A Religious Association Declares Rihanna Is 'Not Welcome' in Senegal, Says She's a Member of the Illuminati

Ridiculous, no?

Rihanna is due to land in Senegal tomorrow, as the pop star will meet French President Emmanuel Macron to promote children's education in her role as a Global Partnership for Education ambassador.

However, an association of about 30 Senegalese religious groups fixed their mouths to announce in protest that she's not welcome in their country, French-speaking outlet Jeune Afrique reports.


The group, named "No to Freemasonry and Homosexuality," are yet again another crop of peculiar conspiracy theorists (and homophobes), claiming Rihanna uses masonic symbols and is a member of the Illuminati.

People still think this way in 2018, y'all.

Not to be a super stan, but Rihanna is a true daughter of the diaspora. Aside from her killing the gwara gwara at the Grammys this past weekend, she visited and donated bikes to schoolgirls in Malawi last year, so they can get to school quickly and safely. And just to make sure folks don't have selective memory, she's the face and mind behind pushing for a more inclusive beauty industry through Fenty Beauty.

Senegal is also a beautiful place where people who visit boast of its welcoming people. We can't let this hateful group and their lame publicity stunt speak on behalf of a whole country.

Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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