Rihanna Gave An Inspired Speech At The NAACP Image Awards

Rihanna’s Inspired NAACP Acceptance Speech Emphasized The Importance Of Allyship

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At the NAACP Image Awards, Rihanna called on people from all races, sexes, and backgrounds to ‘pull up’

There were many deserving winners during the NAACP Image Awards this weekend, but it was singer Rihanna’s moving words about uniting and allyship that received a standing ovation.

Rihanna received the President’s Award for her career in music and fashion and her philanthropy, including her Clara Lionel Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for disaster relief, global education, and awareness for issues affecting communities all over the world, and stressed that she couldn’t do it alone.

“We can’t do it divided. I can’t emphasize that enough,” she said. “We can’t let the desensitivity seep in — the ‘if it’s your problem, it’s not mine.’ ‘It’s a woman’s problem.’ ‘It’s a black people problem.’ ‘It’s a poor people problem.’ How many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions? Show of hands? Well then, they want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well then, this is their problem, too.”