It was a wonderful night.
Jay-Z mingled with fellow tuxedo-clad guests. Beyonce delicately dabbed her face with the finest of cloth napkins. Leonardo DiCaprio searched off in the distance as someone conversed with him. Kendrick Lamar handed me a microphone( yes, you read that privilege) and Cardi B’s four aides gathered her dress to help the “Bodak Yellow” queen establish her lane through the ballroom full of tables at Rihanna’s third annual Diamond Ball.
In the centre of it all sat a 29 -year-old Barbados born wife who needs no preface, specially following the week she’s had launching an impressively successful( and inclusive) makeup launching and evidencing her Fenty Puma Spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week.
With all that is going on in her life, it’s easy to forget that the Robyn Rihanna Fenty does more than define tendencies, release party anthems and designing coveted sneakers.
But she does–and Thursday night in New York City proved that she does it well. Despite the confusing shoulder rubbing that occurred in all areas of the slow evening, the ball was dedicated towards celebrating and developing funds for the extensive operate of her Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization Rihanna created in 2012 and identified in honor of her grandparents.
The foundation focuses on a bevy of issues regarding education, emergency measures, and health around the globe, aiming to improve “quality of life for young people everywhere.” Over the past five years old, the small but mighty foundation has accomplished that through micro grant programs to provide financial support for academies in Barbados, and contributed necessary equipment to improve cancer screenings on the island.
This year, CLF has gone world. In addition to taking meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, CLF has partnered with international bike sharing company ofo, bringing bicycles to facilitated accessibility to education for young girls in Malawi–where Rihanna herself inspected the country as an ambassador for Global Partnership for Education, Global Citizen, and CLF.
All future initiatives proved to become a reality thanks to the the ball’s host, Dave Chappelle, who bought a $180,000 Retna painting during the auction parcel of the evening and the many more that stepped up to the plate to elevate over$ 5 million for CLF to continue its work. The controversial comic, who described the ball’s ambiance as an orgy he once went to, had the audience simultaneously gasping and laughing at his remarks about touchy topics that he handled with the grace you can come to expect from Chappelle–R. Kelly, Bill Cosby, and Donald Trump included.
“This is Jenga, and that motherfucker is drawing all the middle cubes, ” Chappelle to say something about the president.
The 44 th chairperson made an appearing as well. Barack Obama went out of his space to deliver a video content of support to Rihanna, praising her philanthropy efforts and offering up VIP tickets for an opportunity to join him and Michelle at the Obama Foundation Fall Summit in Chicago. The tickets, which came with Chapelle’s pocket square, selling off $275,000.
The event likewise honored Angeline Murimirwa with the 2017 Diamond Ball Award, recognizing the Camfed Regional Executive Director for her extensive work towards improving education in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi.
Lamar and Calvin Harris( both previous collaborators with Rihanna) performed at the end of the darknes, eliciting dance moves from musicians, designers, examples, and actors and rendering a rare opportunity to let loose, all for the kids.