Rihanna to Accept This Year’s NAACP President’s Award

In recent years, Rihanna has notably pivoted from global pop phenomenon to taking fashion and beauty businesswoman, promoting widespread inclusivity through her namesake lingerie, luxury and cosmetics lines. “From her business achievements through Fenty to her tremendous record as an activist and philanthropist, Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace, and devotion to justice that we seek to highlight in our President’s Award.”The 51st NAACP Image Awards will air on BET on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm EST/7pm CST.Photography: Inez & Vinoodh In 2018, she was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world. The prize is designated for individuals who, according to the NAACP, have achieved a special accomplishment or notable public service. Rihanna has also used her platform to speak out on everything from police brutality to wrongful convictions.Related | Why Rihanna Turned Down the Superbowl”Rihanna has not only enjoyed a groundbreaking career as an artist and musician but has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. In today’s Black Excellence Report, it was just announced that Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the NAACP’s upcoming 51st annual Image Awards. Past recipients include Jay-Z, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali. She’s also an ambassador for her native country of Barbados. Additionally, Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball is a marquee fundraiser for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which she founded in 2012 to support and create education programs, as well as emergency preparedness and disaster-relief initiatives around the world.

Jaclyn Hill Opens Up About Self-Medicating With Alcohol

“Like, ‘Oh, my God. “I’m like, ‘I’ll do this tomorrow. In a candid new video, Hill opened up about how she began self-medicating with alcohol following the scandal, which stemmed from customer accusations that her lipsticks contained black spots, hairs, and moldy splotches.”I just have to say right now, I see the tweets and the comments all the time,” Hill said. However, she said that she felt a need to talk about this because of all the negativity surrounding her appearance.”So, when people tell me, ‘You’re fat. Like, I need something,'” she continued.However, this was also something that led to changes in her weight which, in turn, led to even more triggering comments that made her feel even worse. “And if we’re being totally transparent and honest with one another, yeah, filming gives me major anxiety now because I know that every single thing I do, people are, literally, going to go with a fine-toothed comb and a microscope and pick apart everything.”Related | Jaclyn Hill Is Bringing Back Her LipsticksHill then went on to briefly talk about her four-month hiatus from YouTube, explaining that she’d often find herself crying and turning off the camera after just sitting down and pressing record. MUA YouTuber Jaclyn Hill is getting real about how the backlash surrounding her Jaclyn Cosmetics line affected her negatively last year. Because I’ve gone through so many things, and I have made so many mistakes,” she continued. I wouldn’t look like this if I didn’t make such poor decisions. “That’s another thing, is I feel like I can’t ever talk about things openly because people are gonna be like, ‘You’re playing the victim. I need a cocktail. Your face is swollen. You need to stop getting fillers,’ it triggers me in a way,” Hill said. I wouldn’t look like this if I didn’t hurt myself by self-medicating with alcohol.'”That said, Hill said that she’s currently seeking doctor-supervised treatment and is trying different therapies to get her back on track — though she did go on to implore her fans to be kinder.”Comment on anyone’s video or picture or tweet that you like. If you have anything nice to say, say it,” she said, before adding, “Because the people who have nasty things to say, they are proud to give their opinion and we should be too.” Watch Hill’s entire video, below. Any positivity that you can bring into the world is so necessary. I’ll do this later,’ because I just get triggered by it. Photo via Getty Jaclyn ‘Victim’ Hill.'”According to Hill, instead of using prescription anxiety drugs, she turned to alcohol “to fix what I was feeling mentally.””It was just dark and I turned to alcohol, and so, when I would start to get anxiety, I just immediately, I’m like, ‘Alright, um, I need a shot. I need a drink. You’re being a victim.

Grimes’ Beauty Routine Is Exactly What You Think

If you’re going to watch one thing today, please make it Grimes’ beauty tutorial. “It might be pretty strong on the forehead. She enhances this look by drawing bags under her eyes because it looks “demonic.” What did I say about this being weird?Citing the the video game character “Eva” from Metal Gear Solid 3 as inspiration, she says in typical Grimes fashion: “I like the the idea of looking pretty, but being ravaged by war.”She also loves the eco friendly glitter brand Bioglitz, because of course, the environment. She adds she is obsessed with bleaching and basically burned all her hair while doing it recently. Yeah, if you have bleached hair and you pull it back it’s less crazy. Now onto the hair, which she slathers in coconut oil and started secretly dying at the age of 11. “I burned my hair off right before I got pregnant, but it’s kind of been solving the situation.” Ooof!Anyway, she is now being responsible by letting her friend, a “professional,” bleach her hair, instead of doing it herself. “Being pregnant is great for your hair—I’ve had a lot of regrowth,” she says. But honestly, what else were you expecting?Launching right into her skincare routine, which she has only been into for the past year, she says: “All my skin-care stuff is something I started doing in the last year cause I was like, ‘Oh shit, I’m 30 — actually, 31 now — I better start taking care of myself. Well, whatever. It’s showbiz.” Related | How Was Grimes and Elon Musk’s Baby Conceived?She also had some doubts about the redness on her skin after being “knocked up”: “I don’t know if everyone has this, but when I got knocked up, my skin just turned super red and was constantly covered in stuff.”Proceeding to slather on the iS Clinical’s brightening vitamin C serum and the Shangpree eye cream, she finishes with a quick facial massage with a rose quartz roller. Well, it’s still crazy, but it’s a little bit more sci-fi.”Photo via YouTube/Vogue.com The currently pregnant singer collaborated with Vogue to drop an extremely weird skincare and makeup routine. “This is ‘chill vibes’ skin,” she says before spreading on the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen.Onto the makeup, she starts with the NARS lightweight Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, followed by a Marc Jacobs eyeliner inspired by an edgy “tears of darkness” vibe as the liner comes down her face after a few hours. Lastly, evoking her true artist self, Grimes finishes the video by painting her forehead in intricately drawn lines using a black eyeliner.”I do a lot of painting and drawing, so if I have a show or something, I sort of draw things on,” she explains.

Can Selena Gomez Change the Celebrity Beauty Game?

Kesha Rose Beauty on Instagram: “FTW palette and Raising Hell lipstick are the best gifts for ur friends, mom, uncle, grandma, cats, and especially your drummer!! Get it…”
Every now and then there’s an exception to the rule. Capitalizing on identity and uniqueness has almost become the defining characteristic of modern marketing.Beauty, especially, has almost reached a point beyond saturation with nearly every business launching its own lines, claiming to be different from the other. And why not? Related | ‘Rare’ Is Selena Gomez’s Real Revival”I think Rare Beauty can be more than a beauty brand,” she says on Instagram. The cosmetic industry is growing faster today than ever before with an estimated market value of almost $805 billion by 2023. There’s also Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs’ which has been immensely popular with its dramatic range of products and highly pigmented formulas. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, for instance, has not only lived up to its claims of being different, but has completely transformed the industry standards with its diverse range of shades and push for inclusivity. Wanna meet @badgalriri, get glammed up by her team, and get some FENTY BEAUTY swag? Beauty is big money. Related | Sarah Tanno on Creating a Beauty Brand From Scratch With Lady GagaThis isn’t to dismiss Gomez’s claims, but rather question —and hope to see— how is she going to stand out in an industry where claims of being “unique” are not a trailblazing feat but quite simply, mundane.”We’ve hired talent that brings decades of beauty experience from leading prestige and professional makeup brands to execute Selena’s vision,” Rare Beauty’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Friedman told WWD, adding that the brand’s “mission” is to spotlight conversations around self acceptance and mental health. “I want us all to stop comparing ourselves to each other and just start embracing our own uniqueness. Even Rob Lowe has a skincare line, which — no offense — makes no sense. We want to help people feel more authentically connected to one another and less alone in this world.”It’s an interesting proposition, and feels authentic to Gomez’s own publicly acknowledged struggle with mental health including depression and anxiety. Announced through Instagram yesterday, Rare Beauty — a nod to her latest album Rare — has been two years in the making and is positioning itself as a breakthrough beauty brand that will challenge existing conventional standards.While it’s unclear what exact products will be part of her initial launch, Gomez has filed for a cosmetics trademark under her name that would include fragrances, bath items, skincare, hair care, soaps, moisturizers, cleansers, incense, nail products, essential oils and other beauty goods. Coming summer 2020 only to @Sephora,…”
But let’s be honest, at this point, declarations of boundary breaking products that champion “individuality” are far from “Rare” and are generously sprinkled over celebrity-endorsed press releases. This is makeup made to feel good in—let’s do this together. It’s also fairly unheard of for a beauty brand to align itself with issues concerning mental health even before its launch. “We will work to help people get more access to support and services. FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA on Instagram: “LAST CHANCE!! And sure, they’re all great but whenever a new celebrity starts shoehorning “be yourself” like it’s so unheard of, it somehow feels gimmicky. Still, only a small pool of celebrities have been able to truly carve a niche within a market flooded with new names on the daily. You’re not defined by a photo, a like or a comment. So perhaps, Gomez will bring something new to the increasingly stale and almost repetitive discourse around beauty. Rare Beauty isn’t about how other people see you, it’s about how you see yourself.”

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez on Instagram: “We are just getting started. Oh, and the First Lady of the United States owns a now defunct caviar skincare line.More recent surprise beauty drops include those by the likes of Millie Bobby Brown, Drew Barrymore and Kesha. As I’m sure we’re all aware by now, Selena Gomez is latest in the long line of celebrities launching into the beauty space. 🙌🏾 When you donate to Rihanna’s Clara…”
The recent boom in skincare and “natural” beauty has been instrumental in giving the industry this massive monetary push, along with the ever-growing obsession with Kardashian-adjacent features and, in turn, the countless makeup lines promising Kim’s lifted eyes, Kylie’s pouty lips and more.No surprise celebrities, too, want a piece of the action. The inimitable success of beauty influencers and YouTubers alone who command millions in followers and rake in enviable revenues is proof enough. Here’s hoping! Four out of five American women follow beauty industry trends and regularly use fragrance products. In the meanwhile, stream Rare.RareRare Beauty will be sold exclusively at Sephora in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and its own web site.Photo via Getty

Manny MUA on His ‘Severe, Dark’ Depression After Dramageddon

“Looking back, yeah, it was terrible and horrible and horrendous,” he said, before adding, “But the things I learned from it, I would never give those back.”Watch Manny’s entire interview, below. Manny MUA is opening up about his battle with severe anxiety and depression in the wake of 2018’s Dramageddon scandal. “When I watch those videos, I cringe a little bit because they’re not my genuine, real emotion coming through, because I’m on these emotion blockers,” he said. “I was like in bed for weeks. Photo via Getty In the midst of all this, Manny reportedly lost close to half a million followers and ended up publishing a video in which he apologized to Gabriel and Jeffree — though the damage had already been done. Recently, the beauty YouTuber stopped by E! Related | Manny MUA Denies James Charles Dating Rumors”When I look back on it, it was the hardest time I’ve ever had in my whole life when it comes to my professional career in any way, shape or form,” Manny said. I lost so much weight and I was in such a severe, dark depression.” And while Manny said he was “definitely, definitely remorseful,” he went on to explain that his apology may have not seemed as genuine due to the anti-anxiety medication he was taking at the time. “Watching them, I know the things I’m saying are true but the way I’m saying it, I can understand why it doesn’t come off as genuine because my true emotion isn’t coming through.”That said, Manny seems to be doing better now, and even went so far as to say he’s ultimately grateful for what happened. News’s digital talk show, Just the Sip, to talk about how his mental health was affected by his very public fallout with former friends Jeffree Star, Gabriel Zamora, and Laura Lee.The drama — which stemmed from Manny and Laura’s decision to ax Jeffree from their friend group after his old, racist comments came to light — eventually led to the discovery of other problematic things they had said in the past.