Rihanna Discusses Race, the Thing About Men & Impressing Mom in T Magazine
Rihanna is being named one of "The Greats" alongside directors Quentin Tarantino and Steve McQueen, designer Karl Lagerfeld, author Jonathan Franzen and entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the new issue of T Magazine.
The singer had more than enough to get off of her mind including why she's Googling childbirth, what turns her on and how being black plays into her career.
In the interview, the 27-year-old entertainer confessed she's been searching about what goes down in the nether regions while giving birth. No worries though, RiRi isn't expecting; she's just curious.
"Childbirth is putting it the not-gross way. I was searching the size of certain things, and how much they expand, and then what happens after," she clarified.
The "S&M" singer also relayed what she finds most attractive in a man.
‘‘I’m turned on by guys who are cultured. That’ll keep me intrigued," she said. "They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught. I like to sit on that side of the table."
But aside from the juicy secrets revealed from inside Rihanna's mind, there's also something serious she notes about being a black entertainer in Hollywood.
"You know, when I started to experience the difference -- or even have my race be highlighted -- it was mostly when I would do business deals," she explained. "And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations."
"But I have to bear in mind that those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way -- they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter. For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging."
As she fights the good fight, the songbird continues to promote her next album, Anti, and may even take a trip overseas to West Africa.
‘‘You know what? If I ever go to West Africa, it would probably be for a free concert," said the bad gyal. ‘‘I would want to do something for the people there. Maybe we can make a whole event, the way Bob Marley would have done it. Just for the people. And if they climb over the gate, let them climb over the gate."
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