Last night, Rihanna perceived a President’s Award for her hospitality work during a NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California. The star, who wore a purple Givenchy Haute Couture series for a event, was privately respected for her fundraising efforts with several charities, including Raising Malawi, UNICEF, and Clara Lionel Foundation, a nonprofit classification she founded, that is clinging to puncture preparedness, in respect of her grandparents.
Thus far, Rihanna has reportedly lifted millions of dollars for disaster service and preparation abroad—efforts for that she was also named Harvard’s Humanitarian of a Year in 2017.
While usurpation her endowment final night, Rihanna’s debate enclosed a absolute summary for a audience. “I’m propitious we was means to start a Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. And if there’s anything that I’ve learned, it’s that we can usually repair this universe together,” Rihanna said. “We can’t do it divided. we can't stress that enough. We can’t let a de-sensitivity trickle in. The, ‘If it’s your problem, afterwards it’s not mine; it’s a woman’s problem; it’s a black people problem; it’s a bad people problem.’”
She continued, “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 wish to mangle bread with you, right? They like you? Well, afterwards this is their problem too. So when we’re marching and protesting and posting about a Michael Brown Jr.s and Atatiana Jeffersons of a world, tell your friends to lift up.”
Later in a evening, Lizzo was named hostess of a year, and she used her impulse to residence togetherness as well. “I only wish to scream out all a large black girls we move onstage with me,” a thespian pronounced while usurpation her accolade. “I do that since we wish them to know they are a trophies. Since this is a final endowment of a night, we don’t even wish to make it about me. Every final one of you: You are a award. We are so special. We are such a pleasing people. This is only a sign of all a implausible things that we can do.”
Below, watch Rihanna’s full speech.