It was a wonderful night.
Jay-Z mingled with fellow tuxedo-clad guests. Beyonce finely dabbed her face with the most significant of cloth napkins. Leonardo DiCaprio seemed 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 deputies gleaned her dress to assist the “Bodak Yellow” queen establish her space 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 lady who needs no foreword, specially following the week she’s had launching an impressively successful( and all-inclusive) makeup launch and demonstrating her Fenty Puma Spring 2018 collecting during New York Fashion Week.
With all that is going on in their own lives, it’s easy to forget that the Robyn Rihanna Fenty does more than give trends, liberate party anthems and layout coveted sneakers.
But she does–and Thursday night in New York City proved that she does it well. Despite the distracting shoulder rubbing that occurred in all areas of the slow evening, the ball was dedicated towards celebrating and conjuring funds for the extensive study of her Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization Rihanna created in 2012 and identified in honour of her grandparents.
The foundation focuses on a bevy of issues regarding education, emergency response, 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 footing has accomplished that through micro grant programmes designed to provide financial support for schools in Barbados, and contributed necessary equipment to improve cancer screenings on the island.
This year, CLF has moved global. In addition to taking meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, CLF has partnered with international bike sharing company ofo, bringing bicycles to aid accessibility to education for young girl in Malawi–where Rihanna herself visited 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 $180,000 Retna painting during the auction segment of the evening and the many more that stepped up to the plate to create over$ 5 million for CLF to continue its work. The controversial comedian, who described the ball’s ambiance as an orgy he formerly went to, had the audience simultaneously gasping and guffawing 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 pulling all the middle pulley-blocks, ” Chappelle to say something about the president.
The 44 th chairman made an appearance as well. Barack Obama went out of his lane to deliver a video content of support to Rihanna, praising her philanthropy the initiatives 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, to acknowledge Camfed Regional Executive Director for her extensive work towards improving educated in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi.
Lamar and Calvin Harris( both previous collaborators with Rihanna) performed at the end of the nighttime, eliciting dance moves from musicians, decorators, modelings, and performers and furnishing a rare opportunity to let loose, all for the children.