March 4, 2013 |
"She got what she deserved," declared the 16-year-old from Montgomery County. The girl was fierce, with long, gold nails painted to match her pants, colored rubber bands on her braces and lots of attitude. She has had a few boyfriends and didn't lament her messy breakup with a guy who had bullied her into giving up her online passwords. "He's ugly now anyways," she snapped. I had asked her what she thought of the singer Rihanna , who is back together with Chris Brown, the man who infamously bashed up her...
February 17, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of Owen Riley III. This version has been corrected. Owen Riley III woke up before dawn Friday at his home on Benning Road SE, bathed and clothed and fed his 1-year-old daughter, and decided this was the day that he would become Wendell the Water Drop, the smiley mascot for the Water and Sewer Authority of the capital of the United States. So Riley put on a crisp white polo shirt, got his hair trimmed at the barbershop and...
January 10, 2013 |
You may not know Emeli Sandéby name, but if you've been listening to Rihanna or Alicia Keys lately, there's a good chance you know her work. Sandé wrote the bonus track " Half of Me " on Rihanna's 2012 album, " Unapologetic ," and co-wrote three songs on Keys's latest, " Girl on Fire . " In addition to those big-name collaborations, the 25-year-old Scottish singer has a best-selling debut album, " Our Version of Events ," in...
December 5, 2012 |
Rihanna, who's turning into a sort of Charo of singing-competition series, is finally getting a competition show of her own. Only it's about fashion instead of singing. Because Rihanna is a "fashion icon," the "epitome of style" and a "trendsetter" who has a "powerful and unique point of view that transcends every aspect of pop culture including fashion," Style network said in Wednesday's announcement. And because, the singer added, "Fashion has always played an integral part in my life and career.
November 19, 2012 |
"Unapologetic," Rihanna's seventh album in seven years — and her last before a long break, if she's smart — is a meditation on love in the age of restraining orders. It's a messy, blank-eyed, occasionally appealing train wreck on which a lot of time is spent bemoaning the attention paid to the difficulties in Rihanna's personal life while simultaneously exploiting them. (Most notably this concerns her relationship with her abuser, Chris Brown, with whom she appears to be reunited.)
September 7, 2012 |
President Obama killed the VMAs. Thursday night's Video Music Awards averaged 6.1 million viewers — less than half of last year's crowd of 12.4 million. The show was supposed to be MTV's biggest annual ratings-grabber: It promised performances by Kennedy-in-training Taylor Swift, likely-soon-to-be-"American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj and girl-squeal-inducing One Direction, not to mention Rihanna performing her "Cockiness" remix single. Instead, the VMAs broadcast...