Celebs turn out to help Ri­hanna’s Di­a­mond Ball shine bright

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK » Ri­hanna’s Di­a­mond Ball shined in its fourth year and con­tin­ued to make a name as one of the in­dus­try’s white-hot and must-at­tend par­ties — all while rais­ing nearly $6 mil­lion for char­ity.

The pop star, fash­ion­ista and makeup mogul held the black-tie gala for her Clara Lionel Foun­da­tion on Thurs­day in New York City, where Child­ish Gam­bino per­formed and Tif­fany Had­dish bid $75,000 on ear­rings.

The “Girls Trip” su­per­star, per usual, was in an elec­tri­fy­ing mood at Cipri­ani Wall Street. When the Chopard ear­rings were be­ing auc­tioned, the re­cent Emmy win­ner told her com­pe­ti­tion: “Let me have some­thing in this world.” The ear­rings were val­ued at $112,000.

Had­dish watched Gam­bino, who per­formed “This Is Amer­ica,” “3005” and more songs, like a diehard fan right in front of the stage, even yelling her catch phrase — “she ready” — while the Em­my­win­ning “At­lanta” ac­tor per­formed his Gram­my­win­ning soul an­them, “Red­bone.”

Issa Rae, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nom­i­nated cre­ator of HBO’s “In­se­cure,” hosted the event and hap­pily told the au­di­ence: “Ri­hanna knows my name y’all!”

Trevor Noah, Odell Beck­ham Jr., Brian Tyree Henry, Paris Hil­ton, Nor­mani, Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky were among the fa­mous faces who at­tended the event for Ri­hanna’s or­ga­ni­za­tion, which pro­motes ed­u­ca­tion and arts glob­ally and as­sists emer­gency re­sponse pro­grams. The 30-year-old singer started the foun­da­tion in 2012 and named it af­ter her grand­par­ents, Clara and Lionel Braith­waite.

“In the past I’ve wanted to sup­port so many causes and you go to one foun­da­tion for this and one foun­da­tion for that. And I don’t think it’s fair to turn your back on some­one else who needs help just be­cause it doesn’t fit into the bracket of your mold. And I don’t think char­i­ties should be molded like that— not for me any­ways,” she said in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press. “Some peo­ple, it works for them, but for me per­son­ally, I couldn’t sleep know­ing that I can’t help some­one with AIDS be­cause my char­ity’s about can­cer. Ev­ery­body needs help, you don’t even know what that means, it could be schools sup­plies, it could be some­thing as light as that. But we would al­ways, al­ways reach out and sup­port, so this go­ing to be an ev­er­grow­ing char­ity.”

The Clara Lionel Foun­da­tion, which has sup­ported those af­fected by Hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Maria, has set a goal to raise $25 mil­lion for an emer­gency re­sponse fund by next year’s Di­a­mond Ball. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also has a schol­ar­ship fund as well as an on­col­ogy and nu­clear medicine cen­ter in Bar­ba­dos, where Ri­hanna was born and raised.

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