Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Ri tells other races 'pull up' to fight black issues at NAACP Awards

In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Rihanna has, over the years, become a strong voice in the black community, speaking on issues of racial equality and black empowerment. 

In her acceptance speech at the 51st National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, the make-up mogul and international pop star made a call for people of all races to stand up for racial issues affecting the African American community. 

 

Rihanna received the President’s Award at the ceremony on Saturday in Pasadena, California which is presented to an individual in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service. 

The business-minded, lingerie designer has worn the title of humanitarian and philanthropist, ever since the establishment of the Clara Lionel Foundation back in 2012 which has donated millions to help countries with recovery in natural disasters, education and medical equipment for hospitals. 

She expressed gratitude to those who have been fighting for the rights of "people of colour" and stressed that "we can only fix this world together, we can't do it divided". 

"... when we're marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jr's and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up."

The President's Award was presented by NAACP President Derrick Johnson. 

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