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Ten Things We Learned About Rihanna From Her Miranda July Interview

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In her cover story for T’s Oct. 25 Greats issue, the singer opened up about everything from men and childbirth to social media and proving herself.

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1. She’s a seasoned flirt.

“Rihanna hugged me hello and we sat down in front of two glasses of white wine. ‘Your eyes are amazing,’ she told me, pulling her chair closer. ‘I’m staring at you and I feel like my eyes are gonna blur because all I can see are those tiny dots.’”

2. She might want to consider clearing her Internet search history.

“I will be sitting around Googling childbirth. … Childbirth is putting it the not-gross way. I was searching the size of certain things, and how much they expand, and then what happens after. …”

3. Not that she’s planning on getting pregnant anytime soon.

“Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.”

4. She handles her own social media.

“That’s the only way it’ll actually work. My fans can sniff the BS from very far away. I cannot trick them.”

5. She sees nothing wrong with posting the odd provocative photo.

“There’s no rule about whether you have to be clothed or not. I want to see a naked woman who isn’t even aware of her nakedness. … Men are gonna do what they do — and I am gonna do what I do.”

6. She is, thankfully, never satisfied.

“I used to feel unsafe right in the moment of an accomplishment — I felt the ground fall from under my feet because this could be the end. And even now, while everyone is celebrating, I’m on to the next thing. I don’t want to get lost in this big cushion of success.”

7. She is attracted to men who challenge her.

“I’m turned on by guys who are cultured. That’ll keep me intrigued. They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught. I like to sit on that side of the table.”

8. She was a late bloomer.

“By like age 11, girls were talking about what they had and hadn’t done. I hadn’t even kissed a boy yet, so it always made me feel insecure, like I was never gonna be good or ready or know what to do — I didn’t even have boobs.”

9. And yet she had to grow up very quickly.

“That’s something I don’t think I could ever do — send my only girl to another random country to live with people she’d just met. It had to be God that paralyzed Monica Fenty’s emotions so that she’d say, ‘Yes, go.’ To this day, I don’t know how that happened. But thank God it did.”

10. No matter how many records she sells, Rihanna is still having to prove herself.

“You know, when I started to … have my race be highlighted, it was mostly when I would do business deals. … And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.”

Source: NY Times

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A Look At Rihanna’s Acting History, From ‘Bring It On: All or Nothing’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’

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The trailer for the highly anticipated Ocean’s Trilogy sequel/spin-off, Ocean’s 8was released today (Dec. 19) and features an all-star cast of numerous badass women — including everybody’s favorite Barbadian triple-threat, Rihanna.

The iconic superstar has proved time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned since her early days, through her music, fashion and beauty ventures, but also her various acting roles, which have truly showed her versatility and superb talent.

From early work such as Bring It On: All or Nothing to this past year’s sci-fi adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Rihanna has proved she has what it takes to make it in the acting world. Here’s a look back at Rihanna’s roles in both film and television.

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)

The cheerleading comedy finds a transfer student trying to join the cheerleading squad of a rough high school, where she not only faces off against the new school’s head cheerleader, but against her former school in a cheer competition as well. Rihanna makes a cameo appearance in the film, where she announces the cheerleading competition and declares that the winners shall appear in a music video with her. A small role, yes, but as good a starting place for Rihanna as any.

Battleship

In this sci-fi action film, we find Rihanna far from the comforts of the stage, thrust into a war filled with uncertainty. The 2012 film based off the board game of the same name follows a fleet of ships that battle a series of unfamiliar foes, where Rihanna stars as Cora Raikes, a weapons specialist aboard one of the ships. Director Peter Berg stated in an interview with GQ that he came up with the idea to cast Rihanna after he realized she could act when she performed a skit on Saturday Night Live. Rihanna later went on to state that she accepted the role because she wanted to “do something badass.”

This Is the End

The 2013 end of the world comedy directed by Seth Rogen features a hilarious appearance from Rihanna, who is attending a party at James Franco’s house where she and numerous other celebrities are faced with the doom that will be brought on from the impending apocalypse. Though brief, Rihanna’s cameo showcases her comedic chops and versatility as an actress.

Annie

Starring in a movie-within-a-movie, Rihanna plays the villain of “MoonQuake Lake,” the flick that Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis go to see together in the musical adaptation. The fake film also co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

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This 2015 film from DreamWorks finds Rihanna cast in the lead role as Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, a teenage girl who befriends an alien on the run from his own people. During a round of press interviews for the film, Rihanna and her costars Jim Parsons and Steve Martin were asked about the possibility of life on other planets — to which Rihanna suggests keeping an open mind.

Bates Motel

On the hit A&E series, Rihanna starred as Marion Crane, the troubled secretary who played an iconic role in the 1960 horror classic Psycho, which the series is based off of. Taking over the character from Janet Leigh, Rihanna brought a modern and more relatable version to the screen for viewers to identify with. Viewers who were hoping for a remake of the infamous murder scene were out of luck, however, as Rihanna’s version of Crane survived and her lover, Sam Loomis, meet his untimely demise instead.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Meet Bubble, the shape-shifting burlesque dancer portrayed by Rihanna in this fantasy film about two special operatives who must race to identify the evil that threatens the future of their home and the universe. Director Luc Besson contacted RiRi’s manager to offer her the small but crucial role, to which she accepted, and shot around her jam-packed touring and promotions schedule.

Ocean’s Eight

Set to be released Summer 2018, Ocean’s Eight will find Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, attempting to pull off a heist at New York City’s star-studded Met Gala, following in the footsteps of her infamous family. Rihanna will star as Nine Ball, a computer genius and hacker who aids Debbie in her quest, and will star along other such acting stars as Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson.

Source: Billboard

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Miguel previews “Kiss It Better”

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We all love “Kiss It Better” from Rihanna’s latest album ANTI. However it looks like not only Rihanna Navy got obsessed with the tune. R&B artist Miguel just teased on his Instagram account a preview of his “Kiss It Better” remix! Listen to it below!

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Miguel already covered the song during one of his shows. Check a fan video here.

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Meet the Director Behind the Futuristic Vibes of Rihanna’s Brit Awards Performance

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Via Vogue: When Rihanna performed earlier this week at the Brit Awards, she abandoned the Caribbean settings from the just-released dual videos for her number one hit “Work”, and instead emerged onstage in her own alternate universe. Using her all-white ensemble of a crop top and fringed harem pants as a projection screen, splashes of fluorescent patterns fell across her body. As she sang “Consideration” with SZA and “Work” with Drake, she practically morphed into an avatar. For almost everyone watching, it was an unexpected and, well, electrifying interpretation of the island jam, but for Philippa Price, the director and multimedia artist behind the digitized settings, it’s hardly New Wave.

Price, who uses technology and sci-fi references in her hyper-surreal video work for the likes of Lion Babe and Brooke Candy, tells Vogue how the unconscious ’80s vibe of “Work” took her straight back to the future, and why she believes in the power of performance over video.

How did this collaboration come about?
Her team had seen some of my work and originally approached me about doing a video for her. That turned into creating this performance, which I’m really happy about. I much prefer creating performances. Videos now are so accessible and, in a way, disposable. With a performance you are creating an experience, a special moment in time.

What were some of the influences behind the set design?
Sci-fi and technology have always been and always will be major influences of mine. I’m a science nerd at heart and that always finds its way into my work. Salvador Dalí is also a major influence, too. His surreal and vast landscapes were something I looked to when creating the world of this set.

What technology did you use to produce this alternate universe for Rihanna?
I can’t give away all my secrets, but it did involve a shit-ton of projectors!

For the song “Work,” it’s so natural to place the song within a context of a dancehall, but you’ve uprooted it and placed it within a whole other sphere. How did you start to think about “Work” in more futuristic terms?
I love contradiction. Placing things together that you would never imagine working is what creates the most interesting outcomes for me. Yes, putting “Work” in the context of dancehall would be natural, but I never want to create anything that is expected. Actually, when I first heard the “Work” track, it took me more to the ’80s than Jamaica. I think the repetitive “work, work, work” made me think of ’80s corporate style—plus the beginning of the track has a sort of Talking Heads sound to me. I wanted to combine that vibe with a dancehall influence but not use any of the typical visual language you would expect. Dancehall and Jamaica hold a very special place in my heart; I have family there and spend a lot of time there. So I thought about stripping the vibe of dancehall down to the most basic elements: dreamy bright colors, ethereal lighting, bold graphic shapes. Adding in my sci-fi touch, that I can’t avoid, and you get the future dancehall land I created. The Land of Dutty Wine, 2084!

Were there certain details about her costume you had to keep in mind when designing the set?
Mel Ottenberg styled and designed the costumes for the performance and he did an incredible job. We decided that keeping her in white would be best for the projections. The pants he chose for the piece were so perfect: the fringe on them created really interesting effects when they picked up the projection. Putting the dancers in black also looked incredible because they became silhouettes within the set.

What’s it like working with Rihanna?
She is amazing to work with. We vibed right off the bat, and I think she really trusted my ideas. She loved everything I showed her from day one, and I was actually surprised by how much she trusted me!

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