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Barbados' native daughter has been declared a tourism ambassador for the island nation. Rihanna definitely brings star power to the position!

RiRi's Caribbean heritage was a major part of her early appeal in the "Pon de Replay" days, and remains a big part of who she is as a person.

Now the star is getting back in touch with her roots, inking a deal with the Barbados Tourism Authority to promote her beautiful homeland.

A Rihanna Bikini Picture

"Barbados is a place like no other and one of the reasons for this is the spirit and national pride of our people," Rihanna said in a statement.

"I want every visitor to experience what makes this destination different from all others and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians."

The Barbados Tourism Authority said via Facebook: "We are proud to announce that musical sensation and social phenomenon Rihanna has partnered with the Barbados Tourism Authority as an exclusive promotional partner for three years.

"Celebrate this amazing announcement today by joining us on August 5th as she brings her Loud tour to Bridgetown, Barbados, her homeland."

[Photo: WENN.com]

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You read the headline right. Gabrielle Union tried to shoot a man who raped her. Understandably, Rihanna's "Man Down" video hit close to home for her.

We've debated whether or not Rihanna is a bad role model based on the violent storyline of the video. For Union, the work was simply true to life.

Asked by a fan about the controversial video, the actress opened up about her own abusive past, and the stunning parallels with "Man Down."

The topic came up last week, when Union was soliciting ideas from her followers on how to better combat violence against women and kids.

When a fan asked what she thought of the Rihanna video, she said she hadn't seen it, but would comment when she had. Later, Union wrote:

"Saw 'Man Down' by @rihanna. Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they'd like justice 2 be handed out."

"During my rape I tried 2 shoot my rapist, bt I missed. Over the yrs I realized tht killin my rapist would've added insult 2 injury."

"The DESIRE 2 kill someone whose abused/raped u is understandable, bt unless its self defense n the moment 2 save ur life."

"Just ADDS 2 ur troubles #mandown."

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THG Asks!

Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Is Rihanna a bad role model?

YES by Hilton Hater

Rihanna can't pick and choose when to be a role model.

After Chris Brown savagely beat her face in, the singer spoke out about being a victim. She tried to let other women know that violence can happen to anyone, even an A-lister.

It was an admirable effort to serve as someone to whom battered females can relate. But now, with the PTC criticizing her "Man Down" video, she doesn't want the burden.

She's hiding behind the nonsense that celebrities have spewed for years, dating back to Charles Barkley's 1993 Nike commercial.

Should famous people be role models simply because they are good singers, actors or athletes? Of course not. But are they? Without a doubt.

Yes, parents bear the responsibility to teach children right from wrong. But, as Rihanna herself Tweeted, we're living in the REAL WORLD. In that world, whether she likes it or not, a top-selling recording artist absolutely is looked up to by millions.

Why not embrace that role and make the most of it?

No You Di'nt

NO by Free Britney

Rihanna is right in that she should not be considered a role model at all, but even if you label all celebs role models by default, you could do worse.

A singer whose lyrics and videos can be violent, provocative or suggestive at times? Sounds like ... nearly every rock star in the past half century.

We're really going to single out Rihanna? Countless stars - many of them critically beloved - are far more suspect in their art and personal lives.

More importantly, looking up to any singer as a role model is absurd. She's an individual who entertains with her art, which can be controversial.

A well-rounded, well-raised youngster will be able to keep their core values intact while still being entertained by Rihanna and her counterparts.

The PTC chastising her is nonsensical. Artists are free to perform as they choose in our society, and society is free to embrace or reject them.

Expecting every singer, actor or athlete to behave perfectly at all times, rather than trusting parents to take responsibility or young adults to respect the boundaries between art and life? That is the wrong message to send.

THG Asks you ... is Rihanna a bad role model?

 

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Rihanna is no role model, and she'll readily admit that - while hitting back at the PTC for criticizing the message of her new music video this week.

The Parents Television Council condemned Rihanna's "Man Down" video for depicting a premeditated murder and glorifying the revenge aspect.

Outraged at the video's violent content, the group also implied a double standard, saying Chris Brown would be condemned for a similar video.

Rihanna Tweeted today in response:

"I'm a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What's up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I'm just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!"

"We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US. U can't hide kids from society or they'll never learn how to adapt!"

"This is the REAL WORLD."

While the content of her video pushes the envelope farther than most, she makes a reasonable point. It is a parent's responsibility, is it not?

Thoughts?

 

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The Parents Television Council is at it again.

This time, the group is going after Rihanna, thanks to the "cold, calculated execution of murder" depicted in the singer's new music video for "Man Down."

Outraged over RiRi suggesting "that gunning down a rapist in a crowded train station is a proper form of justice," the PTC wants this video pulled:

The council says, "If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass ..."

Rihanna's Tweet that the video conveys "a very strong underlying message 4 girls like me" is also at the root of the group's objections.

The council's venom is also directed at BET for airing the video. What do you think? Is the PTC going too far - or did Rihanna and BET?

 

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It wasn't quite Lady Gaga on Good Morning America, but Rihanna kick started Today‘s Toyota Concert Series this morning at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Walking through the crowd offers great access to the fans, but also risks. This one guy got little too excited when Rihanna walked by and grabbed the singer!

Luckily, Rihanna’s back-up dancers helped pull her away and the rest of the singer's concert seemed to go off without a hitch - and with plenty of hits.

Watch her perform "What's My Name," “S&M” and "California King Bed" ...

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Britney Spears joined Rihanna at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards for some "S&M" last night. Their sexy duet ended in a kiss ... which ABC moronically cut off.

It didn't last as long as Britney's tonguing of Madonna at the 2003 VMAs, but the kiss was still captured by some astute (and possibly excited) photographers!

Apparently ABC wasn't a fan and quickly cut away from Britney Spears and Rihanna's performance in favor of a boring shot of the audience. So pics will have to do.

Not perfect, but when you've got Britney Spears and Rihanna quasi-making out in kinky S&M gear, how can you really complain? Exactly. So just enjoy ...

  • Rihanna, Britney Spears Kiss
  • Britney and Rihanna Kiss

Contain yourselves, guys, even if it's hard.

[Photos: Fame]

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The Billboard Music Awards returned last night after an absence of several years, and it's safe to say Britney Spears did her best to make out up for lost time.

The pop superstar sealed her remixed version of Rihanna's "S&M" by planting one on her counterpart, then teamed up with Femme Fatale tour partner Nicki Minaj.

Nicki did her thing on "Super Bass" which led into her Britney joining her on stage for a powerhouse rendition of her latest hit, "Till The World Ends."

Watch Spears' performances with both singers below ...

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Chris Brown is totally following Rihanna on Twitter! And vice versa! Let's hear it for letting bygones be bygones and patching things up via social media!

According to an impromptu investigation, both are not only following each other, but added each other very recently. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?!?!?

Rihanna in the Middle

Asked by a fan why she would follow Brown and if this meant something significant, Rihanna Tweeted back, "its fu**in twitter, not the alter! calm down."

LIKE OLD TIMES? Okay, maybe not quite.

A judge recently lifted the restraining order prohibiting them from having contact. It had been in place since he beat her up more than two years prior.

Rihanna basically said at the time that she was doing him a favor - no restraining order makes it easier for him to attend award shows and the like.

Just the same, she clarified that they have no relationship. If nothing else, following each other's Tweets implies some kind of relationship. Right?

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It's great to be reminded that Rihanna has a voice, and a great one at that.

She's often so busy reminding us what a sexual freak and overall hard ass she is that her music takes a back seat. Not so in the video for "California King Bed."

Rather than baring all, the Barbadian singer bears her soul over relationship problems in a room overlooking a beach. The theme of heartbreak is palpable.

Not her most exciting video she's put out, but she's clearly going for the opposite. Watch it here and tell us what you think of Rihanna's latest video effort:

Rihanna Biography

Rihanna in England Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is an artist signed to Def Jam... More »
Born
Birthplace
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.

Rihanna
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