For years, Rihanna has used the Clara Lionel Foundation to help make the world a better place for everyone by donating to charities and helping foster more community resources. As a result of all of her hard work, she was recently named Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
The BET Networks are acquiring the Soul Train brand, which was announced on Monday.
The Soul Train Brand’s assets include one of the largest libraries of African-American music-oriented content in the world, including over 1,100 television episodes and 40 television specials.
This article has been updated (below) since its original publication.
Beyoncé is reportedly planning to write and star in her own movie on Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was exhibited in London freak shows in the 1800s nicknamed “Hottentot Venus” due to her large butt.
By Jayy Dodd
For your own sake I hope you’ve seen Rihanna’s short film for her song “B—- Betta Have My Money”, if you haven’t watch it here (warning: make sure yo Momma ain’t over your shoulder).
Now that you have died and been resurrected it is important to know the critical work that Rihanna is doing here. From demanding particular economies as a Black woman to her disavowal of White man’s property, Rihanna is providing needed language for carefree and resistive Black girls.
She is a in a long lineage of Black girls out there for themselves, their bodies, their money and their time. Here’s a round-up of some important things to know, learn, and re-watch when locating Rihanna’s work!
“RiRi crafts notably rebellious black female self-determination in this spirit, eschewing propriety in favor of a carefree, self-indulgent womanhood not contingent on respectability.” – Rihanna And The Radical Power Of “Carefree Black Girl” Celebrity by Hannah Giorgis.
“Just as Rihanna’s eponymous girlness-as-image brushes against but never touches affective white girlishness, she functions just outside of the womanish labor so often determining blackness. Her girlness shapes her relationship to cash.” – The Prosperity Gospel of Rihanna by Doreen St. Felix
“She is making the claim that, in some sense, she is selling her body like the strippers and dancers in her video. And she doesn’t have a problem with that. Far from it, she embraces it.” – Talkback: In Defense of Rihanna by Muna Mire
“The mere fact that the woman who directed this entire video is Rihanna herself is laudable — an action that could even be interpreted as a subversion of these typically male-run narratives that Tarantino & Co. tend to go hog-wild with sans repercussion.” – Stop Saying Rihanna “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video Is Anti-Feminist by Sandra Song
The fact is, Rihanna doesn’t get dubbed as a feminist icon for the very same reasons her white peers do: the black female body is deemed as overtly sexual. – Why We Can’t Have Black Feminist Pop Icons by Lesli-Ann Lewis.
Janet & Carly Simon featuring Missy Elliott – Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You):
Lil’ Kim – Came Back For You (Explicit)
Jhené Aiko – The Worst
What’s missing from the #BBHMMSyllabus? Use the hashtag to see more!
Jayy Dodd is a writer and performance artist based in Boston, originally from Los Angeles. After recently graduating Tufts University, Jay has organized vigils and protests locally for Black Lives Matter: Boston. When not in the streets, Jay has contributed to Huffington Post and is currently a contributing writer for VSNotebook.com, based in London. Jay Dodd is active on social media celebrating Blackness, interrogating masculinity, and complicating queerness. His poetic and performance work speaks to queer Black masculinity and afrofuturism.
The video for Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” features a montage of political footage ranging from the Civil Rights movement to the Ferguson protests.
Photo: Rihanna/Youtube Screenshot
Olympic star Lolo Jones just doesn’t know when to keep her foot out of her mouth. The latest is a comment she made in reference to rapper Drake hosting this year’s ESPY awards.
@lolojones It’s amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it’s gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna’s ex boyfriends
While Rihanna was busy making history as the first recipient of the American Music Awards first-ever Icon award, many people couldn’t help but notice her hair.
The star, showed up to this year’s music ceremony with her hair wrapped, and per usual, Twitter was on fire.
At the end of this month, Rihanna will make history by becoming the recipient of the first-ever American Music Awards Icon award.
Winners of the awards, which will air live on November 24 on ABC, are determined by fans.
A production company called Noosa Films has won the film rights to Josephine Baker’s memoir.
Their first choice to play Baker?
By Tiff J
With the encouragement of faculty and the Waverly community, three students at the predominantly White Waverly High School in upstate New York , decided it’d be a great idea to don Blackface and parody Chris Brown’s infamous 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna as a homecoming pep rally skit.
The re-enactment was apparently one of a series of pop-culture parodies performed at the high school as part of their annual “Mr. Waverly” competition, where male students jockey to get the loudest cheers from their peers. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the mere idea of mocking domestic violence while wearing Blackface is unfathomable on many levels and so should have signaled red flags for pep rally coordinators and faculty advisors. Domestic violence used as a vehicle for comedy (at a learning establishment no less) coupled with flagrantly racist undertones is especially troubling. That the skit was allowed to be carried out to fruition, without any intervention from school administrators, is flummoxing.