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Tiwa Savage Expands Afrobeat With Her Debut Album, ‘Celia’ : NPR

Celia, the third studio album from Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, is her American debut.

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Tiwa Savage was already turning heads with her music — a deft fusion of Afrobeat with pop, R&B and hip-hop sounds — for years when she was handpicked by Beyoncé to appear on The Gift, the soundtrack album for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. Now, the Nigerian artist has returned with her third studio album and American debut, Celia. She spoke about the record’s themes and featured collaborations with All Things Considered; hear the radio version at the audio link, and read on for an edited transcript.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Rihanna apologizes for sacred Islamic verse at Savage x Fenty fashion show

Pop star Rihanna has apologized to the Muslim community after she was criticized for using a song at her fashion show that included a sacred Islamic verse.

What happened:

  • Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show debuted on Amazon Prime on Oct 2.
  • The event included models of different sizes, races and genders.
  • At one point, models danced to a song that included audio of someone reading the Hadith, which is “the holy narrative of the Prophet Mohammad that is deeply revered by the Muslim community,” NBC News reports.

Rihanna issued an apology soon after.

  • “I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram story. “I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and
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Rihanna Apologizes to Muslim Fans After Using Sacred Islamic Verses in Her Savage x Fenty Fashion Show

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  • Rihanna hosted her Savage x Fenty fashion show last week and used sacred Islamic verse to soundtrack her show.
  • After receiving backlash for the incident, Rih issued an apology on Instagram.

Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show came, saw, and conquered our computer and phone screens last week. I mean, given the fact that there were sooooo many celebrity faces participating in the show—like Paris Hilton, Erika Jayne, Bella Hadid, and more—it was all that people could talk about over the weekend. But something else that people couldn’t stop discussing? The fact that Rih used hadith, the sacred sayings of the prophet Muhammad used to guide Muslims, to soundtrack her show.

According to a Twitter user, Rih’s inclusion of hadith as music was a massive oversight. “As a Muslim, no words can describe how disappointed I am with Rihanna for letting her models dance to hadith,” the person wrote.

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Rihanna Apologizes for Using Song with Sacred Islamic Verses in Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 Fashion Show

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Rihanna has apologized after receiving backlash for using a song that includes sacred Islamic scripture during her Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 lingerie fashion show, which was released on Prime Video last week.

Models danced to “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe during one segment of the show, and fans were quick to call attention to the fact that the 2017 song features a remix of a Hadith narration.

“There’s really no way we can let this slide,” one person wrote on Twitter alongside a screen recording of the dance number. “This makes me sick,” a second social media user replied.

In the Islamic faith, the Hadith is a sacred scripture of the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Mohammed. It “comes secondary only to the Quran in terms of textual authority,” according to CNN.

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Rihanna criticized after Savage X Fenty lingerie line uses a Hadith at fashion show

Rihanna became the target of criticism over the weekend after music, which was played at her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show, included a Hadith in its soundtrack.

The 32-year-old songstress, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, premiered “Volume 2” of her fashion show on Amazon Prime on Oct. 2, and it didn’t take long until viewers at home pointed out that the “Ocean’s 8” star used a Hadith during a runway portion of the show.

Hadiths are accounts of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and are sacred in the Muslim faith.

“I think the person who created the song knew what they were doing,” one person tweeted in regard to the Hadith, which many claim was sped up and mixed with dance music as models galavanted the runway. “That is a very specific hadith. U have to go looking to find it. It’s not something non-muslims know

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Megan Thee Stallion Performs ‘Savage,’ Says ‘Protect Our Black Women’ During Powerful SNL Debut

Megan Thee Stallion is using her hot-girl platform to slam racial injustices.

During the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by Chris Rock this weekend, the “WAP” rapper, 25, performed her hit remix “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé’s vocals) and shared a powerful message for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Toward the end of the first song, gunshot effects took shape on the set behind Megan and her four backup dancers, with soundbites from historical and recent activists heard in the background. One quote called out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision made last month in the case of Breonna Taylor.



a group of zebra standing next to a person: "We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women, 'cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women," said Megan Thee Stallion


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“We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women, ’cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women,” said Megan Thee Stallion

The artist then took the mic for an impassioned call to

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Megan Thee Stallion invokes Breonna Taylor, BLM on ‘Savage’

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Musical guest Megan Thee Stallion and host Chris Rock during promos for the Season 46 premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” (Photo: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC)

Megan Thee Stallion’s solo debut on “Saturday Night Live” spoke volumes.

The rapper, who performed her songs “Savage” and “Don’t Stop” as the musical guest for the Chris Rock-hosted Season 46 premiere, made a powerful Black Lives Matter statement during her first performance. 

Midway through “Savage,” the screens behind the rapper flashed messages including “Protect Black women” as she paused the song entirely for audio from activists. She then appealed for the protection of Black women and Black men, and harshly criticized Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron over his handling of the Breonna Taylor case.

Taylor was killed in her apartment by Louisville police earlier this year, and a grand jury did not charge any of the officers involved for actions related to her death. 

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Meet the 22-Year-Old Behind the Boldest Beauty Looks at Savage x Fenty Vol. 2

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Although it’s only been three years since former MAC store employee Scott Osbourne Jr., then just 19 years old, took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles from Baltimore, Maryland, it has certainly paid off.

Osbourne Jr., now 22, not only aligned with rapper Rico Nasty following his big move, but also women like Beyoncé, Keke Palmer, Saweetie, and many more. Osborne’s electrifyingly bold and precise makeup application is constantly pushing the boundaries, so much so that his technique is now known as “the Scott edit” — a phrase he dreamt up after recognizing his own fearless creativity and skill with makeup. It has quickly catapulted him to the top.

From working on Disney’s Black Is King to becoming a mentee to iconic makeup artist Sir John, Scott has had an otherworldly experience in the beauty industry in a short time. And he’s just getting

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Demi Moore stuns in black lace at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie fashion show

Demi Moore looked absolutely stunning in a black lace leotard at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Vol. 2 fashion show, where she was one of the celebrities who filmed cameos at the hotly anticipated show. (Savage x Fenty is Rihanna’s popular lingerie brand that she started in 2017.)

Moore, 57, reclined on a leather couch opposite model Bella Hadid, 23, for her appearance, which is streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime video. The actress wore fishnet tights with her leotard and layered her accessories.

Moore kept her long brown hair straight but went dramatic with her makeup. She wore a smokey eye and berry lipstick to perfectly round out her seductive look.

The mother of three shared a video of her big moment on Instagram, where it attracted more than 100K likes. Moore’s sultry look also earned her plenty of compliments. Melanie Griffith left three heart emoji to show her support. Jamie

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show is diversity done the right way

In the wake of the fight for racial justice across the U.S., many brands have announced that they’re answering the call for more diversity within the workplace. A few brands have launched diversity and inclusion initiatives, including R&B singer Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty and Fenty Beauty brands.

Rihanna’s core mission across her brands is to make sure that everyone feels included, and she’s doing just that.

Her 2020 Savage X Fenty fashion show was one for the books, and she managed to take diversity to new levels. Aside from featuring a variety of women and men from multiple races and ethnicities as models, she had all shapes and sizes included in her show as well.

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Alief native Lizzo had the privilege of walking in the namesake lingerie.

In an interview with Elle, Rihanna expressed the importance of

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