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Rihanna & Ariana Grande Join Hundreds Others In Signing Police Reform Letter

Rihanna and Ariana Grande have joined countless others in signing an open letter that calls for the state of New York to repeal statute 50-A.

Statute 50-A is a state law that shields police officers’ personnel and disciplinary records from public view. This has allowed misconduct and disciplinary records of police officers to remain hidden from public view.

The two singers, along with Billie Eilish, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, Nas, Demi Lovato and many others have signed the letter, which reads “we must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence.”

“An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers. New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately,” it continues.

Plans are for the letter to be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

“It is not enough to chip away at 50-A; this boulder in the path of justice has stood in the way for far too long and must be crushed entirely. It is not just a misreading of the statute; it is not just an inappropriate broadening of its scope. It is the statute itself, serving to block relevant crucial information in the search for accountability,” the letter continues.

“We were pleased to hear the Governor’s statement that 50-A should not prohibit the release of disciplinary records. But, clearly, it is not enough. 50-A has been used far too often in the past and, without repeal, it will continue to be used to block justice. When the Legislature returns this week, we urge members to recognize the moment, take one loud, bold, and meaningful step in addressing this systemic problem, and swiftly repeal 50-A.”

Last week, Rihanna purposely shut down her brand, Fenty, for Blackout Tuesday to recognize the racial inequality throughout the nation.

Rihanna Closes Fenty's Shop In Support of Blackout Tuesday

Rihanna has closed up shop on Fenty for the day to mark Blackout Tuesday, in support of Black Lives Matter.

The 32-year-old singer’s company announced on social media and its official website that they will not be open for the day in observance of the movement and made a promise to donate funds to two important organizations.

“Fenty as a brand was created to elevate beauty, power and freedom. At this very moment racists are attempting to rip those values away from black people and we will not stand by and let that happen. We are too powerful, creative and resilient,” the company shared in a statement on Twitter. “In support of the black community, we will be donating funds to Colour Of Change and Movement For Black Lives. We ask you to speak up, stand up, and pull up against racism and discrimination in all forms.”

They continued, “We are not staying silent and we are not standing by. The fight against racial inequality, injustice, and straight up racism doesn’t stop with financial donations and words of support.”

“In solidarity with the black community, our employees, our friends, our families and our colleagues across industries we are proud to take part in #BlackoutTuesday. Fenty will be closing our business on Tuesday, June 2 – Globally. This is not a day off, this is a day to reflect and find ways to make real change, this is a day to #PullUp.”

Fenty is among the many companies, including KKW Beauty, Honest Company and others, observing the movement.

Rihanna was one of the first celebrities to speak about about George Floyd‘s murder over the weekend. See her message here…

Rihanna & Beyonce Speak Out About George Floyd's Murder on Instagram

Rihanna and Beyonce are both using their platforms to call out the injustice served about George Floyd‘s murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week.

“For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least!” Rihanna wrote on her feed, with a photo of George. “Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!”

She continued, “To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!!”

“I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for ‘drugs’ or ‘resisting arrest’….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor.”

Beyonce followed up with her own video on her Instagram amidst the Black Lives Matter movement.

“If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition,” she urged fans.

Watch her video below!

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Rihanna Was Told She'd Be a One Hit Wonder

Rihanna revealed that she was told she would be a one-hit wonder early on in her career.

Evan Rogers, songwriter-producer and co-founder of Syndicated Rhythm Productions told Vulture, “Around ‘Pon de Replay’ people used to tell me, ‘She’s so cute, but you know, can’t really sing but you don’t care ’cause she’s just so cute.’ I would get so angry because I always knew she would be that girl that would eventually be doing songs like ‘Stay’ and ‘Diamonds.’ But I think the first time I felt like other people got it was ‘Umbrella.’”

Rihanna added, “I remember the first time out with ‘Pon de Replay,’ I got that a lot. A lot of people said I was going to be a one-hit wonder. But I worked my hardest to prove them wrong. And when we came out with the second album, ‘SOS’ and ‘Unfaithful,’ both blew up!”

She also said, “I can’t tell you where I’ll see myself in five years, but I can tell you I will work my best to be the most successful artist that I can be. [I want to be] remembered as Rihanna. Remembered as being the artist from the Caribbean who came here and made it internationally. Just remembered as me, ’cause I’m true to my music, and I just want people to realize that and appreciate me for that.”

Find out how Rihanna just celebrated 15 years in the music business.

Podcast Host Claims Travis Scott Was Mad at Him for Exposing Romance with Rihanna

Back in 2015, Travis Scott was on the cover of Complex magazine where he was asked about any budding relationship with Rihanna.

The author of that article, Lawrence Schlossman, is now revealing that Travis was not happy with him that his alleged romance with Rihanna was exposed in that article.

“I broke the news about him and Rihanna, which they told me not to do,” Lawrence said on the Throwing Fits podcast. “Apparently, what [Complex editor Joe] LaPuma, our boy Joe The Puma, told me was that it hurt Complex’s relationship with Travis. This was in 2015/16 I wrote this. But apparently, for the next couple of years, he would complain about that.”

Here’s a quote from the 2015 article: “Travis avoids directly putting a label on his budding relationship, laughing and imploring me to not “do [me] like that, man” when I ask about it as delicately as possible. I am, however, able to get him to describe her in three words: ‘creative,’ ‘inspiring,’ and, after a long pause (and some assistance from Corey), ‘muse.’”

Travis and Rihanna‘s relationship was no secret – they were seen making out at a party earlier in 2015.

Rihanna Celebrates 15 Years in the Music Industry: 'I Love You Navy'!

Rihanna is feeling the love!

The 32-year-old Anti superstar acknowledged the #15YearsOfRihanna hashtag on Sunday (May 24), fifteen years after the release of her 2005 debut single, “Pon De Replay.”

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“Thank you for all the hashtag love today! Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay,” she wrote.

“Pon De Replay is where it all began…15 years later and I’m here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that. I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I’m so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L!”

Here’s what Rihanna‘s had to say lately about the status of her upcoming album, dubbed R9.

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Rihanna Fans Celebrate 15 Years Since Her Debut With #15YearsOfRihanna Trending Topic!

Rihanna fans are celebrating!

Fans of the 32-year-old singer and entrepreneur, also known as the Rihanna Navy, sent the hashtag #15YearsOfRihanna trending on Sunday (May 24) in celebration of 15 years since her debut single in 2005, “Pon de Replay.”

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“Pon de Replay” was released on May 24, 2005, and is the first single from her debut album, 2005′s Music of the Sun.

“15 years ago today, Rihanna released Pon De Replay at just 17 years old & changed the game forever. everything she has accomplished since her first days on the scene just prove she’s a mf LEGEND,” one popular fan tweet read.

Here’s what Rihanna‘s had to say lately about the status of her upcoming album, dubbed R9.

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