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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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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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