his unashamed profession of love to be quite hilarious. Although, his obsession seems more like infatuation than love. We’d love to be a fly on the wall when she catches wind of this. As far as we know, she’s single. Maybe she’ll give him a chance.
Watch Usain’s video on the next page. Do you think RiRi should consider his advances?