SAINT RIHANNA-SANTE FE

A cause and effect relationship is when something happens that makes something else happen. In other words, the cause creates the effect. This is what we are accustomed to, right? But what if the cause and the effect are one and the same? #causeeffect

When ‘Rihanna’ is mentioned, it sends a lot of positive reverberations down the Spines of many! It’s a no-brainer! Rihanna is fruitful, she’s filled the earth and subdued it! No one knows what’s coming next! #rihannanavy #saintrihanna #santafe

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Rihanna was born in 1988, on Saturday, the 20th of February. Her Mum; Monica Fenty was an accountant cum Makeup Artist and her dad; Ronald Fenty was a Warehouse supervisor cum Clothes seller. She was born in the Barbados Parish of Saint Michael and named Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Is ‘Robyn’ a play on ‘Robin Hood’ or did her Parents have some other reasons? Today, Rihanna cares for the poorest of the poor; provides relief, creates shelter, provides substantial healthcare, and funds education #clf #fentybeauty

Rihanna’s not-for-profit organization

She grew up in  a closely-knit family in Bridgetown, attending School and selling clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Rihanna joined a sub-military programme in her school and was an army cadet.

Does this maybe explain Rihanna’s love for camo-inspired outfits? Does it explain her love for her country? So much that she will fly back to Barbados just to attend the concert of one of the Musicians she grew up listening to who had just been let out of jail?

A Soldier that loves her country so much that she will do anything to make it better donating not just her resources but her time

Rihanna has been vocal about her dislike for the President Donald Trump’s Administration; against his seeming racial slurs and his apartheid towards the immigrants.

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The Rihanna Fenty Immigrant T-shirt

In her recent interview with Vogue (November, 2019 edition), she said; ”  “Think about this. What does America stand for? A bunch of immigrants.” I mean, not only were you immigrants, you were the worst kind. You came in and murdered the real Americans.”

She added “When I see something happen to any woman, a woman of any minority, kids, black men being murdered in the streets—I can’t remove myself from that.” Vogue, November 2019 issue

Rihanna could very well choose to stay aloof, especially now that she does not reside in America anymore and has many business endeavors that should make her strive to be in everyone’s good books, but does she? #rihannadefenderofthemasses

In 2003, Rihanna formed a musical trio with two of her classmates at Combermere High School, Bridgetown, Barbados.

In the same year, while American record producer Evan Rogers was vacationing in Barbados with his wife; Jackie Jordan who is also a native of Barbados, a family friend who is also a friend of Rihanna‘s family told Evan Rogers about Rihanna’s girl group and her musical prowess. It wasn’t unusual for people to ask for auditions with Rogers, He was that big! After much persuasion, he agreed to audition the trio,

“The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist.”, said Rogers of the meeting. So much was he stunned by Rihanna‘s performance that he asked Rihanna to meet up with him the next day with her mother.

Rihanna happens to be Rogers’ biggest discovery till date. #thestarappeal

Rihanna is signed to Evan Rogers’ (and his business partner; Carl Sturken) Production company; SRP Music Group till date. Rihanna is the definition of loyalty #rihannaIstan #rihannanavy

She moved to the US in 2005. Only two years later, her international  chart-topping single “Umbrella” earned her her first Grammy Award, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. This was just the beginning, as she has gone on to win 8 more Grammies 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and six Guinness World Records among others . Moving away from that, Rihanna is the best-selling digital artist of all time!

Her chance meeting with Evan Rogers changed not just her own life but Evan Rogers’ life forever.

In 2014, She became the creative director of the fashion sportswear Puma, overseeing the brand’s women’s line. The following year, Rihanna released her first trainer with Puma and it sold out online within three hours of its pre-sale launch

Rihanna extended not just her creativity but her ‘star dust‘ to Puma and people started ‘not just seeing Puma again’ but in a different light’. #gothleticshoes #adamms #athleticgoth

In September 2017, she launched her own cosmetic brand, Fenty Beauty with 40 shades of foundation (she has since upped the ante to 50 shades) in an industry where 12 was the norm. In no time, Fenty Beauty became popular for its broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender. Fenty Beauty was named one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2017.

In 2018, she launched “Savage X Fenty”; her very own lingerie line.

With her creative team, she ensured that each of the ‘drops’ reflected ‘Her’. She wanted everyone who visited and shopped a Savage X Fenty piece, to feel like they are wearing something ‘Rihanna’ can wear.

As she did with her beauty line; with SavageX Fenty, she released bras with sizes ranging from 32A to 42DD and nude ranging from the palest pink to the darkest of chocolates. Rihanna’s vision of inclusivity is prevalent through her endeavours.

Jennifer Rosales, who oversees Fenty’s beauty and lingerie operations, puts it this way: “She’s not telling everyone to be like her. She’s telling everyone, ‘You can feel this good too. You just gotta do you.’ ”

Both Savage X Fenty and Fenty Beauty support the Clara Lionel Foundation, the nonprofit she founded in 2012 (named after her late grandmother Clara Braithwaite, and her 90-year-old grandfather Lionel) to fund education and emergency response programs, mostly in the Caribbean. 

Attaining Sainthood, is doing the ordinary things in extraordinary ways, Rihanna does ordinary things in extraordinary ways as she has displayed with her Fenty beauty and SavageXFenty lines. #fentybeauty #savageXfenty

So, it did not come as a surprise, when in May 2019, Rihanna, launching her own Fashion house; Fenty announced her partnership with luxury Fashion Group; LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) making her the first woman and the first woman of color to be so honoured, to lead a house under the LVMH brand, and the first woman to create an original brand for the group.

Fenty is the first new producer of clothing, shoes, and accessories under the LVMH brand since 1987, which follows the seventy LVMH brands, including Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Christian Dior.

This means the last time LVMH brought on a new producer was a year before Rihanna was born! Rihanna is a trendsetter, a trailblazer, and a pacesetter! Reminds me of Joseph who was Egypt’s first Prime-Minister #rihannanavy #favoured

Did Christian Dior even know that Rihanna will later own a fashion house too and create fashion pieces for LVMH too when they named her ‘Face of Dior’ in 2015?#awamaridilolodumare #dior #lvmg

The chairman and CEO of LVMH, Bernard Arnault said that Rihanna will be supported with a team and resources. He also added: “Everyone knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader.”

Following her successes and how well she had contributed to the Barbadian country she grew up; In 2018, the Government of Barbados appointed her as an Ambassador with duties as follows; promoting education, tourism and investment. Rihanna is addressed as Ambassador Fenty by the Barbadian Government.

Impressive Resume! can you beat that?!

LIVING THROUGH RIHANNA’S EYES

LESSON 1

Rihanna is the perfect example of; Let your work fuel your passion.

The deal is first to get ‘work to do’ so you can provide your own needs. Then use the money you have collected ‘working’ to fuel your passion.

Even though Rihanna had a passion for Beauty and Fashion, she ‘worked’ and earned some money working (making music) and then used the fame and money she earned to fuel her other passions.

LESSON 2

Rihanna began singing and honing her skill in her hometown. Recognise your gift and start doing something with it not minding your age or location, you never know when or where you will meet your own Evan Rogers

Do whatever you do, to the best of your ability even though you are not making money or getting famous through it. You never know who is listening or watching. Put up your best act all the time.

Do you know Evan Rogers’ first assignment after making Rihanna relocate with him to Connecticut, honing her sound and working on her demo tape; was to ensure he got her a good record deal? He shipped out her demo tape to several record companies including Def Jam Records where Jay-Z was President and C.E.O. at the time.

Do you know that 17-year-old-Rihanna from the Caribbean Islands had to audition before before international superstar; Jay-Z and astute business man and music business mogul; Anthony ‘L.A.’ Reid?

Rihanna was so good that L.A. Reid told Jay-Z to ensure he signed her before she left the ‘DEF JAM RECORDS’ building. The lawyers had to quickly be summoned and a contract was drawn. Rihanna did not leave the building until 3 a.m. the next morning when she had signed a 6-album record deal with DEF JAM Records and became the youngest artist at the company at the time!

It is almost unheard of for a record deal to be signed and closed the same day especially not with one as prestigious as DEF JAM. Protocols was broken for Rihanna

“As I watched, one of Great Age came and took his seat”. May the Lord make way for you, especially where there seems to be none! May he set you on a very high pedestal, far beyond your imagination.

LESSON 3

Do you know that forgiving someone actually heals you more than the person you hold a grudge against? Forgiveness is a form of catharsis, it heals your heart, frees your soul and gives you a new chance at life.

Despite the publicity her infamous breakup with Chris Brown garnered and her returning to date him three years later and breaking up with him again, she declared; “I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies”.

Some people move right from one strained relationship to another. We want to heal by jumping into another relationship, right after an unpleasant one in the hope that the new one will heal us and take away our pain.

Not Rihanna! She declared after her infamous breakup with Chris Brown that she is staying single until she meets a man that matches up to the standards she expects. She added; “It is lonely, but I have so much work to do that I get distracted. I don’t have time to be lonely. ” Vanity Fair

“I have so much work to do that I get distracted. I don’t have time to be lonely”. She forgave and chanelled her loneliness so well, she built a multifaceted empire, became a Global sensation and an inspiration to many

LESSON 4

Be genuinely happy for others! Have you seen Rihanna cheering people on, at Award shows ? It just appears that Rihanna has no jealous bone in her! She is always genuinely happy for other people.

She says; “I always see the best in people. I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom.”

From this desire to do more and to see others live their best lives, Rihanna created the Clara Lionel Foundation to ensure among others that young people get an education. Having very little formal education herself, she is more concerned that even the poorest of the poor get an education.

She is known for several other charitable works and endeavors.

Photo Credit: clf
Photo Credit: clf

SAINT RIHANNA – THE criticisms

To the Christian apologist; “Rihanna only claims to worship God and read her Bible but is not a true Christian because of her raunchy photos, explicit lyrics and video content”. So, she should never be set up as a model, is this the truth? #rihannanavy

To those who keep a record of wrong-doings and who could almost pass for God’s assistant with the way they know who and who will make heaven, “Rihanna is sure hell-bound and must not be set up as a model for anything” but is this Christian?

I remember the passage where Jesus was greatly criticized for hanging out with sinners, Jesus clearly replied; “Those who are well are in no need of a Doctor, it is for these I have come”. Does this mean Jesus loves Rihanna more than me?

Who were these critics of Jesus? The Pharisees and Scribes whom our Lord described as ‘white washed tombs’, neither going into heaven nor allowing others to enter. Does this mean if I question the relationship of Jesus with another, I am a Pharisee or a Scribe?

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings”.

Is this what Rihanna is doing? At the end of time, you meet Rihanna in heaven or ‘see her in heaven’ on your way to the netherworld, what will be your reaction?

BE INSPIRED BY RI

I present to you the inspirational nuggets from Rihanna’s life and hope you have a tablet a day for better living. I call them the RI’s Nuggets #rinugget #rihannasnuggets

RI’ NUGGET 01 – OWN YOUR DREAM

God manages to put a dream in everyone’s heart! Find that dream, explore it and by all means, fulfill it. God put several dreams in Rihanna’s heart.

  1. The desire that her music will be heard throughout the world
  2. The desire to explore makeup just like her Mum who was a Makeup Artist and who worked in the ‘beauty and perfume’ industry for a long time
  3. The desire to care for the Poorest of the Poor. Each time she saw a commercial on TV asking people to donate ’25 cents’ to save children in Africa, she always told herself that one day she would grow very big, have enough money and be able to save children around the world

Which of these Rihanna’s dreams is left unfulfilled?

RI’ NUGGET 02 -FORGE AHEAD

While your past maybe that foundation that set you up for who you are today, never let your past define you! Forge ahead! Rihanna did the same

Have you seen a driver who intends getting to his destination whose gear is constantly on ‘Reverse’ and never on ‘Drive’? #rinugget02 #rihannasnugget02 #getupanddrive

  1. Rihanna witnessed firsthand what the impact of having an abusive father may have on a Child. She experienced this too in her relationship, learnt from it, forgave, made a stand that she was going to ‘wait for the right man who will be a gentle man and will treat her well’, poured herself into her work and forged ahead!

Imagine that Rihanna had committed suicide out of shame? had resorted to alcohol and drugs abuse? Imagine that she was unable to recover from the shock of having to miss her Grammy performance just because she was mistreated by someone she deeply cared about?There will be no Fenty today.

  • 2. Imagine that Rihanna had succumbed to Pressure and stopped going out? and stopped making music? and stopped living life? But, at her darkest, “God was there” and he saw her through it and made her forge ahead!

You got to learn the lessons from your past, forgive yourself and forge ahead a.k.a. move on!

RI NUGGET 03 -BE DARING

Rihanna has been known to say; “trends are boring”. She became the trend, scoring several number 1s not only with her music but with her distinct fashion sense.

She was always in the news, the brands began to notice her and began to flock her page. Where did that leave her? Rihanna has become the first woman to create a brand for LVMH and the first black woman to lead a major luxury fashion house and according to Forbes; ” has also made her the wealthiest female musician in the world.”

So, imagine that Rihanna had fallen into trepidation owing to the jeering, bullying, trolling? She probably would still be the Girl-Next-Door because she’s trying to satisfy the ‘whims and caprices’ of people who do not pay her bills!

So, you got to ask yourself: “Do I want to be just another face in the crowd or very great?”

A very little ‘greatness’ lies in being ‘sane’. You got to be bold, you got to be daring.

As long as you are not copying someone and it is actually something that has been deposited in you that you are showing off, it sure will pay off.

Dare to be you, dare to be different, if you spend your life blending in or living the lives of other people, who’s gonna be living your own?

RI NUGGET 04 – GOD IS NOT A MAN

Many people worship God in fear. Principally, because they don’t wanna go to hell! What do you know?! Fearing Hell is not enough for them! They are there to monitor you to ensure you don’t go to hell

They seem to be God’s Personal Assistants, Secretaries, St. Peter’s Assistants, they know what certain behaviour is sin against the Holy Spirit. They know the sure road that leads to hell over that which leads to heaven. They speak more about the Devil and his works over God, His Love and His forgiving power.

You will meet this people in life and before long, they begin to make you feel like you are unworthy! They make cryptic quotes like; “By their fruits, we shall know them”, when St. Paul has cryptically advised them that;

Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. 2Thess. 3:11-12

How did Rihanna handle this; especially after her album “Good Girl Gone Bad” was released and during the making of Anti?

Rihanna did admit that while recording and working up her Anti album, she felt she may have let God down.

“Not my faith, but I have been in a place where I felt like maybe I had disappointed God so much that we weren’t as close,” she revealed. “Actually, that happened to me while I was making Anti. That was a really hard time, but, thank God, I got through it.”

The devil just has a way of making you feel like you’re not good enough, and that you’re not worthy of God being close to you. It’s really not the truth, but you wind up feeling like that. My grandmother was the one who started me on this (speaking about her Christian journey).

Once you are able to own up to it, even the Devil cannot try to blackmail you will it.

God is not a Man, nothing in this world should ever make you feel like you have let God down! God is God not a man.

RI NUGGET 05 -THINK INCLUSIVELY

I think a huge part of Rihanna’s success can be attributed to Ri thinking inclusively. When Rihanna takes on a project, she’s thinking about how everyone will benefit from her new invention, creation, piece of music or whatnot.

Practically, she’s got something for everyone which creates the “Fenty Allure”.

This inclusivity is one of the reasons Rihanna’s works are so widely acclaimed and have gained her not only a large following but success in her endeavours.

RI NUGGET O6 – SANS TROLLING

There have been more campaigns against internet trolling and bullying over campaigns to show appreciation to Fans.

What does this tell us? Many people will go out of their way to “set a troll right” other than to give a kind reply to a fan who has made a wonderful comment.

Just think of life without trolling on the internet and I can hear you saying; “what a pleasant life that will be?!” but I want to tell you that it is your attitude towards the trolls that really matter not what they say to you and here is what Rihanna has to say;

“I don’t feel any way about people’s comments. I remember being a kid and being like, ‘Wow! I’m in a chat room. I can say whatever I want. They don’t know how old I am. They don’t know who I am, or where I am.’ There’s that idea of being a child behind a screen and having that feeling like you can say anything. That child is who I imagine behind a comment every time I see one. They would never say that to my face. They probably wouldn’t even say hello.

Dear celebrity/Fan/anything in between, have the attitude (towards a troll), they wouldn’t even say that to my face! #rihannasnuggets

RI NUGGET 07 -BE HUMOROUS

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Rihanna has an incredible sense of humour that has earned her the love of many. In 2017, she was named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and received the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. She had this to say at her acceptance speech; “so, I made it to Harvard, I never thought I’ld be able to say that”

Imagine being asked to receive an award and give an acceptance Speech in a University, when you did not even complete High School (Secondary School) and in not just any University but in the most prestigious University in the world. The thought alone may send shivers down your spine.

Not Rihanna! Because in a part of her, she knows she has earned it, the people want her here and the people love her.

To douse the tension, she began by making not just herself but every other person in the room relax by injecting some humour into an otherwise ‘tense situation’. Humour will help not just your audience but you, feel at ease, Be humorous!

RI NUGGET 08 -DISCOVER YOUR INNER STRENGHT

Whenever you are stressed about anything, channel all of that into positive energy there you will find in you; the creative power of our God that says; “be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it”.

Rihanna at an age where many people are still wondering if they should wear blue or red lipstick and caring about people’s opinion that doesn’t pay them has already filled the earth and conquered it and it seems like there is not much for the star to achieve, but she keeps reliving each moment, revelling in her successes, enjoying moments with her loved ones, keeping her love life private and minding the business that pays her.

CONCLUSION

If more people were like Rihanna, the world would sure be a better place to live in…

Even though it seems like an illusion now, Rihanna may well be on her way to attaining Sainthood and who knows we may be asking for a St. Rihanna’s intercession in 300 years to come?

If St. Augustine was born in the internet age, maybe we would have been able to see some of his ‘badass’ pictures too.

I have seen something very beautiful in Rihanna, I want you to see just how much growth you may make paying attention to all the good Rihanna has to offer.

To all the Saints recognised and unrecognised, may their prayers continue to make us whole

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