Quantcast
Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com

Rihanna's Unapologetic Refusal To Be One-Dimensional Should Be All Of Us

Ain't nobody one-dimensional out here, b.

Rihanna

Don't @ me, but Rihanna is one of the baddest there is. In a world that loves to put women in a box, Rihanna has become the epitome of artistic versatility and professional ambition.


media.giphy.com

It's no secret that RiRi has been making some serious career moves lately — Fenty Beauty has recently expanded its line to include over 50 concealer shades, with the brand selling over $100 million dollars worth of products in its first few months. Savage x Fenty, her skin tone and body inclusive lingerie line, is heading into its second year. She serves Barbados as an ambassador for educational and tourism initiatives and has worked with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to improve global education efforts, leading Macron to pledge 200 million euros to the cause. Plus, there has been recent buzz regarding an exclusive partnership deal with Louis Vuitton, making her one of the first black women to do so, and there are now rumors of her launching her own high-end Fenty clothing line.

Rihanna is an entertainer, makeup mogul, fashion designer, and noted philanthropist. Moreover, she's authentic, independent, dynamic – she's a BO$– and it's time to put some respect on her name.

Despite her laundry list of achievements, many of her closest stans have been vocal regarding their impatience for the release of her latest album, R9, which is rumored to launch before Summer 2019. Particularly on Twitter and Instagram, this impatience has turned hostile and downright unacceptable.

I've said it once and I'll say it again: leave Rihanna alone.

In a society dominated by male business leaders, across a wide majority of industries, Rihanna should be our entrepreneurship and career development goals.

Many of us are spending far too much time critiquing Rihanna's contributions to the music world (which are undeniably considerable) but are not hyping up her financial independence and numerous efforts to better our world and some of the most vulnerable communities within it.

While we all certainly cannot wake up and magically have access to her angel investors and musical talent, we can learn a lot from and aspire to reinvent ourselves professionally as Rihanna has done over the last few years.

Rihanna came onto the scene as an entertainer, and over the past decade, has now broken barriers and redefined our expectations in a number of completely different capacities. She has refused to be limited to a one-dimensional career path and so should you.

media.giphy.com

Take this moment to sit down and reflect upon what side hustles and career goals you have been sitting on for a while. Where do you want to see yourself in the next 10 years? What dreams have you continuously pushed aside? Speak your dreams into reality, and like Rihanna, refuse to be one-dimensional. Where you start does not have to be where you finish.

In the words of Robyn Rihanna Fenty: "Keep your eyes on the finish line and not on the turmoil around you."

Featured image by Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com

We all know what it is to love, be loved, or be in love – or at least we think we do. But what would you say if I were to tell you that so much of the love that you thought you’d been in was actually a little thing called limerence? No, it doesn’t sound as romantic – and it’s not – unless you’re into the whole Obsessed-type of love. But one might say at least one side of that dynamic might be…thrilling.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba are gearing up for the second season of their podcast Coupledom where they interview partners in business and/or romance. The stunning couple has been married for three years but they have been together for a total of six years. During that time, they have developed many partnerships but quickly learned that working together isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

Keep reading...Show less

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

Today is Malcolm X’s birthday. As an icon of Black liberation movements, his words are often rallying cries and guideposts in struggle. In 2020, after the officers who executed Breonna Taylor were not charged with her murder, my timeline was flooded with people reposting Malcolm’s famous quote: “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

Keep reading...Show less

As her fame continues to rise, Tiffany Haddish has remained a positive light for her fans with her infectious smile and relatable story. Since Girls Trip, fans have witnessed the comedian become a modern-day Cinderella due to the many opportunities that have come her way and the recognition she began to receive.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews

Exclusive: Jay Ellis Shares ‘Full-Circle’ Moment With His Parents & His Self-Care Ritual

Staying grounded is one of the actor's biggest priorities.

Latest Posts