Diamond Ball 2019: Rihanna, Kehlani & More Share Messages of Hope

One would anticipate the fifth anniversary of Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, which advantages her Clara Lionel Basis, to be a giant spectacle — particularly following the grand Savage x Fenty runway present just some days prior on Tuesday (Sept. 10).

However as an alternative, Thursday night time’s gala felt intimate with its compact crimson carpet that led to the doorways of New York’s iconic Cipriani Wall Road venue and the plush flowers that adorned the partitions. For a celebrity who has palms tied to numerous endeavors — from make-up to a clothes line — the charity occasion had a welcomed sense of calm.

That feeling shortly modified although, as performers Pharrell and DJ Khaled, host Seth Meyers and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley entered the crimson carpet. Different friends included Normani, 2 Chainz, Megan Thee Stallion, G-Eazy, Karlie Kloss and Cardi B.

“It’s good to help Rihanna’s trigger and let her know she’s not alone in what she’s doing — we’re rooting for her,” Rapsody tells Billboard. “But to also see what she’s doing, it inspires us even more. Black women always step up when it’s our time. When nobody else does it, we make sure we do it. We don’t give up no matter how dark it gets, we know the power lies with us.”

One of many main themes of the night was activism, which drives artists like Kehlani to make adjustments. “It is finding little ways every single day to give back and impact people who can’t do it for themselves,” the “Nights Like This” singer explains. “Whether you’re speaking up when you’re in a privileged place, donating or organizing with your community. Whichever way you can do it definitely helps.”

Justine Lucas, government director of the Clara Lionel Basis, echoes this sentiment. She tells Billboard the imaginative and prescient was at all times to have nice affect on this planet, they usually’ve continued to construct on that 5 years later. “In 2019, we’ve given out over 13 millions in grants and helped with 60-plus projects around the world,” she defined. “So the impact has been significant and our forward-facing strategy is massive: how do we turn the Caribbean into a climate-resilient zone? We’re actually thinking big picture about a lot of these issues, so it’s really exciting.”

As friends started to scurry contained in the venue and press grew to become antsy, a collective roar of pleasure might be felt. It was Rihanna in fact, who was the final to reach at 9:22 p.m, donning a black velvet robe and a tousled updo that embodied ‘60s glamour.

However earlier than whisking away with a smirk, she had a message for fellow black ladies: “My mom is an unbelievable instance of find out how to struggle by way of obstacles in life. I’m positive her mother taught her that and that is how I’m going to be. We’re impeccable, we’re particular and the world goes to should take care of that.”

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