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"Diamonds" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna (pictured), digitally released on September 27, 2012, from her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. The song was written and produced by Benny Blanco and StarGate and co-written by Sia Furler. A mid-tempo electronic and pop ballad, it features heavy synthesizers, orchestral sounds and electronic rhythms. "Diamonds" topped music charts in over twenty countries, including the United States, where it became Rihanna's twelfth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, tying her for fifth place for total number one singles on that chart with Madonna and The Supremes. The song was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. By May 2013, it had sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song's music video was praised by critics for its imagery, depicting Rihanna in scenes representing the elements of earth, air, water and fire. The singer performed "Diamonds" on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and The X Factor and included it on the 777, Diamonds and Monster Tour set lists. (Full article...)

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Students at the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, ca. 1921
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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens. Directed by John Emerson, the story – a comedy which focused on "Coke Ennyday", a cocaine-using detective who is a parody of Sherlock Holmes – was written by Tod Browning with intertitles by Anita Loos. A 35 mm print of the film exists in its entirety and is in the public domain.

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