Fans Keep Reminding Rihanna That She Owes Joel Embiid a Date Now That He’s an All-Star

Philadelphia 76ers​ forward Joel Embiid has been trying to take Rihanna on a date since he entered the league back in 2014. After publicly announcing that he was moving on from a crush on Kim Kardashian to Rihanna, he first started tweeting at her in July 2014—half-jokingly asking the singer on dinner dates.

Rihanna quickly followed him back on Twitter and Embiid said she was considering his offer, but it never materialized into anything. A month later, Embiid shared a cryptic tweet saying that a “famous girl” turned him down and told him, “Come back when you're [an] All Star.”

TMZ later confirmed that the “famous girl” was in fact Rihanna. Embiid wasn't able to make good on his side of the bargain and become an All-Star after getting injured, however. That changed this week when Embiid was named a starter on the Eastern Conference's All-Star team.

Now, fans are flooding Rihanna with messages, making sure she follows through on her end of the deal. Right now, all of her recent posts on Instagram are full of “@joelembiid” tags and comments like, “He's an All-Star now give him a call.”

Joel did have some words about the whole situation, seemingly switching the tables and turning Rihanna down.

Rihanna has yet to publicly respond to any of this, but people on Twitter aren't having a hard time imagining what each of their thoughts are.

Over three years after first shooting his shot, it looks like this might finally work out in Embiid's favor.

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People Are Sharing Their Perfect Song Moments to Play at Midnight on New Year’s to Start 2018 Off Right

With the New Year fast approaching, I think we’re all looking for a way to start 2018 on the right foot (or whatever foot we didn’t use for 2017). Whether you’re hosting a party or ringing in the New Year solo, a little bit of ambience never hurt anybody, and of course that includes music. So what track should you play to insure the best possible start to the year ahead? Take the pressure off your playlist because Twitter has some thoughts.

Users are weighing in with their go-to songs to play at as the clock strikes midnight, as well as the perfect time to press play for the perfect auditory countdown-experience. If you're feeling all kinds of feels this New Years Eve, there’s a couple Frank Ocean tracks as per one of his Twitter fan’s recommendation.

If you play “Skyline To” by Frank Ocean at 11:59:31 on December 31st, Frank will say “that’s a pretty fucking fast year flew by” just as 2017 ends.

— Blonded. (@blondedocean) December 15, 2017

If you start listening to “Nights” by Frank Ocean on December 31st at 11:56:30, the transition in the song will be perfectly synced with the switch from 2017 to 2018 at midnight. Which is a great way to end and start the year. 🤞🏾

— Blonded. (@blondedocean) December 15, 2017

If you have even more feels, there's literally ANYTHING by Coldplay.

Or maybe let your inner bad bitch reign in 2018 with a little RiRi?

if you play “james joint” by rihanna at exactly 11:58:48 on new years eve, the song will transition to “kiss it better” at exactly midnight. end this year right and start off your new year even better

— miss fortune, bounty hunter (@httbae) December 18, 2017

And because Twitter is Twitter, some users are of course using this moment to drop some serious shade.

if you play “look what you made me do” by taylor swift at exactly 11:59:07 on new years eve, you’re a loser cuz that song fucking sucks lmao

— kurtis conner (@kurtisconner) December 17, 2017

if you play Gucci Gang at 11:57:36 PM on New Years Eve it’s perfect because the song will end right before midnight in 2017 and we can leave it the fuck there because that’s where it belongs.

— Nocturnal Brownie™ 🦉 (@MoodySith) December 17, 2017

Damn.

The fun doesn't stop at music, though. For those of you looking for a more visual experience, there’s content for that too.

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Meet Willo Perron, the Creative Genius Behind Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album Art and Tour

Hunched over his laptop, Willo Perron is scrolling through a digital mock-up of an unreleased project for Jay-Z’s 4:44 album. Over several peach-colored pages, in simple black Larish Neue font, there are release dates for 4:44 in different countries, photos of the 4:44 ads plastered on billboards, buses, taxis, and subway stations that teased the rapper’s thirteenth studio album, and more. “It’s really a manual for the 4:44 brand,” he says, sitting in his West Hollywood studio on an October afternoon.

Perron, a multi-disciplinary designer and director, collaborated with Jay-Z to concept the packaging and creative direction for 4:44. He designed the album artwork and played a seminal role in the brilliant rollout that included the mysterious “4:44” ads and the black and white teaser starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals. “We went through a few other iterations of what the record was going to be called,” Perron says in his first extensive interview. “When we landed on 4:44, I was like, ‘It’s just this color and these digits.’ We wanted to do a really didactic campaign.”

While he won’t say much about it, he also designed the set and stage visuals for the official 4:44 Tour, which kicked off late last month. During the show, Jay-Z performed on an octagonal stage, placed in the middle of the stadium, with eight vertically-suspended screens hovering above him that showed various camera angles from the stage and footage of peers and family, some of which he erased himself from.

Perron first worked with Jay-Z on the rapper’s 2012 American Express UNSTAGED performance at South by Southwest. But he’s been behind the scenes of other memorable album covers, live shows, retail spaces, and videos for years. In 2008, he worked on Kanye West’s critically acclaimed Glow in The Dark Tour. Rihanna has enlisted him to creative direct many of her performances, including her Diamonds Tour, ANTI Tour, and her 2016 MTV Video Vanguard Award production. “I guess after years of successful Kanye and Rihanna stuff, you eventually get that call [from Jay-Z],” he says. He also designed the set and stage visuals for Drake’s 2013 Would You Like A Tour? and built several of Stüssy’s retail locations. Most recently, he was responsible for the blockbuster Nike x NBA global launch, where the league’s new jerseys were revealed behind three moving big screen monoliths.

The titles creative director and art director have become commonplace today. Nearly all of the top acts in music have at least one consigliere in their team. The Weeknd has La Mar Taylor. Mike Carson oversees Big Sean’s project. West, over the years, has built an entire team of collaborators under Donda, his well-regarded creative company. But when Perron first worked with West, the profession didn’t exist. He didn’t set out to become one either. “Back in the day, I think that was more management in the artists’ ears,” he says. “I don’t think anyone really cared about titles, but I was like, ‘If I’m going to do this everyday, with this guy, it can’t just be ‘Kanye’s entourage has a couple creative guys in there.’ It felt like a lack of respect for the craft. But it definitely wasn’t intentional.”

“Willo is the original,” adds Matt George, the man behind streetwear emporiums Nomad and Stüssy in Toronto and Vancouver. George has known Perron for almost 15 years and has worked with him on various projects, including Stüssy’s brick and mortar locations. “Willo’s one of the guys that made that term synonymous with these kids. You hear people all the time now say they’re creative directors, but he is the truest sense of that word.”

For the last two decades or so, Perron has masterminded some of the biggest projects, for some of the biggest artists and brands in the world. But after all the success, where does he want to go from here?

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A Bunch of People Had No Idea Rihanna’s Last Name Is Fenty and Twitter Is Unforgiving

Rihanna didn’t pick the names of her makeup and fashion lines, Fenty Beauty and Fenty x Puma, out of a hat.

Rihanna’s Third Annual Diamond Ball Looked Lit AF

Rihanna brought all of your favorite stars out to party, including Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Barack Obama.

Rihanna Responds to DM From Fan Seeking Advice on Getting Over His First Heartbreak

If you have an important life question that needs an answer, it may not hurt to reach out to Rihanna. And yes, we're talking about multiplatinum recording artist and eight-time Grammy Award winner Rihanna. Last year, the 29-year-old singer went out of her way to help one of her fans come out of the closet through a series of DMs on Twitter. The person, who shall remain anonymous, sent a message to her because he didn't have anyone else in his life to talk to about it. 

Earlier this week, another fan, who goes by @WaladShami on Twitter, sent a DM to Rihanna with the hopes of receiving some advice on how to get over your first heartbreak. He told Buzzfeed that his first relationship ended in January. Since he saw that the singer has delivered some words of wisdom in the past, it didn't hurt to give it a try.  

Not only did Rihanna respond, she dropped another gem. “Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself,” she wrote. “Cry if you have to, but it won’t be forever! You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime enjoy all that YOU are!!!!” 

Aside from making this fan's week, and probably year, by simply responding to his shot-in-the-dark DM, Rihanna also provided a heartfelt and meaningful response that will hopefully help him as he works towards getting over his first heartbreak. 

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Rihanna Used a Gucci Mane Meme to Show She Gives Zero F*cks About Fat Shamers

As one of the most visible women on the planet, Rihanna deals with criticism from all angles. Her musical output, the clothes she wears, and who she hangs out with are all fodder for discussion, even if she's just trying to enjoy a casual night out to dinner.

Lately, that has included her weight. A since-deleted post at Barstool titled “Is Rihanna Going to Make Being Fat the Hot New Trend?” took aim at what it claimed was some recent weight gain from the pop star, and the post was so bad it forced a statement from the site's founder and led to the suspension of the post's author.

Rihanna doesn't seem too fazed, however, and she took a break from owning the NBA Finals to lean into the critique by posting a hilarious Gucci Mane meme on her Instagram page.

 

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A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Jun 5, 2017 at 11:02am PDT

The pop star has always been comfortable living her life and shrugging off criticism from detractors, and this situation is no different. Rihanna doesn't have to remain silent in the face of trash talk from the supermarket store-brand version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and using Gucci Mane as a comparison also highlights some of the inherent sexism in this situation.

As a female pop star, Rihanna is judged by standards of beauty other artists are not susceptible to, and her appearance is wildly over-scrutinized. It's a battle she and other women have been fighting for years.

We all have our own standards for beauty, but that doesn't mean we have to pass those on or force them on others. Sharing the before and after picture of Gucci is a much shorter way of making that statement for Rihanna, and it sends a powerful message about body image. Never let anyone tell you how you're supposed to feel about the way you look.

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Let’s All Acknowledge Game 1’s Real MVP: Rihanna

Let's get the obvious out of the way: there was a basketball game on Thursday night. It was Game 1 of the NBA finals. Some shots were taken, people ran up and down the court and stuff, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91.

But to many people who watched (and announced, and played in) the game, the real star wasn't LeBron or Steph Curry, but rather Rihanna. The pop star was in the audience for Game 1, and was not shy about letting it be known who she was rooting for—and against.

From courtside, she apparently heckled KD during a free throw.

And Durant definitely noticed.

He later denied that he was looking at her specifically, but come on.

Jeff Van Gundy, who was calling the game, acted exactly like any of us would, national TV audience or no, when RiRi walked by.

And then there was the bow. In one incredible sequence, Rihanna bows to LeBron, dabs, and then gives attitude to someone nearby who dared to try and get her to sit down.

As she left, the NBA's new favorite was escorted out by the NBA's new favorite commissioner.

And the best was still to come. Immediately post-game, a fan luxuriated in the Warriors' victory. Rihanna's LeBron-inspired response? “It doesn't matter, bitch. The King is still in the house.”

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Kendrick Lamar Reveals Cover Art and Tracklist for New Album ‘DAMN.’

There were a lot of Kendrick Lamar fans who were disappointed when they found out that he would not be releasing a new album on April 7 as he suggested at the end of his recent song, “The Heart Part 4.” Many fans stayed up late last Thursday night to hear the album, only to be provided with a pre-order link for the project and very few details about the album itself.

But the good news was that Kendrick announced that fans wouldn’t have to wait very long for his new album to drop. He set the release date for it for April 14, and very early Tuesday morning, Kendrick got around to sharing some more details about the album. He shared the title of the album, which is going to be called DAMN., the cover art for the project, and a tracklist for it.

The tracklist reveals that there won’t be many guests featured on DAMN. But Kendrick did snag Rihanna for a song called “Loyalty” and U2 for a track called “XXX.” Here’s the full tracklist:

1. BLOOD

2. DNA

3. YAH

4. ELEMENT

5. FEEL

6. LOYALTY FT. RIHANNA

7. PRIDE

8. HUMBLE

9. LUST

10. LOVE

11. XXX FT. U2

12. FEAR

13. GOD

14. DUCKWORTH

In addition to dropping DAMN. on Thursday at midnight, Kendrick is also scheduled to headline Coachella later this month. While you wait for his album to drop, you can check out “Humble” here and “The Heart Part 4” here.

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Awkwardness Ensues When Drake and Rihanna End Up at a Kid’s Birthday Party Together

Being invited to a kid's birthday party is one of the worst things that could possibly happen to an adult. As if being surrounded by children and a dearth of party substances wasn't enough, apparently kids' birthday parties are also a likely place to bump into a former alleged ex:

 

That awkward moment when you and your ex show up to the same party #rihanna #drake

A post shared by Baller Alert (@balleralert) on Apr 9, 2017 at 6:19pm PDT

Drake and Rihanna were spotted at a kid's party in Los Angeles over the weekend, according to E! News. Judging by some since-deleted (but predictably ripped) Snapchat footage of the birthday get-together, Drake and Rihanna reacted to each other's presence in the exact same way that you or I might react if placed in a similar situation: They kinda just ignored each other.

In the footage, Rihanna is seen interacting with the children. Drake, at one point, is filmed appearing to attempt a jacket zip-up on a jacket that has already been completely zipped up. So, you know, they were both doing the same stuff anyone would be doing when trapped at a child's birthday party with an alleged ex. The key is to remain as busy and engaged with literally anyone or anything else, thus ensuring neither of you has to acknowledge the other at all.

Tragically, Drake and Rihanna—who have battled dating rumors since as far back as 2009—reportedly split up in October 2016 after a few months of headlines and started seeing other people. According to E! News, this most recent split may not be final. “Anything can change between them though, for better or worse,” some sort of “source” told E! after last year's breakup. 

The real lesson here is that you should never, ever, ever accept an invitation to a kid's birthday party.

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