With help from Lizzo, Travis Scott, Rosalia and some of the biggest names in modeling, Rihanna said she decided to forge ahead with a new digital-only Savage X Fenty lingerie show to bring something good into a troubled world.
"There's a lot going on in the world right now and I relate to all of it," the superstar said. "People need a little bit of hope, they need a little bit of happiness."
The Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2, with musical performances and dancers along with models, was filmed in September in Los Angeles and will drop Friday exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Other performers include Bad Bunny, Cara Delevingne, Bella Hadid, Big Sean, Normani and Irina Shayk among her models. Willow Smith, Paris Hilton and Demi Moore will model as newcomers this year.
Rihanna has quickly made a name for the company, launching Savage X Fenty in 2018 with splashy, performance-based shows. She has proven her commitment to inclusive representation, using models in a range of sizes and shapes and across a broad spectrum of skin tones. Savage X Fenty, Rihanna said, is "one of those spaces" where "inclusivity is part of the brand, always." As the Black Lives Matter movement and fight for social justice continue, she said she'll continue to build on her commitment.
Jenkins to direct 'The Lion King' sequel
The Walt Disney Co. will make a sequel to the 2019 live-action "The Lion King," with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning "Moonlight" and the James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk," set to direct. "Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters," Jenkins said. "Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true." Jenkins earlier this year completed shooting on the Amazon limited series "The Underground Railroad," based on the Colson Whitehead novel.
Farewell: Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits "A Little Less Conversation" and "In the Ghetto," and whose own hits include "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me," has died at age 78. His manager Jim Morey said Davis died in Nashville on Tuesday after heart surgery. Davis had a long and varied career as a song writer, singer, actor and TV host. He wrote songs recorded by Kenny Rogers ("Something's Burning"), Dolly Parton ("White Limozeen") and Ray Price ("Lonesomest Lonesome"). He was still writing later in life, getting co-writing credits on songs by Avicii ("Addicted to You") and Bruno Mars ("Young Girls.") "A small town boy who'd achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man," said country star Kenny Chesney. "That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit."