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Rihanna's Super Inclusive Makeup Line Is Finally Here

Rihanna's 'Fenty Beauty' makeup line dropped this morning and it's all about glamor and inclusion.

In case you somehow missed it, Rihanna launched her long-anticipated Fenty Beauty line this morning, and the only thing we can say, as of this moment, is that we wished it had dropped sooner.


The fact that the line is by one of the world's biggest pop icons is far from the only thing that makes it stand out. The singer's emphasis on diversity and inclusion when developing the line is another major draw.

Rihanna announced the official release of the line earlier this week, with a promo video that she shared on Instagram. The short features some of our favorite African "it" models like Australian-Sudanese model Duckie Thot and Somali-American Halima Aden, who became the first model to wear hijab on the cover of Vogue back in June.

The teaser features a noticeably diverse group of models, with various skin tones. In fact, Fenty Beauty's full foundation collection boasts 40 different shades—meaning that the needs of brown and black women were actually made a priority for a change.

Hear Rihanna talk about why catering to a wide range of skin tones was important to her in the video below.

The official Fenty Beauty launch went down yesterday in Brooklyn and a slew of beauty editors, bloggers and models were in attendance. Folks looked ravishing to say the least.

"Lemme help you with that glow" #KILLAWATT 💫

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Yesss queen 👸🏾 Stay WINNING 💄💋❤ @fentybeauty @badgalriri @fentyxpuma

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In-depth product reviews haven't quite rolled in yet—the line literally launched hours ago—but it looks like we can expect one from none-other than popular Nigerian beauty blogger, Jackie Aina pretty soon.

Screenshot from Jackie Aina's Twitter.e

We're pretty much ready to give Rihanna all our coins on blind faith though. From what we've seen so far the line looks stunning, and a makeup line like this is a breath of fresh air in a mostly white-dominated beauty industry.

Rihanna wears products from her new line on the cover of this month's issue of Elle. See her four covers below and check out some behind the scenes footage from her shoot!

Fenty Beauty is available now.

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The 15 Best South African Summer Songs of 2018

These are the hits South Africans will be losing their morals to this December.

In summer, especially the month of December, South Africa becomes something else.

December (or should we say Dezemba) is a lifestyle of some sort, where people forget about their troubles, work… pretty much everything and become shamelessly hedonistic—and we are totally here for that.

But there's nothing that makes Dezemba more memorable than the songs of the summer. It's those songs that are a permanent fixture on every South African's playlist as they take a break from a long and stressful year (2018 has been a lot!).

Below, we list some songs that have potential to be the soundtrack to December in South Africa. Some have already picked up in the past few months, while others are teeming with potential.

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Watch Sipho the Gift's New Music Video for 'Hold Up'

The talented South African MC drops a vibrant visual for his latest single.

Sipho the Gift is the budding South African rapper who is known for his bold and thought-provoking lyricism.

He just released the music video for "Hold Up," his groovy new single.

"It's a song about young love and I wanted that to translate through to the visuals by telling a love story," he tells us.

Shot in Cape Town by Jasyn Howes with the help of VideoCartel, this video captures the subtle joys of youth and romance.

Check out Sipho the Gift's new music video for "Hold Up" below.

You can also watch the music video in full over at iTunes.

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A Film Based on a Novel by Acclaimed Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Is In the Works

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan is developing Ngugi's novel "Matigari" with Kenyan and South African filmmakers.

A novel by Kenya's own Ngugi wa Thiong'o is being adapted to a film, Brittle Paper reports.

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan shared at the Africa Movie Academy Awards that Ngugi's 1987 work, Matigari, is in development with Kenyan and South African filmmakers, who have yet to be revealed.

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