How Rihanna Is Making 'Single' Cool Again For Black Women

When Rihanna dropped the double feature music video for her new single “Work” featuring Drake, one of our awesome columnists wrote a great piece about how the video was a prime example of Rihanna’s embodiment of female autonomy. Rihanna used this video as an opportunity to operate beyond a masculine gaze and literally “work” her body for her own pleasure and joy. It’s something that Rihanna does effortlessly and often. It’s why I “love/adore/volunteer my edges” to her, to use Jacqui’s own words. But I want to be even more specific about one of the ways I see Rihanna giving life and snatching wigs in the name of Black female sexuality: her unapologetic singleness.

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