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The 31-year-old 'Work' songstress spoke to T Magazine ahead of the debut collection of her high fashion clothing line, Fenty. During the interview, she dropped a few hints about her ninth album.


Rihanna confirmed that the new record will be a "reggae album," before stating that despite rumors and high anticipation on the album, two things haven't been decided yet - the release date, and the album title.


The Fenty Beauty entrepreneur referenced the affectionate name her loyal fans, The Navy, have given the album and confessed that she's thinking about calling it that very name.


"So far it’s just been 'R9', thanks to the Navy," she said. "I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?” How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?" she had said.


Elsewhere during the interview, Rihanna also addressed rumor of a highly-anticipated track alongside her former collaborator - and ex-boyfriend - Drake.


"Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure," she said. So, looks like there's no hope of 'Work Pt. 2' in the near future, then.

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I had just told my colleague that if ever Rihanna decides to quit music, she would still make alota money from her clothing and makeup brands.

She's gone from being little miss sunshine to Fenty goddess!


Rihanna has gone into detail about Fenty, her new fashion house launched in collaboration with LVMH, in a new interview conducted by playwright Jeremy O. Harris and published in the New York Times.

News of Fenty's creation was first announced earlier this month. The arrival of the new brand makes Rihanna the first black woman in history to run a major luxury fashion house. Speaking to Harris, Rihanna was keen to note this landmark.


"You’re going to be black wherever you go. And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. 
"So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice. There are also other factors: I’m young. I’m new to the family. I’m a woman. Those factors do come into play, but I will not apologize for them, and I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? I do know that the reason I’m here is not because I’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact," she said.

Last week Rihanna was among the many stars who spoke out in the wake of Alabama passing a bill that effectively makes abortion illegal, labeling the state senate "idiots."


 

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It's amazing to note with all excitement and glee that the south-east is finally getting profitable recognition. It's a rather massive deal that the events marking the 15th edition of The AMA Awards will be kicking off in ENUGU; not Lagos, not Abuja and definitely not Portharcourt. If you've not thought of it as a crown upon the fine head of Enugu state, you should at least think of it as an opportunity for young and undiscovered talents to explore and exploit the world of entertainment.

AMAA which was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2018 graces the opportunity thirsty streets of Enugu and it's all we can talk about.


The Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA) are presented annually to recognize renowned excellence among professionals working in, or non-African professionals who have contributed to, the African film industry. 

AMAA is the leading, most glamorous awards event that recognizes and rewards excellence in creativity on the continent of Africa. For many years, under the direction of its founder, astute filmmaker and veteran, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the AMA Awards that endlessly seeks to acknowledge the efforts of filmmakers, actors, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and everyone else involved in the process of filmmaking all over the continent of Africa has gone from an idea to the most coveted accolade amongst filmmakers and enthusiasts in the African film and movie community.


The best part!

Events marking the 15th edition of AMA Awards is kicking off with a Gala event in Enugu, where African superstars in Nollywood who hail from the East will be celebrated. It's undoubtedly going to be an evening of high style, glitz, and fellowship, as the red carpet will be glamorously rolled out to welcome the hottest industry players, A-list celebrities, and Eastern and Southern community leaders to an elegant dinner and awards ceremony which raises more than funding for the Africa film Academy every year. 


It doesn't just end there!


Training workshop that teaches great acting, writing, directing, producing, skills from experienced and seasoned teachers will begin on May 23. Sits are limited and attendance is strictly on payment basis. If you intend to tap into the African movie academy and its overwhelming vices, register now.

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Despite his enthusiastic vibe, Blake Austin admits part of him would like to be watching rather than playing when Super League heads to Anfield for the Magic Weekend.

This year's two-day gathering of all 12 clubs in Liverpool will be the former Canberra Raiders half-back's first experience of the concept, with the NRL having only staged their first Magic Round this year.


Austin and his Warrington Wolves team-mates headline Saturday's matches when they take on Wigan Warriors at 7 pm, although the 28-year-old would be happy sitting with the fans soaking up the atmosphere too.


"Some other codes would have riots for days if you tried to pull off something like this," Austin told Sky Sports.


"I think there is real mutual respect between the fans and it's something special about our sport.


"I'm a little jealous that I have to play this weekend because I'd love to be sat in the stands and enjoy it as a fan, but hopefully we can put on a good show for the people who turn out.


"It's going to be a great weekend and I hope all of the teams do it justice."


Austin has certainly been enjoying life on the pitch so far this season, taking quickly to life at Warrington after making a try-scoring debut in the season-opening 26-6 win at home to Leeds Rhinos.


His performances have been recognized by the Man of Steel judging panel too, with Austin one of the leading contenders for the accolade, and he is pleased with how his switch to these shores is working out so far.


"One of the big reasons for coming over was to get some enjoyment back in my game and I've been able to do that at Warrington," Austin said.


"Off the field, myself and my family are really happy and it certainly makes things easier on the field."


The Magic Weekend is something Austin has had an eye on for a while as well and has heard good things about the event, which sees an entire round of Super League matches played at a single venue, from his team-mates.


"From what I know, it's a bit of a carnival atmosphere," Austin said. "The fans really get behind and I know coming over it was certainly one of the biggest things I was looking forward to.

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Tact and diplomacy are skills centered around an understanding of other people and being sensitive to their opinions, beliefs, ideas, and feelings. 

Effective use of such skills comes from being able to sense accurately what another person is feeling or thinking at any given time and then responding in such a way as to avoid bad feelings or awkwardness, whilst at the same time asserting or reflecting your own ideas and feelings back in a delicate and well-meaning fashion.


All people and all communication situations are unique.  Developing effective tact and diplomacy skills requires practice and good judgment.  These skills are not limited to use in formal communications, such as in the workplace: tact and diplomacy are also important when developing and maintaining friendships, romantic relationships, and relationships in the family.


STRATEGIES FOR TACT AND DIPLOMACY

Understanding what is the most appropriate behavior and in any given situation can be problematic; this is due to the unpredictable nature of communication and of human relations generally.


Sometimes the most appropriate action may be to withhold your opinion, or it may be possible to introduce an idea, or favored outcome, in such a way that the other person can take ownership of it.  In other situations it may be best to take a direct stance, stating exactly what you want and how you intend to achieve it.


We all know people who are capable of talking their way out of difficult situations or who are more likely to be successful at negotiating.  Although a certain amount of luck may be attributed to isolated incidents, long-term success is based on strong communication skills, planning, self-control, confidence, and emotional intelligence.


The following strategies are designed to help you think about how you can plan for and use tact and diplomacy effectively:


When you’re planning a potentially difficult conversation you should first focus on knowing what you want to achieve: what is your favored outcome?


Write it down and think about your reasons. Try to take a step back from your personal opinions and think about the facts surrounding the situation.


See our page Communicating in Difficult Situations for more.


Consider and write down what the objections might be from others.


Think carefully about your answers to their concerns; demonstrate that you have considered their opinions or arguments.


Do not enter into negotiations in an angry or stressed way. 


Try to remain calm and keep an open mind. Find out the facts, as well as what is and what is not possible before you react.


When communicating, listen to what the other person (or people) has to say.


Watch for non-verbal communication, such as body language, and their tone of voice to help you understand their message.  Hold back your own opinions and ideas until you have had the chance to understand the other person point-of-view, and then plan your responses carefully to fit with the feedback you are receiving.


Negotiate. 


If what you seek is in conflict with the other person’s ideas, you may have to discuss how sacrifices can be made to provide a better result for both of you in the long run.  Mutual sacrifice is usually seen as more favorably than one-sided sacrifice.  Aim to reach a compromise which results in a win-win situation.


Strengthen your argument by offering time-scales of when you foresee the benefit of your proposals being reached.


Be precise in giving figures and dates. Favor logic and fact over personal opinion. Have something written or drawn out in advance, if it helps.


If possible turn statements into questions.  Rather than directly voicing your opinion, turn your statement into a question for the other person to think about. 


This not only leads somebody to think along the same lines as you but also makes room for discussion of what interests you and what may potentially benefit both parties.  This is particularly useful if you are not entirely sure what you are able to achieve or exactly what is needed to overcome a problem.  This strategy often allows for more exploration of options – a more open approach than just stating your opinion.


If the conversation gets heated, try to give yourself room to respond in ways that help rather than inflame a situation.


If you can, catch yourself at the moment your gut reaction wants to take over: take a breath and give yourself time. Tell the other person that you need to think about what they just said, rather than feel obliged to answer immediately. 


Take control of a situation rather than becoming out of control and risk saying or doing something you may later regret. Taking control of social situations in a way that leaves both parties feeling comfortable with the outcome is an important part of showing tact and diplomacy.


Keep an eye on the prize! 


Keep your preferred outcome in mind, try not to get distracted, go off on a tangent or get bogged down in irrelevant details.  Remember to be assertive – being tactful and diplomatic does not mean bowing to pressure or giving up on what you want.

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There is absolutely every reason to crush on the business commanding personality.

Ifu Ennada walks the runway of glam and business in such fine strides. With every stride, a success pathway is created for young business minds that may wish to attach 'boss' to their life cv. She knits her flaws into very fine silver linens and adorns her imperfection in utter femininity.

Iheme Faith Uloma who hails from Abia state but was raised in Lagos state studied at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun state. She celebrates her birthday on July 23.

The award-winning actress, fashion designer, business enthusiast, presenter, fitness blogger, and entrepreneur has been on the news for more good reasons than bad ones.

The multi-talented business boss who affirmed that going into the Big Brother house armed her with the right tools to transform her life; flaunts the cover page of The Nation Newspapers Flair Magazine. She gives insights into her humble beginning and the real deal behind running a successful multi-million naira business.