She wants to rap. In some rare good news lately, Pharrell Williams has revived his hip-hop group N.E.R.D., and recruited Rihanna for the already iconic new song “Lemon.” Why iconic, you say? Two words: Rihanna rapping.
That’s right, girls. Three sweet, sweet minutes of Pharrell and Rihanna trading verses that are actually really good. The track is a bouncy, joyous bop with an equally iconic music video that would’ve fit in the mid 2000s, when N.E.R.D. was making all your favorite jams.
In the video, Rihanna shaves a woman’s head looking glam as hell and, later, a camera follows the woman as she lets loose in some sort of neon-lit indoor market – which would probably be our reaction to getting a haircut from Rihanna, too.
Rihanna’s organization benefitting youth education, the Clara Lionel Foundation, is working with a bike-sharing group called ofo to provide bikes and scholarships to young girls in Malawi.
“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with Ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” said Rihanna in a statement.
The partnership between the two organizations is called 1 KM Action, and will give scholarships, as well as bikes, to girls attending secondary school in Malawi. Tragically, there are 4.6 million students attending primary school in the country, but only 8% of those complete secondary school, and the fraction is much smaller for women.
Ofo is also bringing 1 KM Action to China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica, offering scholarships to students attending 4-year institutions in the United States.
Rihanna has spent a good deal of time advocating for education in Malawi in the past – she won Harvard’s Humanitarian Award this year and in June posted this to Instagram:
You can now fulfill your dream of splashing around in the ocean while covered in Rihanna’s face. The London-based painter Ibiye Camp has created a new line of summer swimsuits that feature the faces of Sade, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, and Beyoncé, among other divas.
The designer already won us over with her beautiful paintings of everyone from Frida Khalo and FKA Twigs to Supreme Court OG Ruther Bader Ginsburg and the Solange jeans you saw in Sampha’s Process video. Now, we’re fully gagged over the one-piece swim gear we’ll be wearing as we sip margaritas and get sand in our cheeks.
If queens of the music scene aren’t your style, she’s also created a line of swimsuits, T-shirts, and bandanas based on the U.K. garage collective So Solid Crew to keep you looking hot for the summer. Head over to her online shop to check out the full collection and try not to max out your credit card.
Rihanna has announced her third and final collaboration with famed footwear designer (and Carrie Bradshaw fave) Manolo Blahnik: a collection of four jewel-encrusted sandals aptly titled “So Stoned,” one of which appears in the “Wild Thoughts” music video.
Rihanna’s previous lines with Blahnik include “Denim Desserts,” a collection of six denim-and-sequin heels, and “Savage,” an array of furry thigh-high winter heels.
So Stoned features a short-heeled sandal named “Spice”:
Two stilleto-heeled mules, “Bajan Princess” and “Purple Chalice”:
And, of course, the “Poison Ivy,” as seen in “Wild Thoughts”:
The price range goes from “Spice”‘s sensible $1,265 to “Poison Ivy”‘s $2,325.
“I enjoy everything about Manolo,” Rihanna said to Footwear News. “He is such an incredible human being. He’s so fun to work with, and I was blessed with the opportunity to see him create from scratch. He’s so passionate about what he does, and it makes it so worth it when you buy or wear a pair of his shoes because you know what went into it.”
The strappy gladiator dream isn’t the only fashion that caught our eye in “Wild Thoughts” – RiRi also wore such gems as Balenciaga’s signature thigh-high spandex heels and a divine off-the-shoulder Alberta Ferreti number.
Have you ever watched a video so steamy it made your laptop short circuit? No, we’re not writing this in line at the Apple store but if we were, we’d have to explain how DJ Khaled’s new video for “Wild Thoughts” made us sweat through our shirts and break our computer.
The sultry song from his upcoming debut album Grateful premiered today and features Rihanna and Bryson Tiller glistening with sweat and singing about sex in a way that has us convulsing with desire. Seriously, watch it and understand that there is nothing more erotic than Rihanna looking the best she’s ever looked and stalking around in a neon hued outfit while she sings about the wild thoughts she’s having.
The single follows Khaled’s astronomically popular “I’m The One,” which featured Quavo, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne and became stuck in your head for weeks. That track debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 100 and went platinum and while that sounds like a difficult bar to exceed, we have a feeling Rihanna is going to lead “Wild Thoughts” to world domination. Now, if you need us, we’ll be taking a cold shower.
You can always count on Rihanna to show up, shut down everything, and make you reconsider what you’re doing with your life. When the music icon isn’t busy slaying the Met Gala or starring in the female-centric Oceans 13, she’s heading to Malawi to save the world.
Rihanna just dropped a new short film as part of her ongoing campaign to raise awareness for education funding in developing countries that focuses on her January trip to Malawi. Together with The Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen, the singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation visited Muzu, a school in one of the poorest countries in the world. In Malawi, half of the population lives below the poverty line and daily income averages out to 90 cents a day.
In the doc, she’s seen teaching a math class, cheering on a girls’ rugby team, and observing the problems facing the kids who attend the school: a single teacher for up to 100 students; 26 kilometer treks to get to and from school; limited resources; HIV/AIDS; arranged marriages; and more. “It takes away the sense that you’ve got control over your destiny,” notes Angeline Murimirwa, the regional executive director of Camfed.
Although 70-75 percent of students in the country get into primary school, only 8 percent make it to secondary school. “It’s such a pity that they have to drop out because they are so smart, and everybody is learning together and learning at the same pace it seems,” she observes. “It’s sad that… that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete.”
For Rihanna, the Malawi trip is one of many humanitarian missions she’s embarked on lately. The ANTI singer has also founded a scholarship program for Carribean students to attend U.S. colleges, done work on education in over 60 developing countries, and, in February, was chosen by Harvard University as the recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work.
Watch the film and then head to Global Citizen to learn how you can lobby your government to increase their education budgets and funding to the Global Partnership for Education to help it reach $3.1B between 2018 and 2020.
Our internet prayers have been answered: after this meme, speculating how incredible it would be for Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o to star in a buddy heist action film, went viral, the film will actually happen:
Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj
Netflix beat out several other bidders in an agressive battle over who would obtain rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly reports. And the good news doesn’t stop there: Ava DuVernay has been tapped to directed, and “Insecure”‘s Issa Rae is already working on a script.
The original meme already casts Rihanna as a gritty master thief and Lupita as a genius hacker – there’s no word yet if Rae is sticking to the original concept or taking things in a new direction. But with so much incredible talent already attached, we couldn’t help but hypothesize our dream cast for a movie of this nature. So, below, check out who else we signed on to this soon-to-be-our-new-favorite film.
Coachella fashion has always been a vessel for some of the most daring looks of the year, and no one takes more advantage of the opportunity than the one and only Bad Gal Riri.
Rihanna won Coachella this year by showing up in a sparkling, crystalline bodysuit designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele for the Fall ’17 runway. She toned down the high-glam by accessorizing with a Gucci tank with “Common sense is not common” scribbled upon it, along with denim cutoffs and Fenty x Puma platform sneakers. Take a look at the inspiring look below:
Things went from effortless glam to intensely, ominously chic when Rihanna pulled the headpiece of the bodysuit over her head, becoming the first person to be best dressed at Coachella while wearing a diamond-encrusted head sock:
Badgal Riri is continuing her streak of notable awards and television appearances with the news that the queen of cool will be honored by the Parsons School of Design.
Rihanna will be honored alongside Eileen Fisher and Neiman Marcus on May 22 at Pier 60, The Cutreports.
“It’s such a thrill to know that a design school as prestigious as Parsons School of Design would present me with this honor,” stated Rihanna. “I consistently find creative and exciting designs coming from Parsons alumni, so I feel a deep connection to the school. But I am especially grateful that Parsons would recognize me for the work I’ve done in regards to philanthropy.”
Parson’s Executive Dean Joel Towers said in a statement. “Parsons is proud to present Rihanna with this honor, as she has inspired millions through her powerful music and distinct style. She has championed our recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs. She is also creating important philanthropic programs, which support communities by fostering effective education, health, and emergency response programs around the world through her Clara Lionel Foundation.”
Most recently, Riri was lauded by Harvard as their Humanitarian of the Year. She also joined Madonna and Michael Jackson two weeks ago as the only three artists with 30 or more top 10 Billboard singles ever. And let’s not forget her CFDA Style Icon Award in 2014, the speech for which you may watch below: