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Melina Matsoukas Speaks On 'We Found Love' Extended Version + If Rihanna Is Beyonce's Successor

Melina Matsoukas has never needed to stand in front of a camera to gain the world's attention. VIBE caught up with the 29-year-old visionary mainly known for her provocative music video directing gigs with Rihanna to talk inspiration vs. plagiarism, Rihanna vs. Beyonce and that wild derriere tattoo.

I think many people can join me in honestly saying they watched your "We Found Love" video 20+ times [laughs].
I did it too. I usually hate most of my work, probably at least more than half of it. When things are done I kind of want it to be done and never see it again, but this is one that I was really proud of and I'm extremely happy others are too. It's the best feeling ever as an artist to be happy with your own work.

You've spoken about the video's theme, but there's one thing we need to speak about specifically—that ass tattoo. When Rihanna read the treatment was there any initial hesitation? 
I think the more provocative it is the more she responds to it. She read the treatment and loved it. What I thought was funny was when we were on set and she said, 'I didn't realize until yesterday that I actually have to play this character. I read the scene and I'm like this is hot, but then it just hit me like oh shit I'm the one who has to play this out!' I thought that was funny, but we shot that on the second day and they were already pretty comfortable with each other and I was like 'So now he tattoos your butt.' Obviously she likes tattoos. She had a warning that that was going to happen. It's not like I sprung it on her [laughs].

I remember seeing The-Dream tweet that the video was good enough to flip into a short film. Were you guys thinking about doing something like that at all?
We're thinking of doing an extended version possibly. I'm not sure yet.
But I'm happy with how it is, too, so it's not totally necessary.  

We did a post recently asking a group of folks if Rihanna's Beyonce's inevitable successor. Beyonce had a movement that was about autonomy, financial independence and that opened the door for Rihanna's movement with sexual liberation. Do you think that will most likely happen?
I wouldn't say there's a successor or not. To me they're very different artists. Yes they both do pop music and both are Black women, but we can just like both of them. So many people are like 'I'm on team this, I'm on team that.' It's like why can't I just like music and like what these two women represent in different ways? Yes they're both talented, but they're different kinds of artists. Like Beyonce, well I wouldn't go into everything that they do, but you know what Beyonce has to offer and I think Rihanna offers a bit something different. And yes they're definitely some overlap in that they do some similar stuff, but they are totally different. At least for me they satisfy different parts of me creatively and I think that that's what it is. Each of them has their own lane and that's a lane they can fill if they want or leave vacant if they want, too.

How important is it that you guys highlight sexual liberation in visual projects? 
I think that sexuality is something beautiful that should be embraced and shown off. It's not something that we should run away from. It's a part of being a woman and a part of being a man too. There's nothing wrong with our bodies and it should teach us to love ourselves. And I think she does that really well and I love that about her. She doesn't shy away from it. It's also like American culture is so scared of that kind of thing where in some other cultures it's not that big of a deal. It's like this is who I am.

Right it's also become very popular mindset amongst females of today. I feel like you're going to soon come across an artist that's going to ask you to give them a "Rihanna" video. How do you answer that?
No. [Laughs] I can't do that because you're not going to give me what Rihanna gives me. I haven't been asked to do that ever thank God because then that's copying someone, then it's really a rip-off. Rihanna's her own person. I don't have anything to do with that. She is who she is. It's just a good collaboration. I might be better with her than I'm with somebody else just because we get each other and we have similar tastes so then we can play off each other and so much about filmmaking is that collaborative nature. It's like certain stylists might be really good with one person but when they work with other people their work doesn't show that as well.

I've read folks who say you're trouble for Rihanna because of the copy and paste accusations in the past. What do you say to shit like that?

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It’s been nearly three full years since Bey embarked on the Formation World Tour, and fans have demanded concert footage of the show for virtually the entirety of those three years, to no avail.On the merch section of her website, new apparel advertising the Formation World Tour is available for purchase, and it’s delightfully petty.

Shirts adorned with “Where Is The FWT DVD?” is written all over the shirt, much to the chagrin of those who are eager to know the answer to that question. They are sold in white, gray, pink and light green, and go for $40 a pop.

Fear not, fans. There could be an answer about the footage's whereabouts sooner rather than later. As we reported, Bey signed a $60 million deal with Netflix, which will reportedly distribute three projects with the superstar. Two of those projects are carefully under wraps, but with the anniversary of the Formation World Tour’s start around the corner (April 27), we’d recommend you to stay on your toes.

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A first look at @Beyonce's 'WHERE IS THE FWT DVD TEE' merch following the premiere of her @netflix #Homecoming documentary.

— HYPEBEAST Music (@hypebeastmusic) April 22, 2019

🐝Beyhive: Beyoncé where’s the FWT DVD ( Formation World Tour)

👸🏽Beyoncé: 🤣😂🤣😂

🐝BeyHive: 🗣🗣🗣 you went on tour in 2016 give us the DVD

👸🏽@Beyonce : 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

Y’all she being petty and is selling these shirts on her website ( at least we know she hears us )

— Lela🐝Victoria✊🏾 (@LelaV89) April 22, 2019

World: 🗣️ WHERE IS THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR DVD?!?!! Beyonce: Here.#Beyonce #FWT

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A NYPD Cop Falsely Arrested A Black Man Lied On The Paperwork, But Still Has His Job

A New York police officer has faced no punishment for falsely arresting a black man and lying on his police report about what a witness statement.

In June 2016, officer Xavier Gonzalez arrested investment adviser Darryl Williams at the 125th Street and Lexington Avenue subway station. Gonzalez alleged Williams, 58 at the time, pickpocketed straphangers on a 4 train.

Gonzalez was undercover at the time and wrote in his report that Anthony Osei, who was also on a northbound 4 train, said Williams stole his phone. However, Osei, a paint shop clerk, told the New York Daily News Gonzalez lied.

When Willaims sued the city and the NYPD over the arrest, Osei, swore in an affidavit, reviewed by The Daily News, he didn't tell officers Williams stole his phone.

“A cop came up to me and said, ‘Did he take your phone?' I said, ‘No, I have my phones and wallet.’ Two weeks later, I get a call from the prosecutor. I told them the same thing."

In court, Osei testified on Williams' behalf stating "I defended him (Williams) because it was the right thing to do.”

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