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Rihanna’s dad – “I didn’t believe it” and Fashion Week stuff

Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty has spoken of his shock on hearing of his daughter’s alleged assault at the hands of her (now ex we presume?) boyfriend Chris Brown. Speaking to, Mr. Fenty was remarkably restrained and diplomatic for someone whose only girl child has been battered (or maybe they just edited out the part where he said ‘if I ever see Chris Brown again, I gine burst he rasshole head… who knows?).

“I know my daughter,” said Fenty, 55. As for Brown, he said, “You think you know somebody, but you really don’t.”

Describing Rihanna’s current condition after seeing her in Barbados on Friday, Fenty said, “There is some bruising. She will be alright. I think so.”

He adds, “At some point, she will speak out. I hope she will stand up for women all over the world.”

Fenty, a salesman and freelance clothing designer, said Rihanna is spending time with her girlfriends in Barbados while she heals. While Fenty said he wouldn’t tell his daughter what to do, he did say, “If it were me, I’d move on.”

Like we said… restrained. Kudos to Mr. Fenty for taking the high road. 

In other news… it’s FASHION WEEK!

New York Fashion Week is having an existential crisis about whether it’s appropriate to have the traditional lavish displays of luxury and wealth when the world is in a recession. Several designers, including Ms. Fabulosity herself Kimora Lee Simmons (soon to be Hounsou?) have scaled back their shows in deference to the recession.

But the clothes still cost an arm and a leg ok? And a few toes on the next foot… but at least dey trying.

photo credit: from

Islandista Nia Long looked cute as can be walking the cat walk for the Heart Truth’s red dress collection in a dress by top black designer Tracy Reese and a new group called the African Fashion Collective had an all-star cast of black models for their show, including islandista Jaunel McKenzie and guest appearances by Tyson Beckford and the irrepressible Grace Jones.

photo credit: Young, Black and Fabulous



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island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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