Rihanna Covers Vanity Fair, Talks Chris Brown, Love Life & Reputation


With little news about her long-awaited eighth studio album, Rihanna graces the cover of Vanity Fair for the first time. The 27-year-old superstar traveled to Cube with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the shoot. Rocking wavy red hair, she hit up a bar in Havana and bared all while lying naked in the bedroom of the Josie Alonso House, wearing only leopard Manolo Blahnik mules. She was also greeted by a throng of young fans in the streets of Old Havana.

In her most candid interview yet, Rihanna opened up about her highly-publicized love life. While she’s recently been linked to Travi$ Scott, she says her last official boyfriend was Chris Brown and prior to that, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Until then, the search continues for Mr. Right, who according to RiRi, will be “a very extraordinary gentleman, with a lot of patience.” But she’s in no rush. “I don’t want it right now. I can’t really be everything for someone. This is my reality right now.”

She’s currently focusing on R8, which has been delayed, says Jay Z, because “she wants it to be perfect.”

Plus, she discusses her “bad girl” reputation, love for Eminem, and even Rachel Dolezal.

Read excerpts from the interview before the November issue hits newsstands on Oct. 13 below:

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ThisisRnB Nights: Melanie Fiona Performs at Bizz’art in Paris


Melanie Fiona is definitely back. The beautiful Canadian singer was in Europe this week to promote his upcoming third studio album, Awake.

Following a performance in London on Sunday, the soulful songstress traveled to Paris on Monday for a performance at Bizz’art, one of the most famous R&B clubs in the French capital.

The stunningly beautiful singer-songwriter was sexier than ever on stage in a silky black dress. Accompanied by three musicians she sang with poise and power, but her authenticity and emotion captivated the audience, who visibly succumbed to her charm. Mel sang her heart out on hits including “This Time,” “4am,” “Give It to Me Right” and more, before debuting some brand new music to her French fans, including her latest single “Bite The Bullet.”

Check out more of our exclusive photos below:

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Tyrese, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi & More Perform at 2015 Triumph Awards

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On Saturday night, the 2015 Triumph Awards presented by Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN) and TV One, was filmed in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree. Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the ceremony – now in its 6th year – recognized the impact its honorees have made on our society.

Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was presented the Entertainer of the Year honor by Martin Luther King III and received a special message from friend and fellow entertainer Ludacris. With a body of work as a civil rights leader, activist and minister spanning over six decades, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery received the Chairman’s Award for Historic & Transformative Service. Emmy® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes received the Activism in the Arts honor for her years of service to youth homelessness and engagement within the LGBT community. Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel, Rosalind Hudnell was presented the honor of Corporate Executive of the Year in support of her distinguished leadership within the corporate sector. The night’s final honor, the President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts, was presented to John Legend for his work as a vocal champion for social justice.

Presenters included Afemo Omilami, Danielle Nicolet, Darrin Henson, Donnie Simpson, Nicole Beharie, Soledad O’Brien, Syleena Johnson, Richard Lawson, Patrik-Ian Polk and Terri J. Vaughn.

Musical performances included Tyrese, Tasha Cobbs, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chante Moore, Stokley Williams and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Award winning hip-hop artist, T.I. delivered an original spoken word piece titled “United We Stand,” urging youth to not lose focus on the meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

Musical Director and house band for the night was The Robert Glasper Experiment.

The 2015 Triumph Awards will air on Saturday, October 3 at 8PM/ET on TV One.

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ThisisRnB Nights: Leon Bridges Performs in Paris at Le Trabendo


ThisisRnB has gone international, thanks to our new French correspondent Frédéric Ragot, who happens to be a very talented photographer as well.

On Tuesday night (Sept. 8), soul singer Leon Bridges landed in Paris, France for his second time this year. Traveling on his European tour in promotion of his Columbia Records debut album Coming Home, the Texas native performed an intimate show at Le Trabendo.

Nearly three hundred people packed the little concert hall in the north of Paris, to witness his retro style and vintage clothing, which has become his signature look. But his french fans could appreciate his very personal and unique sound with catchy melodies and golden voice like his inspiration–Sam Cooke.

The feeling was immediate when he performed the album’s title track “Coming Home,” and the audience sang along to every lyric. It was an emotional night for Bridges, who couldn’t contain his feelings when he hit the first notes of “Lisa Sawyer,” which is written about his mother.

Leon’s European tour will continue through September, making upcoming stops in Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, and off course the United Kingdom. He will also perform at the Apple Music Festival with Pharrell Williams in London on September 26, and return stateside to continue his tour in North America through December.

Check out our exclusive photos below:

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Beyoncé Sizzles In Flaunt Magazine


Fresh off gracing the cover of Vogue‘s September issue, Beyoncé helps us hold on to summer just a little bit longer in her sizzling cover shoot for Flaunt magazine’s #CALIFUK Women’s Fashion Issue.

Queen Bey shows off her flawless body in sexy swimwear in the stunning photos, shot by Robin Harper in Los Angeles. The singer, who is currently finishing up her new album, defies gravity while hovering over a pool and even goes topless in one photo, wearing a necklace in the shape of Texas. She also rocks a Baby Got Back bikini and braided ponytail while basking in the brush.

See more photos from Bey’s sexy summer shoot below!

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Trey Songz, Jason Derulo, and Chris Brown Headline Labor Day Weekend at Drai’s in Las Vegas


One of Las Vegas’ busiest holiday weekends – Labor Day Weekend – saw packed crowds ascending to Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub atop The Cromwell as three of today’s hottes singers headlined consecutive nights of Drai’s LIVE concerts: Trey Songz (Sept. 4), Jason Derulo (Sept. 5) and Chris Brown (Sept. 6).

Breezy had some additional surprises in store for the crowd on Sunday, welcoming Ed Sheeran, Nelly and Jeremih to the stage to join him for unexpected performances. Trey Songz also came back for an encore with Brown, capping off a truly unforgettable weekend

Check out the photos below:

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First Look: DJ Khaled, Chris Brown & August Alsina Shoot Video for New Single “Gold Slug”

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DJ Khaled is looking to build on the success he had with Chris Brown and August Alsina on “Hold You Down,” by reuniting the two R&B stars on the forthcoming new single “Gold Slug,” which will also feature Fetty Wap.

The unreleased track has already gotten the video treatment, shot this week in Miami, and before hearing the audio we get a sneak peek at the upcoming video with some on-set pics.

Take a look below:

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Miguel Brings His ‘Wildheart’ to Drai’s Live in Las Vegas


Over the weekend, wall-to-wall crowds at Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas welcomed internationally celebrated artist Miguel for a riveting performance in the midst of his successful “WILDHEART Tour”.

Performing some of his biggest hits and fan favorites, Miguel rocked the opulent 65,000 square foot venue for an hour with songs like “Quickie,” “Drugs” and the lead single from his newly released WILDHEART album, “Coffee.”

He paused between tracks to speak with the audience, clearly taking in his appreciation for their support. All while overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip from the rooftop stage, Miguel’s passion and musicianship shined through the entire concert. Before bowing out, he took to the mic one last time for his encore – the beloved and critically acclaimed “Adorn.”

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