Rihanna Turned Down The Super Bowl In Support Of Colin Kaepernick: ‘I Just Couldn’t Be a Sellout’

In a new interview with Vogue, Rih opened up about why she decided to boycott the Super Bowl and the NFL.

Check out an excerpt:

I ask Rihanna if we can discuss politics. “How deep you wanna get?” she says. “However deep you’re willing to go,” I say. She signals that I may proceed, and I ask if it’s true that she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. “Absolutely,” she says. “I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

Rihanna is with Kap!

Mathew Knowles Says Beyonce’s Career Benefited From Her Lighter Complexion and Kelly Rowland’s Suffered

Mathew Knowles kept it all the way real about colorism in the music industry and how it affected both Beyoncé and groupmate Kelly Rowland.

via Variety:

In the interview with “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View, Knowles said he taught a college class that did its own research study on “colorism” in music spanning a period of 15 years and found that, “overwhelmingly,” light-skinned black women fared better than darker-toned divas, especially at Top 40 radio. Among the beneficiaries of the perceived bias cited by Knowles or Cane were Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

“In the music industry there’s still segregation,” said Knowles. “Programmers, especially at pop radio, have this imagery of what beauty looks like. … If you look back even at Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened her to make her look lighter-complexioned … Because there’s a perception and a colorism: the lighter that you are, the smarter and more economically (advantaged)… There’s a perception all around the world about color — even with black folks, there’s a perception.”

Asked by Cane if that prejudice toward lighter tones had any impact on Beyonce’s career, Knowles said, “I think she would have had — I think it would’ve affected her success. And I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example. But you know, the great thing is, Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records. She just got off-script.”

Rowland has addressed the issue in the past. In 2013, in an interview with Cnikky.com, she acknowledge a period of insecurity about her look — even as it was coveted by many of her fans and admirers — and said, “You know what, I had great women in my life to help me overcome that. I remember I went through a period where I didn’t embrace my ‘chocolatiness.’” Rowland attributed her change of attitude in part to a conversation with Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles.

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Cardi B Talks Fashion + Why She Chose Fashion Nova to Partner With For A Collection

Cardi B is getting ready to launch her highly-anticipated collection for Fashion Nova and she recently spoke to Business of Fashion on why she chose to partner with fashion brand.

via BoF:

“They are always loyal to me. It’s like a friendship now,” she said of the bodycon clothing line that churns out 1,000 new items a week. “I’m also really proud of them. Their brand has sold so much, and I have sold so much at the same time and it’s like, ‘Yay, we did it!’ We both did it at the same time.”

Her collection, which goes on sale November 15, comes at a time when Fashion Nova’s popularity may just rival the rapper’s. According to a Piper Jaffray survey last week, Fashion Nova was the sixth most popular e-commerce site among upper-income teens, beating out brands including Forever 21, Lululemon and Adidas.

Since launching as an e-commerce site in 2013, Fashion Nova has managed to harness a lightning-in-a-bottle type of hype, fueled primarily by a network of prolific micro influencers who post photos of themselves wearing the curve-hugging clothing on Instagram. That, coupled with the constant flow of new product that Richard Saghian, chief executive of Fashion Nova calls “ultra fast fashion,” has catapulted the company into the top tier of online retail.

But the exposure and success has drawn competitors, who are taking a page out of the Fashion Nova playbook, as well as complaints from customers about fit and quality. As the marketplace becomes more saturated, the brand is looking to prove it can do more than churn out an endless series of disposable — and easily imitated — dresses, pants and tops.

Enter Cardi B. True to form, the rapper is as candid about her relationship with the brand (she has previously stated that she receives $20,000 a month to wear the label and promote it on social media) as she is her plastic surgery and personal life. But though she was among Fashion Nova’s earliest fans, recently, she’s worn Moschino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang for events ranging from the Grammys to the Met Ball and New York Fashion Week. She’s following fellow female R&B stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé who have had success with their break into fashion, expanding their brand and sartorial influence into their own lingerie and streetwear lines, respectively.

No doubt the impressive lineup of designers clamoring to dress Cardi B has only bolstered the Fashion Nova brand, which she continues to wear with the same frequency she does high-end items. Cardi B’s collection, the first celebrity collaboration for Fashion Nova, comes at a time when there is a seemingly perfect storm of her popularity and a growing appetite for authenticity and inclusivity among consumers.

The line will consist of 80 looks ranging from junior to curve, with an average price point of $40, including suiting, blouses, dresses, outerwear, denim, knitwear and accessories. In designing the collection, Cardi B said her goal was to create clothing that would blur the lines between expensive and inexpensive, with a focus on quality fabric and fit.

Every little detail to me matters,” Cardi B said. “I want to make these women look so happy — so radiant, sexy, so corporate and poppin’. I want them to look like they’re wearing Gucci and Prada, but they’re not, they’re wearing my line.”

The pre-launch promotion stays true to Fashion Nova’s roots — relying on influencers to spread the word — but on a vastly amplified stage. Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, has been teasing her forthcoming collaboration with Fashion Nova on social media for several months in the same manner that she evangelizes the brand on Instagram, whether she’s wearing it head-to-toe or paired with Christian Louboutin boots and a Balenciaga bag.

Fashion Nova will have a launch event in Los Angeles starting November 14 at 8pm, featuring musical performances and drumming up even more excitement for the collection launch which happens at midnight. The event will be livestreamed for fans anywhere to watch, but the brand also has plans for a “Party with Cardi” online sweeps in which 10 customers will be flown out for the event. Shoppers will be able to purchase in real time when the collection goes live at midnight, November 15.

“Because Cardi styles our product with high end luxury brands such as Gucci and Givenchy, we will be able to slowly dissolve the perceived separation between ‘high-end’ and ‘cheap’ clothes and make trendy fashion accessible to everyone,” said Saghian in an email. “This will really resonate to a wide consumer base who essentially want it all; it doesn’t have to be one way or the other anymore.”

Read more via Business of Fashion.

Slick Woods Shows Off Toned Post-Pregnancy Body , Two-Weeks After Going Into Labor On The Catwalk!

It’s only been 2-weeks since Slick Woods went into labor while walking Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty show at NYFW and the model’s body is already back.

Slick Woods posted on social media about the birth

“sA lewk, 14 hours of labor, and A king is born. This is the face of a WOMAN IN LABOR, we hold shit down most of us don’t even know how much we’re going through, I’m here to say I CAN DO WHATEVER THE FUCK I WANT WHENEVER THE FUCK I WANT AND SO CAN YOU.”

Thank you @qualityresusqueen and the Fenty family for taking such good care of us

via People:

The shot, which was shared on Woods’ Instagram stories Wednesday, shows the young model baring her abs in a Betty Boop crop top with army green cargo pants paired with a black diaper bag.

Woods, whose real name is Simone Thompson, also wrote, “Out w lil daddie” over the shot in reference to her baby boy who can be seen in a stroller in the background. Woods, who happens to be close friends with Rihanna, went into labor on Sept. 14 while strutting down the singer’s Savage x Fenty runway during New York Fashion Week.

Let’s be honest — with her body type did we NOT expect her to body to bounce back super quickly?

4th Annual Diamond Ball Arrivals Featuring Rihanna , Issa Rae , Tiffany Haddish , and More!

Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball went down a few nights ago in New York City closing out New York Fashion Week with a big bang.

Here’s some of the dopest looks on the carpet!

Rihanna came to show and show out, of course! Dressed in an Alexis Mabille ensemble. The lace catsuit designed with a huge bow and skirt made quite a statement.

Normani posed in a v-neck curve fitting Jean Louis Sabaji dress with a dramatic layered overskirt and gloves. Yass sis!

Issa Rae glimmed in a sequin Maison Valentino gown. Glow Girl Glow!

Justine Skye dressed gracfully in this Prabal Gurung pink dress.

Nipsey Hussle cleans up nice! He posed in a Givenchy coat and Louboutin shoes.

Meek Mill looked dapper in a black printed suit. 

Lala in a sequin Georgine Studio gown.

Tiffany Haddish in a plunging neck sequin dress with a high front slit. Love the bangs!

Donald Glover looking sharp yet hippie in a Dior Home suit.

Teyana Taylor embraced the tuxedo trend in a tux-inspired Moschino dress.  

Where’s The Lie Though!? : Rihanna On Her Thicker Body ‘You Want to Have a Butt, Then You Have a Gut’

In addition to Rihanna’s incredible cover & editorial for British Vogue, the natural curves friendly interview proves that Rih’s on a mission to being a body image icon!

When asked why women love her, she responded:

“I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m ‘thicc’ now. I don’t know.”

Despite being comfortable with her fuller frame, Rihanna says she’s ready to get back in the gym — but keeps it real.

“I’m about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don’t lose my butt or my hips or all of my thighs,” she said. “I’ll lose some but not all. And I think of my boobs, like, ‘Imma lose everything, everything goes!’ ”

“But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut,” she said.

The REALIST Shit Ive Heard In Awhile. You can read more from Rihanna when the September issue of British Vogue hits newsstands on Friday, Aug. 3.