Rihanna gave an impactful speech as she received the 2020 NAACP Image President’s Award.
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“Tonight is not really about me. The purpose is bigger than me. It’s not bigger than us together, but it’s bigger than me. My part is a very small part of the work that’s being done in this world, and the work that is yet to be done,” Rihanna began, receiving warm applause within her first remarks. “We can only fix this world together. We cannot do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough.”
She went on to touch on the pitfalls of casting off another race or gender’s problems if they don’t necessarily apply to you, urging the crowd before her and the fans at home to encourage their friends of other races to get involved in the issues that matter to them.
“This is their problem, too. So when we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jrs and the Tatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up.”
Watch her full speech below.