Rihanna received the NAACP President’s Award for her philanthropic work at the NAACP Image Awards this past weekend. The star, who wore a purple Givenchy Haute Couture, was specifically honored for her fundraising efforts with various charities, including Raising Malawi, UNICEF, and Clara Lionel Foundation, the nonprofit organization she founded, which is devoted to emergency preparedness, in honor of her grandparents.
Rihanna’s acceptance speech included a powerful message for the audience. “I’m lucky I was able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. And if there’s anything that I’ve learned, it’s that we can only fix this world together,” “We can’t do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough. We can’t let the de-sensitivity seep in. The, ‘If it’s your problem, then it’s not mine; it’s a woman’s problem; it’s a black people problem; it’s a poor people problem.”
“I mean, how many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions? Show of hands. Well, they want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well, then this is their problem too. So when we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jr.s and Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up.”
The singer held nothing back as she continues to encourage the masses to do their part to make this world a better place. And this I why we Love Rihanna ok ok I do…