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You and Rihanna Could Totally Geek Out About Star Trek

Did you think it was weird when Rihanna, the multi-platinum recording artist, did a song for Star Trek Beyond? On paper, it was. She’s this super-famous, super-cool, music superstar. The kind of person you’d expect not to know a “War” from a “Trek.” But believe it or not, Rihanna is a huge Trek fan. So it’s actually…

Year of the Fanboy Profile: Writers Fawning Over Subjects Because They Don't Have a Choice

Five years ago, I was an editor at Vibe, and I got an assignment to interview Usher. It was my second time profiling him for a cover story, but this setting would be more intimate than the previous one—instead of meeting in a hotel conference room, we’d talk at an outdoor bar at the Sunset Marquis in Hollywood, just…

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