This Week In Good Black News: Rihanna, A$AP Rocky in Fenty Film; Beyoncé Tops Billboard 100 With "Texas Hold Em"; Russell Westbrook to Build Affordable Housing in LA

Plus, the Philadelphia Orchestra renames its concert hall after legendary singer Marian Anderson.

1. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Featured In New Fenty Short Film

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, one of the industry’s most beloved power couples, are starring in a short film "Born To Steal" for Fenti.

Released Tuesday (Feb. 27) on social media, RiRi and Rocky are showing their love for each other in the visual and we can’t get enough of it. 

"Born To Steal: Yours, Mine, Ours," the caption on their Instagram post read.

The short film premiered on Wednesday (Feb. 28) on Fenty's and Fenty Skin's YouTube accounts.

2. Beyoncé Takes Number One Billboard Spot With “Texas Hold Em”

After debuting at number two last week, Beyoncé‘s “Texas Hold ‘Em” landed at number one on the Billboard 100 chart. The song became Beyoncé’s ninth number-one hit and her first since “Break My Soul” topped the chart in 2022. She is the first Black woman to have a country song to top the Hot 100.

Last week, Beyoncé made history when “Texas Hold ‘Em ” went number one on the multimetric Hot Country Songs, making her the first woman to debut at the top spot on the chart.

The singles are leading up to the release of her highly-anticipated new album, “Act II,” the second installment of her “RENAISSANCE” trilogy slated to drop on March 29.

3. Russell Westbrook To Build 180 Affordable Housing Units in Los Angeles

NBA superstar Russell Westbrook is giving back to his community in a major way. The Los Angeles Clipper guard has announced he’s partnered with Target to build 180 affordable housing units in South Central LA. In the announcement of his investment in Evermont, which burned down during the LA Riots 30 years ago, Westbrook shared his vision of impacting the neighborhoods that launched him into success.

“We have this platform, and me personally I really pride myself on trying to be the face of Los Angeles when it comes to our community. I'm from LA, and I feel like it's my duty and my honor to give back to as many people as possible - especially the underserved communities of Los Angeles,” Westbrook said.

“I will do everything I can to make sure I continue to fill some of these gaps, whether it's education, whether it's finances, whether it's healthcare,” he continued. “Whatever that may be, I try my best to do the best I can."

4. Philadelphia Orchestra Renames Concert Hall After Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson,  a renowned contralto and civil rights activist, was paid the ultimate tribute by the Philadelphia Orchestra, which renamed its concert hall after her.  

In an announcement on Instagram, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced the groundbreaking move.

“Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall in honor of the legendary contralto, civil rights icon, and Philadelphian,” the post read.

“The first major concert venue in the world to honor Marian Anderson—85 years after she was barred from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, because of her race—the hall will be a permanent monument to its namesake’s artistry and achievements, a reflection of the inclusive future she helped to engender, and an active testament to the intersection of music, art, and positive social impact,” the caption continued.

The official renaming ceremony will take place on June 8.

5. Model Chanel Iman Marries NFL Star Davon Godchaux

Chanel Iman and Davon Godchaux have tied the knot!

The couple were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends on a yacht in the Caribbean.

The new bride took to Instagram to share beautiful images of the wedding.

“Finally I am officially Chanel Iman Godchaux 🎉 so much to celebrate and be grateful for 🙏🏽 together we will continue to move mountains and love each other through thick and thin ❤️ we are forever family. I love you so much Davon 💍💎 can’t wait for what the future holds together,” the post read.

Iman also shared a lovely montage of the ceremony with touching words from Godchaux.

"Chanel, I love you. You made me a better man, a better father, a better teammate, a better everything,” he said. “I'm excited to be with you for the rest of my life. Can't wait to marry you."

6. Gabourey Sidibe and Husband, Brandon Frankel, Are Expecting Twins

Gabourey Sidibe is pregnant with twins!

The Oscar-winning actress shared excitement that she and Brandon Frankel are set to welcome two bundles of joy.

Taking to Instagram,  Sidibe said she felt the time was right to share the news with the public with a picture of the lovely couple.

"I’m pregnant!" wrote in the caption.

"We thought it was time to give our cats some responsibility so we’re giving them each a baby to take care of!" she quipped. "Double the babies, double the cats, double the fun!!"

Sidibe added, "Twin Delivery coming soon! Twinty Twinty Four!!"

7. 21 Savage Announces 2024 American Dream Tour Dates 

21 Savage is heading back on the road.

The Atlanta rapper announced his American Dream Tour to support his third album of the same name, where he will be performing live in major cities across North America beginning in spring. The line-up of artists also includes J.I.D., Nardo Wick, and 21 Lil Harold as opening acts.

Produced by Live Nation, the 30-city tour commences May 1 in Vancouver, BC, before it makes stops in Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Boat, Los Angeles, and many more.

Presale and VIP packages became available on Wednesday (Feb. 28 ) and will run throughout the week starting on Friday, March 1 at and Ticketmaster.

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