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Rihanna Covers VOGUE Dripping In Fenty! Talks Turning Down Super Bowl In Support Of Colin Kaepernick – ‘I Couldn’t Be A Sellout’ (And Babies)

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Rihanna lands her sixth VOGUE cover and it's historic. Inside, she talks about turning down the Super Bowl, pregnancy rumors, her new album, Trump and more. Get it all inside…



Yep, another one!

Rihanna graces the cover of VOGUE magazine’s November 2019 issue, marking her SIXTH cover for the fashion publication. And she made history.

The Bajan beauty now has the most solo American VOGUE covers of any black woman in history. Woot! The Grammy winner has graced VOGUE covers in April 2011, November 2012, March 2014, April 2016 and June 2018.

For her newest pictorial, the “Work” singer decided she would put her own clothing collection on full display. Photographed by Ethan James, she slayed the cover in a FENTY tulle coat with a hood.

And Ri wouldn't be Ri if she didn't talk her ish too.

Last year, there were rumors that RiRi turned down the Super Bowl Halftime performance in support of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a peaceful protest against police brutality which ultimately cost him his job in the NFL.



In her cover story, Rih confirmed she turned down what would have been an iconic performance in support of Kaepernick.

"Absolutely," she responded when asked if she turned down the mega gig. "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."

Travis Scott and Big Boi ended up joining Maroon 5 to perform during last year's Super Bowl Halftime.

Travis - who Rihanna previously dated - caught some heat from some of the black community and those supporting the boycott, but clearly got a lot of love too from...others.  And his fans. He was fully aware of the repercussions of performing, and hinted in his new Netflix documentary that he wasn't about to turn down this once in a lifetime chance for a black artist.  Rihanna, on the other hand, did.

By the way, this interview took place before it was announced that Jay-Z had partnered with the NFL. A source told The Blast, the singer’s VOGUE interview went down in August, days before Hov inked anything with the NFL and she had "no idea" negotiations were even taking place. 

Our fave Bad Gal is no stranger to speaking her mind on issues she believes, much like Kapernick. After Trump called the mass shooting in El Paso “an act of cowardice” and said both (the El Paso and Dayton shootings) were the result of a “mental illness problem,” Rihanna responded publicly, “Um . . . Donald, you spelled terrorism wrong!” She was asked how she felt after the back-to-back shootings.

“It is devastating,” she shared. “People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.” She goes on: “Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”



The night before the interview, Rihanna enjoyed an intimate dinner with her boyfriend Hassan Jameel, her mother and her brothers. They dined at Mason restaurant in Santa Monica. The Fenty honcho and the Saudi businessman’s relationship is still going strong and Rih is hella happy.

“Yeah, I’m dating,” she says. “I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy.” (Yes, she wants kids. “Without a doubt.”)


Rih also responded to the constant pregnancy rumors and whether she wants a baby soon:



The worldwide superstar mainly lives in London, but splits her time in Paris and L.A. as well

"I don't feel outside the fray," she told Vogue. "When I see something happen to any woman, a woman of any minority, kids, black men being murdered in the streets—I can't remove myself from that."

She continued, "I feel like the darkness has actually forced people to find this light within them where they want to do better," she said. "It's easy when you think everything is going really well and perfect. When everything is flowers and butterflies and you're in your own bubble and your own world. But to see it, to know it's happening – it pushes you to want to be the light in the world."

Being so busy with FENTY Beauty, her new FENTY luxury line and her Savage x Fenty lingerie line, chick hasn’t been able to get in the studio to crank out her R9 album and fans are pissed about it.

“I have been trying to get back into the studio,” she says, sounding as close to sheepish as Rihanna is capable of sounding. “It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works.”

Last month, she spilled some luke warm tea about the upcoming album, basically letting her NAVY know – It’s coming!  Now, we know what the vibe is going to be.  She said it will be dancehall and reggae filled, but not exactly how we would expect it to be.

She says she's already in the “discovery stage” for her 10th album.

“We always went into the music this time around saying that we were going to do two different pieces of art,” she said. “One was gonna be inspired by the music that I grew up listening to. And one was gonna be the evolution of where I’m going next with music.”

Nice! You can read her full interview here.

Peep her full Q&A with VOGUE editor-in-chief Anna Wintour below:

Oh, and we'll just leave this here...



Chile.  Mainstream publications and white writers who cover black artists will continue to do these type of things if black stars continue to run to them more than they run to their own.  Just a thought.


Photo: Getty

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