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Rihanna’s Pre-VMA Evening

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She may be up for a VMA for Best Male Video with the “Life Your Life” video she did with T.I., but that didn’t stop Rihanna from having a little fun the night before the MTV Video Music Awards. Last night, Rihanna dined at the House of Hype’s directors’ dinner at the Hotel on Rivington in New York’s Lower East Side. The Rivington’s Levant East of Thor restaurant served up special dishes for guests who also included Pink ,who took a corner table and sipped red wine throughout the evening, and husband Carey Hart, and Lance Bass, who dined while listening to tunes spun by DJ Manero.

After dinner, which ended at approximately midnight, Rihanna, who again was dressed head-to-toe in all black, and her entourage went upstairs to the Rivington’s famous three-level penthouse suite, where a post-dinner party was already in full swing. Her group took their private table by the window which was stocked with plenty of Grey Goose and Red Bull. Bodyguards protected the singer while she laughed and sipped drinks with her pals and stayed mostly sitting on the couch. She later went upstairs to the rooftop which features a jacuzzi and 360 degree view of Manhattan and looked out at the city while texting on her cell phone. At 1:50 RiRi left the party through a private exit door. She couldn’t stay out TOO late, she does have a little MTV Video Music Awards ceremony to attend tonight! [Photos: Getty Images]

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TheFabLife At Fashion Week: Our Night With Rihanna

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You would think that after a traumatic year filled with court appearances and constant paparazzi attention, an A-list diva like Rihanna would keep to herself. Not so, as TheFABlife discovered after hanging with RiRi at the Intermix/Paper Magazine event in new York City last night.

Rihanna arrived at the Fashion’s Night Out soiree at a little after 9 pm, and stayed for only a few minutes, but luckily spent some time hanging with us. Although the singer has been chased by media for the last few months, the perfectly put together starlet was happy to chat with TheFABlife about our other favorite thing: fashion!

“I’m so excited for Fashion Week,” Rihanna tells TheFABlife. “I’m wearing Alexander Wang and Balmain,” RiRi said of her futuristic sunglasses and black veil dress that hugged her curvaceous figure. After being ushered into a private corner of the store, Rihanna and TheFABlife shared a laugh about the circus that the event had become. Overall, she seemed to be in great spirits, and with a collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West under her belt and a new album allegedly on the way, why shouldn’t she be?

“Time to go,” the singer laughed before being escorted out of the event and through the SoHo streets, which had become cluttered with fans and party-goers waiting to catch a glimpse of the “Disturbia” singer, until she was whisked away into her chauffeured SUV. [Photos: Stephen Mao]

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Best Of 2008 Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in New York City tomorrow. For seven days, celebrities and fashionistas from around the world come to check out the latest collections from the world’s best designers in the tents at Bryant Park. The competition is tough in the front row, to see who can look the best in the center of the fashion universe. See who brought their A game to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2008. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Rihanna’s Dad Laughs At Chris Brown’s Fashion

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Rihanna‘s father, Ronald Fenty, is obviously protective of his daughter after she was assaulted by Chris Brown, but he has found something to laugh at as a result of this whole situation. Speaking to US Weekly, Fenty said that he was amused after seeing Brown dolled up in his best good-boy outfit on Larry King Live to plead his case. “The costume he wore was so funny,” Fenty said. “That bow tie thing. He needs to bury that.”

Agreed, that baby blue bow tie should have never left the joke shop in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Chris Brown To Perform At Jackson Tribute Concert

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The full lineup will be announced later this morning, but Jermaine Jackson has already confirmed that Chris Brown is one of the stars who’ll be performing at the tribute concert to his brother Michael in Vienna, Austria on September 26.

The worldwide event will see up to 25 acts perform some of Jackson’s greatest hits in front of an audience of 65,000 at the concert, not to mention a global audience of millions. If he’s aiming to rehabilitate his career after the shocking attack on ex-(current?) girlfriend Rihanna earlier this year, Chris has managed to pick one of the most prestigious and emotional events to make his official comeback. Other acts currently announced include Akon and Angela Bassett, although further press conferences in London and Berlin will see further names rolled out. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Chris Brown And Rihanna “Planning Trip To Acapulco?”

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Could Rihanna and Chris Brown really be so desperate to get around the restraining order he’s been slapped with that they’ll try and meet up in a different country? That’s the latest story coming out about the are-they-aren’t-they couple, claiming that they’re planning a vacation to Acapulco, Mexico, next month in order to circumnavigate the order that bans Chris from coming within 50 yards of Ri in the next five years in the U.S.

“They spoke to their lawyers to see what was allowed, and are now planning two weeks in Mexico. They want to spend some quality time together and know they have a lot to reconcile before they can make their relationship public again,” claims British celebrity mag Star.

Chris has famously already stated that he still “loves” the woman he beat up and choked that night back in February, and rumors have constantly swirled that the two still had feelings for each other and had already hooked up. Are they really going to make a go of it again? We guess only time will tell. [Photo: WireImage]

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Chris Brown Vs. Oprah

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Chris Brown has been working on repairing his public image, but someone should tell him there are certain topics, like dissing Oprah, that won’t win him any fans. The singer mouthed off yesterday about Winfrey because the talk show host filmed a show about domestic abuse that was inspired by Rihanna. Brown took offense to the fact that Oprah didn’t include him in the show, saying: “I commend Oprah on being like ‘This is a problem,’ but it was a slap in my face. I did a lot of stuff for her, like going to Africa and performing for her school. She could have been more helpful, like, ‘Okay, I’m going to help both of these people out.” Hey Chris, you know what was a slap in the face to Rihanna? You slapping her in the face. We can understand why Oprah, a victim of abuse herself, would opt not to include you.

Of course, Oprah is not one to sit idly while being criticized, a rep for her released this statement after hearing Brown’s complaint. “Oprah is very appreciative that Chris Brown performed at her school but she takes domestic violence very seriously. She hopes he gets the counseling he needs.” Advantage, Oprah. Care to take another swing, Chris? [Photo: Getty Images and WireImage; Source: TMZ]

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Chris Brown On Larry King

Chris Brown taped a much-anticipated and much-speculated about interview with Larry King last week and it finally aired last night. Brown dressed in his Sunday best blue bow tie, sat with his mother Joyce and his lawyer, and answered most questions honestly, expressing his relief that the media spectacle surrounding him was winding down. As remorseful as he seemed, he opted not to go into details about the night of his fight with Rihanna. Brown acknowledged the abuse and confessed that he loves Rihanna and is still in love with her, despite the protection order that separates them. When King asked Brown why he was violent and what the cause of the fight was, Brown refused to answer “out of respect for [Rihanna's] privacy”, but we feel it was more likely out of embarrassment for whatever actually transpired.

Brown also claims not to remember doing what he did the night of the Grammy’s, and his mother said she was shocked because, despite the reports that Brown and Rihanna had a history of violence between them, she says they never had any previous altercations. (Brown said of the incidents “I’m not aware of those.”) While the answers Chris provides are not terribly revealing, King does ask pointed questions and shows Brown the pictures of a battered Rihanna and it’s clear that he knows what he did was wrong, but it’s nothing we didn’t hear from his taped video apology, honestly. Brown’s mother proved to be more emotional and revealing, discussing her own relationship with Rihanna and her personal history of violence.

This situation is obviously something people have already made up their minds about — Brown does regret it though and emphasizes how wrong it was. Does the interview succeed in changing the public’s opinion about him?

Watch more video from the interview after the jump.

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Chris Brown Arrives In Virginia For Hard Labor

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After admitting he still loves Rihanna, Chris Brown touched down in Virginia last night to begin six months of hard labor for his assault on Rihanna. While in Virginia, he will also be taking a domestic violence course.

Yesterday, Chris insisted that the statement that he “didn’t remember” beating up Rihanna was taken out of context during his interview with Larry King. Chris released a statement explaining that he did in fact remember the incident. “Of course I remember what happened. Several times during the interview, my mother said that I came to her right afterwards and told her everything. But it was and still is a blur. And yes, I still can’t believe it happened because it is not me or who I am or is what happened like anything I have ever done before.

As I have said several times previously, I am ashamed of and sorry for what happened that night and I wish I could relive that moment and change things, but I can’t. I take full responsibility for my actions. What I have to do now is to prove to the world that this was an isolated incident and that is not who I am and I intend to do so by my behavior now and in the future.” [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Chris Brown: I Still Love Rihanna

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Six months after the infamous late-night fight between Chris Brown and Rihanna, Chris is finally speaking out and in a new interview he reveals that he still loves Rihanna.

“I never fell out of love with her, that just wouldn’t go away,” Chris says. Chris also shares that the first person he called after the incident was his mom. “I was distraught…I went to my mom on the same night and told her what happened and broke down,” he says.

Chris insists he feels shame for his actions and will never hit a woman again. What do you think – is Chris a changed man? [Source: People; Photo: Getty Images]